My wife Hannah and I founded Berlin so artists from Philly could have an affordable studio recording 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 South Jersey suburbs.
We specialize in creative approaches to arrangement and production that enhance the vision of the artist with goal of creating something truly unique.
Listen below, and if Berlin Studios is right for you, shoot us an e-mail here.
I'm Joe Michelini
I’m the audio engineer at Berlin Studios.
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INTRODUCTION & DEMOS
Have some songs you're considering recording? Let's talk! We want to help you do more of what you do best. Let us know what you're going for and send them over.
Feel free to include references and an ideal timeframe.
After we listen to the demos, we'll do our best to hop on the phone and talk about your songs, what we have to offer, and if Berlin Studios will be a good fit for you. You can ask us any questions about the process that you'd like.
INVOICE & DEPOSIT
Once we've decided on some dates that will work for you and the studio, we'll shoot you over an invoice with a request for a 50% deposit to keep the dates on the calendar.
Recording! Think about it like shopping for produce. We're looking to capture the best takes we possibly can, in approximately the amount we need them, and probably just a little bit more.
In some ways, mixing is like cooking! It all comes together here, and the ingredients you so carefully hand chose are prepared to compliment one another while maintaining their own unique place in the aural spectrum. This part of the process is unattended, meaning you're back at work or playing a gig.
After mixing, we'll inevitably want to make a few tiny tweaks (or not!). Each song comes with two rounds of revisions. This ensures thoughtful, finite criticism and intentional work.
PRINT FOR MASTERING
Once mixes are approved, the studio will print the files for mastering. From there, we can send them to any mastering studio you'd like, and you're on your way to a finished work!
Does the studio specialize in any sort of 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 bands and songwriters looking to 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 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. As one of our artists once said, "ask me for an opinion and I'll develop one."
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 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!
Do I need to bring my drums?No, but you can if you want to. Bring what you like, most folks bring their cymbals and snare.
So, it's in your 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 heavily 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.
What kind of hours do you have?Our studio days are 10 AM-6 PM with a 45 minute lunch break around 1-1:30 or whenever it makes sense. 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!
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?We charge $250/day for a 8 hour tracking day, and a flat fee of $150/song to mix for all material recorded here, and $200/song for all material recorded elsewhere. We only offer unattended mixing at this time, but notes are always welcome in advance.
Do you require a deposit to hold time?Yes, a 50% deposit is required to hold any dates. The other 50% is due on the last schedule day of tracking, prior to mixing. All mixing must be paid in advance.
What if I want someone else to mix my project?That’s great! Let us know how we can help.
Do you mix projects recorded by other people?Sure! We require stems or PT sessions uploaded to a link we provide.
Do you charge for every mix revision?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 (westwestsidemusic.com), but there’s a couple of great mastering engineers in the Tri-state area.