Posted in industry | music on November 2, 2012

Translator Audio

In a post titled "Hurricanes Are Horrible Things", the Translator Audio studio in Brooklyn have announced that "100%" of their studio was lost to Hurricane Sandy, including "two businesses and 20 years of collected gear". The studio, located in Gowanus/Park Slope, recently recorded with names like Zozobra and Man's Gin, and have a rap sheet that includes the likes of Unsane, Rosetta, Citizens Arrest, Cave In, Keelhaul, Melvins, and many many others. Owner Andrew Schneider writes more about the loss below.

Andrew writes:

Translator Audio and its new home The South Sound were both completely obliterated by Hurricane Sandy. The high tide at the height of the storm brought water levels between 5 and 6 feet gushing through the whole building. I have been through many studio floods in my life but nothing even close to this. The violent force of the water is hard to imagine but the destruction it caused was complete. Metal security doors mangled, bent and torn off their frames, whole walls ripped apart, others left barely hanging, solid wood doors snapped in half etc. All equipment, mics, amps and instruments had no chance. The devastation throughout Translator Audio (as well as the other 2 studios and the 13 practice spaces in The South Sound) was massive and the loss is 100%.

Clearly we are all still in shock. We did all we could to prepare for the coming of the hurricane but no one could have imagined this. In a flash, 2 businesses and 20 years of collected gear was gone.

Since day one our friends have been the backbone of this studio and we continue to be humbled by their efforts. Many people have already reached out to us. We don't know how to organize or direct these offers yet but all help is extremely appreciated right now. Updates will be coming. If any nerdily inclined friends want to grab a piece or 2 of rack gear in an attempt to bring it back to life for us that would be great. We have specific information on how to do this.

This is proof that bad shit can happen to good people. My partners in both businesses are also good good friends and continue to show their strength and generosity at every turn. The same is true of all the bands and businesses at The South Sound. Though this community is brand new I am extremely proud to be a part of it. I am simply confused at how something like this could happen to so many great people.

Thanks again to all that are helping us. We will figure something out. Keep making good records!

Andrew Schneider




Comments (11)

This sucks so bad. Godspeed Andrew.

Posted by JT | November 2, 2012 3:16 PM

oh well

Posted by Anonymous | November 2, 2012 3:47 PM

While it is sad that quite a few people died and a lot of property was damaged, it is nice to see the people of New York starting get things back to normal.
It could have been a lot worse.

Posted by Stephen | November 2, 2012 4:34 PM

Translator Audio shared a live room with another studio-- The Civil Defense (, whose owner/chief engineer Jeremy Scott also lost all of the gear he'd collected and carefully modded and maintained over the last 7 years. Here's a very recent article written about the Translator/Civil Defense studio setup, just a few days before the destruction and just one week after their opening party.

Posted by MIM | November 2, 2012 5:28 PM

3:47 You're a piece of shit. Go drown yourself.

Posted by Anonymous | November 2, 2012 5:44 PM

Andrew, I am so sorry that happened man! That really sucks. We really enjoyed recording with you at Translator and have good memories and cool record to show for it. Thank you!! Never give up brother.
Regards, Daryl & CXA.

Posted by DK / CXA | November 3, 2012 12:05 PM

Looks intact to me

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2012 8:30 AM

Don't give up. You will recover!!!

Posted by Polish translator | November 6, 2012 4:02 PM

have any of the assholes ever heard of property insurance?

I guess Kickstarter is the new insurance for deadbeats.

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2012 4:42 PM

4:42 Actually they did have property insurance as well as flood. Insurance is still a scam and a lot of times it doesn't do shit. I know, I had to deal with it during Hurricane Katrina. Maybe you should get your facts straight before you open your stupid fucking mouth. These guys built all 13 of these spaces and the 2 recording studios by themselves. They put everything they had into it and in a flash it was completely demolished. Do you even know what it's like to lose everything? Where do you even see a link to Kickstarter? You and 3:47 can both drown.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 12:00 PM

how awful.

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