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We record, mix and master live music performances. We can capture all the intimacy and interplay of an unamplified bluegrass ensemble, and accurately archive large amplified concerts using ambient microphones or direct recording from the soundboard. We also handle live audio webcasts. Try these samples to see why Realistic Recordings really is "the next best thing to being there."

Dehlia Low at 2011 Folk Alliance
Cowboy Junkies at the Whitaker Center 2007
Grace Potter at the Allen Room 2008
Della Mae at 2010 Folk Alliance
Over the Rhine at Highline Ballroom 2011
Eilen Jewell at Club Helsinki 2010

Join us for the 2012 Folk Alliance International conference February 23-25!


You can hear a live audio webcast here from our private showcase at FAI in Memphis, sponsored by the Steam Powered Preservation Society!

Realistic Recordings Showcase Schedule in Room #1926

Our services

Acoustic Performance Recording

We excel in accurately capturing the vocal and intrumental interplay of unamplified bluegrass and folk ensembles using mid-side recording techniques, and can record up to 12 channels for larger instrumental and choral groups.

Amplified Performance Recording

We can record up to 36 tracks from most mixing consoles via direct channel outputs or inserts, or we can deploy expertly placed ambient microphones for a realistic stereo recreation of the concert upon playback.

Mixing and Mastering

We can mix up to 36 individual tracks to achieve a vibrant and cohesive live or studio mix, and we can expertly master a final mix in preparation for broadcast and CD production to get that elusive professional sound.

Live Streaming and Webcasting

We can stream live audio with or without video, or we can set up a programmed webcast of your performance after it's been recorded and optimized for broadcast.

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Our tools


  • 4 Milab DC-196 large diaphragm multi-pattern
  • 2 Milab VM-44 Link small diaphragm with cardioid capsules
  • 4 AKG C480B small diaphragm with cardioid, hyper-cardioid and omni capsules
  • 2 Sennheiser 8040 small diaphragm with cardioid capsules

Preamps and analog to digital converters

  • RME Fireface UFX 30-channel mixer with preamps and computer interface
  • RME Fireface 400 12-channel mixer with preamps and computer interface
  • 2 Grace Lunatec V3 stereo preamp/ADC


  • JoeCo BlackBox 24-channel ADC > Glyph GT062E USB Raid Drive
  • Tascam DR-680 8-channel recorder with preamps
  • Edirol R-44 4-channel recorder with Oade-modded preamps
  • Marantz PMD-661 with Oade-modded preamps
  • Sony PCMD50
  • Macbook Pro with Adobe Audition CS5.5 and RME interface
  • RME Fireface UFX 30-channel mixer with direct USB recording

Post-processing and playback

  • Adobe Audition 3
  • Algorithmix Red linear phase paragraphic equalizer
  • Algorithmix Blue analog modeled paragraphic equalizer
  • Algorithmix SplitComp multiband compressor
  • Algorithmix K-Stereo ambience processor
  • iZotope Ozone 5 Advanced mastering suite
  • iZotope RX 2 audio repair tools
  • Voxengo LF Max Punch bass enhancer
  • Voxengo Pristine 8-channel convolution reverb
  • Voxengo Elephant 3 limiter
  • Voxengo Rbrain Pro resampler
  • RME Fireface UFX AD/DA interface with channel EQ and compression
  • Manley Variable Mu analog stereo limiter/compressor
  • Adam 5 active monitors with Adam Sub8 active subwoofer
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Our address

We'd love to hear from you! See how affordable a professional quality live recording can be. Click here to send us an email.

If you prefer to mail or call us, here's the info:

Realistic Recordings
c/o Keith Bergendorff
545 Pine Acres Blvd
Brightwaters, NY 11718

Phone: 631 943-1122

Email: keith [@]

Realistic Recordings is proudly affiliated with The Steam Powered Preservation Society and

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Folk Alliance Stream

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