Report: Capitol Studios Shuts Down Mastering Division; Recording studios will remain open

Variety reports that the mastering department at famed Capitol Studios in Hollywood has been closed, with several employees laid off, Universal Music Group confirmed Tuesday night after news of the closure began circulating on social media.

The recording studios themselves, a tourist attraction as well as a magnet for top recording artists since they opened in 1956, will remain open. But Capitol Studios’ mastering rooms, which were almost as revered by engineers and producers, won’t be, as those spaces will be converted into recording studios – presumably much smaller than Studio A, where Frank Sinatra recorded. with a full orchestra.

A spokesperson for Universal Music Group said, “At Capitol Studios, while demand for recording studios remains high, there has been an overall decline in requests for mastering services – to the point where we have decided to close the Capitol mastering facility and focus on other areas of the recording process that are more in demand by artists, including using the space to build additional recording suites.

Also being closed: Capitol Studios’ tape restoration service, where old recordings from the UMG catalog have been digitized. According to UMG, much, if not most, of this work had already been outsourced to Iron Mountain in Hollywood over the past few years.

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