The Voice’s Joshua Howard releases “Make You Feel Right”

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Joshua Michael Howard (JMH) worked with Adam Levine on The Voice. Now he’s working with Forge Recording lead engineer Ron DiSilvestro. The first song in this collaboration is entitled Make You Feel Right.

JMH sings and plays guitar on the track. Ron DiSilvestro plays drums and also produced, recorded and mixed the music. The other musicians are Manny Hampton (keys), Josue Santiago (bass), and Josh Nussbaum (guitar).

JMH competed in the sixth season of NBC’s The Voice. He is not the only Voice contestant to call Forge Recording home. Matthew Schuler (Team Christina Season 5), Nadjah Nicole (Team Blake Season 9) and Gina Costanzo (team Blake Season 10) have all produced major projects at Forge Recording.

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Ron DiSilvestro on TAMA’s Iron Works Studio Mic Stands

TAMA and Forge Recording continue their longstanding relationship with a testimonial by lead engineer Ron DiSilvestro regarding TAMA’s Iron Works Studio microphone stands. In addition to being Forge Recording’s lead audio engineer, Ron DiSilvestro is an accomplished session and live performance drummer. In the video above, he explains how the stands are very vibration-resistant, a vital consideration when recording drums.

Last year, we recorded accomplished drummer Rodney Holmes for TAMA Drums in Forge’s Studio A. Learn more about TAMA’s products here.

 

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PHL Live Winner JaE at Forge

We were first introduced to JaE as this year’s PHL Live Center Stage R&B winner. Forge Recording was the studio sponsor and Carvin Haggins judged the R&B category.

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We then encountered JaE at the Mainline Mother’s Day event hosted by Ellen Smith (Will Smith’s sister), founder of Dining With Divas. JaE was the featured performer at the Black Tie Awards Gala and Forge Recording provided live sound and video for the event.

JaE recorded a new single “Faded Windows” with Forge Recording lead engineer Ron DiSilvestro, and has been back to Forge Recording several times for rehearsals.

At the same time JaE’s father, Lawrence “Junie” Drinks, was working at Forge Recording with producers Mike Anderson and singer/songwriter Janice McClain (Smack Dab In The Middle, Passion and Pain, Giving My Love) on a project for The Voice’s Matthew Schuler.

And, if that wasn’t enough, JaE’s cousin, Stanton Drinks, is a producer who works at Forge Recording for Carvin Haggins’ production company Ethical Music Entertainment.

It’s a small world after all!

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JuTaun Records “Gold”

Jutaun is back in the studio recording their new single “Gold.”

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The group is comprised of brothers Jake and James Evans and Samoeun Cheng. The trio joined up in South Jersey to form their band, whose music is not defined by any one genre but instead takes an eclectic view on music. This is Jutaun’s second single recorded at Forge, their first being “Back to Life.” Lead engineer, Ron DiSilvestro, is engineering the track.

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TaMyya J Debuts on Billboard’s Hot Singles Chart

Contemporary gospel artist TaMyya J’s new song “Champion” debuted at #15 on Billboard’s Hot Singles Chart. “Champion” was produced by  Carvin G. Haggins, CEO, and co-produced by Stanton Drinks of Ethical Music Entertainment Productions.

 

 

Ethical Music recording artist BriaMarie provided backing vocals and Forge Recording lead engineer, Ron DiSilvestro, played drums and mixed the song.

 

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Jazmine Sullivan and band rehearse at Forge

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Forge Recording hosted 11-time Grammy nominated vocalist and songwriter Jazmine Sullivan and her band at the studio. The group rehearsed for two days for their upcoming national tour. Music director and keybordist Aliandro “Ali” Prawl, bassist Jay Bratten, drummers Tre Lambert and Brandon Mullen, and guitarist Devon Taylor were the forces behind this massive setup (see below). Engineers Ron DiSilvestro, Vincent J. Corvino, III and Patrick McNulty provided technical support for the individualized in-ear monitor mixes and multitrack recording.

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The Roots’ Leonard “Hub” Hubbard, JP Miglionico and Chuck Treece collaboration

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Composer and guitarist JP Miglionico brought together The Roots’ founding bass player Leonard “Hub” Hubbard and renowned drummer Chuck Treece for a modern jazz collaboration. The session was recorded by lead engineer Ron DiSilvestro.

 

 

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Big Names, Big Jams

Another episode of Studio Jams was recently filmed at Forge Recording. Big names came together to put a Jazz feel on popular classics. The new episodes are slowly being released on YouTube. See what happens when you put big artists like Rocky Bryant, Keith Horne, Dean Brown, Eldar Djangirov, Tom Schuman, Elan Trotman, Kareem Thompson, Jason Long, James “Biscuit” Rouse, Bakithi Kumalo, Robbi Kumalo, Henrik Engqvist, and Gil Parris in the same room together to make music history.

“Studio Jams is a creative, up-close and inside look at the art of making music. Each episode features a diverse group of accomplished jazz, rock and blues musicians, gathered together in a recording studio for the sole purpose of having fun and creating fresh, new music. Many of them are meeting for the first time ever. Episodes are shot in a number of different studios around the world. Viewers see what goes into making music, how the musicians communicate with each other, what goes into creating an arrangement, the building of a song, etc. You watch them rehearse and then perform. It is a unique, interesting and fresh approach to presenting music to the public.”

Go to www.StudioJams.com to learn more.

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Spotlight on Ron DiSilvestro & Forge Recording in the Usic

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For those of you who don’t know about the whole Usic backstory – one of the founders (Mike) worked for many years at Guitar Center as a recording and pro audio guy. He used to sell home studios to people looking to record themselves. You might call him a bit of a gear-head, especially when it comes to microphones and preamps. So when Forge Recording of Philadelphia reached out to us and asked us to spotlight them, we jumped at the chance – for a bunch of good reasons.

Forge Recording is based out of the Ft. Washington Area, and between the practiced hands that work the knobs, faders, and microphones there, they’ve worked on over 300 artists in the past 3 years. Pretty impressive. Ron DiSilvestro is an engineer there, but he’s also been a touring musician, too, so he gets the challenges that modern musicians face. “My big advice to them, especially the ones starting out, is that if you’re picking up the guitar, also try the piano. Whatever your craft is, don’t just home in on one thing – make sure that you round yourself out.” Ron’s a well-rounded individual, to say the least. He’s recorded, performed, and taught music, engineering, and more.

Ron recognized that there are a lot of home studios listed on The Usic, and understands their place. “I realized that I needed to diversify what we do here.” That’s when they got creative – and collaborative. There are some things that home studios do well, and some things that they don’t do as well. Forge Recording’s room, listening space, and equipment represent the top-level of what’s available. That sets them apart from most home studios, but instead of keeping their competition out, they invited them in.

“We do Pro Tools classes here, and recording workshops in general. We do a good job of showing people how recording sessions should go, everything from mic placement, to talent management, to mixing. It’s broken up into five sessions where we develop aspiring recording engineers into people with the experience that they need to get good performances out of people and then capture that effectively.”

Forge Recording represents a bleeding-edge breed of recording facilities that not only seeks to serve the recording artist as a one-stop production shop, but also as a place that collaborates with those who just need certain elements of their offerings. Bands that are interested in recording there will get a chance to rehearse in their rooms and hear what the room sounds like ‘on tape’ before they do a real session. This gives them a chance to get acclimated to the space, and ensures that they give a good performance when it comes time to really record.

If Ron had his way, the studio and its main rooms would be open 24/7, so that bands, aspiring recording engineers, and songwriters could benefit from the space they’ve built. He looks at it as building, fostering, and nurturing a community, and we identify with that sentiment, to say the least. “No matter how good your home setup is, there are going to be holes in what you can do – whether it’s the room, your experience, or just something simple that you’re missing out on. We’d rather collaborate and create alliances with people who have home setups than try to keep them out, I figure we can help each other.”

Ron had some pretty simple advice for aspiring recording engineers:

“It all comes down to the performance. Your gear matters, but what matters more is spending time with your artist before you get them in the studio. Go to their shows, ask them questions, understand them. Find out how they want to be interpreted, then focus on capturing a good performance. Don’t track them too hot and don’t think that EQ is going to save you – try moving the mic before you reach for the EQ. Bottom line – get a great performer, put a mic in front of them, and get a great performance.”

Ron’s a welcome member of our community, and you can tell that he and everyone at Forge understand that their role as a pro-level recording facility is to not only do a great job by their artists, but also to demystify the process for others that are interested in recording technologies. Check out their Usic Page Here and don’t forget to check out our website, The Usic, or go here to create a free account, instantly. By the way, Like us on Facebook.

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Ron DiSilvestro in Music Connection Magazine

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Ron DiSilvestro and Forge Recording are featured in the August 2012 digital edition of Music Connection Magazine.

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