Acoustic recording owned and operated by Michael Brorby has been in business since 1989, specializing in Jazz and Brazilian Recording. We also work with many singer songwriters.
I started out as a jazz musician and realized that I always enjoyed the process of learning from recording. Documentation of one’s work is very important to all artists, and of course with music it can exist only in the ether unless you get it to a recording format. I always try to record everything I can during a session so that the magic that happens in a rehearsal is there to be listened to for reference . Often it can be used as the best take of the day.
I grew up in Holland Michigan and later Tucson Arizona. I left the U of Arizona in my senior year to go on the road with Diane Schurr to San Diego, Ca where I lived for a few years before moving to New York City.
In San Diego I worked with Charles McPherson, Peter Sprague, Kevyn Lettau, Jack Sheldon, Herb Ellis, Barney Kessell, Mike Wofford, Bill Mays, Bob Magnussen, and Denise Jeter. I studied extensively with Hal Crook at his school studying arranging, ear training, and composition.
In New York my loft was an old recording studio where I first dabbled with live to two track digital recording with the help of Doug Pomeroy who helped me on my path toward audio engineering. I studied engineering at the New School and with John Eargle at Peabody Institute.
I recorded myself along with Mike Ladonne, Joel Forbes Tom Kirkpatrick Ralph Moore Brian Lynch Bill Mays, Rich Perry and many others to practice live to two track recording.
Eventually the hobby became more of a passion and a business grew out of this.
We moved to the PS 9 building in 1989 where I started the real idea of running a studio. By the mid 90’s I had recorded many top artists like Kenny Barron with Sphere
Kenny Werner with Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette.
I continue to learn from my clients and try to improve on every session. I am very lucky to live in a city with so many great musicians and every week I’m reminded of why I moved here so long ago.