Hudson Valley Sound Check – Where To Record Your Next Album
Getting ready to mix or record an album? Come to the Hudson Valley for our world-class recording studios have welcomed some of the biggest names in music as well as emerging artists and bands. These well-equipped studios would love to have your business!
Inside+Out is happy to connect you to this truly impressive list of Hudson Valley Recording Studios:
APPLEHEAD RECORDING STUDIO | Saugerties New York | 845-418-2370 | @appleheadrecord
Applehead Recording & Production is a boutique residential recording facility, situated on a 17-acre farm 1.5 miles east of the center of Woodstock, New York. Owned by Michael Birnbaum and Chris Bittner, Applehead boasts both classic and modern gear, beautiful architecture and acoustics, a big, accurate and comfortable control room. The studio has played host to a wide variety of artists all drawn by the vast collection of modern and vintage recording equipment. This is a one-of-a-kind place to make music.
AREA 52 STUDIOS | Saugerties New York | 845-247-3904 | @area52recordings
Area 52 Studios is a full-service recording studio and the home of the Woodstock Recording Workshop and Hudson Valley Audio. Between the three divisions, we can teach you how to record your music with; how to mix and master it, and then how to sell and install a state-of-the-art audio/video system so you can enjoy listening to your new record. Owner and engineer Dave Cook has worked in the recording industry for over 25 years and has worked with: The B-52’s, 10,000 Maniacs, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Juliana Hatfield, Graham Parker, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, among others. He has mixed live, radio concert broadcasts for artists including David Bowie, Alanis Morissette, Bare Naked Ladies, Goo Goo Dolls, and Radiohead.
ARTFARM RECORDING | Accord New York | 845-626-7467 | @artfarmrecording
It all starts with a great-sounding room! Full, flexible digital and analog services only a two-hour drive from New York City, Artfarm Recording Studio is an immersive, productive work and recreation environment. You bring the ideas, and Artfarm will bring them into focus capturing the emotion that inspired them. This is destination recording…bring your tribe. Accommodations for 10.
BEAR CALL MASTERING | Kingston New York | 718-569-8504
Bear Call Mastering is a boutique mastering studio in Kingston, New York run by Jon Cohrs that specializes in high-quality audio mastering for labels + independent artists. Previously Spleenless Mastering. Clients include Joel Pickard, Amanda Palmer, Bang on a Can, The Roulettes, Tara Jane O’Neil, The Red Robot Collective, The Caves, Dj Tan’t, Tin Hat, and Wondery.
CLUBHOUSE STUDIOS | Rhinebeck New York | 914.572.7115 | @clubhouserecordingstudio
World-class, residential recording studio, owned by engineer Paul Antonell has built a reputation as one of the most respected, creative, and innovative studios in the country. Clients include The Lumineers, Bob Weir, Earl Slick, Shawn Mendes, Jim Weider, Al Di Meola, Kristen Capolino, John Platania, and Reeves Gabrels to name a few.
COLDBROOK PRODUCTIONS | Woodstock New York | 845-679-7429
Run by the uber-talented engineer, Julie Last, Coldbrook is an intimate recording environment for singer/songwriters, small groups, and instrumentalists. Just minutes from the center of Woodstock, a secluded recording facility sits on green and peaceful grounds amidst the lush woods of the Catskill mountains. Clients include Rickie Lee Jones, Robbie Dupree, Shawn Colvin, Joni Mitchell, Liz Phair, David Byrne, Toni Child, Madonna, Wilson Phillips, Krishna Das, Neil Young, Aerosmith, Los Lobos, Talking Heads, Jules Shear, and Pal Shazar.
DREAMLAND STUDIO | West Hurley New York | 845-338-7151 | @dreamlandrecordingstudio
Owned by Joel Bluestein and Jerry Marotta, Dreamland Studio is a residential recording studio with an unusual amount of vintage and modern gear, housed in an Upstate New York church. “We have found that musicians are able to get more done in less time here at Dreamland than at other studios, because of the onsite lodging and our focused yet relaxed atmosphere. The only distractions are the eagle’s nest, fire pit, and upstate mountain breeze.” Two of Rolling Stone’s top ten college albums, “Teen Dream” by Beach House and “Odd Blood” by Yeasayer were recorded at Dreamland. Clients include The B-52s, Joe Jackson, 10,000 Maniacs, Amanda Palmer, John Sebastian, Sufjan Stevens, Snarky Puppy, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette, John Hall, NRBQ, Jules Shear, and more!
GIMME THAT SOUND | Stone Ridge New York | 917-913-6466 | @gimmethatsound
Owner, Grammy Award-winning Mixer and chief engineer Stephen George’s credits appear on over 100 million albums sold!! Occupying a refurbished Hudson Valley barn in Upstate New York’s historical hamlet Of Stone Ridge you’ll fond Gimme That Sound recording studio. Just 30 Minutes South Of Woodstock. 1.75 hours from Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Services include Online Mixing, Music Production, In House Mixing, Mastering, and Recording services. Clients include Quincy Jones, Sting, Britney Spears, 702, Paul Simon, Buddy Guy, Celine Dion, Aaron Carter, High Five, Kool Moe Dee, MC Lyte, Mos Def, Aika Ohno, Angelica, Backstreet Boys, Black Coffey, Billy Ocean.
MAGNETIC NORTH STUDIO | Saugerties New York | 845-247-0113
Magnetic North has provided professional recording services for local and national artists for over twenty-five years. Magnetic North’s “Class A” Analog mix desk combined with ProTools 10.x, Reaper and a host of classic outboard gear make for a powerful mix environment that can’t be matched by most modern studios. Superior acoustic design, continual equipment upgrades and talented engineers all combine to create a relaxed, affordable and productive recording experience. Clients include Gail Ann Dorsey, John Sebastian, David Sancious, KRS One, Tony Levin, NRBQ, David Torn, Michael Bernier, Orleans, Boogie Down Productions BDP, Astrid Gilberto, Jerry Marotta, Five Points Band, Garth Hudson, Bad Brains, Justin Love, Kate Pierson, Voodelic, Robert Thurman, Harvey Sorgen, The Ladybugs, Cowboy Junkies and so many more!
NO PARKING STUDIO | Rosendale New York | 845-546-5359 | @noparkingstudios
No Parking Studio is a friendly little strawbale studio in Rosendale, NY run by Dean Jones. Dean, who specializes in children’s music, has squeezed a lot out of this humble studio, winning a Grammy, a Latin Grammy, and 7 Grammy nominations. Over the past 25 years, Dean has been allowing instinct and happenstance and listening and experimenting to guide him. Oh, and good old Canadian friendliness. Recording should be a joy.
PINEAPPLE ROOM STUDIO | Near New Paltz NY | 732-325-4785 | @pineappleroomstudio
Pineapple Room Studio is an artist retreat-style analog/digital music recording studio near New Paltz, NY with a private artist guesthouse run by Producer/Engineer Tom Deis. Deis has produced many unique and broadcast-ready albums as well as film scores and commercials. Deis is also available for in-person or remote session work, analog tape wash, mixing, and mastering.
SONART RECORDING STUDIO | Mount Tremper New York | 845-688-5299
This cutting-edge digital and analog recording facility is nestled at the base of Mount Tremper, NY; a few hours from Manhattan and minutes from the heart of Woodstock, NY One of the best features at Sonart is the mixing capability. Setting aside the great outboard gear and extensive plug-in selection, the mixing room itself is second to none. The Genelec monitors sound fantastic, representing all frequencies from 25 to 20k Hertz remarkably evenly, thanks to the properly tuned subwoofer with an almost undetectable crossover. The bass frequencies in the room are astoundingly well controlled, as the mix changes little from the “sweet spot” to the back or sides of the room. All of these features combine to give you a mixing space that is honest to your mix moves, requiring very little revisiting, as what you are hearing is actually what is happening.
SPLIT ROCK STUDIO | New Paltz New York | 845)-430-4717
Jason Sarubbi’s popular recording studio is named for a popular New Paltz swimming hole. “Great Audio is Our Passion. Music is what we know, do, and love. There is always something new that can be discovered by mixing beats, tempos, rhythms, and melodies. We are committed to discovering the creativity artists possess and bringing them to new heights in the industry”. Services include Voice Overs, ADR Sessions, Audio Post Mixing for Film or TV, Analog to Digital Transfers, Recording, Mixing, and Mastering of any audio source. Clients include Kelleigh McKenzie, Tracy Bonham, Old ‘97s frontman Rhett Miller, Jeremy Mage, Donna Sherman, John Burdick, Seth Branitz, and a who’s who of regional notables, including and Sarubbi’s own bands, the Trapps, and the Sweet Clementines.
THE ISOKON | Kingston New York | 845-901-6488 | @theisokon
The Isokon is the Upstate NY studio of producer/mixer/engineer D. James Goodwin, purveyor of fine and elegant sounds, adventurous and the avant-garde, in technicolor. Formerly located in Woodstock New York, the studio is now in Kingston. The space presents the opportunity to work in a ‘studio in the round’ setting, where the cutting room and the control room are one in the same. Clients include Blitzen Trapper, Craig Funn, Snowflake, Bob Weir, Rhett Miller, Jesse Marchant, This is the Kit, Bonny Light Horseman, The Hold Steady, Heather Woods Broderick, Kevin Morby, and Sun of the Goldfinger. The origin of the name hails back to the 1940s when a group of avant-garde architects took refuge in London and designed the first apartment building dedicated to communal living – this building was called The Isokon Building, derived from the words ‘isometric construction’.
WELTERWEIGHT SOUND STUDIO | New Paltz New York | @welterweight_sound
Welterweight Sound Studio is located on 2.5 acres of land just outside of the town center of New Paltz, NY. It was built to design by owner and producer/engineer, Ryan Dieringer. The studio consists of a spacious, 32×17 live room, with 16 ft., wood-slat, gabled ceilings, as well as two isolation booths – one 9×7, the other 5×7. The studio is outfitted with a wealth of vintage mics and analog and digital gear for creative recording and mixing, as well as a range of vintage instruments, including an 1879 Model A Steinway grand piano. The studio is designed to be used as a drum room for live tracking, with ample isolation for a 5 piece band and a great room sound. It’s bathed in light all day long, making it conducive to relaxed tracking sessions, in touch with the surrounding beauty of the Hudson Valley. It functions equally well as a production suite, with the ability to dial in a sound from the comfort of our spacious control room.
The studio also has a swimming pool right outside the doors of the live room, for cool-off breaks in the midst of long summer tracking sessions, as well as trails in the field for calming morning walks. There is also a fully functional kitchen so meals can be prepared with minimal interruption to a long day’s recording.
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