Local artists looking to make their first professional recording or those simply looking for a change have a new option beginning this Saturday. OmniZen Studios in Cohoes is holding its grand opening Saturday, March 18 from 4:00 -8:00 p.m.
Hosted by the owners, entrepreneurs and New York natives, Shane Morris and Peter Alexander, the grand opening located at 3 McElwain Ave. in Cohoes will feature local artists including Carl Daniels. Free food, beer and liquor will be on hand for those attending the event. Morris and Alexander will be on hand to answer any questions and discuss what they are looking to accomplish.
OmniZen Studio will provide services in audio/video recording and editing, audio mastering, artist management and production and graphic design. OmniZen will also feature yoga classes during the studio’s downtime.
Morris and Alexander met each other through a mutual friend and quickly found that they both share a love for music, artistry and people. The duo’s ultimate goal is to make OmniZen, an actual record label, and help mold local talent into the stars of tomorrow.
Morris on his and Alexander’s plan for OmniZen:
We plan to make this the best studio for artists that are trying to get up and running with their music, while also producing and managing artists. We plan to progress to a point where we eventually start a record label, where we will be using my connections with music industry professionals to shop artist and songwriters to major labels like Sony Music and Warner Music. Eventually, we also plan to develop a music engineering workshop for people to learn mixing and engineering skills. Further, this studio will be more than just a recording studio, as we currently have a professional graphic designer on staff, and Peter is a talented videographer who produces music videos and web series weekly. Going even further with diversity we will be hosting yoga classes in our studio during downtime. We are both Avid certified engineers (Avid is the company that makes Pro Tools recording software).
Alexander on the upcoming venture:
While attending school I gained much more knowledge and understanding on sound as a whole, my perspective has changed immensely. Also, I was able to connect with people and work live sound almost my entire time attending the new school. After finishing the course, I became a stay at home dad who currently spends most every evening building toward my dreams, goals, and putting together our recording studio in hopes to make our services the best available.
Shane Morris is a native of Newburgh and was part of the College of Saint Rose’s Music Industry program, where he perfected his skills in Pro Tools and audio engineering.
While attending St. Rose, Morris worked in several local venues as a live sound engineer including Valentines Music Hall, Red Square, and Legends on Pearl to name a few. Morris started DownBeat Music Group to record and do live sound after he graduated. He also gave private vocal and guitar lessons during this time. In 2014, Morris worked the MOVE Music Festival in Albany as a promoter and sound engineer
Peter Alexander is a Kingston native. During his time trying to get a solo career off the ground, Alexander managed other local artists booking studio time and shows as well as online promotion. Alexander worked live sound at local bars and venues while performing throughout the northeast for a year. After needing a change in his surroundings, Alexander moved to Albany. After just over a year in Upstate N.Y., Alexander became a certified Avid Operator in Pro Tools after attending the New School For Media for Engineering and Music Production.