Caption: (l-r) Andrew Koss,
owner, and Sax, studio managerNew York, NY (October 19, 2010)–Tainted Blue Studio, in a penthouse above Times Square, offers clients a complete array of AKG microphones.
Nearly five years ago, owner Andrew Koss purchased the studio space, located in the penthouse of 723 Seventh Avenue building, to give artists an “Abbey Road”-type feeling while recording. “The idea behind Tainted Blue was to have a state-of-the-art facility, with laid-back, yet reliable and professional service,” stated Koss. “The artists recording here enjoy the feel of our studio and choose us for specific technical reasons. We have dedicated engineers, great sound, an accommodating atmosphere and the best equipment. It’s all about making the customer comfortable.”
Tainted Blue boasts an AKG C 12 VR Tube, C 451 Bs, a C 414 XLS and a C 414 LX II, all of which serve multiple purposes depending on the artists and band pieces. “Our mics are workhorses,” continued Koss. “We use the 414s on nearly every instrument we track from strings and horns to guitars, but the 451s are our go-to for acoustic guitars, drums and piano. The C12 is just unbelievable and we prefer it on lead vocals especially for jazz recordings, even though it can handle much more.”
Koss’ studio has played host to a variety of artists, including Paul McCartney, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Fabolous, Mariah Carey, Boys Like Girls, as well as up-and-coming artists such as Drum Heads. The studio also participates in a national consolidated production school program where students attend recording sessions over a three-month period for hands-on experience with recording and mixing.