New York City Recording Studios
Located in the Village, Mercy Sound Recording Studios was built to give rising musicians and songwriters access to the worlds best equipment and engineers for a fraction of the price of super studios. We help people produce projects from concept through recording and mastering to CD artwork design and duplication. We have a large library of samples and sound effects for film and video work and do voice overs and musical soundtrack writing as well. Live room for all vocals and drums with extreme bass trapping and totally silent air conditioning. Translation-we are recording stunningly punchy and tight drums with cymbals lower in the mix than in normal bright rooms. The Sound of the 60's 70's and 80's is back! We have two amp iso rooms specifically for guitar amplifiers. Room acoustics totally redesigned/rebuilt. Tightest sound in town now. -At Mercy Sound, you always record on simply the best equipment ever made- BAR NONE We record using Neumann U87 and U47 and AKG C12 mics through Neve, Retro and API equipment into ProTools Accel HD IO for recording, editing and mixing. We monitor through NS-10s, Klein and Hummel, ADAM and Legacy Audio mastering monitors for clarity, translation and power. Our production, mixing, and engineering staff are RIAA Certified with Platinum Records and have the following credits: Client List BLONDIE, BILLY JOEL, JAY-Z, LAUREN HILL, MACY GRAY, GORDON RAPHAEL (STROKES), RYAN ADAMS, JAMIE CANDILORO, STEEL PULSE, WHITNEY HOUSTON, MARY J. BLIGE, MISSY ELLIOT, KID CUDI, JAZMINE SULLIVAN, CEE LO GREEN, WILLIE NELSON, KRS - ONE, MIKE STERN, WARREN HAYNES, PATTI SMITH, RICHARD BELZER, JEFF GOLUB, BILLY SQUIER, GOV'T MULE, DAVID BLAINE, LEE SCOTT PELTON, MARC COHN, MICHAEL HILL, SIMONE PARKER, ANDREW WK, DENNIS WILLIAMS, ALICE SMITH, BUSY - BEE, DJ KENNY PARKER, JESSE WEST, DJ TODD TERRY, EUGE GROOVE, KALETA & ZOZO AFROBEAT, SAUNDERS SERMONS, ULTRAMAGNETIC MCS, BONSAI,YOKO ONO, SWV, ALL SAINTS, BIG JOE, BONE THUS AND HARMONY,BEANIE SIEGEL, 702, SAVAGE GARDAN, MASTA KILLE/RZA, GROOVE THEORY, DRU HILL,ICE-T, BODYCOUNT, LADY BUG MECCA, JIMMY WEBB, CINDY BLACKMAN, TOM KENNEDY, JULIAN LENNON, BUTCHJONES, NINASKY, JEFF TANE WATTS, BROOKE SHIELDS, LOUIS HAYES, DELMAR BROWN, DAN BALAN, MINO CINELU, DAVE MADDUCKS, DAVID KREPPEL, ANDY SANDBERG, FAT JOE, ICE CUBE,SEAN KINGSTON, EMILY PAGGET, PHILLIP GLASS ORCHESTRA, SID MCGINNIS, LAURA KAHLE, SEAN C. AND LV, DJ KENNY PARKER, RICHARD OBERACKER, ZIGGY MARLEY, QUICKSAND, SHELLY THUNDER, SHINEHEAD, FRANKIE PAUL, SISTER CAROL, WORL-A-GIRL, SHABBA RANKS, NEVILLE BROTHERS, GWEN GUTHRIE, AFIRE, MIKEY DREAD, THE MEDITATIONS, BIG MOUNTAIN, GLENN WASHINGTON, KEVIN BATCHELOR, SLY & ROBBIE, KWAME, ICE T , SKILLZ , ESTELLE , BEATNUTS, SERIUS JONES, FREE,JUSTINA, JARED EVANS, LAURIANA MAE, ALGEBRA, FOXY BROWN, SKYZOO, ACTION BRONSON, BOBBY BROWN, PHYLLIS HYMAN,YOLANDA ADAMS, FAITH EVANS ,RONALD ISLEY, BAILTER SPACE, KILLAH PRIEST,HANK SHOCKLEE, SKUNK ANANSIE AND MANY MORE... Partial list of equipment: Computer Mac Pro 8 Core 2.8GHz 10GB RAM, 3000GB storage w/ Large 30 Cinema Display Avid Digidesign ProTools HD Accel TDM with Avid I/O Interface 16in/16out Tons of Plug-Ins and Virtual Instruments (listed below) SSL, Waves Diamond TDM, McDSP, SoundToys, URS, etc ProTools 10 HD, Apple Logic Studio Pro 9, Reason, Digital Performer Preamps and Eqs Vintage Neve pre/eqs racks Wunder Audio pre/eqs Inward Connections Tube Sidecar Preamps + DI Inward Connections Pultec EQs 16 ADM 770 Discrete pre/eqs (1973 API) 4 Evil Twin Tube Direct Boxes 2 API 560 Graphic EQ1 API 560 Graphic EQ MW1 Studio Tool by Creation Audio Labs Radial JDI Stereo Duplex Direct Box Radial JDI Direct Boxes Compressors Vintage Gates 1957 Original STA-LEVEL Compressor 2 Retro Instruments Compressors - Stereo Linked (Universal Audio 176 super clones) 2 Inward Connections Limiters Universal Audio UA Stereo 2-1176 Distressor Brit-Mod Compressor Cranesong STC-8 Stereo Discrete Class A Compressor Limiter Microphones Lucas U47 Lucas 251 / C12 Neumann U87 + KM84 Royer Soundelux AudioTechnica Sennheiser AKG Shure Audix Rode Real Instruments and Amps Hailun 50" Upright Piano 60's Gibson Southern Jumbo Acoustic Guitar Fender Precision Bass P-Bass (50's + 60's Style light wood) Hamer American Stratecaster G&L Bass 5 Piece Precision Drum Kit and Cymbals Fractal Audio Axe-FX II Hardware Amp Simulator Emery Sound Bassbaby Bass Amp Emory Super Baby Guitar Amp Emory Micro Baby Guitar Amp Budda Guitar Amp Superdrive 30 Series II Pedalboard with Isolated power supply and Durham Electronics Sex Drive, Fulltone OCD, Xotic RC Booster, Zvex Box of Rock, Subdecay Quasar and Keeley compressor Software Virtual Instruments Partial List Digital Performer - Logic - Reason - Melodyne - Kontakt 4 - Native Instruments Komplete - all Digidesign A.I.R. VIs - Omnisphere - Trilian - Access Virus Indigo Synth - TH1 amp sim - Transfuser - Akoustik Piano - Stylus RMX - Structure - Eleven amp sim TDM - Amp Farm amp sim - POD Farm - Velvet electric piano - Strike - Toontrack Superior 2 w/ DFH Custom and Vintage Drums, Cocktail and Percussionist (90GB just drums) - Toontrack EZDrummer w/ expansion packs - ESX-24 Sampler w/ 160GB of samples - B4 II - Predator - Battery 3 - Reaktor 5 - Elektrik Piano 1.5 - FM8 - Guitar Rig 4 - Massive - Pro-53 - Hybrid - etc etc Software Plug-Ins Partial List Waves MERCURY Bundle TDM + SSL TDM - Auto Tune - 1176 - LA2A - CompressorBank - Filterbank - MC2000 - all Digidesign & A.I.R. plug ins - Drumagogg - Focusrite d2 + d3 - Massey L2007 (all Massey) - Melodyne plugin - Soundtoys Bundle - Cranesong Phoenix - Reverb One - Revibe - TL Space- Smack - URS A & N & N12 Series EQ - SansAmp PSA-1 - VocAlign - etc etc etc Mercy Sound Recording Studios can also convert your new or vintage vinyl 45s, 78s, LPs, 1/4" tapes, Minidiscs, DAT tapes, Hi-8, MiniDV Digital Video Tapes, VHS tapes, micro cassettes and audio cassette tapes to CDs or hi definition DVDs. We have a lounge with cable TV and we also have internet access. Also, we have mid/long-term empty control room rentals periodically available. See: http://www.mercysound.com/ Call the studio manager at 212-390-0305 to schedule a studio tour and hear our work.
Newly arrived is our golden-age Steinway grand piano that was completely rebuilt this summer ($30k just on the insides) by America's top Steinway tech and voicing master, Hungarian mechanical engineer Sujatri Reisinger of Klavierhaus. Sujatri and co-rebuilder Manuel made the grand piano truly magnificent in every way. The Steinway’s long journey now over, meet Mercy Sound Recording Studios newest addition…
Fun times this week with Darryl DMC McDaniels in Studio A interviewing on the @Juneinapril podcast, recorded by resident engineer Matt Chiaravalle.
Overdubs in the Orange Room all day yesterday with our vintage Les Paul:
Digging up some fun photos from our last couple months of session work, and came across this awesome group shot of What Cheer? Brigade during their stopover with Blondie to lay some background tracks for their new album. Done in the converted "Soul" Live Room, What Cheer? Brigade brought in a 10 piece accompaniment to add their signature marching band sound to the Blondie project. Was a thrill and pleasure to host them, and we hope to see them again!
Awesome interview of FEHRPLAY by Future Music Magazine from the Purple Room here at Mercy. Hear about new production tools, life on the road, and more...
In the new issue, we talk synths, melodies, Ibiza and deadmau5 with producer Jonas von der Fehr, aka FEHRPLAY – http://bit.ly/FMU297
So awesome to have Blondie back in the studio again for a two day writing session, and a huge thanks to Sky Ferreira as well for stopping by and taking some killer photos! Hope to see you guys again soon!!!
Pharoahe Monch recording in the Orange Room with Mercy's incomparable engineer, Cid d Kid.
Just a normal Monday at Mercy hard at work with the Soap Girls, who all-star producer Brian Cid (luckily) brought to Mercy. Next stop for the Soaps…America
Peep Tracy Young's new official remix of Cher's Woman's World Mastered by the one and only Hernan Santiago, here at Mercy Sound Recording Studios NYC.
This track is one of three Offiicial Remixes promoting Cher's new album "Closer To The Truth". Be sure to check back with Mercy to keep up to date with ongoing and future projects!!
The first UK Single off of Blondie's new album is now online. It is called "A Rose By Any Name" ft. Beth Ditto. This song was mixed by our very own Hernan Santiago at Mercy Sound Recording Studios NYC. Enjoy and feel free to spread the word.
New Gear Alert: We're going to have fun with this one! Ask your engineer about The Branch by Tree Audio . Stay tuned for more new updates from Mercy Sound Recording Studios NYC. We'll post some samples of the quality of sound that the Branch provides sometime in the next week.
New Pro Tools 11 feature list, edited down:
AAX only- no RTAS or TDM
New 64 bit Audio Engine, multiple times the processing power of Pro Tools 10
Plug-in optimization: dynamic host processing reallocates processor resources as needed
Offline Bounce (!!)
Play and edit HD video (!)- same core video engine as in Media Composer
Output HD video via Avid, AJA and Blackmagic interfaces
Control multiple Pro Tools|HD systems from one with Satellite Link
Low latency with dedicated input and playback buffers on native systems, without sacrificing plugin performance
New audio file search engine / optimized Workspace Browser
time-stamped plug-in automation
16 new metering types in both scales and ballistics.
Monitor sends through new mini meters on every channel
Monitor gain reduction on plug-in Inserts
new key command workflows and Mix window enhancements
Full Apple Retina display support
Comes with both Pro Tools 11 and Pro Tools 10 licenses for session compatibility
Automate While Recording
Simplify workflows for live sound, re-recording VCA Masters and Dolby ATMOS.
Automate while on input or recording audio
Automation can be touched up after the pass is recorded, instead of starting from scratch
The Avid Pro Tools 10 to 11 Upgrade Activation Card
Tape Op Magazine
REDD37: Up until the Sgt. Pepper sessions in 1967, the recording desks used in the control room at Abbey Road Studios were the EMI-built REDD 37. Lenny Kravitz owns this console and recently added a CraneSong AVOCET monitoring system. This is probably the most famous console in the world. Lenny supposedly refused a substantial offer from a former Beatle member for it.
Vinyl record + needle magnified 1000x
Another world's first from sE Electronics and Rupert Neve Designs.
Is that a threat? at Mercy Sound Recording Studios
The Mercy Sound House-Band with Fanny Wynn
Mercy Sound now has a brand new summing mixer! The Inward Connections Mix 690. http://www.inwardconnections.com/mix690.htm
Mercy Sound Recording Studios NYC's cover photo
Gates sta level and retro 176's
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Mercy Sound Recording Studios NYC's cover photo
RUPERT'S MYSTERY PRODUCT: Teaser #6...check back TOMORROW for the full deal!
We would love to be able to say that the awesome Lucas CS-1 microphone is the only one you'll ever need...but we can't.As great as it is, and as great as any mic might be, none is "the perfect microphone" for every single sound source. Enter The Lucas CS-4 Microphone...Again the brainchild of Oliver...
Singer/songwriter Chris Turner comes through with some of that ‘so old it’s new’ type music via his recently released EP, The Monktape. I had the pleasure of seeing this dude live recently and have been looking forward to some new music ever since. Today, he obliges my request with 5 smooth, jazzy a...
Daniel Harnett - "And you my love...."
Daniel Harnett performs "And you my love.." a song from his upcoming EP. A part of a series of releases coming from this amazing songwriter.
Zozo Afrobeat "Felabration" Mix session with Sidney Mills, Kaleta, Meta and Benon
Check out Travis Reuters new album "Rotational Templates" on New Focus Recordings. Recorded at Mercy Sound July 24th, 2010.
New Focus Recordings is an independent music label, based in New York City and specializing in contemporary concert music.
Mercy Sound has now Joined facebook! I'll post content here often to show what goes on at the studio.
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