Wow. There is quite a bit to say about Factory Studios. This fully equipped, 3000 square foot soundstage in Williamsburg is impressive, to say the least. They’ve got literally everything you need for your production – greenscreen cyclorama, full soundproofing throughout, a 20′ x 30′ corner cyc, and full in-house production capabilities for wherever you need support.
There aren’t many neighbors in the city who would abide by your 1 AM band rehearsal. For musicians, perhaps, finding the perfect space to practice in New York City is that much more important. And finding locations that are sound-proof and reasonably priced is not an easy task – because everywhere you go in the city, there will be neighbors.
Carroll Music has been doing this since 1945, or so they say. With 4 rehearsal studios and a bevy of instruments and equipment to rent along with the spaces – this place is any musicians dream. And their equipment has been used on Letterman; plus their percussion was most recently used at Make Music New York. You can take a look at their blog if you want a better idea of some of the things they have going on there. Carroll is right in Manhattan, too – on West 55th.
Band Spaces NYC is out in Brooklyn, but could be well worth it if you’re looking for somewhere to practice with like-minded folk. Lockout rooms and shared rooms are available, as well as hourly rentals and recording space. They have a client list as long as my arm that includes Tony Bruno (who produced Rihanna, among others) and Brian Chase (drummer from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs), among many others – and their prices definitely would not cost you an arm and a leg. Probably not even an arm.
Here’s to hoping all the musicians out there can find the perfect space to rehearse and practice whatever music they please.
photos courtesy of Band Spaces NYC.
In NYC, you never know what’s going on inside a building by what you see on the outside. Case in point – Above Studio Rental. Located on a super convenient but quiet block in midtown, you might not guess that the top floor of the building is home to a beautiful, fully equipped studio that has been home to hundreds of major photoshoots.
This lofty space can go from blackout conditions to light and airy with a few tugs on a pulley – and comes fully equipped with a comfortable lounge area for long shooting days, wireless internet, a workstation, and a speaker setup for background music. Skylights and high 12 foot ceilings add to the positive environment in this space. Floors and walls are white, but can be painted to suit the needs of a particular project as needed.
Above Studio is provided by photographer Dan Kingston. Dan is an accomplished fine art and commercial photographer who has shooting out of this space for over twenty years. He can rent the space as-is, or provide as much lighting and equipment as necessary.
This is the perfect all-inclusive space – making it great for out-of-towners or anyone who wants a ‘turnkey’ photography studio. Details like the lounge, wireless internet, and music setup will keep your crew happy and comfortable during shoots, and the convenient location is within a 10 minute walk of nearly every subway line, at Herald Square.
Photoshoots come with enough variables. When you don’t want your space to be one of them, Above Studio makes a perfect studio rental.
Finding a good, cheap place to rehearse isn’t easy for musicians in New York City. Even the cheapest rehearsal spaces can sometimes be too expensive – and most musicians don’t have the ability to rehearse in their own apartments. People have neighbors, and it’s usually not the case that an apartment has been soundproofed. So where do they practice and experiment? How will modern musicians learn and grow?
The influential Jazz Gallery asked the same question, and couldn’t come up with an acceptable answer – so they’re looking to answer that question themselves. They’re planning on offering up their dark hours as free rehearsal space for artists who have played at the gallery.
Yes. You heard me right. Free.
That’s over 750 hours of time in 2012. At no cost to the artist.
Which is why they have a Kickstarter going – they’re looking for $20,000 by August 12 to help cover the costs of running the Gallery during dark hours when it usually wouldn’t be, including organizing the practice hours.
Help them out, please. This is a worthy cause if there ever was one.