Calling Liam Gallagher: Private Recording Oasis in NYC

(DGIwire) — New York City is a recording artist’s dream. But with so many recording studios in every borough, and with each one offering something different, it can sometimes be a daunting task to choose the right one. The important questions to ask are these: Is it best to use a studio with a tucked-away, […]

Manhattan Center Productions Grabs a Bigger Piece of the Recording Pie

(DGIwire) — Many of Lady Gaga’s “Little Monsters” as well as fans of New Zealand’s pop darling Lorde were on hand to attend their consecutive performances in the intimate setting of the Roseland Ballroom this past April. Both events were also bittersweet: Roseland shut its doors following their shows. At one time a New York institution, rent costs and […]

A Love Affair for the Ages: An Artist and Their Production Studio

 (DGIwire) — “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine,” Rick says about his lost love Ilsa in the classic film Casablanca. Although this quote was referring to a romantic affair, the same can be said about pairing an artist with a production studio—it should ultimately be […]

Helping Documentary Makers Excel in a Changing Environment

 (DGIwire) – Documentary makers stand at a conspicuous crossroads today. As magazines and newspapers increasingly fold and TV news divisions reduce staff, the baton has been passed to documentarians to tell important stories. The good news for documentarians is that the public’s appetite seems hearty, if not outright ravenous. From a professional standpoint, documentaries are also […]

Marrying the Classical and the Contemporary in One Ultramodern Studio

(DGIwire) — For classical music lovers, the fact that their favorite genre has long taken a backseat to the pop and rock music on the Billboard charts has to be disheartening. However, vindication is at hand: it seems as if symphonic music is finally making a comeback. Recently, a group of contemporary American composers created […]

YouTube Helping to Give Musicians a Step Up the Career Ladder

(DGIwire) – Over the last two decades, no other technological advance has revolutionized the modern world as much as the Internet. With regard to the music industry, no single website has been more transformative for today’s artists than YouTube. Before YouTube was launched on February 14, 2005, hosting a music video was almost impossible for […]

Corporate Videos Help Start Ups Stand Out

 (DGIwire) — According to a CNNMoney report, during each month of 2010 no less than 340 out of every 100,000 U.S. adults launched their own business—creating 565,000 startups every 30 days. While a large percentage of these businesses never went anywhere, a select few did succeed. However, there are still more businesses needing investors than […]

How Recording Studios Inject “Magic” into Movies

(DGIwire) — When the weather takes a turn for the worse, many people flock to the movies. Although it’s nice to sit inside a cozy theater with a tub of warm buttery popcorn, or even to watch from the comfort of one’s own living room, not every movie makes us forget about frigid cold or […]

Music Videos to Make the World Stand Up and Take Notice of Talent

 (DGIwire) — Music videos have had a massive influence on popular culture for decades. MTV made the first wave of music videos popular. YouTube took it a giant step further, and even helped make unknowns like Justin Bieber famous. Many iconic videos, such as Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and Madonna’s “Like a Virgin,” have stood the […]

For the King of All Media, a Birthday Bash Gets a Royal Production

(DGIwire) — When you’re the King of All Media, your birthday party is a royal event. So when Howard Stern chose to celebrate his 60th Birthday Bash at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom—part of Manhattan Center, located at 311 West 34th Street—on the night of January 31, an array of topnotch production staff went into […]

Rocking Recording Sessions Using Modern Technology Plus Time-Tested Techniques

(DGIwire) — “Out with the old and in with the new.” Advances in technology have killed or brought into question the future of some our most cherished forms of entertainment. The MP3 player took the place of the Discman; the word processor replaced the typewriter; and ereaders are slowly but surely gaining popularity over physical books. […]

Secrets Behind Compelling Television…Hint: It’s All Part of the Production

(DGIwire) — Let’s face it, Bravo TV has made a fortune from good editing. It’s no secret that reality shows can be made and broken in post production.  It’s become as important a part of the troika as picking the right cast members to creating the right environment. Think about how boring it would it […]

“Got to Have” Corporate Videos Make or Break Your YouTube Success

(DGIwire) — The corporate video is no longer just a “good to have.” And with YouTube solidly in place as the second-largest search engine after Google according to, it’s no wonder that a strong YouTube presence has become a “got to have”—and an integral part of most corporate marketing strategies. If companies really want to get […]

Producing the Perfect Corporate Message; The Corporate Video

(DGIwire) If you don’t already have a corporate video, you need to read this. “There is probably no single more effect way to accurately mainstream your corporate message than a company video,” says Marvin Williams, Manhattan Center’s Director of Video Engineering and Operations. The Manhattan Center is the most advanced independent television production facilities in […]