FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What equipment is provided in each studio?
Gear varies from room to room depending on price range but ALL studios are fully stocked with a high quality backline: QSC K-Series 1000 watt PA system, 2 (or more) guitar half stacks (or combos in “Piano” & “Old School” rooms), full bass rig, 5-piece drum kit including snare, cymbals, and kick pedal.
What kinds of amps do you provide?
In all studios (except “Piano” & “Old School” rooms) the main guitar amp is a two channel Marshall JCM tube amp half stack, the second guitar amp varies among rooms from Fender, Orange, Mesa Boogie, Randall, Peavey; there are Gallien-Krueger, Fender, Aguilar or Ampeg amps for bass.
What kind of drum kits do you have?
We provide 5-piece kits by Pearl, Yamaha, Ludwig, Tama and Premier.
Does the drummer have to bring cymbals?
No. All kits include cymbals, kick pedal, and snare.
Is there a keyboard my band can use?
Yes, the following rooms include keyboards:
Rooms 8, 9 & 10 ($30/hr) have a Yamaha CP33 stage piano 88-key keyboard and Roland KC-550 keyboard amp
Live Room ($38/hr) has a Yamaha CP33 stage piano 88-key keyboard and Roland KC-550 keyboard amp
Room 12, aka The Piano Room ($25/hr) has a Baldwin “Arcosonic” full size spinet acoustic piano mic'd thru PA
Is there a guitar or bass I can rent?
Fender Squire electric guitar - $5/hr
Fender Squire electric bass - $5/hr
Supply is limited and “first come, first served” unless on reserve so we recommend that you call to reserve rental instruments after you book to ensure availability.
How many microphones can I get in my room?
We guarantee up to 3 microphones for all rehearsals. But we always do our best to accommodate every client in every situation and can usually provide as many mics as you need. Mics are checked out from the office at the beginning of your rehearsal and must be returned in the same condition at conclusion. Damaged mics or mic grills will be charged to your booking.
Can I borrow items I need or forgot to bring?
We always do our best to provide any additional items we can at NO COST including: 1/4” (guitar) cables, 1/8” to RCA (iPod/Phone headphone jack) cables, power adaptors, guitar picks, extra mic stands, drum thrones/chairs, music stands etc.... All items are available on a first come, first served basis and loaned to you for complimentary use during your rehearsal. All “borrowed” items must be returned to office at the conclusion of your rehearsal or you will be charged for full replacement value. We still suggest you bring anything that is crucial to the performance of your rehearsal and not count on us having something to loan you in order to be able to utilize your time.
What’s the difference between the rooms with different prices?
All our rooms have the same backline configuration: full 1000 watt QSC PA system, two (or more depending on room) guitar half stacks, full bass rig, 5-piece drum kit with cymbals and kick pedal.
Here are the differences:
The $20/hr rooms are the smallest, recommended for 3 to 4 piece bands.
The $25/hr rooms are larger, accommodating up to 5 people.
The $27/hr rooms are larger still, accommodating 5-8 people.
(Note: please call us if you play with a large group or are unsure how to select a properly sized studio.)
The $30/hr rooms still accommodate 5-8 people and have more high end gear: including 3 guitar amps and a fully weighted 88-key keyboard with keyboard amp.
The $34/hr room is the Showcase room; it has a cozy lounge area with couch and top of the line gear: Marshall 800, Mesa Boogie Single Rectifier, Fender Twin, Ampeg SVT bass rig, Premier drums, QSC PA system.
The $38/hr room is the Headline room – it is one of our largest (widest, ie: square) room and best value: Marshall 800, Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier, Fender Twin, Ampeg SVT bass rig, Yamaha Stage Custom drums, QSC PA system, stage area and drum riser, lounge area with bench seating for 6-8 people.
The $38/hr room is the Live room – it is our other largest (deepest, ie: rectangular) room and best value: Marshall 800, Orange TH 100, Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 bass rig, Tama Superstar Classic drums, QSC 1000 watt PA system, stage and riser, a standing lounge area at room entrance.
What is the “Old School Room”?
The Old School Room ($25/hr) is a specialty room with a vintage feel and is a bit different than our usual rooms.
In addition to a 2-channel Marshall combo amp, the Old School Room has a Fender Blues Deluxe combo, a 1970’s Fender Bassman rig and a six piece Yamaha drum kit.
What is the “Punk Rock Room”?
The Punk Rock Room ($20/hr) ain’t your mama’s rehearsal room, with it’s raw aesthetics and irreverent graffiti, it is not for the faint of heart or easily offended. It is the only room we allow “tagging” or client “art/defacing” in, so it is an ever-evolving exhibition of creativity…..or destruction depending on your point of view.
In addition to the usual 2-channel Marshall half stack, Pearl drum kit and QSC PA, it features a Traynor Custom Special bass amp on a single 18” cabinet and Randall guitar half stack.
What is the “Piano Room”?
The Piano Room ($25/hr) is a specialty room with a full size Baldwin “Arcosonic” spinet piano.
This room is not recommended or equip’d for “heavy” bands. It features a Fender Blues Deluxe combo and a Roland Jazz Chorus combo for guitars and is our only room to NOT contain a Marshall amp. A Peavey half stack bass amp and a Ludwig “Breakbeats by Questlove” drum kit round out the rhythm section. The piano itself is mic’d thru the QSC PA system so you piano players can “hold your own” volume-wise against live drummers and bands.
What if I just want to play drums alone?
We offer a discounted solo musician rate of $13/hr for advance bookings between Noon-6pm on weekdays or anytime for same day bookings. You must call the office on the day you want to come in by yourself and they will book you into an available room for just $13/hr. This rate is offered strictly for single occupants of room, otherwise standard rates apply.
How do I book my studio time?
For your first booking you must call the office at (718) 599-5962 to setup an account. You will be required to provide full name, email address, phone number and band name* (*if applicable). We will then email link to complete account by creating private log-in info and link valid credit card (handled safely via Stripe, Sweatshop does not see or store your credit card info) to your account. You can then book, cancel and manage all your own bookings at anytime. If you need help booking after creating your account just call back the office and we’ll happily help you get your desired time locked in.
How many hours do I have to book?
For rehearsal you can book one hour or as many hours as you like.
All slots have to be booked by the hour, and on the hour (for example: you can’t book one and a half hours – it has to be one or two hours; and you can’t book 7:30-9:30 – it has to be 7-9 or 8-10.)
What if I played for an hour and want another half hour?
If there’s no one booked right after you then we may have flexibility to accommodate (at half the hourly room rate) if the schedule allows, but our policy permits us to book only whole hours.
Additional hours can also be added if no one is booked right after you.
Do I have to leave a deposit when I book my studio time?
No. But you must have a valid credit card on file in your User account. That card will be charged at the conclusion of your rehearsal or you can choose to pay another way in the office before you depart.
What is your cancellation policy?
All cancellations or changes must be made prior to 24 hours from the start of your rehearsal otherwise you are responsible for the full cost of booking.
What if I book a few hours and while I’m playing I decide to leave early?
If you want to reduce your hours you must do so 24-hours prior to start time, otherwise you are responsible for all the time you booked.
What are your hours of operation?
The Sweatshop is open seven days a week from Noon to Midnight.
What else do I need to know?
No Drinks On Amps. Seriously.
When given “5 Minutes” at the end of rehearsal, that means 5 MINUTES TO EXIT ROOM, not 5 more minutes of performance time. Please be respectful of the bands coming after you and leave the room clean and on time.