Best Recording Studio

Anywhere that’s not a recording studio

The recording technology at the disposal of today's up-and-coming musicians vastly exceeds the tools available to the likes of, say, Count Basie and his colleagues generations ago. As a result, booking an expensive studio has become less critical for bands making records, which has resulted in an explosion of DIY recordings, not all of them atrocious. That's why the recording studio of the year is anywhere that's not a recording studio. From Pearly Gate Music, who set up in a living room, to Yarn Owl, who made their debut record Montaña y Caballo in a barn in eastern Washington, you no longer have to be in the studio to hit the studio. CHRIS KORNELIS

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