Berlin Studios
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Hey, I’m Joe. I’m the audio engineer at Berlin Studios. My wife Hannah and I founded Berlin so artists from Philly could have an affordable studio option outside of the city. We’re a relatively small operation and the bulk of our recording studio is located on the second floor of a (very) old house in the New Jersey suburbs. There’s a tight, isolated room upstairs, but we also use the living room and dining room (and sometimes the backyard!) for all sorts of whacky effects and natural reverbs. Our main goal at Berlin is to help you do more of what makes you unique – there’s too many bands out there for you to take a chance being anything but yourself! And remember kids, it’s not the gear, it’s how you use it. Also, it’s the songs. Really it’s both.
FAQ: Does the studio specialize in any sort or genre or type of artist? We’ve recorded all sorts of bands and songwriters, and we’re always happy to try something new. That being said, yes–we specialize in songwriters looking flesh out their material and turn their favorite song or batch of songs into a dynamic, interesting full-length record or single. Do you produce the records you work on or just engineer? That’s up to you. We’re happy to be as involved as you want us to be. If all you want is someone to turn knobs, set up microphones and keep their mouth shut, we’re here for you. So, it’s in a house? Do you have any pets? Yup, we have one cat. It’s a clean house and she mostly keeps to herself, but if you’re allergic to cats unfortunately this is probably not the best environment for you. We’d still be happy to mix your record or set-up in another location to record with enough prior notice. Can I use the kitchen? Yes! We encourage you to. As long as you clean up after yourself and buy your own groceries, our kitchen is yours. We have the basic spices and pantry stuff and you’re welcome to use it. You are also welcome to chip in for family-style meals! We’ll put a pot of coffee or tea on daily at your request. Do I need to bring my drums? No, but you can if you want to. You will need your cymbals and snare. Do I need to bring my amp or guitars? We have gear here, but you certainly can bring whatever you’d like in addition. Most people do. If you’re not sure whether we have something you need, e-mail us! joe@astudioinberlin.com What kind of hours do you have? Our studio days are 10 AM-8 PM. If you’re late we can start later, but the day still ends at 8 and there isn’t a refund for the first 2-3 hours. If you’re working on a longer form project and you absolutely cannot start recording until later in the day, we’ll do our best to accommodate you and make sure you get all the recording hours you paid for. We’re happy to book two half-days for a day rate. How far from Philly are you? 30 minutes or less from center city. In fact, you can see the Philly skyline from behind our house! What about public transportation? You can take the Patco from center city Philly to Lindenwold. It’s the last eastbound stop and puts you about 2 mi from Berlin. Let us know in advance and we’re happy to pick you up/drop you off at the station. What are your rates like? It varies, there are various price breaks depending on how much time you want to book and how involved the project is. E-mail us! joe@astudioinberlin.com Do you require a deposit to hold time? Yes, a 50% deposit is required to hold any dates. What if I want someone else to mix my project? That’s fine! Do you mix projects recorded by other people? Sure! We’ll need the sessions on a hard drive though. Do you charge for every mix revisions? Nope! Every song comes with two free revisions. After that, we need to book more time. Will you master my music? Nope! And you shouldn’t have your friend do it, either. Mastering is a delicate, complicated process. Almost every record you like has been professionally mastered. If you want your tracks to have as much punch, depth, volume and professional sheen, you must get your record mastered professionally. We like Alan Douches at WestWest Side Music (wwsm.com), but there’s a couple of great mastering engineers in the Tri-state area.