Best Recording Studio

Sawhorse Studios

Like the best superheroes, you can't judge Sawhorse Studios by its façade. What looks like a sleepy storefront in a residential stretch of south-city houses actually contains enough top-end recording gear and vintage instruments to make collectors drool. Engineer Jason McEntire runs the show with both the technical know-how and good aesthetic sense to help local bands make a little musical magic. Such groups as the Feed, Troubadour Dali and the Trip Daddys have called on McEntire's services, and the results can stand next to many big-budget studio recordings. The mix of modern and classical technology accounts for much of the studio's charm — McEntire records digitally but keeps the live room stocked with old amps by Vox and Ampeg, as well as classic Rhodes, Hammond and Wurlitzer keyboards, to lend some analog credence to the proceedings.

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