Power Station Studios was founded and designed by Tony Bongiovi with business partners in 1977. Located in an old Con Edison power relay station—which also once served as home to the popular TV show Let’s Make a Deal with Monty Hall—the studio quickly became a huge success due to Bongiovi’s now legendary acoustical design, with rooms developed specifically for multitrack recording to achieve a live sound. This groundbreaking design helped Power Station Studios win Mix Magazine’s prestigious TEC Award (Technical Excellence and Creativity) as Studio of the Year for an unprecedented six years, the maximum number permitted. In 1991, Power Station Studios became the first recipient of the Les Paul Award from Mix Magazine for audio excellence and creativity.
Power Station Studios is one of the most awarded and decorated recording studios in the world, with hundreds of gold platinum records. The world-renowned studio is where artists including Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, David Bowie, Madonna, Bob Dylan, the Clash, John Lennon, Pat Metheny, Sting, Joan Jett, Chic, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Aerosmith, George Michael, Duran Duran, Bon Jovi, the Kinks, Billy Joel, and many others recorded iconic albums.
In 1996, Chieko and Kirk Imamura purchased and operated the facility as Avatar Studios. During that time, they built additional studios, integrated modern digital audio capabilities, and hosted clients including Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Herbie Hancock, Sheryl Crow, Muse, Norah Jones, Bruno Mars, and Berklee alumni John Mayer, Diana Krall, and Esperanza Spalding.
After major renovations and upgrades, the studio will reopen under Berklee’s leadership as Power Station at BerkleeNYC, continuing its legacy as New York’s premier recording facility.