July '13 - The PAU Audio Model 805 4-channel mic pre has been added to Studio 1…Pro Tools in both studios have been updated to 10.3.6…The Waves Mercury bundles are updated to v9r12…The UAD cards are now 7.0.1…Mac OSX has been updated to 10.7.5…The Kanye West album "Yeezus" entered the Billboard Top 200 at # 1, recorded & mixed in both Studios 1 & 2.
June '13 - The studios welcome Janice Brown to the team as our Artist Relations representative…A vintage Fender Rhodes is now available for either Studio 1 or Studio 2.
May '13 - The UAD-2 Omni 6 cards have been updated for both Studio 1 & Studio 2 to Version 7.0.0 …Our Waves Mercury bundles have been upgraded to Version 9.2.6 in both studios which is inclusive of the Manny Marroquin bundles
April '13 - The studios have added a vintage 1979 Ludwig Black Panther drum kit
March '13 - The SSL Duality's in Studio 1 & Studio 2 have upgraded software with the AFADA upgrade kit...Both studios have added Melodyne Editor 2.1.0
February '13 - Pro Tools is now upgraded to PTX 10.3.3 in both studios, Adam S3X H monitors have been added to Studio 2…The Adele album "21" has been certified for 10 million U.S. sales by the RIAA
January '13 - The UAD-2 Omni 6 cards have been updated for both Studio 1 & Studio 2
December '12 - Pro Tools is now upgraded to PT 10 in both studios, operating systems are now Lion
November '12 - Logic has been updated to 9.1.8. and Waves Mercury bundles are now version 9.2.1. The studios have added Sony MDR 7520 Headphones
October '12 - Studio 2 has added a Retro 176 limiter and a Focusrite ISA Two mic-pre
June '12 - The studios have added a second Novation SL61 MIDI Controller…The Paul Simon "Graceland" 25th Anniversary Edition has been released, Chris Shaw mixed the EP of the 1989 Graceland Tour in Studio 2 for this special release
May '12 - A new Winfield Cyclone guitar amplifier as well as a Collings 290 DC S electric guitar have been added...The Adele album "21" has been certified for 9 million U.S. sales, 23 million world-wide
April '12 - The studios have been awarded their 30th gold record for Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger" album
March '12 - The studios have added the Universal Audio UAD-2 Omni 6 PCIe cards to both Studio 1 & Studio 2 as well as (2) Beyer Dynamic M88 microphones...Auto Tune 7 was updated for both studios as was the Logic software to 9.1.6...The UAD-2 Omni 6 cards feature all of the classic UA plugins, including the Studer A800 tape recorder, the ATR 102 tape recorder, the Lexicon 224x Digital Reverb and the EMT 250 Classic Electronic Reverb
February '12 - Studio 1 has added an Elysia Xpressor 500 series module and Studio 2 has added a Thermionic Culture Vulture...The studios were involved with (5) Grammy Award wins that were recorded here for Adele's album "21" and Kanye West's album "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" (Album of the Year, Best Pop Album, Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration)
January '12 - The studios have added a Sontronics Apollo active stereo ribbon microphone as well as a matched stereo pair of Telefunken Elektroakustik Ela M260's
December '11 – The EXIGY S412G monitoring systems in Studio 1 & Studio 2 have been upgraded with the addition of double 18" Exigy custom subwoofers in each control room that are now permanently part of the studio's systems...The Apple Mac computers for Studio 1 & Studio 2 have been upgraded to the new 12-core Mac's
November '11 – The Antelope Atomic master clocking system is now upgraded with Isochrome Trinity's in both Studio 1 & Studio 2...Adam S3X V mid-field monitors have been added to the selection of additional speaker systems...The studios are expanding into Mexico thru an exclusive licensing agreement for the port city of Tampico, on Mexico's gulf coast...This new facility will be named RG GERMANO STUDIOS TAMPICO and will open Fall 2012 (detailed information as well as a link to this studios new website, will be available in mid 2012)...This recording environment is designed by Studio Design Group and White Mark Limited.
October '11 – The studios have purchased a Telefunken Elektroakustik AR 70 stereo tube microphone...A Novation Impulse MIDI Controller has also been added...Additional Sony MDR 7506 headphones have been added to both studios
September '11 – The studios have upgraded their Avid Pro Tools to 9.0.5 for both Studio 1 & Studio 2...The Maroon 5 single "Moves Like Jagger" featuring Christina Aguilera has been certified platinum in the U.S.
August '11 – The studios have recieved their 25th gold/platinum RIAA award for the Britney Spears album "Femme Fatale"
July '11 – The studios have added a Moog Little Phatty and a Novation Ultra Nova...Both studios Avid Pro Tools systems have been upgraded to 9.0.3…The Adele album "21" has been certified double-platinum in the U.S.
June '11 – The studios have added a G&L Legacy Stratocaster and a Focusrite Novation SL61 MK2 MIDI controller
May '11 – The studios have added a Roland Fantom G6 as well as a selection of BBE guitar stomp boxes
April '11 – The Avid Pro Tools systems have been updated to 9.0.2…Source Connect has been updated to 3.5.1 for both Studio 1 & Studio 2…Numerous stomp boxes are now available for sessions…The studios have been testing the new ADAM S3XV powered monitors
March '11 – The studios have added a G&L ASAT Classic Telecaster as well as a G&L SB-2 bass
February '11 – Mercury Version 8 has added the Waves Vintage Aural Exciter…The studios have purchased a Mark Bass COMMAND 151P-JB bass amp…A Bedell 12-string JB-52-12-G acoustic guitar joins the growing family of instruments
January '11 - The studios have upgraded the Avid Pro Tools systems to Pro Tools 9
December '10 – The studios have added a Beyer Dynamic M88 microphone…Flo Rida's single "Club Can't Handle Me" has been certified platinum in the U.S.
November '10 – The studios have added the Antelope Trinity Isochrone to the master clocking system
October '10 – The studios Avid Pro Tools systems are now upgraded to Pro Tools 8.1 as well as Snow Leopard
September '10 – The studios are now running Auto Tune EVO version 6.1.0 and the Waves Mercury bundles have been upgraded to version 7.1
August '10 – We are now stocking the new Glyph PortaGig 50 fire wire drives
July '10 – The studios have added (2) Bedell acoustic guitars, the MB 28G "Jumbo" and the OH-18-G "Parlor"…Standard Audio LEVEL-OR 500 Series modules have been added to the API 10-slot rack in Studio 1…A Tube-Tech CL 1B mono tube compressor has been added to Studio 2…The Sound Toys plugins have been updated for both studios, adding Decapitator & Panman…Waves Vuvuzela Suppression presets for Waves Noise Suppressor as well as the Q10 EQ also have been added to both studios plug in lists…Fabian Marasciullo has completed mixing songs by Pharrell Williams for the film "Despicable Me" as well as new singles for Flo-Rida, The Game, T-Pain, Travie McCoy, Lil' Twist & Kelly Rowland
June '10 – Both studios have added Alicia's Keys piano software and the studios Pro Tools 8 systems have been upgraded to HD6…The Waves Mercury bundles are now version 7.1 and the JJP Analog Classics Bundle & Signature Series Bundle have been installed
May '10 – The studios have added the Novation Launchpad and the Novation SL MK2 MIDI Controller…The Young Money debut album has been certified gold
April '10 - The studios have added Ableton Suite 8.1.1 composing software/plug ins to both studios as well as the Waves Chris Lord-Alge Signature Series plugins
March '10 - The studios have added a Bechstein A1 52" upright acoustic piano for Studio 2 as well as a range of Eastwood electric guitars
February '10 - The Rihanna album "Rated R" was certified platinum, the Alicia Keys album "The Element of Freedom" was certified platinum, The Lil' Wayne album "Rebirth" was certified gold, the Mariah Carey album "Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel" was certified gold and the Carrie Underwood album "Play On" was certified platinum
January '10 - Both SSL Duality consoles have now been upgraded to the SE specification. The studios have added the Joan Jett Gibson Signature Melody Maker guitar
December '09 - The studios are part of (6) Grammy Award Nominations for music that has been recorded and/or mixed in Studios 1 & 2…Record Of The Year – "Halo" Beyonce; Album Of The Year – "I Am…Sasha Fierce" Beyonce; Best Pop Female Vocal Performance – "Halo" Beyonce; Best Contemporary R & B Album – "I Am…Sasha Fierce" Beyonce; Best Contemporary R & B Album – "Thr33 Ringz" T-PAIN; Best Compilation Soundtrack – "Cadillac Records"…The studios would like to thank Steve Jordan, Fabian Marasciullo and Ryan Tedder for making us a part of their history
November '09 - The studios have added a Royer R-122V Ribbon/Tube microphone…The plug in Amplitube 2 was also added…The Whitney Houston album "I Look To You" was certified gold, and "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" soundtrack was certified platinum
October '09 - The Studio 2 live room is featured on the cover of Mix Magazine (see photo on CONTACT page)…A vintage Akai MPC 3000 has been added…Robin Thicke returns to Studio 1 with Rich Travali mixing new records…Producer Ed Tuton has begun mixing the new Breaking Laces album in Studio 2…Alicia Keys and Mary J. Blige are completing recording for their new records…During the AES show the studios added new JZ Microphones, the Black Hole BH-1S as well as (2) of the BT-201's…The Flux Full Pack 2 and the Flux Syrah plug ins have been added to both studios plug in inventories
September '09 - The scoring for the film "Betty Anne Waters" was recorded in Studio 1 with a 13-piece string section for the composer Paul Cantelon and orchestrator Milosz Jeziorski…This is a soon-to-be-released Hillary Swank film, directed by Tony Goldwyn with music supervision by Susan Jacobs
August '09 – The studios have been nominated for the 2009 TEC Award for Studio Design Project...This month marked the most diverse group of artists working at the studios - Rihanna, Britney Spears, Leona Lewis, Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, Adam Lambert, Mary J. Blige, Michael Buble, Jazmine Sullivan, Sean Garrett, Max Martin, Kris Allen, Breaking Laces, 50 Cent, Birdman, Rick Ross, Thalia and Justin Bieber….Sean Paul shot his new video in Studio 1
July '09 - Tricky Stewart and The-Dream worked on the finishing touches for the new Mariah Carey album, "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel"…Tony Maserati mixed songs for the debut Rich Girl album
June '09 – The studios are celebrating their first year anniversary this month…Two new custom matched stereo pair Telefunken USA "CineMike" tube/valve microphones have been added...A third pair of original Yamaha NS 10M's has been added…Additional Radial boxes have been purchased for both Studio 1 & Studio 2
May '09 – Line 6 Echo Farm plugins were added to both studios…A Genelec 7070A active 250w subwoofer has been added…The studios have been awarded their first U.S. platinum single for BEYONCE'S "Halo" and a U.S. gold record for T-PAIN'S "3 Ringzz"
April '09 – A Bechstein A2 Upright Acoustic Piano has been added…The Pro Tools systems in both studios have been upgraded to HD4 and Pro Tools 8…The studios are now offering a choice of fire wire drives, either the Glyph PortaGig or Avastor HDX…The new DREAMS COME TRUE album "Do You Dreams Come True?" - Universal Records- enters the Japan album chart at # 1
March '09 – Additional Taytrix gobo screens have been added as well as a selection of Radial direct boxes and API lunch boxes…Both Tube-Tech MEC 1A channel strips in Studio 2 now have the new line input mod and have become a matched pair
February '09 – Two new Telefunken USA Ela M260 tube/valve microphones have been added. In Studio 1, a Retro Instruments Sta-Level compressor and a Retro Instruments 176 limiter have been added. The MCDSP Emerald Pack HD plug ins have both been updated for Studio 1 & Studio 2
January '09 – The studios have earned their first U.S. platinum record for BEYONCE'S "I Am…Sasha Fierce" album on Music World/Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment
December '08 – The studios have earned their first U.S. gold record for JENNIFER HUDSON'S self-titled debut album on Arista/Sony Music Entertainment
November '08 – A new Telefunken USA Ela M12v tube/valve microphone has been added…Source Elements Source-Connect Pro 3.0 and Source Live were added for internet connectivity…A 3rd Apple Mac Pro 2x 3.0 GHz Quad Core Intel is added as the studios spare computer
October '08 – Troy Germano (Studio Design Group LLC) is the 2008 TEC Award winner for Studio Design Architect/Acoustician for Red Bull North America's new recording facility in Santa Monica, CA
September '08 – The Studio 1 control room is featured on the cover of Mix Magazine (see photo on CONTACT page)…A Hot House S400 high current control room amplifier is added as well as a selection of Taytrix gobo screens
August '08 – A Studer A827 Special Edition 24 track 2" analog tape recorder with 16 track heads is added (this is the black machine with the gold edit block)