Skyline Recording Studios, the world-class NYC facility that operated for many years at 36 West 37th Street, has closed.
The studio, which was owned and operated by drummer Jonathan Mover, was renowned for its spacious live room, Musgrave-modified Neve VR60, and its superstar rock, jazz, and pop clientele.
Over the years, its client list has included many of music’s top names including Steely Dan, Billy Joel, Patti Smith, Avril Lavigne, Shakira, Gov’t Mule, David Byrne, Jessica Simpson, Natasha Bedingfield, Mariah Carey, Wu-Tang Clan, Madonna, David Bowie, The B-52’s, Tori Amos, Tony Bennett, Michael Brecker, James Brown, and many more.
In May, 2010, the Southern Federal District Court of New York ruled against Skyline in a suit brought by software developer Waves, which charged Reckless Music, LLC d.b.a. Skyline Recording Studios NYC with intellectual property infringements and the illegal use of its software. The suit followed a covert sting operation undertaken by Waves to root out studios using crack versions of its software.
The studio will apparently continue on as a music production hub, however. A visit by SonicScoop to the facility today revealed that John King — who abruptly ceased operations at the famed Chung King studios at 170 Varick Street in January, 2010 – was moving gear into the former Skyline.
According to King, Skyline’s previous owners had been out of the space for approximately two weeks. King estimated that the studio would once again be operational in one and a half weeks, and would be the new home of Chung King.
King added that the Chung King music facilities on 37th Street would be just one part of a multimedia company, which will also offer video production and other capabilities in a large Jersey City, NJ complex.
Phone calls and emails to Mr. Mover requesting comment for this article were not returned.