OUR NEW STUDIO WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED BY HURRICANE SANDY. Tape machines, consoles, mics, and all of our gear were submerged in salt water and the toxic waters of the gowanus canal. 15+ years of collecting, building, rebuilding, and modifying gear all destroyed. We have insurance for some of the gear, but the 7000 sq ft facility we built over the last year is not covered. If you can help with donations to help rebuild, that would be fastastic. We have a site up to donate here.

We can also use many types of non-monetary help too--help in trying to clean equipment, space to work on trying to restore the consoles, etc. If you can help with anything, please let us know.. Thanks!

While rebuilding, I'll be working out of several great studios around Brooklyn. Please let me know if you want to work on something!


The Civil Defense website is currently under construction. If you have skills in web design or development and want to trade studio time, please get in touch!

We are a recording studio that was established in 2005 in Williamsburg.

We recently moved to a brand new, much larger and nicer facility in Gowanus, Brooklyn right off the F/G/R trains, and also, and have recently expanded to include another huge tracking space in gowanus, so there are plenty of tracking options for any size project.

You can find information about the studio and things we've done here on Sonicsearch.

Please visit us on facebook here.

And we recently got some press on Sonicscoop.

On either of the first two links you can find info on rates, gear, bands, and spaces. We've done some major changes in the last year or two, including building a new studio with 5 isolated tracking areas and installing a classic 1979 MCI JH 528c console, a 24-channel pro tools hd2 setup, and a 2" 24-track tape machine, and we're really excited!

Current special: Any session booked in 2012 at the new space will get a special introductory rate! Get in touch for details. I'm also doing an ongoing discount for anyone I've worked with at my old spaces--your whole first session will get the introductory rate, whenever you do it.

To meet up, get demo clips, or for any other questions, please email us.