GOWANUS — A Park Slope music aficionado has finally finished a labor of love converting a gritty Gowanus garage into a recording studio decked out with modern and vintage gear for artists to tailor their sound.
Over the past five years, producer and composer Myles Rodenhouse worked with acousticians to convert the cavernous 332 Douglass St. space between Third and Fourth avenues and officially opened Douglass Recordings doors this summer.
“We wanted to create something in the same vein of a luxury studio, but something that’s a little more grass roots," Rodenhouse told DNAinfo New York.
The studio boasts modern and vintage recording equipment. (Douglass Recording)
The overhauled space was originally used to store trucks and already boasted high ceilings that went through acoustic treatment to control the way sound reverberates through the studio. Wood "sound traps" with absorbent insulation were outfitted on the studio's walls and "clouds" on the ceiling that operate the same way.
Modeled after high-brow recording spaces decked out in state of the art gear, the space is equipped with an array of amps, old school features such as an analog recording board and several instruments including a collection of vintage keyboards and a Steinway grand piano.
The sprawling studio features high ceilings. (Douglass Recordings)
That, paired with the naturally vast space, gives recordings a rich sound, said Rodenhouse.
"The size of the room really does give you a lot to work with," said Rodenhouse. "I think some people don’t realize the size of the room is really important and can make or break a recording."
Those looking to rent space for a recording session can rent by the hour for $100 or for $800 per 10-hour block.