New York

Avatar Studios

  • 441 W 53rd St
  • New York NY 10019
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The Scoop

Avatar Studios has been a recording studio of choice in NYC for over 30 years. The 33,000 sq. ft. facility houses four studios containing Neve 8088, Neve VRP, and two SSL 9000 J consoles, and a rooftop deck for clients. Studio A can accommodate up to 70 musicians and is regarded as one of the best acoustic spaces in America.

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Clients/Credits: Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, John Mayer, David Bowie, Trey Anastasio, Muse, Peter Cincotti, Donald Fagen, Norah Jones, Diana Krall, My Morning Jacket, Dream Theater, Herbie Hancock, The Strokes, Dave Matthews, Elvis Costello, Debbie Harry, Wilco, Tony Bennett, Lou Reed, Cold War Kids, D'Angelo, Regina Spektor, Neil Young, Bjork, Sting, Glee, Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, Cadillac Records, The Incredibles, Masked & Anonymous
Key Staff / In-House or Associated Talent: Roy Hendrickson, Anthony Ruotolo, Fred Kevorkian
Special Features: Large Tracking Room, Multiple Isolated Recording Rooms, Roof Deck, EMT Plates, Echo Chamber, Studios With Private Lounge, Steinway Grand Piano, SSL console, Vintage Neve Console, Dedicated Mastering Studio


Consoles, DAWs, Tape Machines: Neve 8088, SSL 9000 J, Neve VRP, SSL 4000G+, Avid C24, Pro Tools HD Accel, Studer A800 (24 track), Studer A800 MARK III (24 track) , Studer A820, Studer A80, Sony 3348
Outboard Gear: Fairchild 670, Telefunken V77, Weiss ADC2, Accessit Stereo Reverb, DBX 500 Sub-Harmonic Synthesizer, Electrospace Spanner-Auto Panner, Ensoniq DP/4 Parallel Effects Unit, Eventide FL201 Instant Flanger, Eventide H949 Harmonizer, Eventide H3000 SE Ultra- Harmonizer, Eventide Orville Harmonizer, Lexicon PCM-60, Lexicon PCM-70 v.3.0, Lexicon PCM-81, Lexicon PCM-91, Lexicon Prime Time II, MXR Auto Flanger, MXR Auto Phaser, Publison DHM89 Harmonizer, Quantec Room Simulator, Roland R-880, Roland SDE-3000A, Sony DPS-V77, TC Electronic M3000, TC Electronic TC1210, Ursa Major SST-282 Space Station, Yamaha REV-5, Yamaha REV-7, Pultec HLF-3C Hi / Lo Cut Filter, UREI 565, Altec 9473A, Aphex Compellor 320, dbx 165A, dbx 160VU, dbx 160X, dbx 902 De-Esser, Neve 2264, Neve 33609, Orban 516EC Dynamic Sibilance Controller, BSS Opal Compressor / De-Esser, Teletronix LA-2A, UREI 1176 Blackface, Universal Audio Blackface 1176 Compressor, Valley People Gain Brain Compressor, Valley People Kepex II Gate, Apogee Big Ben, Benchmark ADC1 / DAC1, Aphex Aural Exciter Type C, Aphex II Studio Aural Exciter, Brainstorm SR-15 Timecode Distripalyzer, EMT 140 Stereo Plate Reverb, SPL SX-2 Vitalizer, TC Electronic Finalizer 96K, SPL 2489 Surround Monitor Controller
Microphones: RCA 44, RCA 77, AKG C24, Telefunken ELAM 251, Decca Tree, AKG D224E, AKG D320B, AKG D12E, AKG D112, Altec 633 "Saltshaker", Altec 639 "Birdcage", Audio Technica ATM25, Audio Technica ATM41, ElectroVoice RE-16, ElectroVoice RE-20, Sennheiser MD409, Sennheiser MD421, Sennheiser MD441, Sennheiser E-602, Shure Beta 52, Shure Beta 56, Shure Beta 57, Shure SM-53, Shure SM-57, Shure SM-58, Shure SM-7, Beyer M160N, Coles 4038, Royer R-121, AKG C414EB, AKG C414-ULS, AKG C414TLII, AKG C451E, Audio Technica AT4051, Brümel & Kjaer 4011, Neumann KM-84, Neumann KM-86, Neumann TLM 49, Neumann U47 FET, Neumann U87, Neumann U87 Ai, Schoeps CMC-5 w/ 10dB pads, Shure SM-81, Sony C535P, Neumann KM-54, Neumann U47, Neumann U67, Sony C37A, Sony C-800G
Monitoring: Auratones, Genelec 1031A, Genelec 902 Subwoofer, Pro Ac 100 Studio, Tannoy DMT System 1200, Dynaudio BSM15, E/V Sentry 100, KRK 7000, Yamaha NS-10M, Yamaha NS-10 Studio, Lipinski L-707
Software: Pro Tools HD 10, Apple Logic Studio, Digital Performer
Instruments & Amps: Hammond B3 (w/ Leslie), Hammond C3 (w/ Leslie), Hammond m 1/2 Scale (w/ Speaker), Steinway B Grand Piano (7'4"), Yamaha C7 Grand Piano (7'4"), Fender Rhodes, Hohner Clavinet D6, Wurlitzer Electric Piano, Model 200A, Yamaha MOTIF ES8, REMO Drum Kit, DW Drum Kit, Ludwig Drum Kit, Fender Telecaster, AM Deluxe, Guild F50 Acoustic, Fender Jazz Bass, Noble & Cooley Drum Kit, Fender Twin Reverb Vintage, Fender Twin '57 Re-issue Tweed, Fender Twin Reverb 1965-2005 Ed., Fender Blues DeVille Re-issue, Ampeg B15N, Ampeg B115, Ampeg SVT V4B Bass Amp Head