New York

Area 51 NYC Recording Studios

  • 253 West 51st Street
  • Penthouse
  • New York NY 10019
  • Website

The Scoop

Area 51 is a mid-sized, versatile and very affordable facility offering a number of services. Opened in March 2010 on the outskirts of Manhattan's theater district and near restaurant row, Area 51 NYC has quickly become the choice of a large and varied community of clients.

ROOM RATES with ENGINEER (hourly): Contact for Rates
Clients/Credits: Esperanza Spalding, Ja Rule, T.I., David Guetta, Lucille Arnaz, Usher, LL Cool J, Regina Carter, Ryan Leslie, David Banner, Warren G, George Benson, Armin Van Buren, Ron Isley, Jacob Latimore, Ice T & CoCo, Susan Sarandon, Didi Conn, and much more!!
Key Staff / In-House or Associated Talent: Owners Tony Drootin & Roey Shamir
Special Features: Mastering services, very private, near great restaurants, large mic collection, keyboards, drums, amps, and other instruments available upon request. We offer very competitive block and long term rates.


Consoles, DAWs, Tape Machines: Pro Tools 10 HD, Studer 962 analog console, Digidesign Pro Control, Studer 820, Genex GXA8, Lavry 4496-11, Lavry 4496-12, Prism ADA-8, RME ADI-8
Live Room Dimensions: Small: 350 sq ft or less,
Outboard Gear: Grace 201, Avalon M-2, UREI LA3A, Focusrite Red 7, Neve 33609, dbx 902, Empirical Labs Distressor, Empirical Labs Fatso, Eventide DSP7000, Eventide H3000, Lexicon 960L, Roland Space Echo,
Microphones: Manley Gold Reference, Telefunken U47, AKG C12, JZ v47, JZ v67, AKG 414, AKG D112, Bruel&Kjaer 4006, DPA 4006TL, DPA 4015, DPA 4053, DPA 4060, Neumann KM130, Neumann KM140, Neumann KM150, Neumann KM184, Neumann KM85, Neumann TLM170, Schoeps CMC-5, Schoeps CMC-6, Schoeps M222, Schoeps MK2, Schoeps MK21, Schoeps MK4, Schoeps RC-1200g, Sennheiser MD421, Sennheiser MD421HL, Sennheiser MKH-20, Shure Beta57, Audio-Technica AT4047, Audio-Technica AT4060, Royer 121, Earthworks SR77
Monitoring: Custom Augspurger Mains, Custom Tannoy Mains, Bryson 4B, Crown Reference 1, 5.1 Genelec 8050s, Yamaha NS10s,
Software: Pro Tools 10, Merging Technologies Pyramix
Instruments & Amps: Korg Karma, Korg Triton, Kurzweil K2500RS, Roland JV1080, Yamaha Motif ES7, Gibson 1981 Les Paul Artist, Yamaha drum kit