Power Station (recording studio)

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Avatar Studios in 2009

Power Station at BerkleeNYC, formerly known as Avatar Studios (1996–2017) and Power Station, is a recording studio at 441 West 53rd Street between Ninth and Tenth avenues in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood in Manhattan, New York City. The building contains 5 studio spaces: A, B, C, G, and E, as well as a black box theater.

History[edit]

The building was originally a Consolidated Edison power plant. In 1977, it was rebuilt as a recording studio by producer Tony Bongiovi and his partner Bob Walters.

The complex was renamed Avatar Studios (under the Avatar Entertainment Corporation) in May 1996. In 2017, the studios were renamed back to Power Station, by special arrangement with Berklee NYC.[1] The studio reopened in 2020 after a full renovation, while maintaining the studio spaces.

In 1995, Sonalysts, which had begun as an underwater acoustics research company, licensed the Power Station's design and naming rights from Bongiovi and Walters. The company built a perfect replica of the original Studio A in Waterford, Connecticut, as a part of the new Power Station New England.[2][3]

Musicians and bands[edit]

Major acts who have recorded there include the band Power Station which was named after the studio itself. Sting's 2016 album 57th & 9th is named for the intersection he crossed every day to get to the studio. Other artists that have worked at the studio include Walter Becker, The Kinks, Bob Dylan, Arctic Monkeys, Aerosmith, Baltimora, Chic, Counting Crows, The Clash, Kings of Leon, Marc Anthony, The B-52's, Tony Bennett, Michael Brecker, Devo, Eric Clapton, Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, Duran Duran, Dream Theater, Bruce Springsteen, John Lennon, Billy Joel, Grayson Hugh, Throwing Muses, Serge Gainsbourg, The Strokes, The Cribs, Bryan Adams, Bernadette Peters, Sister Sledge, Rocket from the Crypt, Pat Metheny, Keith Jarrett Trio, Neil Young, Jaco Pastorius, Harry Connick Jr., Iggy Pop, Madonna, Journey, Muse, George Michael, Betty Carter, Sum 41, John Mayer, Moby, Vanessa Williams, Blondie, Porcupine Tree, Michael Stanley, Joan Jett, David Bowie, The Last Shadow Puppets, The Rumble Strips, Trey Anastasio, Helix, Kadim Al Sahir, Gang Starr, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Weather Report, Jon Batiste, Vampire Weekend, Lady Gaga, Carly Simon, and Roxy Music.[citation needed]

Equipment[edit]

Studio A is supported by a Neve Electronics 8088 console. Studio C is equipped with a Neve VR with Studios B and G having consoles made by Solid State Logic. The studio is also known for its extensive vintage microphone collection.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Power Station". Powerstation.nyc. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  2. ^ Kenny, Tom (February 27, 2018). "Power Station New England". Mixonline. Retrieved 2021-08-08.
  3. ^ "Power Station New England". powerstationne.com. Retrieved 2021-08-08.

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Coordinates: 40°45′59″N 73°59′22″W / 40.76639°N 73.98944°W / 40.76639; -73.98944