New York, NY (November 11, 2008)–Professional audio equipment rental company Dreamhire LLC has announced that as of November 24, 2008, the company will be conducting business from its new, 5,000 square-foot home in Long Island City, in the borough of Queens, New York.
Established in London in 1984 by current owner and CEO Chris Dunn, Dreamhire, then a division of the Zomba Corporation, opened in New York City in 1989. With the purchase of Zomba by Sony/BMG in 2001, Dunn acquired the company’s assets. In December 2003, Dreamhire moved from the Zomba offices on West 25th St. to a location within what was then Right Track Recording’s 509 West 38th St. location. Right Track Recording was renamed Legacy Recording Studios in 2005 when it merged with New York’s Sound on Sound Recording.
Legacy Recording is closing its three studios at 509 West 38th St. (see story) and will build two new studios at the original Right Track location at 168 West 48th St., which has been in continuous operation throughout the expansion to West 38th St. and merger with Sound on Sound. Sessions at Legacy’s Studio 4,060 square-foot A509 will conclude on November 21.
Despite the loss of many commercial recording studios and proliferation of DAW-based production, Dreamhire has survived a tumultuous period in New York City. “There’s still quite a lot of knob-twiddlers out there,” Dunn tells Pro Sound News. “Not everybody likes the plug-ins. We’re still renting Pro Tools [systems] reasonably frequently. We’re shipping rigs to the Midwest for the Ultimate Fighting Championship now, and stuff like that–off the wall rentals, but that’s fine, and we’re doing a lot more DJ equipment and live sound systems [for] parties and weddings, corporate events.
“My guys make extra money for after-hours pickups so they’re happy, and it works out pretty well,” Dunn adds. “That’s what’s keeping us going. As far as recording studio rentals go, we’re still doing it, but it’s few and far between threes days.”
In addition to supplying vintage microphones, classic audio processing equipment, analog and digital recording systems, keyboards and DJ support gear, Dreamhire also hosts the only full-service media format transfer lab in the New York City area.
Dreamhire’s new location is at 36-36 33rd Street, formerly the Queens base of audio, video and lighting technology provider Scharff-Weisberg.