Located in the Village, Mercy Sound Recording Studios was built to give singers, musicians, songwriters and filmakers access to fluent engineers running the very best sounding equipment ever made, but for a fraction of the price of super studios. We help people produce projects from concept through recording and mastering. We have a large library of samples and sound effects for film and video work , voiceovers, and soundtrack scoring.

 

If you’re interested in finding out more about Mercy and what we offer, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 212-390-3050 or via our online web form here.  In the meantime, we’ve also prepared some of our most frequently asked questions below to help you get the most out of your studio experience.

What kind of music do you specialize in?

Everything!  From pop to rock, dance to hip-hop, jazz to reggae, we are an all inclusive studio musically, and each of our resident engineers has different specialties based on their background.  To read more about our engineers, click here.

What are the differences between the different Mercy studio rooms?

Studios A, B, and C are each separate from each other, and have a variety of different tools and equipment that allow them to be best utilized for different projects and applications based on client need.  Based on the size of the session and the type of music being worked on, whichever studio best fits the project can be determined with the assistance of our support staff by calling our main office at 212-390-0305.

What is the difference between recording, mixing, mastering, and production?

Glad you asked!  Studio jargon is often misused nowadays, and it’s important to know what exactly you’ll be needing in order to get your project done the way you want it.  Here are a couple of basic definitions below to help you find what you need:

 

Recording/Tracking: The act of recording a live instrument, person, electronic instrument, or any combination of the three at the same time.  When it comes to bands, singers, and any acts where the sound is produced live, recording is the basic foundation that studios are best known for.

Producing/Production: This term is often used very loosely, and can mean a variety of things, but most commonly, it involves the work of a producer for a client project.  The producer can be responsible for songwriting/composition, instrumentation, electronic/digital beat programming and sound design, project/record management, artist guidance and coaching, and many other details that go into creating music in the studio.  Depending on the level of involvement, a producer may be involved in only 1, several, or all of these facets, and more!

Mixing: This comprises the true legwork of any modern studio aside from recording, and it is what we specialize in best.  Mixing involves tweaking the sounds in songs so that every element, instrument, and feeling translates perfectly no matter who hears it.  This can involve lots of editing and revision of the recordings, as well as adding a “polish” to the overall sound of the track, so that it feels crisp, clean, and pristine in quality.

Mastering: This is is the final step in the song creation process!  After mixing is completed, mastering is a final touchup of the completed song, as well as calibrating it to commercial quality sound levels, and achieving the larger than life feel that the best recordings have.  Where mixing is often about editing, mastering is more about bolstering the final product and giving it the lasting spark that makes it stand out from the crowd.

Mercy sound studios specializes in all these steps of the song creation process, and is happy to help you determine what you need to achieve that larger than life sound.

What are your rates and policies?

Our rates at Mercy are among the best in the New York City area for professional commercial grade recording; however they vary depending on room, project size, and session duration.  Please contact us at 212-390-0305 to discuss your project, and we will help determine the studio cost that best fits your needs.

 

As far as policies go, we are a client based studio that aims to provide the best in service to all who walk through our doors, but we do have a few ground rules, please check below:

 

1.) Studio sessions should be booked at least 2 weeks in advance.  We are always happy to help accommodate emergencies if we can fit them in, but often times we are just booked up!  If you know you will need studio time, book as soon as possible to avoid any scheduling hassles, and we’re confident we’ll be able to accommodate you.