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Best Recording Studio 

Bird Cloud Recording

Ryan Wasoba, hard at work.

Blair Stiles

Ryan Wasoba, hard at work.

Located 30 minutes east of St. Louis in Edwardsville, Bird Cloud Recording can be a bit of a trek for visitors. But with 2,000 square feet of studio space and an impressive collection of top-of-the-line equipment, it is well worth the trip. For competitive rates, clients receive access to a 1,500-square-foot tracking area, two isolation booths, a control room filled with couches and natural light, and all of the instruments, mics, amps and effects they could possibly need. Of course, the studio's greatest asset is its operator, Ryan Wasoba, who has been producing under the name Bird Cloud Recording since 2007. Wasoba (an occasional RFT contributor) will stop at nothing to make sure his clients leave with a product they can be proud of, and he'll even play on a track if circumstances call for it. It's no coincidence that eight of Wasoba's clients were nominated for RFT Music Awards this year, including LifeWithout and Hands and Feet, who took home awards for Post Hardcore and Electronic (Eclectic), respectively. 144A North Main Street, Edwardsville, Illinois. 314-518-5345,

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