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Studio Design Group (SDG) specializes in the acoustic design of recording studios involved with music recording, film scoring, orchestral tracking, stereo mixing, immersive mixing for Dolby Atmos & Sony 360, editing and mastering. Led by Troy Germano, SDG has built both commercial and private facilities in London, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Mexico and Prague.

At SDG, we supervise the entire project from the design stage through final construction. This includes selection, negotiation and implementation of all digital and analog equipment and software. Acoustic design, sound and spectacular finished interiors are at the heart of why SDG is different from other studio designers.

Having designed, built, owned and operated all of the music studios at The Hit Factory worldwide since 1981, Germano brings a one-of-a-kind expertise to Studio Design Group. This experience translates from designer to studio operator and is invaluable to the clientele looking for the perfect commercial or private studio. Universal Music Group had Germano oversee their most iconic recording studio assets for a two-year period, Abbey Road Studio London and Capitol Studios Hollywood. Expansion, operations overview and technical engineering were part of the consultancy as well as studio design and critical equipment choice.

Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Red Bull North America, CBS Studios, Sazka O2, New York University, ABKCO Records, RG Studio, UMG, Samsung, are among some of the clients SDG has worked with over the years. Numerous accolades have been received for these design projects, including the Technical Achievement and Creativity Award for Acoustic Studio Design (TEC Award) in 2003 for The Hit Factory NYC headquarters Studio 6 and in 2008 for Red Bull Studio Santa Monica. Additionally there have been four other nominations for TEC Awards for The Hit Factory and for Germano Studios New York. The recording studios that Germano has owned and designed have been associated with over 150 Grammy Awards, 3 Academy Awards, 25 RIAA Diamond Awards and over 400 Gold and Platinum records.


An epic list of top artists and bands have recorded in the studios designed by SDG over the years, including:

John Lennon, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, U2, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, Neil Young, Lenny Kravitz, Eric Clapton, Sade, David Bowie, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, R.E.M., Frank Sinatra, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Seal, Whitney Houston, Jay Z, Mary J. Blige, Natalie Cole, Luther Vandross, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Tony Bennett, The Eagles, Blondie, Hall & Oates, Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, Billy Idol, Robert Palmer, Will Smith, Julio Iglesias, TLC, Notorious BIG, Luciano Pavarotti, Kiss, Donna Summer, Foreigner, Aerosmith, Squeeze, Bryan Ferry, Pete Townshend, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Coldplay, Brian Wilson, Lauryn Hill, David Byrne, Debbie Harry, The Cure, Crowded House, Tears For Fears, Tina Turner, Eurythmics, Meat Loaf, Patti Smith, Destiny’s Child, Barbra Streisand, DMX, Joe Jackson, Pat Metheny, Donald Fagen, Diana Ross, Nelly, NSYNC, Kool & The Gang, Cameo, Diddy, Miley Cyrus, Laurie Anderson, Robbie Robertson, Christina Aguilera, Glenn Frey, Anita Baker, Run DMC, LL Cool J, Village People, Julian Lennon, Paul Carrack, Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson, Billy Squier, Santana, Eric B. & Rakim, Michael Bolton, Dr. John, Stevie Nicks, Jimmy Cliff, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, George Benson, Carly Simon, Huey Lewis & The News, Peter Frampton, The Edgar Winter Group, Yo-Yo Ma, The Darkness, Curt Smith, Maxwell, Ronnie Spector, Bee Gees, David Lee Roth, Malcom McLaren, Live, Bad Company, Slick Rick, J Balvin, Joe Bonamassa, Wynton Marsalis, Post Malone, Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B, Lil Wayne, Arianna Grande, Jon Batiste, John Legend, Adele, The Weeknd, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Bon Jovi, Justin Bieber, The Killers, Josh Groban, Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Mark Ronson, Lil Uzi Vert, One Direction, Volbeat, Carrie Underwood, Foghat, Katy Perry, Tiesto, Sara Bareilles, J. Cole, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys, 50 Cent, Nas, T.I., Big Sean, IAM, Meghan Trainor, Tim McGraw, Rod Stewart, Michael Buble, Dream Theater, Jimmy Buffett, Rob Thomas, Ellie Goulding, One Republic, Maroon 5, A$AP Rocky, T-Pain, Pentatonix, Bad Bunny, Kygo, Sheryl Crow, Logic, Shawn Mendes, Carlos Vives, Al B. Sure!, Diplo, Kevin Parker, Pharrell Williams, Megan Thee Stallion, Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, Kid Cudi, Matisyahu, Chance The Rapper, John Mayer, Karol G, Doja Cat, Ferg, The Strokes, Roddy Ricch, Rina Sawayama, The Kid Laroi, Lewis Capaldi, Kali Uchis, Jack Harlow, Heavy D, The Stooges, Seth Macfarlane, Jodeci, Lil’ Kim, Fat Joe, Rod Wave, Beartooth, Andrea Bocelli, Bjork, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Van Halen, Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Nuno Bettencourt, Miles Davis, B.B. King, Boz Scaggs, Jim Croce, Roberta Flack, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, Aldo Nova, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masakela, Peter Wolf, Eladio Carrion, Peso Pluma, Frankie Goes To Hollywood.

RIAA Diamond 💎 Awards

  • Stevie Wonder  “Songs In The Key Of Life” 10 million 💎
  • Bruce Springsteen  “Born In The U.S.A.” 17 million 💎
  • Billy Joel  “Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II” 23 million 💎
  • Michael Jackson “Bad” 11 million 💎
  • Adele “21” 14 million 💎
  • The Notorious B.I.G. “Life After Death” 11 million 💎
  • Whitney Houston “The Bodyguard (soundtrack) 18 million 💎
  • Mariah Carey “Daydream” 11 million 💎
  • Lauryn Hill “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” 10 million 💎
  • Celine Dion “Falling Into You” 12 million 💎
  • Santana “Supernatural” 15 million 💎
  • Meat Loaf “Bat Out Of Hell” 14 million 💎
  • TLC “CrazySexyCool” 12 million 💎
  • Titanic (soundtrack) 11 million 💎
  • Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band “Live 1975 – ’85” 13 million 💎
  • Whitney Houston “Whitney” 10 million 💎
  • N SYNC “No Strings Attached” 11 million 💎
  • Celine Dion “Let’s Talk About Love” 11 million 💎
  • Kenny G “Breathless” 12 million 💎
  • John Legend “All Of Me” 14 million 💎
  • Justin Bieber “Baby” (featuring Ludacris) 12 million 💎
  • Travis Scott “Sicko Mode (featuring Drake)” 10 million 💎
  • Maroon 5 “Moves Like Jagger” 10 million 💎
  • Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” 10 million 💎
  • Mariah Carey ” All I Want For Christmas Is You” 14 million 💎

Photo Credits: Dave King, Robert Wright, Michael Vecchio, Troy Germano

Studio Design Group
Studio Design Group (SDG) is a New York-based acoustic design company that has built commercial and private facilities in London, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Mexico and Prague.

Troy Germano
(917) 685-1395

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