Monsterland Studios Relaunches In Brooklyn
October 17, 2012 by David Weiss
The Brooklyn facility known as Monsterland Studios announced that is has officially relaunched and is open for sessions.
Originally in operation from 2005-2010, sessions at Monsterland were temporarily suspended by founder Bones Howell while he sought to increase the sonic performance and efficiencies of the facility. The result is an entirely new configuration for the approximately 600 sq. ft. studio, which is located in the same Bedford-Stuyvesant/Bushwick loft as the previous Monsterland, but now located on the opposite side of the space.
Now set up as a studio-in-the-round, centered around a Stephen Sank-modified Soundcraft 6000 24-channel analog mixing board and a long list of choice outboard gear, the new Monsterland provides Howell and his clients with a significantly improved resource for recording and mixing.
“The new space is a one-room facility where I can track live instruments and mix all in the same room,” Howell explains. “My new studio is properly sound designed. Jim Bentley from the Fort is my neighbor and friend, and we also work together at my nightclub 929 — Jim helped me to get the proper acoustic treatment, with lots of absorption panels hanging from the wall and the ceiling.
“The sounds I’m getting during tracking are great, and the mixes are sounding accurate. The previous studio was usable — Cymbals Eat Guitars recorded and mixed their first album there, which earned them a high rating on Pitchfork, and Screaming Females recorded and mixed here — but I really took things to a different level with this new Monsterland.”