The penthouse of Quad Studios, one of New York City's landmark recording facilities, has been purchased by producer/songwriter Andrew Koss and partner Patrick Shaw, who are launching the space as Tainted Blue Productions (www.taintedblue.com). Tainted Blue, which features an SSL 9080J console and a large array of new analog and digital gear, will be open to select outside clients, in addition to being used by the partners to develop their own productions.
The transaction between Tainted Blue and Quad owner Lou Gonzalez was brokered by David Malekpour of Professional Audio Design. Lawrence P. Swist Designs and Evenfall Acoustics handled the acoustical redesign of the control room, the complete redesign of the live room and the full facility redesign, including lounge area, offices and kitchen.
In addition to the sale of the penthouse, another deal for the sale of Quad's remaining studios, spread over four floors in midtown Manhattan, is reportedly in the works. Post-sale, that facility will retain the Quad name and Gonzalez will continue to be involved in its operation. Meanwhile, Gonzalez will also continue in his current capacity as owner of Quad Nashville.