Glyph Musical Arts and Sciences is a full-service recording studio in Jersey City, NJ. We’re located near the Liberty State Park light rail station. The studio opened in mid-2016 and we’re now booking sessions for this summer and fall. We’re also looking for a few bands from a variety of genres to help promote the studio; we can give you two free days here to track one or two songs in exchange for letting us use excerpts of your music and photographs/video of you recording here on our web site.
Our engineers know every inch of the studio and will take care of all of the technical details, freeing you to focus on your performance, confident that we’re capturing that performance in a way that not only sounds great but is creatively appropriate for your project. Record everything here, or just do your basic tracks and vocals and take them with you to complete at home. We don’t just record music, either. We welcome voiceovers, commercial work, or anything else we can accommodate.
A producer understands and is invested in your creative vision but can provide a second, more objective viewpoint. Our producers can act as a sounding board, inject fresh new ideas when you need them, and generally manage the process of getting from a demo to the complete realization of your vision. We can work with you on everything from song selection and arrangement through to the final mix and mastering.
We have Rupert Neve Designs and SSL mixers, racks full of classic analog outboard gear and some rare mastering grade compressors and equalizers, all of which provide a fast, intuitive mix workflow and unique, musical results that you just can’t get with just a DAW and the same plugins everyone else is using. Our full-range, high end monitoring ensures that your mixes will translate well on any system and won’t require massive adjustments in mastering.
Everyone Loves Gear
We have more than 20 guitars and basses available. This includes tenor and baritone acoustics in 6 and 12 strings; Music Man, Hofner, and Ibanez basses; hollow and semi-hollow body electrics; and tenor, baritone, and octave electrics.
We have guitar amps from Mesa Boogie, Music Man, Jackson Ampworks, VHT/Fryette, and Randall. The modular Randall amps can use any of 20 different tube preamps that replicate the sound of Marshall, Fender, Bogner, Splawn, Supro, Vox, Vampower and more.
We have Moog and Prophet synthesizers, a hammer-action 88-key controller, the full Arturia V Collection of classic synthesizer emulations, and many incredible sounding sample libraries for Kontakt.
We have a 60s 3-ply Slingerland kit (13, 18, 20, 24); a Yamaha Recording Custom kit (8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 18, 22); Bosphorus, Sabian, and Zildjian cymbals; and snares from Dunnett, Noble & Cooley, Tama, Pearl, Rogers, Gretsch, and Pork Pie. We also have full sets of Roto-Toms and Octobans.
Add a unique flavor to your songs with djembes, cajons, pitched cymbals, wood blocks, guiros, triangles, castanets, cabasas, galaxies, helix bowls, a dozen different shakers, and more in our always growing percussion collection.
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We’ve also got ukeleles from tenor to bass, mandolins, a mandola, a banjo, and more. There are a lot of instruments it doesn’t make sense for you to own when you may only ever use them on one song. We’re constantly, carefully expanding our collection of unique stuff so that we’ll have any color you need on your palette when inspiration strikes.
In and Out
We’ve got Mercury, Pacifica, Tonelux, Focusrite, Thermionic Culture, True Systems, and Audient Pres on the front end of things. On the way out, you have your choice of Rupert Neve Designs or SSL SuperAnalogue mixers. In between, we have 48 channels in and 48 channels out of SSL converters.
We’ve got racks full of great analog gear. Rockreupel comp.two, Buzz Audio Mastering EQ, LA-2A, 1176s, Pultecs, Retro 176, Retro Sta-level, Vertigo VSM-2, Elysia Mpressor, Distressors, UBK Fatso, Ridge Farm Boiler, SSL XR681s, API 2500, TK Audio BC-1mk2, and more.
We love the sound of our analog gear, but we also embrace the power of modern digital tools. We have Pro Tools 12 and Cubase 8.5, both controlled by 24 channels of Avid faders. Both DAWs can also take advantage of a UAD-2 Octo card with a broad selection of plugins from UAD, Soundtoys, Slate, Eventide, Lexicon, and iZotope.