As one of the most successful and relatively new studios in the
recording and production industry, Stadium Red relies on a full arsenal of AKG
microphones to provide the best customer service, while making award-winning hits
for clients. Built from an older, dormant studio space, Stadium Red has won eight
GRAMMYâ Awards in its first four years of business, including four out of 11
nominations in nine categories in 2011.
Located in Harlem in New York, NY, the studio was purchased in July 2007 and opened
that September as a one-room space. Founder and CEO Claude Zdanow has since built
his ‘music creation and lifestyle company’ into a 6,000-square-foot state-of-the-art
space with four studios and a mastering suite. With a tight budget and a much
shorter list of clientele in 2007, Zdanow steadily stocked his microphone collection
with reliable and diverse AKG equipment.
“When we first opened, we were excited to take on the music industry and produce
hits, but we didn’t quite know which direction or genre was right for us,” stated
Zdanow. “Our first investment was AKG mics, which allowed us to take on diverse
projects with a small equipment list – the C414’s can do everything and did. From
changing polarity to controlling roll off, all of the mics are versatile enough to
get the perfect sound while recording.”
Stadium Red boasts three AKG C414 XLS’s, two D112’s, two C1000’s, one C4000 B and a
C451. Rounding off its list of Harman gear is a Crown XLS 402 amplifier, one JBL
SR6615 power amp, a BSS FDS-336T MiniDrive system, Lexicon Plug-ins PCM 91, 81, 70
and 480L Digital Effects system and dbx 160, 160XT, 165A, 166, 120XP, 223XT and
Drive rack PA.
Concentrating on supreme comfort in the studio, each of the mixing rooms and the
mastering suite are built around the primary needs of the producers or engineers who
occupy those spaces on a regular basis. The full-service studio setup also helps to
ensure music is not leaked out of a studio mid-production. “We do it all from
production, recording, mixing and mastering, so there is little worry about songs
being ‘leaked’ since it doesn’t leave the studio until it’s finished,” Zdanow
With a world-renowned team of producers and engineers, including Just Blaze, David
Frost, Omen, Tom Lazarus, Ariel Borujow, Joseph Pedulla and Ricardo Gutierrez,
Stadium Red offers an experienced team to clients, ranging from Drake, Chris Brown,
Nikki Minaj, Styles P, Eminem, Björk, Yo-Yo Ma, Thursday and San Francisco Symphony
Orchestra, among other award-winning artists and groups.
“As a music creation and lifestyle company, we understand brand recognition is very
important in our industry,” continued Zdanow. “The AKG brand sets industry
standards. From the beginning, our engineers requested AKG equipment because they
were the tools needed to make the best records. Stadium Red’s team signifies the
best and we continue to be the voice of making music with the help of AKG and
For more information on Stadium Red, please visit http://www.stadiumredny.com, or
follow Claude on Twitter @stadiumred.