Germano Studios

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Germano Studios is a music recording studio facility in New York City owned and operated by Troy Germano (former CEO of The Hit Factory New York, Miami & London).


In 2008, Germano opened Germano Studios as the newest addition to the renowned family of recording studios, The Hit Factory. Germano used his expertise to transform the site of the former Platinum Island studios into an intimate state-of-the-art music recording and mixing facility for both records & film soundtracks. The studios were designed by Germano and his longtime design collaborator David Bell of White Mark Limited England. Together they re-designed the two rooms, thus creating a new Studio 1 and Studio 2 for stereo and surround mixing. "We really tried to keep it true to the original footprint, but improve upon it. I wanted the large speakers to be true and accurate and I wanted people to be able to listen on near-fields and know where the mixes were."[1] The studios underwent a 10-month renovation and officially opened on May 12th, 2008 with sessions for Matisyahu in Studio 1 and Alicia Keys in Studio 2. Both control rooms have SSL Duality 48 input analog consoles. In addition, EXIGY S412G monitors, extensive outboard gear and a long list of plugins[2] [3] The studios are both equipped with large Avid PT Ultimate 2020.5 HDX3 64/64 Pro Tools systems, each with Apple Cylinders and Sonnet expansion chassis. This new facility is located in the middle of NoHo, next to New York University. Studio 1 was designed for cutting basic band tracks, recording vocals and mixing. Studio 2 handles various overdub sessions, writing sessions, recording vocals and mixing for both stereo and 5.1 surround for film.[4]  Historic albums that were recorded and/or mixed at this location include "Astroworld" by Travis Scott, "21" by Adele, "Yeezus" by Kanye West,  "Cross Eyed Heart" by Keith Richards, "Blonde" by Frank Ocean, "Clapton" by Eric Clapton, "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga, "Uptown Special" by Mark Ronson, "Hollywood Is Bleeding" by Post Malone, "Vibras" by J Balvin, "Eternal Awake" by Lil Uzi Vert, "Queen" by Nicki Minaj and "DAMN." by Kendrick Lamar.[5] The biggest selling/biggest streaming songs recorded at the studios include "All Of Me" by John Legend, "Sicko Mode" by Travis Scott, "Halo" by Beyonce, "Moves Like Jagger" by Christina Aguilera & Adam Levine, "Born This Way" & "Edge Of Glory" by Lady Gaga, "Living In A Ghost Town" by The Rolling Stones and "Baby" by Justin Bieber & Ludacris.

In 2019, the studios were re-branded Germano Studios I The Hit Factory after Germano reacquired The Hit Factory name, trademark, IP and brand from his family's estate in late 2018.


The studios are located in the NoHo district of New York City

  • 676 Broadway (2008 - present)


2008 to Present day: Germano Studios I The Hit Factory in New York City consists of two studios. The consoles are a pair of Solid State Logic Duality  Delta 48 channel consoles for recording and mixing in Studio 1 and Studio 2.[6] Both rooms are equipped Avid Pro Tools PT Ultimate 2020.5 HDX3 64/64 systems with Apple Mac Pro Cylinder 8-Core computers, Sonnet expansion chassis, Avid HDX processing cards, Avid HD I/O. The plugin list consists of Waves Mercury, Universal Audio UAD Ultimate 7, Avid, Abbey Road Collection, RealVerb-Pro, Eventide, FabFilter, Antares, Audio Ease, Focusrite, IZotope, McDSP, Massey, Metric Halo, Native Instruments, Relab, Softube, Soundtoys, Steven Slate/Slate Digital, TC Electronic, Xfer Records, Klangheim, Source Connect. The monitoring systems are EXIGY S412G monitors with custom dual 18" subwoofers, designed by Matt Dobson. The near field/mid field speakers/PA are Germano Acoustics APS AEON 2 active monitors, ADAM S3 S-Series active monitors, Avantone CLA-10A active monitors, Avantone CLA-10 passive monitors, Yamaha NS-10M Studio passive monitors, Avantone MixCube active & passive monitors, KRK Rockit 7 monitors, SONOS monitoring, RCF NX-12 SMA. The outboard gear includes Neve 1081, Neve 1073, Neve 1084, Neve 8051M, Neve 2254R, Neve 33609, API 2500, API 550A, API 560, API 512V, API 3124+, API 7600, Chandler Curve Bender, Chandler REDD .47, Chandler TG MKII, Chandler TG 2, Chandler RS124, Chandler 12413 Zener, Chandler TG1, Tube-Tech CL 1B, Retro Instruments 176, Retro Instruments Revolver, Universal Audio LA2A, Universal Audio 1176LN, Empirical Labs EL8 XS, Bricasti M7, AMS RMX16 500, Moog DDL 500, Pultec EQP-1A, Focusrite ISA Two, Focusrite ISA 428, Avalon VT 737SP, Antelope Robidium 10M Atomic Clock, Antelope Trinity, Lavy AD 122, Focusrite Clarett, Heritage Audio BT-500, Black Lion Audio Bluey, Black Lion 17, Cymatic Audio, Tascam, Bryston 4B, Bryston 2B, Hot House S400. The microphone collection consists of Telefunken Ela M251V, Telefunken Ela M251E, Telefunken U47, Telefunken U47 CineMike, Telefunken Ela M260, Telefunken M82, Telefunken M60, Neumann U67, Neumann M149, Neumann M147, Neumann U47 FET, Neumann U87, Neumann U89, Neumann KM 184, Coles 4038, Royer R-121, AEA R44C, Beyer Dynamic M160, Beyer Dynamic M88, DPA d:vote 4099, DPA d:facto 4018, DPA 2011C, DPA 4011C, AKG C414, AKG 451B, AKG D112, Electrovoice RE20, Mojave MA-301, Schoeps CMC6, Sennheiser MD 421, Sennheiser MD 441-U, Sennheiser MKH-40, Sennheiser MKH-800, Shure BETA-52A, Shure BETA 98D/S, Shure SM81, Shure SM57,Shure SM58, Shure SM7B, Yamaha SKRM 100, Avantone Pro KICK. Instruments include Bechstein, Dave Smith, Mellotron, Moog, Nord, Roland, Novation, Gretsch, Ludwig, PDP, Piaste, Gibson, Fender, G&L, D'Angelico, Epiphone. Amplifiers include Marshall, Winfield, Fender, Ampeg & Mark Bass. Pedals include a large selection of BOSS, MXR, BBE, Eventide, G&L, Fulltone, Earnie Ball, Radial, TC Electronic & Morley. DJ equipment includes Pioneer, Technics, Rane Serato, Shure & Novation.

Associated producers, engineers and mixers

  • Kenta Yonesaka (chief engineer)
  • Jason Staniulis (recording engineer)
  • Rich Travali (recording engineer)
  • Matthew Sim (mixing engineer)
  • Dave Rowland (recording engineer)
  • Kevin Porter (recording engineer)
  • Christian Baker (recording engineer)
  • Kris Crawford (recording engineer)
  • Kevin Matela (recording engineer)
  • Steve Jordan (producer, musician)
  • Dave O'Donnell (producer, recording engineer)

RIAA Diamond Awards

Germano Studios was a part of (3) RIAA Diamond Awards, in recognition of sales of 10 million albums or singles sold in the U.S. [7]

  • Adele "21" (album)
  • John Legend "All Of Me" (single)
  • Justin Bieber & Ludacris "Baby" (single)

Notable recordings

  • Hollywood's Bleeding by Post Malone 2019
  • Astroworld (album) by Travis Scott 2018
  • Damn (Kendrick Lamar album) by Kendrick Lamar 2017
  • Living In A Ghost Town by The Rolling Stones 2020
  • Stoney (album) by Post Malone 2016
  • The Life of Pablo by Kanye West 2016
  • Crosseyed Heart by Keith Richards 2015
  • Brightest Blue by Ellie Goulding 2020
  • Born This Way (album) by Lady Gaga 2011
  • 21 (Adele album) by Adele 2012
  • 4 (Beyoncé album) by Beyonce 2011
  • My World 2.0 by Justin Bieber 2010
  • Beauty Behind The Madness by The Weeknd 2015
  • Clapton (2010 album) by Eric Clapton 2010
  • Blonde (Frank Ocean album) by Frank Ocean 2016
  • Queen (Nicki Minaj album) by Nicki Minaj 2018
  • Battle Born (album) by the Killers 2012
  • Bridges (Josh Groban album) by Josh Groban 2018
  • Uptown Special by Mark Ronson2015
  • Yeezus by Kanye West 2013
  • Prism (Katy Perry album) by Katy Perry
  • Threads (Sheryl Crow album) by Sheryl Crow 2019
  • Play On (Carrie Underwood album) by Carrie Underwood 2009
  • Luv Is Rage 2 by Lil Uzi Vert 2017
  • A Town Called Paradise by Tiesto 2014
  • Cloud Nine (Kygo album) by Kygo 2016
  • At.Long.Last.A$AP by A$AP Rocky 2015
  • Harmony by Josh Groban 2020
  • The Blessed Unrest by Sara Bareilles 2013
  • async by Ryuichi Sakamoto 2017
  • Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel by Mariah Carey 2009
  • Stronger With Each Tear by Mary J. Blige 2009
  • Life Is Good (Nas album) by Nas 2012
  • Vibras (album) by J Balvin 2018
  • Rêvolution by IAM (band) 2017
  • Title (Meghan Trainor album) by Meghan Trainor 2015
  • The Element of Freedom by Alicia Keys 2009
  • Native (album) by One Republic 2013
  • Rebirth (Lil Wayne album) by Lil Wayne 2010
  • Rated R (Rihanna album) by Rihanna 2009
  • Love In The Future by John Legend2014
  • Girl (Pharrell Williams album) by Pharrell Williams 2014
  • This House Is Not for Sale by Bon Jovi 2016
  • Unvarnished by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts 2013
  • Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent by Lewis Capaldi 2019
  • 2020 (Bon Jovi album) by Bon Jovi 2020
  • Invasion of Privacy (album) by Cardi B 2018
  • Stranger Songs by Ingrid Michaelson 2019
  • The Carter V by Lil Wayne 2018
  • My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West 2010
  • Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie by Volbeat 2016
  • Anti (album) by Rihanna 2016
  • Before I Self Destruct by 50 Cent 2009
  • MDNA by Madonna 2012
  • Merry Christmas II You by Mariah Carey 2010
  • I Am... Sasha Fierce by Beyonce 2009
  • Oasis (J Balvin and Bad Bunny album) by J. Balvin and Bad Bunny 2019
  • The Beginning (Black Eyed Peas album) by {[The Black Eyed Peas 2010
  • No Mercy (T.I. album) by T.I. 2010
  • I Decided (album) by Big Sean 2017
  • Christmas (Michael Bublé album) by Michael Buble 2011
  • Cradlesong (album) by Rob Thomas 2009
  • Mind of Mine by Zayn 2016
  • The Blues Is Alive and Well by Buddy Guy 2018
  • Swing Symphony by Wynton Marsalis 2019
  • Soulbook by Rod Stewart 2009
  • Light (Matisyahu album) Matisyahu 2009
  • Everybody (Logic album) by Logic 2017
  • Malice N Wonderland by Snoop Dogg 2009
  • Suga (EP) by Megan Thee Stallion 2020
  • I Look To You by Whitney Houston 2009
  • Sweetener (album) by Ariana Grande 2018
  • Dark Lane Demo Tapes by Drake 2020
  • The Revenant (soundtrack) Soundtrack 2016
  • Beauty and the Beast (2017 soundtrack) Soundtrack 2017
  • Mary Poppins Returns (soundtrack) Soundtrack 2018
  • Despicable Me: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Soundtrack 2010
  • Over The Moon (2020 film) Soundtrack 2020
  • Hello Dolly! (Bette Midler) Broadway Cast Recording 2017
  • Creed (film) Soundtrack 2015
  • Minamata (film) Soundtrack 2020
  • Black Mirror Smithereens Soundtrack by Ryuichi Sakamoto 2019
  • Bad Reputation (2018 film) Soundtrack 2018


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  2. Weiss, David (July 2008). "Welcome Home".
  3. Walsh, Christopher (June 2008). "Germano Studios Opens".
  4. "At Germano Studios, In the Beginning, There was ADAM". Retrieved Feb 16, 2016.
  5. "Germano Studios". Retrieved 27 October 2020.
  6. "At Germano Studios, In the Beginning, There was ADAM". Retrieved Feb 16, 2016.

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