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ABOUT BB4 STUDIOS

BB4 has created a studio unique to New York City, executing an acoustically excellent environment that is optimal for both mixing and mastering.

Designed by owner Rafael “Raf” Planten and Christos Tsantilis (P. Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Mobb Deep, Mos Def, Brandy, Big Pun, Queen Latifah, Patti LaBelle, Saigon), BB4 provides mixers, mastering engineers, producers and labels with an exciting option for perfecting projects. World-class recording capabilities for vocals and overdubs are also onsite.

Shorthand for “Brooklyn Born Brooklyn Bred”, BB4 is located in South Williamsburg. Launched in 2015, its founders are committed to providing producers, engineers, artists, labels, and the surrounding community with an innovative audio resource.

 
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Gear


MICROPHONES

(1) Neumann U87

(1) Manley Reference

(2) AKG C414 XLS/ST (Matched Pair)

(1) AKG D112

(1) Blue Baby Bottle
(1) Shure SM7B
(1) Shure SM57

(1) Shure 52A

(1) Peavey PVM 520i
(1) Electro Voice re 27

(1) Electro Voice N/D468

(1) Electro Voice RE15

(2) Audio-Technica ATM450

(1) Audio-Technica ATM 250

(1) Audio-Technica AE2500

(2) Earthworks SR25

(1) Earthworks TC25
(1) Funkberater SM2030
(2) Funkberater PGH MD30-2
(2) Beyerdynamic M160
(1) Sennheiser e906

(1) Sennheiser MD421
(1) DBX RTA-M Reference Mic

DIRECT IN BOXES

(2) TK Audio TC1

ANALOG MIXER

(1) Manley 16 by 2 mixer

MICROPHONE PRE AMPS

(1) Avalon VT-737sp

(2) SSL XLogic Superanalogue Channel Strip
(1) Manley slam (stereo)
(6) Vintech 573 (500 series)
(2) vin tech 473 with (4) mic pre
(2) API 512c
(1) Great River MP-2MH-D 

OUTBOARD FX


Yamaha Spx90
 

COMPRESSORS

ANALOG

(2) SSL XLogic Superanalogue Channel Strip
(1) Manley slam (stereo)
(1) Tube-Tech CL 2A (stereo)

(1) DBX 162

(1) TK Audio BC1-S (stereo)
(1) Alan Smart C2 (stereo)
(1) Tsl-3 Tube Limiter (stereo)
(1) Qes Labs Vari mu (stereo)
(1) 1176 custom

DIGITAL

(1) MaxxBCL

CONVERTERS

(1) AVID HD OMNI
(1) PRISM DREAM ADA 8
(2) Prism ADA-8XR

 

EQUALIZERS

ANALOG
(2) Vintech 473 (4) EQ
(2) SSL XLogic Superanalogue Channel Strip
(2) API 553 EQ
(1) Prism Sound Maselec MEA-2 Mastering EQ

(2) Great River (Harrison 32) EQs

DIGITAL

(1) Weiss Eq1-LP/DYN/combo

MONITOR SYSTEM

Dangerous Dbox
PMC ib2 passive 3way system
Adam subs
(1) Bryston 4bst
(1) Bryston THX
(2) White Instruments room eq

DAW

Apple Mac Pro 3.5GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5 – 32GB (3) Pro Tools HDX PCIe cards, UAD-2 Octo card.
Software: Avid Prootools 12

 

MASTERING

Computer: Macbook Pro Retina
Software: SoundBladeHD

PLUGINS

Waves Diamond Bundle including Platinum, Restoration, and Transform Bundles, iZotope Ozone, Slate Digital Everything Bundle, Sonnox Oxford Elite, SoundToys 5, Fabfilter Mastering Bundle, Altiverb XL, Lexicon – PCM Native Total Plug-In Bundle

INSTRUMENTS

(2) Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitars, Fender American Vintage ’65 Stratocaster, Fender Standard Telecaster, Fender Classic Player Jaguar, Fender Sonoran Acoustic Guitar, Latin Percussion One Handed Triangle, Latin Percussion Cyclops Jingle Tambourine, Latin Percussion Cabasa, Pearl Travel Conga, World Beat Percussion Bongo, Clarinet, (2) Flutes, Trumpet, Ludwig Kick Drum and Snare, Hi Hat

 
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Testimonials

BB4 sounded excellent, having a recording resource like this — not to mention the amazing food and coffee in the neighborhood — is a positive development for New York City music professionals. BB4 is operating at a very high level.
— ZEV KATZ (JAMES BROWN, SHERYL CROW, BRUNO MARS, ARETHA FRANKLIN, LADY GAGA)
This is the only studio I’ve ever been to where I could hear incredible-sounding mixes in the tracking situation, through the headphones. They set it up to ensure that you’re hearing the fidelity, the clarity, and the imaging. That really does allow you to rock out and give your best performance.
— IAN LLOYD (Stories, Foreigner, Billy Joel, Peter Frampton, Kiss, Yes)
I felt very comfortable at BB4 right away, I thought that the control room was beautiful. The vocal booth/overdub room was big enough to hold my drumkit, and we did several variations of setups to find the sweet spot for the overheads. My kick drum sounded amazing in there. And I love that lounge – I was perfectly happy sitting there between takes.
— JOHN IHLE ( CHUCK BERRY, THE DRIFTERS, BO DIDDLEY. THE CRESTS, THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS, THE CRYSTALS)
After coming back from BB4 Studios, Blast Radius feels like it has a new life, the clarity of its nuances really came out and made the track BANG! Can’t wait to work with them again!
— OMEGA JOHNSON


 
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