Rift Studios is an unexpected artists’ haven in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
We embrace nature with rustic decor, unfinished pine wood lined live room, tree bark, and wood cabinetry. To meet the standards of the music industry of today, Rift Studios combines choice vintage equipment with modern high-quality outboard gear and brilliant analog-to-digital conversion. We’re constantly seeking out new instruments to be able to give the music produced here it’s own identity. Additionally, our constantly growing microphone locker includes some of the best that date back as early as the 1950s.
We try to make it easy to escape the daily New York City grind to focus on what really matters in a session: comfort, creativity, and an abundance of coffee.
The heart of any studio is undoubtedly its recording console. Rift Studios features a 28-channel vintage Trident Series 70 console shipped from England by way of Nashville.
Trident boards are considered by many engineers to have one of the most “musical” equalization sections of any professional audio console. It has all the warmth and excitement you’d expect from its noteworthy reputation.
Live Room & Iso Booth
What’s a console without a great sounding room to record in? Rift has ample space for band members to carve out their own personal recording space within the live room. It’s high ceilings and carefully designed pine wood walls provide a massive, yet controlled, reverberation. Your drums will sound huge!
Attached to control room is an isolation booth, with a window, to further control bleed between instruments.
Tom Gardner is a twice Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum award winning music producer and audio engineer, including a nomination for Best Engineered Album in 2019. He has worked throughout several mainstay recording studios in Manhattan, including 8 years as head engineer at the famed Cutting Room Studios. Tom is passionate about working with both established and emerging artists, and built Brooklyn’s Rift Studios to fill a void for accessible production with unparalleled quality in sound and environment. Tom has worked with famous artists worldwide from Chromeo, John Legend, Nick Jonas, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), to Morningsiders, Jon Bon Jovi, Mike Stern, Mark Holcomb (Periphery), Robert Randolph, and Elle King. Check out the Clients page for more credits.