MSR Studios

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MSR Studios was the largest full-service recording facility in New York City. MSR Studios was located just outside Times Square at 168 West 48th street, between 6th and 7th avenues. It was, until a few years ago, known as Legacy Studios. It came into being after Sound on Sound and Right Track Recording merged.

Studios (Midtown)[edit]

MSR Studios housed 3 studios.

Studio A[edit]

Studio A was MSR Studios’ largest tracking room and featured a 9′ Yamaha Concert Grand Piano. The control room was outfitted with a 72-input SSL J Series console, a custom Augsperger main monitoring system with custom Leigh Audio Design dual 18″ subwoofers, and twenty four Neve 1081 mic pre/eq modules. Four isolation booths and a large main recording space make MSR Studio A the perfect choice for any tracking situation. Also available upon request was the Endless Analog CLASP system, which allows for seamless integration of a 24-track analog tape front end to Pro Tools.[1]

Studio B[edit]

Centered around a Euphonix System 5 console with EuCon software allowing for DAW control, Studio B was MSR's digital mixing/tracking room. The System 5's ability to handle high track counts on a small footprint made Studio B a great room for film score and Broadway cast album mixes and the 800 square foot live room, which features a Yamaha C7 piano, can comfortably accommodate any small tracking session.[2]

Studio C[edit]

Studio C was MSR Studios’ premier mix room, hosting a 72 input SSL J series console, custom Augsperger mains, custom Leigh Audio Design dual 18″ subwoofer, and a wide array of outboard equipment including eight Neve 1081 mic pre/eq modules. A dedicated machine room allowed for the quiet critical-listening environment necessary for accurate mixing. Studio C also housed a Yamaha C7 piano, convenient for small format tracking, including vocals or overdubs.[3]

Studio A509[edit]

Studio A509 was an Orchestral Facility. It featured an SSL 9096 - 96 Input with J Series Computer and Full Film Surround Monitor Selectable E and G Series Equalizer in Every Channel 4,600-square-foot (430 m2) live room with 35-foot (11 m) ceiling

Before MSR Times Square's closure, it was sold and torn down.[4]


Due to the construction of a hotel, MSR ceased operations at its Midtown location in June 2016. Noise levels from construction made recording difficult. MSR reopened their doors to the public in Montclair, New Jersey in 2017.[5]


  1. ^ "Studio A | MSR Studios". Retrieved 2016-12-15.
  2. ^ "Studio B | MSR Studios". Retrieved 2016-12-15.
  3. ^ "Studio C | MSR Studios". Retrieved 2016-12-15.
  4. ^ "Studio A509". Retrieved 2015-06-09.
  5. ^ "New York City Loses Another Recording Studio as MSR Plans to Shutter". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-12-15.

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Coordinates: 40°45′34″N 73°59′01″W / 40.75954°N 73.98362°W / 40.75954; -73.98362