Miraval Studios

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Miraval Studios is a recording studio located in the Château de Miraval, a 900 hectares estate located in Correns, in the Var department of Provence (France).[1] Founded in 1977 by French jazz pianist Jacques Loussier and sound engineer Patrice Quef, it was in operation under the name Studio Miraval until the mid-2000s, but sat unused after the acquisition of the estate by actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2011.

Frequented and used by many world-class bands such as Pink Floyd, AC/DC and The Cranberries, Brad Pitt and French producer Damien Quintard reopened the fully restored and refurbished studios under the name Miraval Studios in October 2022.[2][3][4]

Studio Miraval (1977 – 2000s)[edit]

Jacques Loussier, founder of Studio Miraval.

For hundreds of years, the Miraval estate in the south of France has inspired artisans, vintners and musicians alike with its simple, otherworldly beauty. Surrounded by gardens, stone terraces, fountains and a forest of white oak and evergreen, the 900-acre property has produced wines and olives since the 13th century.

In 1977, the estate's then-owner, French pianist and composer Jacques Loussier,[5][6] and sound engineer Patrice Quef[7] built a state-of-the-art recording studio on the property, the Studio Miraval. Loussier began by recording his own work, mainly for films, and then started taking on French artists such as Maxime Le Forestier and Pierre Vassiliu.

Miraval achieved fame thanks to Pink Floyd, who came there in 1979 to record part of their album The Wall. Subsequently, equipped with one of the first SSL mixing consoles in France, Miraval recorded AC/DC, Judas Priest, The Cranberries, The Cure, Muse, Wham!, Level 42, David Sylvian (solo and with Rain Tree Crow), Chris Rea, Sade, the Go-Betweens, Steve Winwood, Yes, UB40, Chris Braide, Shirley Bassey, the Gipsy Kings, Shakatak, Rammstein, Fonky Family, Kelly Family, Blankass, Silmarils, Jimmy Barnes and many others. Later on, in the early and middle 2000s, Rammstein recorded the album Mutter, and Courtney Love also spent a few weeks in the estate. In 2006, Muse recorded some tracks for Black Holes and Revelations

In 1998, Loussier sold Miraval to businessman–turned–wine producer Tom Bove who resold it in 2011 to actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie[8][9] who decided not to operate the studio anymore.[10]

Miraval Studios (2022–present)[edit]

During the summer of 2022, Brad Pitt, now separated from Angelina Jolie (who sold her shares in the Miraval estate),[11] and French producer Damien Quintard reopened the completely redesigned and refurbished studios under the name Miraval Studios. Sade were the first band to record there.[12] They were officially reopened on October 10th, 2022. [13]

Brad Pitt, who has a passion for architecture and built homes for Hurricane Katrina victims through his Make It Right Foundation, and Damien Quintard, multiple award-winning producer, met in Paris and share a common vision "for a recording studio that feels just like home".[2]

One of the studio's first additions is a console with hybrid analog and digital capabilities, a Dolby Atmos system, and all the technology needed to pre-mix for film and television projects. Recording booths and workstations for sound and video editing are also included.[2]


  1. ^ Studio Miraval, profile and discography, Discogs.
  2. ^ a b c Hansen, Kristine (13 December 2021). "Brad Pitt's Latest Design Project Is a Music Studio at Château Miraval: The star is renovating Miraval Studios with French producer Damien Quintard". Architectural Digest. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  3. ^ "Château Miraval: Studio Miraval". Vineyard Brands. Birmingham, Alabama. 21 June 2019. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  4. ^ "Miraval Studios - Reopening 2022". YouTube.
  5. ^ "Biography of Jacques Loussier". Lefigaro (in French).
  6. ^ "Jacques Loussier". Allmusic.com.
  7. ^ "Patrice Quef". Allmusic.com.
  8. ^ "Brad Pitt et Angelina Jolie : les mal-aimés de Correns" [Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie : the evil-aimés of Correns]. Vanity Fair (in French). 30 January 2015.
  9. ^ Ceaser, Jennifer; Gross, Max (28 August 2014). "Inside Brangelina's 1,000-acre French estate". The New York Post.
  10. ^ "Jolie & Pitt's Rock 'N' Roll Castle". IMDB. 25 August 2008. Archived from the original on 28 August 2009.
  11. ^ "Domaine de Miraval: en conflit avec Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie vend ses parts du château et du vignoble" [Domaine de Miraval: in conflict with Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie sells her shares of the château and the vineyard]. CNews (in French). 7 October 2021.
  12. ^ Havens, Lyndsey (7 October 2022). "Brad Pitt and Damien Quintard Reveal the Rebirth of France's Legendary Miraval Studios". Billboard.
  13. ^ "Miraval Studios - Reopening 2022". YouTube.

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