The Village (studio)

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The Village
The Village Recording Studio.jpg
Exterior of the studio as of April 2021
Location1616 Butler Avenue
West Los Angeles, California
TypeRecording studio

The Village (also known as Village Recorders, or the Village Recorder) is a recording studio located at 1616 Butler Avenue in West Los Angeles, California.[2][3]


The building was built by the Freemasons in 1922[1] and was originally a Masonic temple. It remained that way until the 1960s, when Maharishi Mahesh Yogi used the building as a center for Transcendental Meditation.[1]

The temple was converted into a recording studio in 1968 by composer and meatpacking heir Geordie Hormel.[1]

The Village is home to a vintage Neve 8048 console as well as two Neve 88R consoles. The Village is renowned for its extensive inventory of vintage microphones and outboard gear. The studio also has Oscar Peterson's Steinway & Sons Model A, which Peterson used extensively from the 1940s through the 1980s.

Many major motion picture and television soundtracks have also been recorded at the studio, including Ace Ventura, Dead Poets Society, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Simpsons, Toy Story 2, Walk the Line, The X-Files, Wall-E, Revolutionary Road, The Shawshank Redemption and others.[4]

The Village becomes home to KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic radio show, hosted by Jason Bentley, during on-air membership drives when the station's own performance room is unavailable.


  1. ^ a b c d Bieger, Hannes (November 2013). "Village Recorders, Los Angeles". Sound on Sound. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  2. ^ "A day at the Village — how L.A.'s legendary record studio cleaned up its act and survived the YouTube age". Los Angeles Times. January 13, 2017. Retrieved March 9, 2022.
  3. ^ "Visit Iconic Recording Studio". Retrieved March 9, 2022.
  4. ^ "The Village Review". The GRAMMYs. Retrieved March 9, 2022.

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Coordinates: 34°02′43″N 118°27′05″W / 34.045263°N 118.451472°W / 34.045263; -118.451472