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Defy Recordings

P.O. Box 867 New York, NY 10185 US

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Studio Description

Headquarters for Producer/Engineer/Mixer Robert L. Smith. 25+ years of Gold & Platinum experience. Recent clients of note include Lady Gaga, U2, The Ting Tings, Glee, Placido Domingo, Ingrid Michaelson and Rebelution. I'm an Oscar winning, Grammy and Emmy nominated Producer/Engineer/Mixer living in New York City. In the past I've been on staff at some of the most prestigious studios here in New York. I've been freelance since the mid 90's, working with many artists, composers and companies. In 2002 I was a founding partner of 2 companies: Company X Media and Sugarbox Studios. There I was able to expand my resume to include commercial and film work. In 2007 I started my own company called Defy Recordings LLC. This new venture condenses music production, engineering, mixing, and mastering all in one place.

Rental Options

General Studio Session w/engineer







  • Vocal Tracking
  • Mixing
  • Analogue Summing
  • Mastering
  • Audio Restoration
  • Editing
  • Online Mastering
  • Online Mixing



Mackie 1202 mixer

'62 Telefunken Echomixer

API Legacy summing console (2)


Nakamichi DR-3 Cassette Deck

Creek OBH-18 Phono Preamp

Panasonic 3800 DAT recorder

Music Hall MMF-5 turntable

Fostex CR500 cd recorder

Zoom H4N


TC Electronic Finalizer 96k (3)

Apogee Rosetta 200 A/D D/A converter

Avid HD I/O 16x16

FOCUSRITE ISA 430 Mic Pre/Compressor/EQ A/D convertor


Grace m902 reference headphone amplifier

Apple HiFI

Grado SR-60 headphones

M-ref speaker

Grado 325i headphones

Sony ZN-XN30 boom box

Sony 7506 headphones (5)

Sony SRS-50 Active Speaker System (2)

Neumann KH-120 monitors (2)

Yamaha MS101 III monitor speaker (4)

Mackie HMX-56 headphone matrix amplifiers (4)

Grado RS1i headphones

Mic Preamps

Wunder Audio PEQ-1 (2)

Focusrite ISA 430 Producer pack

Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator (2)

FMR Audio 8380 (2)

Avalon / Vt-737sm

Cloudlifter CL-2 Mic Activator

Integer RMP 2 preamp

API 512c Mic Preamp (6)

Chandler TG Channel

Groove Tubes MP-1 tube pre (2)

Gordon Model 5 preamp


Neumann KM105

Heil Handi Mic Pro Plus (2)

AEA A440


Beyer M260 Ribbon

COLES 4038 Ribbon


Beyer 201 dynamic (2)

Karma Audio Micro Silver (2)


Shure SM91A

Neumann U87ai

Cascade Fat Head II ribbon (Stereo Pair)

Shure SM58 Beta

Neumann KM184 condensor mic (2)

Shure SM 58 dynamics

Groove Tubes MD1a tube condensor mic (3)

Yamaha SubKick SKRM100

Sennheiser E 609

CAD 22A dynamic

Sennheiser 421

Josephson C617 Set (2)

Oktava 219 condensor mic (modified) (2)

Shure Green Bullet 520D

Sennheiser MKH 416 Shotgun Microphone

AKG D112 Dynamic Mic

Shure SM 57 dynamics (2)

AEA R88 Stereo Ribbon Mic

Shure SM81 Condensor Mic (2)

Audix i5

Beyer M88 dynamic (2)

Heil PR 40

Beyer M160 Ribbon (2)

Reslo Ribbon Mic

Oktava MD-186 dynamic mic (3)

Sony c800g


Chandler TG Channel

Manley Massive Passive EQ

Avalon 747SP Tube Compressor (2)

Little Labs I-Vog Bass Resonance Tool

API 560 (2)

Wunder Audio PEQ-1 (2)

Avalon / Vt-737sm

Roland SN-550 Digital Noise Eliminator

API 550B 4 band EQ (2)

Empirical Labs Lil FrEQ

FOCUSRITE ISA 430 Mic Pre/Compressor/EQ

TC Electronic Finalizer 96k (3)


Empirical Labs Fatso EL7x (3)

Empirical Labs Distressor (2)

Avalon / Vt-737sm

Thermionic Culture - Culture Vulture

Manley Variable Mu Limiter/Compressor

Focusrite ISA 430 Producer pack

FMR Audio RNC Stereo Compressor

TC Electronics Finalizer 96k (3)

FMR Audio PBC-6A compressor

API 525 Compressor/Limiter (4)


SPL 4-Channel Transient Designer

Avalon 747SP Tube Compressor (2)

dbx 1046 quad compressor

Echo's/ Delay's /Outboard Effects

Zerotronics Spring Reverb Mini SE

Telefunken Echomixer Spring Reverb

Zerotronics OC4 Spring Reverb

Fulltone Tube Tape Echo

Premier 90 Reverberation Tube Spring Reverb

Elettrorama Dub Siren Plus 2.0

TC Electronic Reverb 4000

Korg Kaoss Pad 'Entrancer'

dbx 100 Subharmonic Synthesizer

Stomp Boxes

Creation Audio Labs MK 4.23 Boost

Electro Harmonix Electric Mistress

Voodoo Labs Chorus

Death By Audio Soundwave Breakdown

Ibanez AD 202 Analog Delay

Mooger Fooger MF101 Low Pass Filter

Line 6 Verbzilla

Caroline Meteore Lofi Reverb

DOD Flashback Fuzz

Voodoo Labs Superfuzz

Sansamp bass driver DI

Strymon El Capistan dTape Echo

Sansamp Classic pedal

Death by Audio Total Sonic Annhilation

ProCo Rat

Stone Deaf PDF-1 Parametric Distortion Filter

Line 6 Echo Park

Fulltone Secret Freq Distortion

Line 6 Roto Machine

Voodoo Labs Proctavia

Voodoo Labs Tremolo

Zvex Seekwah

Creation Audio Labs Holy Fire

Death By Audio Robot

Voodoo Labs Sparkledrive

Chamber Of Sounds LSD light sensitive delay

Ibanez Lofi pedal

Guitar Tone Company Bloody Finger

Line 6 Tap tremolo

Effectrode PC-2A Tube Compressor

Vox wah

Voodoo Labs Microvibe


Epiphone Les Paul Custom

Peavey P-bass guitar

Chamber Of Sounds Theresynth optical Theremin

Yamaha P35 Digital Piano

Washburn R60RCE Resonator Guitar

Gibson JV-160 acousic guitar

Gretsch "Jim Dandy" Acoustic Guitar

Suzuki OM-100 Omnichord

Akai S3000XL

Boss Dr. Rhythm 110

Epiphone MM50E Professional Mandolin

Epiphone Wildkat semi-hollow guitar

Defy Recordings Custom Telecaster

Gretsch Electromatic guitar

M-Audio Axiom 25 keyboard controller

Chamber Of Sounds Jupiter III Analogue Percussion Synthesizer

Assorted percussion

Taylor 360e 12 String Acoustic Guitar


Matchless Lightning 15 tube amplifier

'56 Montgomery Ward 8440 tube amplifier

'65 Danelctro DM-10 tube amplifier

Matchless 2x10 cabinet

'53 Alamo Model 2 tube amplifier

'66 Fender Princeton Reverb tube amplifier

Roland Microcube

Palmer ADIG-LB advanced direct for guitar

Software Plugin Bundles

Sugar Bytes bundle

PSP Audioware

EMI Brillance pack

Izotope RX 5 Audio Restoration Bundle

Metric Halo Production Bundle

Sonnox Bundle

Melodyne Editor

Brainworx bx Bundle

Eventide Anthology X

Native Instruments Komplete 9 Ultimate

McDSP Emerald Bundle Version 5

Waves Platinum Bundle

Antares Auto Tune

SoundToys Bundle

Waves SSL 4000 Collection

Virtual Instruments


Native Instruments Komplete 9 Ultimate

AIR Bundle (Vaccuum, MiniGrand, DB33, Xpand!, Boom)

Synthogy Ivory II

DrumAgog Drum Replacement

Slate Digital Trigger

izotope Iris 2

Velvet - Wurlitzer, Fender Rhodes

Sugar Bytes bundle

*requires additional rental fee

Defy Recordings

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P.O. Box 867 New York, NY 10185 US