(written from a Production point of view)
The Sony Pictures Scoring Stage, also known as the Barbra Streisand Scoring Stage, is a motion picture scoring studio located in Culver City, California. It is the largest film scoring venue in the world. 
The studio was originally located at the MGM shooting stage until the late 1920s. One of the first film scores recorded there was that of the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz. Movie scores that have been recorded there since then include Gone with the Wind (1939), Anchors Aweigh (1945), An American in Paris (1951), Ben Hur (1959), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965), E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Schindler's List (1993), Jurassic Park (1993), Toy Story (1995), Spider-Man (2002), and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006).
Giacchino previously used the Sony Pictures Scoring Stage to record the music for the 2004 Disney/Pixar film The Incredibles and the 2006 Paramount film Mission: Impossible III. The latter, like Star Trek, was directed by J.J. Abrams.