We wish to take a moment to remember legendary jazz fusion guitarist Larry Coryell who passed away February 19th at the age of 73. Known as the Godfather of Fusion, Larry Coryell combined rock and jazz stylings and performed with icons like Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton.
In 2004 the Walters-Storyk Design Group (WSDG) received a “Best Studio Design” TEC Award nomination for the Forge Recording facilities (pictured above and below). This year WSDG won the TEC Award for the design of the Boston Symphony Orchestra Control Room. In fact, WSDG has won the TEC Award for studio design for each of the past 3 years.
Presented annually by the NAMM Foundation, the TEC Awards recognizes the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, and other media. It is considered the highest honor in the professional audio and sound recording industry.
For Forge Recording, WSDG designed the exterior, Studio A, lobby, lounge, 2nd floor offices and what was then the audiocassette manufacturing facilities. Click here for a description of the Forge Recording project on the WSDG web site.
It was an easy decision for co-producers Jim Gooch and Thomas Combs Miller. They had recently commissioned Robert Simmons to orchestrate their musical Most Excellent Theophilus (“MET”). When it came time to mix the project, Simmons naturally recommended Forge Recording and Gooch and Miller wholeheartedly agreed. Simmons is currently engineering new material at Forge Recording for The Voice’s Matthew Schuler, and has worked on numerous projects at Forge.
MET is an ambitious, two act contemporary Christian musical from GM Performance Art Ministries. The book and the show’s twenty five songs were written by Miller. The show’s story line focuses on Theophilus, whose identity biblical scholars have been debating over for centuries. In Miller’s book, this true mystery man puts on fictional flesh. Theophilus is forever changed by his encounter with the Gospel of Luke and the truth of God’s word.
The live stage debut of Most Excellent Theophilus is anticipated for the Fall of 2017.
Pastor Richard Kyerematen contacted Forge Recording with a seemingly impossible task–to mix and master 10 songs and manufacture 150 market-ready CDs in just 4 days. With all of these capabilities under one roof, Forge Recording jumped right in. Lead engineer Ron DiSilvestro mixed and mastered the tracks on Tuesday and Wednesday, while the production team prepared the graphics for the CDs. The True Light Christmas CDs, with full-color discs, inserts, tray cards and shrinkwrap, were in the client’s hands by Friday, in time for their Christmas service.
Forge Recording is no stranger to full-service, quick turn recording and duplication projects. For the Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir’s annual “Christmas Joy” concert, Forge does an on-location multi-track recording on Sunday, mixes and masters on Monday, and has 600 market-ready CDs ready by Thursday. For St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, the CD was recorded, mixed and mastered in Forge Recording’s world-class studios, resulting in manufactured CDs in jewel cases and DigiPaks.
Baltimore art rock band Vinny Vegas chose Forge Recording as the location to film 5 songs for its new EP. The series of videos was engineered by Steven Rosplock and filmed by Jay Yachetta and Benjamin Neate in Studio A.
“Greens Into Blues” is the first video released off the EP. According to Rosplock, all 5 songs were recorded in one take with no audio edits. “I think that’s amazing and a testament to how killer those guys are. It really makes the songs feel like they are living in the moment.”
Emerging from Baltimore’s burgeoning art rock community, Vinny Vegas proves that a musical act can thrive without abandoning the DIY aesthetic. The five-piece band has self-released three critically acclaimed EPs and one full-length LP, and has self-booked/funded many tours throughout the U.S. and Canada over its ten+ year existence. From extensive touring it has gained a cult following for its dynamic live shows. Vinny Vegas consists of Scott Siskind (lead singer), Jason Cohen (drums), Aaron White (bass), Emmanuel Lee (keyboards) and Earl Carter (guitar and vocals).
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The Voice contestant Matthew Schuler has been busy working with a production team in The Academy Studio at Forge Recording. Schuler, the first contestant to turn all four chairs in The Voice’s blind auditions, has been recording new material with producers Janice McClain, Lawrence Drinks and Michael Anderson of Vibrato Productions. The tracks are being recorded and mixed by Robbie Simmons and mastered by Forge Recording lead engineer Ron DiSilvestro. The team, pictured here, convened for a listening party in Studio A.
Schuler made waves during Season 5 of The Voice under coach Christina Aguilera. His rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah reached #1 on the iTunes charts and #40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Schuler has a major role in the indie film I’m Not Ashamed, which is based on the inspiring true story of Rachel Joy Scott at Columbine High School, and was released in October 2016 (check out the trailer below).
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.
The 77th episode of Studio Jams was recently taped at Forge Recording studios. This time, the session included pianist/vocalist Jon McLaughlin, guitarist Randy Bowland, bassist and Pottstown native Bennie Sims and drummer and Philly native James Rouse. McLaughlin has collaborated with artists as diverse as Demi Lovato, Sara Bareilles, and Jason Mraz, and he performed at the 2008 Academy Awards. His song “Beating My Heart” landed on the Billboard charts.
Studio Jams is a creative, up-close and inside look at the art of making music. In the videos “More Than Me” and “Beautiful Disaster,” you can watch McLaughlin, Bowland, Sims, and Rouse in Forge’s Studio A experimenting with different approaches before deciding on the final version. In “Human,” McLaughlin starts the video explaining how he wrote the song with Better Than Ezra‘s lead singer Kevin Griffin.
Click here to watch more Studio Jams sessions filmed at Forge Recording.
The album celebrates the diversity of their congregation and the surrounding Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. It includes a mix of classic Christian hymns, an African-American spiritual, and original compositions. It is performed by the Music Ministry’s Gospel and Contemporary Choirs, directed by Valerie Lee-Jeter and Darin Williams.
The album was recorded, mixed and mastered in Studio A by Forge Recording lead engineer Ron DiSilvestro who was assisted by Brendan McGeehan. Forge then produced in-house CDs in jewel cases for quick delivery while 6-panel DigiPaks were being manufactured at the plant. Proceeds from the CD benefit St. Vincent’s Music Ministry and their Capital Campaign, which works to preserve the rich history of Catholicism in Germantown.
Run to Sandy created their entire EP, Save the Pieces, here at Forge Recording. After rehearsing in The Green Room, they recorded, mixed and mastered in Studio A with lead engineer Ron DiSilvestro. Forge then manufactured the EP which was officially released on December 27, 2016.
Run to Sandy is an adult alternative pop/rock band from Bucks County, PA, featuring Jeff Sawyer (vocals), Jonathan Millen (drums), Richie Lather (guitar) and David Palmer (bass). Save the Pieces is their third official release. As they explain it, “These are songs about everyday life reflected through the band’s power-pop prism.” You can listen and purchase their EP here. The EP release party will be held at Bourbon and Branch on Friday, February 17, 2017.