Bearland Recording


Recording Studio

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Bearland Recording Studio provides a peaceful yet sophisticated space for musicians, podcasters, and audio-book narrators to record their work. Drawing on his 40+ years of experience, owner Steve McNally helps his clients develop and attain their best creative expressions.


Bearland is located in the Finger Lakes region of New York, not far from Cohocton.


Bearland can help artists from a work’s conception to its ultimate release.

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Read what clients have to say about recording at Bearland.

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Bearland’s studio was carefully constructed to provide the best sound possible.

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21st century tools abound and are constantly being updated.

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Learn about Steve’s background as a musician and studio owner.

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With a 2-bedroom cabin just up the road, clients can stay nearby for as long as their project requires.

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Bearland Recording Studio provides the following services:

  • Recording, editing, & mixing
  • Mastering
  • Facilitation of CD duplication & digital downloads
  • Help obtaining copyright & licensing
  • Assistance with arrangements, compositions, & lyrics
  • Finding musicians to join clients in the studio
    • Bearland has an established studio band for those musicians in need of a rhythm section (i.e., drum, bass, & rhythm guitar)
    • We also have relationships with dozens of talented western New York musicians for clients who need singers or someone to play harmonica, fiddle, clarinet, etc.
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What Clients Say

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Acoustic Excellence

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  • In 2016 we gutted an Amish-built barn and reconstructed it to meet the standards of the Audio Engineering Society.
  • All audio pathways in the studio were custom designed by the world-renowned company Whirlwind.
  • We have > 100 microphones in our locker, so can meet almost any recording need.
  • The studio was designed so artists can be separated into 3 distinct rooms. There are also 2 “Nashville style” booths for isolation of amps, Leslies, etc.
  • Many instruments are available in the studio, including: Fully refurbished Steinway upright piano, Goff Hammond B3 & Hammond Pro XK3 w/ Leslie speakers, Rhodes & Wurlitzer electric pianos, Hohner D6 Clavinet, numerous guitars & amps, 3 full drum kits & many percussion instruments.

Cutting-Edge Technology

Bearland utilizes the following pieces of technology:

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Steve's Background

Steve McNally

Steve McNally has been performing music for 50 years, recording artists for 45 years, and producing artists for 25 years.

As a performer, Steve specializes in keyboards, particularly organ. He has toured with a wide array of musicians over the decades, including the Nightstalkers, Joe Beard, & Funky Blu Roots, among many others. Steve has also recorded with hundreds of musicians, including Mick Taylor (of the Rolling Stones), the Chesterfield Kings, Trey Anastasio (of Phish), John Popper (of Blues Traveler), Man O’ War, Chris Beard, Lisa Bigwood, Dady Brothers, & Chuck Campbell (of the Campbell Brothers).

Steve opened his first recording studio in 1978 and since then has built multiple studios for himself and other recording engineers. For the past eight years, he has served as an audio engineer and instructor/mentor for Recording Radio Film Connection in Los Angeles. Steve has also produced hundreds of CDs, including for artists Lauren & the Good Souls, Joe Likely, Chuck Campbell, the Nightstalkers, Andy Saxby, Ricky Baker, Riff Monsters, Into the Now, Million Dollar Trailers, Tim Kasser, Dave Riccione, Earle Macintosh, Jim Heyl, The Inbetweens, Jerry Fretto, and many others.

Want A Musical Retreat?

Our nearby cabin has two bedrooms, one bathroom, a full kitchen, and plenty of privacy.

Fox Creek Hollow Cabin