The goal of the studio is to provide an environment for maximum creativity and comfort! Windows look out on a city panorama of water towers and penthouses with daylight filling the control room and recording booth. The studio is also the home of songwriter/producer Peter Bliss (www.peterbliss.com)
The Planet studio is centrally located in the heart of music in Manhattan at 244 West 54th St., Suite 800A. The 700 square feet studio contains a mix room, floating recording room, and a comfortable lounge area with kitchenette. Satellite tv and private wi-fi access are available.
The studio and superman logo shaped floating "iso-room", designed by Frank Comentale whose credits include the famed Hit Factory, is acoustically designed and tuned for vocal and instrumental recording and is large enough to accommodate a drum kit. The sound of this room can best be described in one word... "sweet". Vocals and instruments realize their full potential on playback from an environment that is not "dead". A window directly in front of the recording console provides sight lines to the room. Audio and video tie lines connect it to the studio control room.
A 27" screen iMac powered by an Intel i7processor with 32 meg RAM runs the latest native versions of ProTools12 , Logic PROX, Digital Performer, Reason along with Apple's Final Cut Studio software for video work. The entire system has been wired to TT patch bays designed and installed by Elliot Wolfson. 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.
The new 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 a
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/RECORD among others.
The studio features the WAVES MERCURY BUNDLE of plug-ins which includes the entire WAVES lines. 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.
The Apogee Rosetta 800 and a UA Apollo 8 Duo 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 and electric guitars hang on the walls. Vintage FX units, Line 6 POD PRO, and Wave/Native/IK Multimedia provide direct emulation for guitar recording. A THD Flexi-50 amp head/speaker along with a Fender Super Champ X2 combo round out the studio.
The studio also has in its racks an Alesis Masterlink HD recorder, TC Electronics FInalizer Plus, Tascam CD-R5000 and Tascam CD-D4000 recorder/duplicators, Tascam DAT DA-30MkII, Tascam cassette machine Model202 along with a Sony Mini Disc recorder. ADATs (2) are 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!
The Elements of Recording
PLANET STUDIO NYC