New York, NY (February 4, 2005)–While many commercial recording studios have thrown in the towel over the past few years, as big budget recording projects seemed to disappear, the announcement yesterday that the Hit Factory Studios in NYC would close at the end of the month hits hard. In its over 30 year history, the Hit Factory has hosted leagues of chart-topping artists, from John Lennon to Jay-Z, providing the ultimate recording experience as the luxury studio.
“The Hit Factory paved the way for how recording studios approached the artistic process of making music,” said owner Janice Germano. “In doing so, it forever changed the way artists thought about creating records and raised the art form to a new level of innovation.”
Once booming markets such as New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville have maintained a recording industry strong enough to support core recording facilities at least, but certainly at a compromised rate. The real estate value of a Midtown Manhattan building, on the other hand, has continued to skyrocket. That such a legendary, ever state-of-the-art recording facility will be gone conjures for some “end of an era” sentiments, while for others, simply giving the playing field another revision. The official word: The Hit Factory will close its NYC location within the next month and relocate to Miami, within its Hit Factory/Criteria Studios.
According to Criteria management, the Miami studio has been quite busy lately, with a few of the hottest producers bringing projects for some of today’s best selling artists. “The list of all-star guest producers and artists has The Hit Factory Criteria’s rooms bulging at the seams,” according to management. Producer Scott Storch has been at Criteria working on projects for Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent and Sean Paul, with engineers Kam Houff and Wayne Allison. And, multi-platinum beat maker Timbaland spent some time at Criteria on a new project for The Black Eyed Peas, working with engineer Demacio Castellon, while work continued on the follow-up release to Missy Elliott’s This Is Not A Test. Producer Barry Gibb also returned to Criteria recently, to cut live tracks for the upcoming Barbara Streisand release, working with engineer John Merchant and assistant Patrick Magee.
Hit Factory/Criteria Studios