By Christopher Walsh.
New York, NY (November 11, 2008)--Legacy Recording Studios will close its three-studio location at 509 West 38th St., including the 4,060 square-foot Studio A509, which opened in 2001. Legacy, which was formed by the 2005 merger of two longstanding facilities--Sound on Sound and Right Track Recording--is not going out of business, however; the main building at 168 West 48th St. will remain, says general manager Chris Bubacz, with construction of two new studios and renovation of the entire facility scheduled to commence shortly after the New Year.
Legacy's two production studios, D1 and D2, ceased operation early this month, says Bubacz; Studio A509's sessions will conclude on November 21. The Solid State Logic 9096 J Series console will be moved to Studio A at Legacy's West 48th St. location.
"The important thing is that people understand that the studios on 48th St. are not going anywhere," says Bubacz. "We're building two new rooms here, so we'll have five altogether. We're doing a complete, total facelift and cosmetic makeover of this location, along with the new rooms. There's a lot of positive things that are coming from this."
Like the Hit Factory and Sony Music Studios, both of which have shuttered in recent years, the stratospheric value of Manhattan real estate, not a soft commercial recording market, is behind the closing of Legacy's West 38th St. location, according to Bubacz. "Believe it or not," he says, "this room is booked every day this month, right up to when we close. Here in New York City, people can make more money with real estate than they can running recording studios."
Film score recording in New York City has been sporadic, however. "At the end of 2006, yes, all the film scoring work seemed to dry up," Bubacz notes. "What's happened, though, is it's come back, pretty massively, this month. We're doing four major film scores this month. It's terrible that they come on the heels of the fact that that beautiful room, that was built specifically to do that kind of work, is shutting down. From what I gather from talking to music contractors and other people in town is it doesn't look like it's going to be such a bad 2009 as far as film scores. So I would say that that valley may have come and gone and we're looking at some sort of resurgence. Where they're going to work, I have no idea.
"We're certainly going to try to accommodate as many of the scores as we can in our Studio A on 48th St.," Bubacz continues. "And we're still working with the Broadway cast album people. A509 was perfect for that, but we're talking to them about possibly adjusting how the recordings are done. It won't cost them any more to do the way we're talking about, and we're hoping that we'll see a good number of those."
The planned construction and renovation of Legacy's West 48th St. location is scheduled for completion by June 1, 2009.
In a related development, pro audio equipment rental company Dreamhire, which has operated from Legacy Recording's 509 West 38th St. location since December 2003, is in the process of moving to 36-36 33rd St., Long Island City, in the borough of Queens. Dreamhire, which remains open during the move, will occupy space partially vacated by audio, video and lighting technology provider Scharff Weisberg, which has moved equipment and staff to a facility in Secaucus, New Jersey, says Dreamhire owner Chris Dunn.
Legacy Recording Studios