Production is the process of overseeing and arranging a song or album. Our in house staff can help arrange session musicians for your recordings, extend arrangements of your songs and even bring in composers to co-write if you’re looking for a collaborator. If you’re looking to be more prepared before recording, we offer pre-production guidance and are happy to put together a package rate to take you through the entire album process from writing to mastering.
From adding a vocal to songs you’ve started at home to tracking a full band live in the same room, Garden Sound has you covered. Our live room is designed with different areas that are sonically unique so we can capture your performance in the area best suited to the sound you’re after.
Based around a brand new Mac Pro running Pro Tools HDx*, we have 40 channels of Analog I/O available at any time. 16 Neotek Series 1E channel strips offer vintage preamps with flexible equalization for tone shaping on the way in. There’s no need to guess what your performance will sound like when you can hear it come together in real time.
In addition to the console, we have multiple outboard preamps, including 8 SSL Alpha-Link preamps (which work wonders on drums) and 8 Digidesign Pre channels (super clean for the most accurate representation of your sources). A great option for vocal recording is our GML 2032 preamp/eq. This ultra-high bandwidth preamp and zero phase shift EQ ensures a pristine capture and with its Pre/Post insert point lets you add in any compressor (or other effect) to the perfect spot of the signal chain.
The Garden Sound microphone collection is based on the concept of versatility. Many of our mics are most commonly seen on orchestral recordings which can work wonders on any source. These microphones enable a large amount of flexibility in shaping the tone of each instrument by processing later in the signal chain. In addition, we have several ribbon microphones and classic dynamic options for those times when a more vintage feel is desired. Our close relationships with rental houses also allow us to offer discounted rates, even on those classic, large diaphragm tube microphones (U47, ELAM 251, etc). If there’s a particular mic you want to use, just let us know and it’ll be waiting for your session.
*We also offer Apple’s Logic Pro X and Reason 10 for those of you who prefer a different DAW.
Our control room is set up to offer a variety of methods for mixing your music. The Neotek console allows you to mix fully analog, utilizing our outboard compression and effects. You can also use it as a 24 channel summing mixer offering a powerful middle ground of analog flavor with total recall flexibility as opposed to staying “In the Box”. Monitoring is provided by a pair of EVE SC307 mid-field monitors that offer a combined 500W of power which are tuned to ensure you hear exactly how your mix is sounding. We also have a pair of vintage Auratones available upon request if you want to really throw it back for the small speaker reference.
If you’re located outside the NYC area we also offer unattended mixing. Simply send in your files, some references and after a conversation about your vision for the song we’ll mix it and send the files back. We’re proud to offer Source-Connect for high quality live streaming of your song in real time so you can hear it coming together at the same time our engineer does.
Reamping is the process of running clean (DI) guitar or bass tracks through amplifiers after they’re recorded. For bluesy twang, crisp cleans or high gain our collection of tube amps, boutique effects and speaker cabinets make dialing in the perfect tone a breeze. Just describe the sound you’re after, send over the raw tracks and we’ll get the tone. We’re also able to stream the recording process (via Source Connect) so you can hear and approve the sounds in real time.