Over the last 20 years, I have recorded in a wide variety of studios and performance spaces - Manhattan studios with live rooms large enough for an orchestra, a settlement house in Cleveland, a converted chapel, TV studios, clubs and city parks, and, of course, a garage or two.

With current technology, your session options range from the few remaining large Manhattan studios to home recording. I work anywhere in that range including my own studio in Brooklyn. The good news is that you can work on different phases of a project in multiple places, getting the best sound at an affordable price.

My current space in Williamsburg is filled with my favorite gear, fun guitar pedals and a wall that acts as both acoustic treatment and a reminder for the way we all used to record and listen to music. I think we may even have cassettes. The acoustics are great and the space is a very convenient place to work in. Of course, if your project requires a big live room or a city park, we can work that out.

Going into the studio

Here are some things to consider before you go into the studio:

Getting into the zone

What's in front of you... mics and other gear

What's behind you... the acoustic environment

Rehearse to improvise

Mixing and editing

I do most of my mixing and editing at my studio in Brooklyn. Here are particulars:

Home court advantage

Pitch perfect and natural sound


Optimizing Pro Tools