Shards Shards is a creative recording space in the heart of the South Side Bethlehem Arts District owned and operated by Matt Molchany. Msg [email protected] for info and rates!
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RECORDING / MIXING / RE-AMPING / REHEARSAL MICS AKG D112 (2) AKG D58 AKG C414 AKG C2000(2) AUDIX D4 AUDIX OM2(2) SHURE SM81 (with omni and cardioid capsules) SHURE SM57 (5) SHURE UNIDYNE 545 SHURE BETA52 AUDIO TECHNICA 4033A (2) MXL 603 (mod pending but decent stock) MXL 9000 (upgraded tube) NADY RSM-5 Passive Ribbon w / Lundahl transformer EV RE320 EV PL80 EV PL5 EV 644 shotgun mic EV 757b REALISTIC MC-1000 (2) REALISTIC 33-1070D Omni (similar to EVPL5 / EV635a) Preamps UNIVERSAL AUDIO 710 TWINFINITY 1 channel (u.s. made) SYTEK MPX 4AIIi 4 channel UREI 7510a 8 channel discrete op amp preamp STUDIO TECHNOLOGIES MIC PRE-EMINENCE 2 channel DDA / DYNACORD INTERFACE 24X8X2 console - 24 direct outs (pres designed by Audient dudebro) ROBERTS / AKAI 990 reel to reel preamp module 1 channel SHURE SR109 8x1 (currently mod'ing for direct outs) OTARI AF206 Transformer Coupled Head Unit Outboard/FX JOE MEEK VC3 V2 opto comp/preamp/enhancer SYMETRIX CL-150 comp-limiter SYMETRIX 501 comp/limiter SYMETRIX SX 208 stereo comp ART PRO VLA2 stereo/dual mono opto comp ART MDC 2001 stereo compresor / limiter / de-esser / enhancer ROLAND RV-70 stereo reverb MXR 1500 digital delay HAMMOND organ reverb tank ACCUSONIC reverb tank MULTIVOX MXD 7 analog delay / reverb DIGITECH RDS 3.6 DIGITAL DELAY / CHORUS / FLANGER REALISTIC 31-1987 stereo 5 band discrete inductor equalizer SOUNDCRAFTSMEN stereo 10 band inductor equalizer SHURE SR 107 discrete 10 band rotary eq DOD 831B mono graphic eq (proportional q so no nipple ripples) Converters MOTU 24 I/O ALLEN & HEATH ZED10FX PRESONUS Firestudio EDIROL UA4fx Recorders Otaria MX5050 1/4" mastering deck Otari MX7000 1/4" mastering deck (parts) Monitors Hafler M5 Alto TS115A 800w JBL L-112 vintage control monitors Amps 1982 Fender Concert 2X10 65w tube combo 70s Fender Bassman 100w head 80s Roland JC-120 dual 2X12 2X60w combo Fender Frontman 25r 1X10 25w combo Harman Kardon A 401 70w stereo hi-fi amp Drums 80s Yamaha Recording Custom kit tons of pedals, other rare effects and subject to change because...hoarders

Quarantine #mastered this quirky, funky, bedroom psych-jazz project by Sunbeam 100 - home-recorded and composed by Giann...
05/16/2020
Moon Songs

Quarantine #mastered this quirky, funky, bedroom psych-jazz project by Sunbeam 100 - home-recorded and composed by Gianni Aranoff of Powder Valley Bang!

Moon Songs, an album by Sunbeam 100 on Spotify

05/15/2020
L.A. FASTLIFE

Lil snippet of a rad, gritty track I mastered for L.A. FASTLIFE, recorded and mixed by Lee Romich on cassette 8 track!

We’re almost finished with our 7”. Here’s a preview of the track Ersatz from that release. You can check out the whole song on our Bandcamp (link below)

Released 5 more beats / loops today complete with fills and glitched out versions of punk d-beat, trap, trip-hop / hip-h...
05/01/2020
Shards Recording Studio

Released 5 more beats / loops today complete with fills and glitched out versions of punk d-beat, trap, trip-hop / hip-hop, and a funky jammer! My pre-covid projects are wrapping up so I'm happily available to mix and master home recordings or provide reamping and custom beats!

Compositions and musical creations from Shards Recording Studio, Bethlehem, PA. owned/operated by Matt Molchany Follow me on IG/FB! VVVVVVVVVVVVV

Another batch of pay-what-you-want drum loops / grooves are up on the Shards Recording Studio Bandcamp!  Recorded on 8-T...
04/17/2020
Shards Recording Studio

Another batch of pay-what-you-want drum loops / grooves are up on the Shards Recording Studio Bandcamp! Recorded on 8-Track analog cassette and grimed up with various analog pedals. Enjoy!
https://shardsrecordingstudio.bandcamp.com/

Vnmo . . . . . @Matthew-Molchany Sounds and samples from the recording studio Shards in Bethlehem, PA owned and operated by Matt Molchany ********************** Due to Covid-19 my work is severely limited and I decided to put up some drum loops for fun--if you enjoy them, feel free to tip me!

As I wrap up pre-covid work, I slowly recorded beats here in-studio and chopped them into loops which are now LIVE on Ba...
04/04/2020
Shards Recording Studio

As I wrap up pre-covid work, I slowly recorded beats here in-studio and chopped them into loops which are now LIVE on Bandcamp for Pay-What-You-Can download! You can use them to write an entire song, start a riff, practice along with--whatever you're feeling!

If you're looking for something specific, I'm also taking drum commissions as well as reamping, mixing, and mastering of your self-produced tracks!

Hope everyone's staying safe and both mentally AND physically healthy!

-Matt

https://shardsrecordingstudio.bandcamp.com/

Sounds and samples from the recording studio Shards in Bethlehem, PA owned and operated by Matt Molchany

02/01/2020

Slowly worked away at this eclectic hip-hop collab album with Johnny Curcio and Matthew NyteXing Mosley over the last (gasp) year, and am pumped it's out! The songs go from jazzy to heavy, about anything from video games, to mundane jobs, and finding / maintaining your muse. Streaming everywhere!

Rad to see recent Shards alums The Jawnstowne Standard on Colin's Punk Rock World end of year top 10 up there with The B...
12/18/2019
Colin's Top Ten EPs, Albums and Live Sets of 2019

Rad to see recent Shards alums The Jawnstowne Standard on Colin's Punk Rock World end of year top 10 up there with The Bouncing Souls!

Every year, doing an end of year list gives me a bigger and bigger headache. I love finding more and more new bands and discovering more...

Mems of Gertie Fox were in from California to cut some new songs!
11/07/2019

Mems of Gertie Fox were in from California to cut some new songs!

Sometimes Joe takes the recording console controls while us other dudes do takes. Control R on that keyboard bud. @shardslv

Sat down with the fine folks at Lab two Twelve for their The Poorly Edited Podcast and waxed recording philosophy, loudn...
10/18/2019
Lab Two Twelve

Sat down with the fine folks at Lab two Twelve for their The Poorly Edited Podcast and waxed recording philosophy, loudness wars, and talked about my journey across the US leaving DIY studios in my wake.

We talk to the man who leaves a recording studio wherever he goes. Matt Molchany enamors us with where music has taken him in his life, from dropping out of college to be in a band full time and moving across the country with that band to try in make it in LA to moving back home and couch hopping until he finally found a home for himself and his studio in Bethlehem PA. By the end of the podcast it is clear that Zak has found his Sound Engineer Dad in Matt Molchany so come and watch a father and son bond for the first time.

#mattmolchaney #shards #shardslv #labtwotwelve #labtwotwelve #lab212 #poorlyedited #poorlyeditedpodcast #soundengineers #soundengineering #bethlehem #bethlehempa #pennsylvania #lehighvalley #shardsrecordingstudio #allentown #tapeswapradio

10/03/2019
Gertie Fox

Recordings of long ago... My old band Gertie Fox had a song placed in this wacky video for the software company LCPtracker, Inc., one of my earlier digital recordings and mixes in a tiny tiny vibey vibey room on a farm of sorts in California.

Check out the music video that was made using our song Up On A Moon for LCPtracker software company! One of the guys even makes a guest cameo appearance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7KStIEjGlo

Been laying low after the loss of one of the most beautiful people I was lucky  enough to call a friend, Emily Meixell. ...
08/27/2019

Been laying low after the loss of one of the most beautiful people I was lucky enough to call a friend, Emily Meixell. She always kind of jokingly called me her life coach when we lived and played music together but I wouldn't be half the person I am without her copious encouragement and optimism. Whether you knew her personally, thru Martin Guitar, VoirVoir, Zepplehem, or you're just stumbling upon this post, I hope one of these little lessons lifts you up today🖤🖤🖤

07/22/2019
Martin Guitar

Incredibly proud to have been a part of this Martin Guitar and NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration collaboration! This guitar was released to honor the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. It's made from a sycamore whose seeds spent time on the lunar surface. A/V was done by The Alternative Gallery / Shards / Chris Hagenbuch

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, NASA comissioned a Martin Guitar made from Sycamore seeds that were taken into space on Apollo 14. Check out the "Moonwood" guitar being played by artist Alan Little.

The FaceApp works on control rooms too!....#faceapp #faceappchallenge #recordingstudio #recordingengineer #audioengineer...
07/17/2019

The FaceApp works on control rooms too!
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#faceapp #faceappchallenge #recordingstudio #recordingengineer #audioengineer #ncc1701d #controlroom

06/20/2019
Tape Swap Radio

If you want a little glimpse into the inner sanctum, peep this Tape Swap Radio vid of Florida's Expert Timing tracked wildly live, mastered for hi def! And if you don't already, follow me on IG @shardslv for more detailed / frequent updates💐

The videos from Expert Timing are here! Watch video of all four songs and the interview at our website. The three-piece Orlando band stopped by Shards while on tour in May 2019.

https://www.tapeswapradio.com/news/expert-timing

A little light expansion on a Tuesday.  Rip Sands.
06/11/2019

A little light expansion on a Tuesday. Rip Sands.

05/24/2019
Mister Owl, by Billy Mack Collector

New adorable Billy Mack Collector album I had the pleasure of session drumming on as well as mastering, give it a spin!

8 track album

Gear
05/17/2019

Gear

Shards's cover photo
05/17/2019

Shards's cover photo

05/16/2019
Tape Swap Radio

Live recording with L.A. FASTLIFE at Shards for Tape Swap Radio turned out great! Not a lot of room for error and mixing pretty much happens as they play. More vids at https://www.tapeswapradio.com/

#Premiere -- Lehigh Valley newcomers L.A. FASTLIFE are bringing a dose of heavy punk to live shows in the area. Video of all 5 songs and an interview from their Shards Session is up at our site now: https://www.tapeswapradio.com/news/la-fastlife

04/27/2019

Come by the Shards and Tape Swap Radio zone to remix the Small Mess tune "Feeling Better" tomorrow at 2019 Lehigh Valley Punk Rock Flea Market

02/13/2019

Repost - - Bethlehem Area Public Library caught me slamming away in the Library studio, room's starting to sound legit!! .
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#bethlehem #lehighvalley #recordingstudio #recordingengineer #drummer #drums #library #miccheck #audioengineer #behringerx32 #shuresm7b

Beyond excited to finally announce my partnering with Lehigh U and Bethlehem Public library to bring a public recording ...
01/16/2019

Beyond excited to finally announce my partnering with Lehigh U and Bethlehem Public library to bring a public recording space to Bethlehem!!
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The room is large and vibey, a lot of care went into the acoustic treatment, 32 mic/line inputs are available and the mic locker is enviable. It will be available free to library cardholders much like signing out a computer. Details and ribbon cutting coming, feel free to comment with questions!!!
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Huge thanks to Josh Berk for his vision for what a library can be!
Bethlehem Area Public Library Lehigh University
#recordingstudio #recordingengineer #audioengineer #logicprox #cockosreaper #inthestudio #studiolife #shuresm7b #shure58 #shure57 #cadmicrophones #behringerx32 #wurlitzer #vintagesynth #publiclibrary #bethlehem #lehighvalley #shardsstudio #voxamps @ Bethlehem Area Public Library

I casually mentioned Shards turning 10 years old this month, and April being the most attentive and caring person ever t...
11/27/2018

I casually mentioned Shards turning 10 years old this month, and April being the most attentive and caring person ever threw a surprise Shardsiversary party complete with embarrassing old pictures, a vintage chandelier, and a gorgeous guitar built by @e_meix_face to resemble our van!

This gesture completely knocked me over, doing this can feel like an uphill battle at times and I'm so super grateful for all the support I've had over the years. To 10 more! @ Hardball Cider

💐RIP Geoff Emerick - without him I wouldn't have become as massively infatuated with engineering...
10/03/2018
Geoff Emerick, Beloved Beatles Engineer, Dead at 72

💐RIP Geoff Emerick - without him I wouldn't have become as massively infatuated with engineering...

Engineer helped cut numerous classics including ‘Sgt. Pepper’s,’ ‘Revolver,’ ‘Abbey Road’

Very excited for our lineup this year at Allentown ArtsFest Tape Swap Radio stage!  Its like a 3 day living mixtape!  As...
09/28/2018

Very excited for our lineup this year at Allentown ArtsFest Tape Swap Radio stage! Its like a 3 day living mixtape! As always the festival is completely free. @tapeswapradio stage kicks off at 6pm tonight!
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@allentownartsfest #allentown #lehighvalley #festival #musicfestival #livemusic #tapeswapradio #allentownartsfest #audioengineer

Getting there... 3 layers epoxy concrete paint and 2 layers of gloss lacquer, brighter drum sounds, tuning the room with...
09/19/2018

Getting there... 3 layers epoxy concrete paint and 2 layers of gloss lacquer, brighter drum sounds, tuning the room with Auralex absorbers and home brew diffusers tomorrow!
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#recordingstudio #recordingengineer #studiolife #auralex #auralexacoustics #diy #lehighvalley #bethlehem #southsideartsdistrict #babyblue #audioengineer #inthestudio #acoustics #lehighvalley

Got a lil shout out from @newnoisemagazine in their piece about the new @tilenoise release!  They're streaming the song ...
07/16/2018

Got a lil shout out from @newnoisemagazine in their piece about the new @tilenoise release! They're streaming the song "Play Safe" and talked to Tile Mike about his favorite member of CCR
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#recordingengineer #recordingstudio #tilenoise #limitedappealrecords #newnoisemagazine #mixengineer #masteringengineer #newmusic #noiserock #sludge #postpunk #posthardcore #lehighvalley #bethlehem #southsideartsdistrict

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