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Big Wake ~ Official Record Release

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Ironbird Studios is excited to announce the release of the debut album from Jersey City band Big Wake.   Big Wake began recording the album with us last year, and put a tremendous amount of time and effort in to it.  The album was recorded and mixed by Angelo Ucciferri at Ironbird Studios, and mastered at West Westside Music with Alan Douches.

You can stream the album right here – and please support the band by buying a copy at an upcoming show.  Visit for upcoming shows and more information.

Mastering at West Westside

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Big Wake band leader Gerry Rosenthal listens intently while legendary Mastering Engineer Alan Douches tweaks the mix.

Ironbird Studios was thrilled to pay a visit to beautiful New Windsor, NY – and work with legendary Mastering Engineer Alan Douches at West Westside Music on the Big Wake album. We had a wonderful time, and learned a lot from Alan – who has mastered everything from Sufjan Stevens to Sepultura! Check back soon for tracks from the finished album.

Ignis – Records an album in a day!

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Some records are made over the course of months…even years.  But NJ groove sextet, Ignis, needed an album pronto!  As a new up and coming band, they needed a quality recording that they could use to obtain gigs and help spread the word about their new sound.  Spending a long time recording an album would not facilitate that need – so they made it in a day!

Sacrificing the luxuries of overdubbing, recording isolation, and countless takes – the band set up in the same room and played music…what a novel idea!  The resulting recordings showcased the organic and soulful nature of the band’s instrumental music.

Enjoy the recordings below – and check out for more info.


Recording Intense Men

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Intense Men approached Ironbird with a challenge – make us a record, on a budget, in a day, that sounds, well…intense.  Maybe I’m paraphrasing, but that is how I inferred it.  The Drums/Bass/Guitar/Clarinet instrumental quartet writes and performs music that is hard to categorize.   Sometimes aggressive, sometimes melancholy, but always incredibly thick and deep…oozing with saturation and tone – performed with acute musicianship.  Shove your pretty jazz records through a gnarled rusty cheesegrater and melt them in the microwave over some sparking shrapnel – consume – and we’ll be on the same page.

Drummer, Ben Ross, played a huge part in the sound of this recording.  Ben set up the night before the session and we recorded some drum tests.  Ben had a vision for the tonal shape of the drums – and as usual, the best set up was the simplest.  With minimal mics on the kit – the overall sound of the drums is a mono overhead ribbon mic (AEA R92).  As always, Ironbird’s iconic Chandler TG1 compressor plays a huge part in the harmonic saturation and pump of the drum kit.  Bury me with that monster! (the compressor…not Ben)

The simplified set up was an engineer’s dream – and then Mike Noordzy and his honkin’ contralto clarinet showed up to the party!   Fortunately two Beyerdynamic m160 ribbon mics captured the woody essence of the beast – and the unidirectional design (rare for a ribbon mic) maintained a substantial amount of rear-mic rejection.  This was key since all the musicians were in the same room – and drum bleed in to the clarinet mics was a concern.

Bassist Steve Honoshowsky was playing a classic headless Steinberger bass – captured by a Little Labs STD DI box, preamped by a vintage Telefunken tube in the Sebatron.   The clean, round, and accurate bass tone was not what the doctor ordered for this record – so the bass was gritty’d up during mixdown.

Guitarist Chris Caratello was a six-string monster during this session – injecting soul and energy in to his chugs and leads.  The album’s thickness and tonal butter was a result of Chris’ tone – achieved with his tube head powering a 2-12″ Carvin loaded cabinet – isolated in another room.  The cab was double mic’d with a Shure SM7b & Sennheiser MD421.  Chris commented that the tone of the guitar tracks sounded like the tone that he is used to hearing from his amp.  A seemingly simple concept – but after numerous points of circuitry and conversion – such a feat is sometimes easier said than done.  We were happy to keep Chris’ tone intact for the record.

Be sure to stop in at Nacht Records to pick up a copy of the album, and support the other independent bands they endorse. You can listen to the full album recordings here: