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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Ryan Leach Records Movie Score at Forge

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Award winning TV and Film composer, Ryan Leach, chose Forge Recording to track the music for an upcoming movie. Ryan holds a degree in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music and has scored a dozen feature films. His music has been heard on every major TV network.

Ryan conducted a string quartet which was recorded by Forge Recording Lead Engineer, Ron DiSilvestro. The film, entitled Candy Jar, stars Academy Award winning actress Helen Hunt, Mad Men star Christina Hendricks, and Orange Is The New Black actress Uzo Aduba.

I really enjoyed working at Forge. The atmosphere was very professional. Ron is on top of things and really knows what he is doing. It was great working with him.–Ryan Leach

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Music Publishing Goes Live

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Forge Recording’s Live Events Team hit the road to record four classical pieces performed by The Bucks County Wind Ensemble. Our client, Northeastern Music Publications, is a publisher of sheet music for bands and orchestras. Forge Recording provides a multi-track recording and mixing of the musical arrangements.

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Northeastern’s most recent offerings include On the Steppes of Central Asia by Alexander Borodin, Fantasie on the traditional Chinese folk song A Beaded Purse, Golden Age by Yu Jianfang, and Swarm Theory by Gary Fagan. The works were arranged by Dr. Randy Navarre who will be traveling to China to perform some of the pieces with local middle school students.

Audio Engineer Brendan McGeehan recorded the ensemble on location, while Forge Recording Lead Engineer Ron DiSilvestro mixed and mastered the recordings in Studio A.

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Quick Mixes, Fast Masters and Speedy CDs

When  Germantown Church of the Brethren needed their project mixed, mastered and duplicated quickly, they chose Forge Recording.

final-insert-frontPastor 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.

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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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All Are Welcome At St. Vincent de Paul Church

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St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church chose Forge Recording for its latest album, All Are Welcome.

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.

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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.

 

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Run to Sandy From Start To Finish At Forge Recording

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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.

Check out “Navigator Girl” from the EP below!

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From Concert to CD in 5 days

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December marks an annual tradition at Forge Recording–the Westminster Presbyterian Church Christmas concert recording.

Since 2008, Forge Recording’s staff has recorded West Chester’s Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir‘s annual “Christmas Joy” concerts on location. This year, the 120+ piece choir celebrated its 25th annual Christmas Joy season and sold out five shows for thousands of visitors.

Forge Recording’s Brendan McGeehan was there to record two of the performances. McGeehan recorded 28 tracks that lead engineer Ron DiSilvestro mixed and mastered in Forge Recording’s Studio A the following day. Within 5 days of the concert, Forge’s team produced 600 market-ready CDs in shrinkwrap for the church to share.

Westminster Presbyterian Church is one of many church choirs who have visited our studios and/or engaged us to record them on location. Learn more here about how we can help you record your organization’s live concert.

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Studio Jams – Grace Kelly

In between tapings of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Boschsaxophonist Grace Kelly visited Forge Recording to film an episode of Studio Jams.

The session was recorded in Studio A by lead engineer Ron DiSilvestro. Grace Kelly was joined by bassist Chico Huff, guitarist Kevin Hanson, keyboardist Matt King and Tracy Alexander on the drums.

Grace Kelly is an accomplished saxophone player, vocalist, composer, educator and performer. She recorded her first album, Dreaming, at age 12. It was followed by Times Too, Every Road I Walked, GracefulLee, Mood Changes, Man With The Hat, Grace, Live At Scullers, Working For The Dreamers, and her latest project, Trying To Figure It Out. She is a regular in Stay Human, the house band led by Jon Battiste on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Studio Jams is a creative, up-close and inside look at the art of making music. Click here to watch Studio Jams sessions filmed at Forge Recording.

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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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