Magic Door Recording

Magic Door Recording Recording | Mixing | Music and Sound Production Magic Door is Montclair’s full-service recording studio, founded in 2017 with a singular vision: to create an inspiring space for capturing musical expression and experimentation in New Jersey’s most interesting town.

Gorgeous acoustics, a curated combination of vintage and modern recording gear, an extensive microphone collection, and a compelling variety of instruments come together in a good-vibes downtown location, designed by legendary studio designer George Augspurger. It is a new HQ for owner/operator Ray Ketchem, a longtime award-winning indie rock producer, whose recent projects have ranged from soup-to-nuts album recording, to mixing, to session work for a dynamic mix of clients such as Luna, Guided by Voices, and Versus.

Operating as usual

The insanely gifted @lukehollandd just finished 10 days of tracking drums at @magicdoorrecording on the new @iseestarsmu...
04/13/2021

The insanely gifted @lukehollandd just finished 10 days of tracking drums at @magicdoorrecording on the new @iseestarsmusic LP with producer @dbendeth. @dwdrums provided by @demondrums

#drumsound #recordingstudio #recordingartist #drummer #meinlcymbals #dwdrums #montclair

The insanely gifted @lukehollandd just finished 10 days of tracking drums at @magicdoorrecording on the new @iseestarsmusic LP with producer @dbendeth. @dwdrums provided by @demondrums

#drumsound #recordingstudio #recordingartist #drummer #meinlcymbals #dwdrums #montclair

New release from co-founder/guitarist from @shuddertothinkofficial Produced and released by @magicdoorrecording Availabl...
03/21/2021

New release from co-founder/guitarist from @shuddertothinkofficial
Produced and released by @magicdoorrecording
Available on Bandcamp and everywhere you listen to music.

New release from co-founder/guitarist from @shuddertothinkofficial
Produced and released by @magicdoorrecording
Available on Bandcamp and everywhere you listen to music.

Few beyond the audio community would recognize his name, but he is a legend nonetheless. Rupert Neve designed the circui...
02/14/2021

Few beyond the audio community would recognize his name, but he is a legend nonetheless. Rupert Neve designed the circuits that bring your favorite records to life. Rest well Sir. @rupert_neve

Few beyond the audio community would recognize his name, but he is a legend nonetheless. Rupert Neve designed the circuits that bring your favorite records to life. Rest well Sir. @rupert_neve

@tristate_band have a 3-song EP out today. It was recorded, mixed and mastered @magicdoorrecording available where all f...
02/12/2021

@tristate_band have a 3-song EP out today. It was recorded, mixed and mastered @magicdoorrecording
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#recordingstudio #record #mixingengineer #mixingandmastering #montclair #montclairmusic #recordingengineer #mixengineer #masteringengineer

@tristate_band have a 3-song EP out today. It was recorded, mixed and mastered @magicdoorrecording
available where all fine records are sold and streamed.
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#recordingstudio #record #mixingengineer #mixingandmastering #montclair #montclairmusic #recordingengineer #mixengineer #masteringengineer

Microphone envy. The Josephson C700S has been on my wish-list for a very long time. It sounds incredible on everything.
02/01/2021

Microphone envy. The Josephson C700S has been on my wish-list for a very long time. It sounds incredible on everything.

Microphone envy. The Josephson C700S has been on my wish-list for a very long time. It sounds incredible on everything.

Elk City sessions in progress with Richard X. Baluyut.
01/30/2021

Elk City sessions in progress with Richard X. Baluyut.

Elk City sessions in progress with Richard X. Baluyut.

Great session today!
01/22/2021

Great session today!

Great session today!

Dave Lockhart session #1 is a wrap @magicdoorrecording giving the magnificent @josephson.engineering c700s a whirl. ...#...
01/13/2021

Dave Lockhart session #1 is a wrap @magicdoorrecording giving the magnificent @josephson.engineering c700s a whirl.
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#recording #recordingstudiolife #recordingartist #recordingengineer #recordingengineer #montclair #montclairmusic #montclairbid

P&G | Lead with Love "Emotions"
12/25/2020
P&G | Lead with Love "Emotions"

P&G | Lead with Love "Emotions"

We are born with eight emotions – the most powerful is love. When we #LeadWithLove, we create a better world. That’s why, as we turn the page to 2021, P&G an...

The mighty maestro Mastro in action!
12/16/2020

The mighty maestro Mastro in action!

12/11/2020

New music from Greg Amici out today!

Three guitarists - no problems. All Gibson, all day. Stuyvesant at Magic Door.
10/18/2020

Three guitarists - no problems. All Gibson, all day. Stuyvesant at Magic Door.

What a thrill to work with the great Kenny Garrett! It was a rainy, chilly October day outside, but the music being made...
10/17/2020

What a thrill to work with the great Kenny Garrett! It was a rainy, chilly October day outside, but the music being made inside was beautiful.

The Warning bringing the noise to Magic Door with producer David Bendeth and engineers Mike Ferretti and Rick Carson for...
10/12/2020

The Warning bringing the noise to Magic Door with producer David Bendeth and engineers Mike Ferretti and Rick Carson for their debut on Lava Records!

Magic Door Recording
09/29/2020

Magic Door Recording

That masked drummer is the amazing Shawn Pelton from SNL. Shawn has played with a staggering list of artists. This sessi...
07/27/2020

That masked drummer is the amazing Shawn Pelton from SNL. Shawn has played with a staggering list of artists. This session was for debut EP of Max Munoz.

A great piece in Aquarium Drunkard.I produced 4 albums for The Mendoza Line between 2002 and 2007."Beginning with 2002’s...
07/10/2020
The Mendoza Line : Post-War : Aquarium Drunkard

A great piece in Aquarium Drunkard.
I produced 4 albums for The Mendoza Line between 2002 and 2007.

"Beginning with 2002’s Lost In Revelry, they crafted a more robust and cohesive sound for their recordings."

I played drums on many of the band's recordings as well, along with the exceptional Sean Fogarty.

"We liked bands like the Mekons or Alex Chilton, that kind of vibrated on that strange frequency where you weren't sure if this was entertaining all of the time, or if the feeling between the band and the audience was more agreeable or adversarial. And that just doesn't scale commercially ..."

https://magicdoor.bandcamp.com/Friday only: 100% of your purchase goes directly to the artists.New releases from Flowers...
03/20/2020

https://magicdoor.bandcamp.com/

Friday only: 100% of your purchase goes directly to the artists.

New releases from Flowers of America - FOA, Gary Burton's Dovedale and Elk City's complete discography!

Last August I got a request for help I couldn’t refuse. Reeling from loss and exhausted by her inability to keep the wol...
03/06/2020

Last August I got a request for help I couldn’t refuse. Reeling from loss and exhausted by her inability to keep the wolves of anxiety at bay, Renée LoBue asked me to produce a group of songs she’d written that were to be released together, unadorned and without a band.

It wasn’t easy. As the lone collaborator on a project she titled Flowers of America - FOA , I sculpted tracks around Renee’s stark melodies and haunted images of isolation.

The setting was to remain minimal. I used atmospherics, cavernous reverberation, synthesizers, found sounds, sequencing and drum programming to create a bleak soundscape akin to her primary inspiration, Scott Walker's mid-90s masterpiece, “Tilt.”

Bumps lined our path. In the depths of creative discovery, I questioned whether we should reimagine the project as a new record by our band, Elk City, and even enlisted our superbly talented bandmate Chris Robertson to add bits of guitar at the 11th hour. I consider the composition and production work on ‘Videorama’ to be some of my finest to date, so I was having trouble not being included as a fellow artist.

But in the end - Renee’s intention was to make a private record to portray a private struggle. A way of reaching others who are dealing with their own demons. It’s a brave statement from a supremely gifted artist using music to soothe the beasts within. And I’m thrilled to have helped shape the message.

If ‘Videorama’ makes you feel less alone, Flowers of America - FOA has succeeded.

Buy it on Bandcamp. Listen everywhere.

OUT TODAY! Another stunner from Guided By Voices, with the exceptional drumming of Kevin March recorded by Ray in the be...
02/20/2020
Guided By Voices — Rockathon Records

OUT TODAY! Another stunner from Guided By Voices, with the exceptional drumming of Kevin March recorded by Ray in the best sounding drum room in the NYC/NJ area. : )

Now ready for pre-order! 7 inch single from the forthcoming Guided by Voices album Surrender Your Poppy Field.Limited to 1000 worldwide. PRE-ORDER for mid/late January 2020 shipping!

Magic Door Recording
02/15/2020

Magic Door Recording

@tristate_band are tracking new songs at Magic Door!#recording #mixing #recordingstudios #montclair #montclairmusic #ori...
02/09/2020

@tristate_band are tracking new songs at Magic Door!
#recording #mixing #recordingstudios #montclair #montclairmusic #originalmusic #indie #indiemusic

Live Room 4
02/07/2020

Live Room 4

Debuting TODAY at Sundance Film Festival! The soundtrack was recorded at Magic Door with composer Matt Hauser with great...
01/24/2020
The Go-Go's Documentary Heads to Showtime

Debuting TODAY at Sundance Film Festival! The soundtrack was recorded at Magic Door with composer Matt Hauser with great performances by Shawn Pelton (drums), Conrad Korsch (bass) and Oz Noy (guitar).

Alison Ellwood-directed The Go-Go’s, about the all-female rock band, is set to premiere later this year

New Logo for 2020.
01/23/2020

New Logo for 2020.

Last Friday, Fond Farewells stepped through the Magic Door with a fresh batch of great songs!
01/22/2020

Last Friday, Fond Farewells stepped through the Magic Door with a fresh batch of great songs!

Great session yesterday with David Nagler & The Legislation!
01/20/2020

Great session yesterday with David Nagler & The Legislation!

Vocal recording with they exceptional RCA 44 microphone on the new gramercy arms record.
01/05/2020

Vocal recording with they exceptional RCA 44 microphone on the new gramercy arms record.

The latest episode of a podcast we've been working on with friend and artistic career strategist R Wayne Martin.
01/03/2020
mthree: martin music management

The latest episode of a podcast we've been working on with friend and artistic career strategist R Wayne Martin.

PREMIERE DAY: EPISODE 105 TURN SIGNALS: Rules Of The Creative Road That Keep Fans Following Close Behind | Music Spotlight: Seth Gleir, “Everything Beautiful”

Enjoy the podcast!

Apple Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/small-plates/id1478301890

Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/small-plates

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCglUFeSpjsiF5wl2kXB3jTA

01/03/2020

2020 - we have music being made for you!

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Hy im a hip hop artist i live in Montclair i need help to record guyz wher u at?
Cool page and studio, fit for a NYC rocker like Spyder Darling!
Shake on Boys!!!!
Here's a hypnotic new Luna track that I mixed at Magic Door Recording. Give it a spin... #NowPlaying