Eric Felten of the Wall Street Journal writes about how certain recording studios "have been crucial in defining the sounds of whole eras."
As most news articles about the potential sale pointed out, studios are going the way of the great auk. The digital-recording revolution has allowed producers armed with laptops and a few padded rooms in a basement to forgo the expensive environs of the traditional recording hall. Yet this comes at a cost: The demise of great recording studios is contributing to the bland, characterless sound of so much popular music today.
I found it to be an insightful read, even if I don't necessarily agree with Felten's harsh take on the current pop scene.