By Janice Brown
New York, NY (June 15, 2007)--It was announced this week that Sony Music Studios will be closing. According to a company spokesperson, Sony BMG Music Entertainment has signed a purchase and sale agreement for the property with New York developer HSAC Corp.
The five-floor multi-studio and sound stage facility, located on West 54th Street, has hosted countless recording, mixing, mastering and live performance sessions since Sony purchased the building in 1993. The facility was famously the site of the Sessions at West 54th PBS series, Nirvana's MTV Unplugged, and a production hub for the biggest pop stars, producers and engineers.
Sony Studios is located just across the street from the new Hit Factory Condominiums (formerly Hit Factory Studios), in Hell's Kitchen, an area primed for residential real estate. Pro Sound News will continue to follow this story as it develops, reporting on actual closing dates and studio equipment sales, mastering engineer relocations, etc.
Local newspaper amNewYork reported yesterday that the studios will close in mid-to late-August, but Pro Sound News was unable to confirm that with Sony; the company spokesperson revealed only the signing of the purchase and sale agreement.