Criteria Studios

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Coordinates: 25°54′48″N 80°09′50″W / 25.913245°N 80.163905°W / 25.913245; -80.163905

Criteria Studios (The Hit Factory Criteria Miami) at 1755 NE 149th St. Miami, Florida 33181 in 2011

Criteria Studios is a music-recording studio in Miami, Florida, started in 1958 by musician Mack Emerman (né Maxwell Louis Emerman; 1923–2013).[1] and which went on to become the source of many hit recordings, especially in the 1970s.


Many topline artists and producers have used Criteria over the years. A total of around 250 Gold or Platinum singles and albums were recorded at Criteria, including "Layla", "I Feel Good" and Eat a Peach, as well as parts of Hotel California and Rumours.[2] Atlantic Records regularly used the studios to record their roster of artists in the 1970s, through a connection with Tom Dowd, a leading staff engineer/producer with the label. The Bee Gees worked out of Criteria in the mid- to late-1970s and early-1980s, most notably during recording of "Main Course" (1975) and "Spirits Having Flown" (1979).[3][4] In 1999, The Hit Factory purchased Criteria Studios, revamping and re-opening the studios under the new name The Hit Factory Criteria Miami.

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Artists who have recorded singles and/or albums at the studio include:

(in plain alphabetical order as if all are an entity, i.e., Eric Clapton under the letter "E")

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