The Elements of Recording
PLANET STUDIO NYC
The new home of Planet Studio NYC is located on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Studio. The goal of the studio is to provide an environment for maximum creativity and comfort! The studio is also the home of songwriter/producer Peter Bliss (www.peterbliss.com)
The studio was designed by platinum engineer /consultant Christos Tsantillis (50 Cent, Patti LaBelle, The Roots, Diddy) and built by Michigan-based custom studio builder Ken Capton (Eminem, Kid Rock).
A 27" screen iMac powered by an Intel i7processor with 32 meg RAM runs the latest native versions of ProTools12 , Logic PROX, Ableton Suite. Digital Performer, Reason along with Apple's Final Cut Studio software for video work. Video at the console is handled by a 30"LCD monitor with the 27 inch iMac to the mixer left position with both screens active to split screen tasks. A PreSonus Faderport is the control surface for every sequencing platform. The mixer station features JBL LSR308 speakers with matching sub JBL LSR310S, DynAudio 5M's along with a pair of Avantone cubes for reference.
Virtual Instruments installed include Ivory II, Mach Five 2, Native Instruments Komplete11 Ultimate, Predator, Nexus reFX2, Structure, Strike, Transfuser, Toontrack's Superior Drummer & EZ Drummer, LOGIC PRO PlugIns Suite, Spectrasonics Stylus RMX, Trilian, Omnisphere, REASON among others.
The studio features the WAVES MERCURY BUNDLE of plug-ins which includes the entire WAVES lines, FAB FILTER Bundle, Sound Toys bundle, and the SLATE Everything Bundle and many UAD plug-ins. Rounding out the plug-ins are AutoTune, Celemony Melodyne and a host of many other third party plugs. UAD plugins run on a PCIe expansion chassis Quad board along with the system Apollo Duo. The Apollo console provides for no latency monitoring while allowing for UAD effects to be inserted in the record chain or monitored post. UA Apollo 8 provide the analog to digital conversion. Word clock house sync is provided by an Apogee Big Ben.
The studio has a full complement of microphones and mike pre-amps including Neumann M149 / TLM 103, AKG414 451, AEA 92, Sennheiser 421, Shure SM85, SM7, SM57 and more. Mike PreAmps / Channel strips include Avalon 737SP, Universal Audio 6716 and 4-710d along with AEA Dual Ribbon Pre and more. Acoustic, electric guitars, bass, and more stringed instruments available. Vintage FX units, Line 6 POD PRO, and Wave/Native/IK Multimedia provide direct emulation for guitar recording. A Fender Super Champ X2 combo amp rounds out the studio.
The studio also has in its racks an Alesis Masterlink HD recorder and an Alesis ADAT is available and easily patched into the system when necessary for legacy work.
The studio has hosted a wide variety of sessions including hip hop, dance,live instrumental tracking, vocal and instrument overdubs, along with voice /over and narration work. The technical ability of the studio is only half the design intent. The human factor of a comfortable, living room like environment provides for a great work flow and encourages the best performances. It takes one session at the Planet to make all come back again and again!