New York, NY (May 17, 2013)— The Log Cabin Studio is located on the fourth floor of the Manhattan Center on West 34th Street in Manhattan. Since opening in 1993, the studio has hosted a number of popular artists and producers, including Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, Bono and Duran Duran. Now the facility is the focal point of Live At The Log Cabin, a new web series created in partnership with MySpace.
The series, appearing periodically on the social network, brings the intimacy of a private recording session to your computer screen through a series of short videos showcasing an artist recording at the studio. The first three episodes feature the New York City-based duo MS MR, who recently gained recognition when its alt-pop single “Bones” was used in a trailer for the most recent season of Game of Thrones. The band’s music uses a mix of classic guitar and the jazzy vocals of lead singer Lizzy Plapinger, and meshes it with the more electronic sounds of synthesizers and a range of pedals, amps and effects to create an eerie sound.
The three MS MR episodes were released over one week, with each short incorporating an interview with the band and one song. For the series, MS MR chose to perform their single ‘Hurricane,’ along with “Dark Doo Wop’ and a new song, ‘Salty Sweet.’
Log Cabin studio engineer Darren Moore, who manned the console during the sessions, said that the project not only highlights the artist, but also includes shots of the studio, giving viewers an inside look at the hidden oasis right in Manhattan’s Midtown.
Moore and the studio became involved in the project when the facility’s publicist mentioned that MySpace was looking for a studio to record its web series sessions in. He invited MySpace to visit and soon after, MySpace representatives decided the Log Cabin would be a good match.
The Log Cabin Studio houses a Neve VR console in its main recording room.
“There’s enough room to shoot (video) and the studio does multimedia projects all the time, so technical questions were not an issue.,” Moore said. “Plus, we were looking to do video sessions and MySpace was looking for someone to partner with, so this worked well.”
In its favor was its technology on hand, as well as a visual style unique to the urban jungle of New York City. Based on the studio owner’s love of hunting and upstate New York, the studio’s décor looks just like a hunting lodge, with wood logs and deer fur covering the walls of the spacious recording and live rooms. There is also a separate isolated drum booth, and a lounge and kitchen for artists to relax while making records at the Log Cabin. The whole atmosphere there is cozy and comfortable—a great environment for recording.
At the heart of the recording room is a Neve VR console with 72 inputs, with Pro Tools 10 HD and a collection of plug-ins including Amp Farm, Echo Farm, Reverb One and more. The studio recently installed a set of custom Griffin G-1 Main Monitors with subs to go with a set of Genelec 8050s and Yamaha NS-10s.
Some of the outboard gear at the studio includes AMS dmx15-80, Yamaha REV-5, TC Electronic 1210 Spatial Exapander and an AMS-Neve 33609.
“The Log Cabin is a modern studio with a vintage feel,” Moore explained. “We want it to look vintage, but bring in the latest equipment and sound.”
During the MS MR video session, the band’s manager gave the studio a list of microphones, and Moore said he sifted through the studio’s collection of Sennheiser, Neumann, AKG, Audio-Technica and Beyer mics to find the best fit for the band. “We took the list and tried to pick what we knew sounded good in the room,” Moore said.
While only one video set has emerged from the project so far, Moore said Myspace is already arranging future recording dates at the studio and intends to record one or two artists a month as the project continues to grow.
The Log Cabin Studio, Manhattan Center