Best of Boston

2001 Best Recording Studio

Q Division Studios

Last year, Q joined the exodus that has seen just about every cool band, club, and scene relocate north of the Charles. Leaving the South End, Q’s owners took their two vintage sound boards, a Neve 8068 and a Trident 80Band, and headed for the burgeoning Davis Square. Along the way, they acquired the requisite computer gizmos and hired engineer/producer extraordinaire Matthew Ellard. Even with the plush lounges, oodles of classic equipment, clients like James Taylor and Aimee Mann, and infamous annual who’s-who-in-Boston-music Christmas party, Q still remembers the little voices: Local bands are welcome with open ears.

363 Highland Ave., Somerville, 617-623-3500,