Best Recording Studio - 2009
The Shack North
Operating under a self-imposed mandate to foster the South Florida indie scene, this Hialeah recording/rehearsal studio is a creative crash pad paradise. The design ethic is post-ironic thrift hipster, mixing sombreros, Christmas lights, retro sofas, and lots of blond wood. Likewise, the gear list is eclectic and old-school: a 1965 Silvertone Twin 12 amp, a 1957 Harmony steel-string guitar, and a Farfisa Pianorgan, among other decidedly rad stuff. Yet more than anything, this place is all about music-making. Literally 24 hours a day, seven days a week, any band can book a two-hour rehearsal for a fixed rate of $40, with each additional hour running $15. (The cost of recording time, however, is variable.) So shoot your promo photos in the lounge, rent some rare vintage equipment, or schedule your next marathon studio session, because the vibe here is exceedingly amiable. Of course, the Shack masters do have a couple of firm rules: (1) No smoking indoors, only outside in the established safe zone, and (2) everyone's gotta recycle. Their motto: "Respect the place and it will respect you back. We promise."
This place is definately the best place to record music here in South Florida. Cheap rates, amiable atmosphere, great tools, and Ferny and Rimsky are the best at what they do. These guys deserve all the credit for being such a huge contribution to the South florida's music scene. Anybody that is knowledgable will know to visit this place. Cheers and congrat to Ferny and Rimsky......Now we just need Humbert to play more shows!!!
There is nothing that can be said to accurately reflect how much I love the Shack, Rimsky and Ferny. The place is home to many bands and many of us feel a tremendous amount of gratitude towards the place and the people who manage it. They go out of their way to help bands and their knowledge about recording is only surpassed by their awesomeness as persons. Congrats to Ferny and Rimsky and a big THANK YOU for your help! If you have not check out the place do yourself a favor a do it.
The Shack has been a home to local music for many years. I've known Ferny for 20+ years and this guy has been a key component in the local music/production scene...a lot more than he's credited for (if at all). The Shack provides a comfortable, laid back setting that takes away the pressure of the average recording situation mainly because of the guys running it and the intimacy of the studio itself. Rimsky and Ferny provide their customers not only with excellent recording skills and knowledge of the equipment being used but, both guys also specialize in making you feel at home and relaxed in their own kind of laid back, humorous way. Congrats