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JAMES BYRON SCHOEN

(Owner, Engineer/Producer, Composer)

James has decades of experience on both sides of the glass and has been recognized widely for both his audio production skills and his musicianship and composition, drawing both critical praise and the admiration of his musical mentors, such as Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull.  He formed FireCat (formerly JBS Recording) in 2007, where he has developed a long and varied portfolio, recording voice with Kris Kristofferson, working on shows with the BBC, American Public Media and TLC, corporate projects with Pepsi, fictional podcasts and a slew of musical projects with pioneering NYC musicians in genres ranging from classical, to progressive rock, to acoustic folk to heavy metal, to Latin Jazz and hip hop.  He’s also recorded nearly one hundred a cappella albums with collegiate groups throughout the northeast. When he’s not recording, mixing, mastering and producing work for others, he’s working on his own albums and touring domestically/internationally with his band Edensong.

James graduated with degrees in music and computer science from Wesleyan University, where his thesis was awarded honors by musical luminaries Anthony Braxton and Neely Bruce among others.  This thesis went on to become “The Fruit Fallen,” the debut album from Edensong and paved the way for a performance career with the band. Also while at Wesleyan, he was a member of co-ed a cappella group Quasimodal, which sparked his interest in the style and career of recording it!

Upon moving to Westchester County after graduation, James established JBS Recording out of his home in White Plains, where he honed his audio skills and worked with a wide range of talent for almost a decade before moving to NYC to expand his business.

In 2014, James relocated to NYC, first in DUMBO (Brooklyn), and now it’s current location in SOHO (Lower Manhattan).  While the studio facility is a massive upgrade, James retains his client-focused drive, flexibility, innovative energy and approachable demeanor that he developed almost 15 years ago working out of his attic.  Contact James about your next audio project.

MALCOLM PIPER

(Recording/Mixing Engineer, Editor)

For more than ten years, Malcolm has dedicated himself to understanding and mastering the art of a cappella. In 2012, his experience as an arranger, group director, audio engineer, and avid listener earned him a spot on the internationally renowned Recorded A Cappella Review Board (RARB). Through RARB he has analyzed every brand of a cappella out there: pop sensations performed by college groups; original compositions performed by professional groups; and even Disney medleys and Polish sea shanties performed by…hobbyists. Malcolm draws from all of these influences, as well as nearly ten years of editing and mixing with Firecat, to craft a familiar yet unique sound for each and every project.

Malcolm is a lifelong student of the intricacies of sound. From 2000-2007 he played saxophone with jazz, rock, and concert bands. In 2007 he took his knowledge and ear for music theory to choir, and in 2008 joined the a cappella community with the Colgate Resolutions. He went on to serve as director and primary arranger for the Resolutions, and in 2011 teamed up with James Schoen at Firecat to produce their No Wounded Soldiers a cappella concept album. Since 2011, Malcolm has recorded, edited, and mixed dozens of a cappella groups and solo endeavors from around the northeast.

When he is not at the mixing board, Malcolm is often supporting the live music industry. From 2007-2018 he worked backstage at a wide variety of concert venues and festivals. He currently resides in Vermont where he can be found in front of the stage dancing to funk, bluegrass, rock, electronic, prog, or pretty much anything that jams.

NICK BOWDEN

(Editor)

After graduating from SAE Institute, Nick kick started an eclectic career in audio working across various mediums. Between being a Dialogue Editor for television, Editor for music, and Sound Designer for short films (and a lot more!), he has a lot of experience in a little bit of everything. He continues to work as an editor and designer in film, music, podcasts, and more.  Nick joined the Firecat team in 2018

ROBBY SCHWARTZ

(Assistant Engineer, Composer/Arranger)

Robby holds a Masters in Music from SUNY Purchase and a Bachelor of Science degree (in Music and Biology) from Fairfield University.  He has a passion for education and spent a year  as a volunteer in Quito, Ecuador teaching music, english, adult education, and special education at the Centro del Muchacho Trabajador. Robby has been an active composer, arranger, singer, pianist, guitarist, and performer for many years.  During his time at Fairfield University, he led ensembles like the all male a cappella group, The Bensonians, the Jazz Ensemble, and his local blues/rock band, The Lionfish.  Having previously collaborated with James on albums with the Bensonians and the Lionfish, Robby joined the Firecat team after completing a degree in Studio Composition.

EQUIPMENT

  • Apogee Symphony I/O Mk II Thunderbolt with (2) 8×8 cards
  • (2) Universal Audio 6176 Preamp/Compressors
  • Great River MP-2NV Stereo Preamp
  • (2) BAE 312A Preamps
  • (2) Grace m501 Preamps
  • (2) Universal Audio 4-710D Preamp with Conversion
  • BAE 6 space 500 Series Rack
  • Avalon U5 Direct Box
  • Summit Audio TD-100 Tube DI
  • Dangerous D-Box Monitoring and Analog Summing
  • MOTU 8Pre-es Thunderbolt/USB/AVB Audio Interface
  • MOTU 828mk3 FW/USB Audio Interface
  • MOTU 896HD Firewire Audio Interface
  • MOTU Traveler Firewire Audio Interface
  • Apogee Duet 3 Dual Channel USB Audio Interface
  • DBX 160A Compressor/Limiter
  • Fostex Model 3180 Spring Reverb Unit
  • Symetrix Peak-RMS Compressor Limiter
  • Apogee Ensemble Firewire Audio Interface
  • Ashly CLX52 Dual Channel Compressor/Limiter
  • Presonus Central Station with Remote Control
  • Samson S-Phone Headphone Preamp
  • Furman PL-8 Series 2 Power Conditioner
  • Livewire Power Distributor
  • BLUE Blueberry Microphone
  • Peluso P12 Multipattern Tube Microphone
  • (2) AKG C414B-XLS Microphone
  • (2) BLUE Dragonfly Microphone
  • (2) Neumann KM 184 Microphones (matched pair)
  • Earthworks SR-30 Microphone
  • Soundelux ifet7 Microphone
  • Shure SM 81 Microphone
  • (2) Shure SM-7B Microphones
  • (3) Sennheiser 421 Microphones
  • AKG C-1000S Microphone
  • (2) Rode NT3 Microphone
  • (2) Audix D6 Microphones
  • Audix i5 Microphone
  • Sennheiser e906 Microphone
  • (2) Cascade Fat Head SP Ribbon Microphones
  • (2) BLUE Encore Microphones
  • (2) BLUE Bluebird Microphones
  • Countryman Isomax Condenser Mic
  • 6 Sennheiser E604 Microphones
  • (4) Shure SM-57 Microphones
  • (4) Shure SM-58 Microphones
  • (2) Quested VH3208 Passive Midfield Monitors
  • (2) Bryston 6B 500W mono amplifiers
  • Audeze LCD-X Headphones
  • Burson Fun PC-100 Headphone Amplifier
  • Burson Swing PC-50 DAC
  • Hearback PRO 16 Channel Monitoring System with ADAT input
  • Hearback Personal Monitoring System
  • Redco Litte Red Cuebox
  • Shure SRH840 Headphones
  • Shure SRH440 Headphones
  • Beyerdynamic DT770 PRO Headphones
  • Sennheiser HD280 Pro Headphones
  • Sony MDR 7506 Headphones
  • Audio Tecnica ATH-M40fs Headphones
  • Various Additional Headphones (20+ pairs) from Sennheiser, Samson, Audio Technica, AKG, Sony etc.
  • MOTU Digital Performer Software
  • Apple Logic Pro Software
  • Avid ProTools 11 (available by request)
  • Waves Assorted Plug-ins/Bundles
  • 1 Universal Audio UAD-2 Quad Card
  • 1 Universal Audio UAD-2 Quad Satellite Firewire
  • Antares Auto-tune Software
  • Audio Ease Speakerphone 2
  • WaveMachine Labs Drumagog
  • Source Elements Source-Connect
  • Modartt Pianoteq Pro Software
  • Eastwest Pianos Software
  • Eastwest Symphonic Orchestra
  • Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Bundle
  • Lexicon PCM Native Effects Bundle
  • Spectrasonics Omnisphere
  • GForce Minimonsta
  • GForce m-tron
  • iZotope Trash, Iris, RX elements, Ozone 3
  • ’93 PRS Custom 24 Electric Guitar
  • ’01 James Goodall Concert Jumbo Acoustic Guitar
  • Martin DC-15E Acoustic/Electric Guitar
  • Ramirez R2 Classical Guitar
  • Portuguese Guitarra
  • (2) Godin xtSA Electric Guitars
  • Godin LGX-SA Electric Guitar
  • Tobias 4-string Bass Guitar
  • (2) Birdsong Custom 4 string basses
  • Gibson SG
  • Godin Freeway 5 String Active Bass
  • Roland VK8M Organ Module
  • Roland GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer
  • Roland 5 Piece V-drums
  • Kawai MP6 Stage Piano
  • DW 4-piece Maple Drumset
  • Sonor Phil Rudd Signature Snare
  • Yamaha Custom Snare Drum
  • Sabian AAX Stage Hats
  • Misc Vintage Zildjian Cymbals
  • Studiologic SL-880 Pro Weighted Controller
  • Rivera Knucklehead Reverb 100 Watt
  • Splawn 2×12 closed back guitar Cabinet
  • Rivera 2×12 open back guitar cabinet
  • Fishman Aura Acoustic Guitar Pedal
  • Fishman AFX Reverb Pedal
  • Vox Wah Pedal
  • Ernie Ball Jr. Volume Pedals
  • SKB PS-45 Pedal Board
  • Various other effects pedals (a frequently changing assortment)
  • Apple 6-core 3.33GHz MacPro Tower (24 GB RAM)
  • Apple 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7 15″ Macbook Pro (16 GB RAM)
  • Assorted Hard Drives, Monitors and Peripherals
  • MOTU Fastlane USB MIDI interface
  • Omnirax Presto Studio Desk
  • SE Electronics Reflexion Filter PRO
  • Mackie MCU Pro Control Surface
  • SKB 10U ATA Effects Rack
  • Road Runner 8U Rack
  • SKB 3U Rack
  • Groove Pack 3U Rack
  • SKB Attache Case
  • Radial Passive DIs
  • Radial Reamp JCR
  • Livewire 16×4 50′ Snake
  • Proco 8×4 25′ Snake
  • Assorted Proco Ameriquad Cabling
  • Assorted Mogami Cabling
  • Assorted other Cables (BLUE, Monster, etc)
  • Assorted Pop Filters
  • Assorted Mic Stands (standard, round bottom, boom, short, telescoping etc.)
  • (4) Sterling Audio s204HA 4-Channel Headphone Amps
  • Keyboard Stands
  • Keyboard Cases
  • Assorted Drum Hardware (Thrones, Cymbal Stands, Pedals etc.)

THE SPACE

CLIENTS

We’ve worked with:


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BBC

Authentic Entertainment

TLC Network

IdeaRocket

American Public Media

Minnesota Public Radio

Gabriel Urbina

Zach Valenti

Long Story Short Productions

Gerry Gartenberg

Michael Fox

Alex Karpovsky

Kris Kristofferson

Gato Loco

Edensong

Sincere Gifts

Matt C White

Benjamin Wigler

Rob Zahn

J Antonette

Glass Hammer

Jimmy Wong

Rachel Walker

Michael Friedman

Trent Bell

New Beard

CKAY

Noah Baerman

The Colgate College Resolutions

Columbia University’s Pizmon

The Cornell University Class Notes

The Bensonians of Fairfield University

The Vassar College Devils

The Middlebury College Paradiddles

Wesleyan University’s Notably Sharp

The Boston College Heightsmen

The Wellesley College Widows

Hamilton College’s Tumbling After

Robert J Bernstein

Greg Barris

The Jazz Groove

Ned Kihn

Nick Fiore

Kristen DiMercurio

Tony Waldman

Grok

Fenix Intl

Gildan Media

Mark Stevens

Eric Meyers

Barry Seroff

Dead Seconds

Orphan Jane

Divine Records

Hands Down Productions

Par-Zero Bermudez

Lou Fortunate

Xavier Simmons

Rami Awn

The Accidental Villain

Henry Baker

The Lionfish

Rob Canora

Stefan Paolini

Verse the Empire

Frank Ocasio

Terra Incognita Festival

Tim Cluff

Kelly McIntyre

Christopher James

The Wellesley College Tupelos

The Cornell University Callbaxx

The Poor Richards of Franklin and Marshall

Keene State’s Chock Full ‘O Notes

Elizabethtown College’s Melica

The Trinity College Trinitones

The Williams College Octet

The Williams College Springstreeters

The Columbia University Kingsmen

The Skidmore Accents

The Boston College Sharps

Boston College’s Shaan

The Smith College Smiffenpoofs

The Dartmouth College Rockapellas

Columbia University’s Notes and Keys

Vassar College’s Measure 4 Measure

The Vassar College Accidentals

The Middlebury College Mountain Ayres

New York University’s Ani V’Ata

The Middlebury College Bobolinks

The Middlebury College Mamajamas

The George Washington University Sirens

The The Muhlenberg College Dynamics

The Bowdoin College Longfellows

The Vassar College Night Owls

Brandeis University’s Proscenium

Skidmore College’s Drastic Measures

Brown University/RISD’s Harmonic Motion

The Wesleyan University New Group

Wesleyan University’s Quasimodal

The Skidmore College Sonneteers

Wesleyan University’s Onomatopoeia

Rebel Ensemble

Blockstack

David Toth

KHJ Brand Activation

Paul Anthony Rivers

Sources for Students

EMC Corporation

Smooth Operations

The Yellow Box

The Carvels

Ricardo Rios

Carlota Gurascier

Shadow Circus

Daniel Emond

EmZ Music

ME Grant

Oneironaught

Los Gringos Locos

The Wandering Cellist

Astronaut Down

Babijoker

The Lehigh University Echoes

The Yale University Shades

The Amherst College Sabrinas

Muhlenberg College’s InAcchord

Bowdoin College’s Boka

Yale Out of the Blue

The SUNY Binghamton Treblemakers

The Dartmouth Decibelles

The Colgate Dischords

The Sing Dynasty of Dartmouth College

Hamilton College’s Special K

The Alef Beats of Brown University

The SUNY Geneseo Southside Boys

The Shwiffs of Connecticut College

Columbia University’s S’madar

Franklin and Marshall’s Sweet Ophelia

The Loyola Chimes

The MIT Cross Products

White Kids N Reverse

David Soler

Lapis

The Station Myth

Kid Nixon

Alex Feigin

Chris Daven

Matt Greene

Hanalea

Shwinn Ricci

Big Wayde

Ryan Berthod

Ian Carleton

Akeino Jr

John Federico

Max Yanker

Ben Gartenberg

Sergio Bochert

Rudnei Graczyk

Marcus Carr

Andrea Brave

Phor

Michael Ballen

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TESTIMONIALS

“James Schoen cares about great sound!”

–Bob Katz, Mastering Engineer

Bob Katz, Mastering Engineer, Digital Domain

[I]ntelligent, clever, exciting and technically excellent new music…World class.”

–Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull

Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull

“Working with James on our past albums has been so much fun! His ear was always spot on during recording sessions, and he was more than accommodating with his schedule to give us just the sounds we wanted. James is awesome!!!” 

–The Resos

newresosThe Colgate College Resolutions

In a nutshell, James combines talent, creativity, extreme flexibility and is a consummate professional. I have never felt more supported or safe in a recording session. First in class.

–Ben Wigler, Arizona, New Beard, Sincere Gifts

Ben Wigler (Arizona, New Beard, Sincere Gifts)

“James was a pleasure to work with. We got things done quickly and thoroughly, and he really knows his stuff! He took us all the way from recording to mastering, and he did an amazing job across the board.” 

–Ben, Pizmon

pizmonColumbia University's Pizmon

“A special thank you to James Byron Schoen…Words can’t express how grateful I am for the journey that led to you…Because of you, I have more than an album project: This album is a musical experience.” 

–Rachel Walker

Rachel Walker

“We just recorded our first album and we were so glad we chose James and JBS Recording to record and mix our album. Not everyone is so flexible and helpful, especially with groups that have questions regarding the process. James knows exactly what he’s doing and he even helped us through our physical and digital release processes. We couldn’t be happier with our choice! Thanks so much and we look forward to using you again! “ 

–Ben, The Bensonians

The Bensonians of Fairfield University

“There’s no better space, no better sound, no better knowledge. I’ve been making music and living my dreams for over 10 years with James and it is truly unforgettable.”

–Par-Zero Bermudez

Par-Zero Bermudez

“Working with James on our album was the best decision we ever could have made. From day one, James was supportive and responsive with any questions or worries we had about the album process. During our recording sessions, James was patient and enjoyable to be around, but also demonstrated extreme knowledge about music and offered great advice on how to make our album the best it could possibly be. The album turned out better than we ever could’ve imagined and it really would not have been possible without his consistent support, attentiveness, and professionalism.”

–Jessie, The Shwiffs

The Shwiffs of Connecticut College

“James was accomodating, remained flexible through some logistical setbacks and produced a beautiful recording in an unlikely location. His expertise led to a wonderfully smooth session that resulted in a record done in a single day! We cannot recommend him highly enough.”

–Barry Seroff, Composer/Performer (Lapis, Democracy, Accidental Villain)

Barry Seroff

“Recording our album with James was an all-around wonderful experience. Not only is he an expert at the technical aspects of the process, but he also respected our group’s style and direction, while providing helpful commentary and suggestions to aid us in creating the sound we strive for.”

–Naomi, The Vassar Devils

The Vassar College Devils

“James is a professional and a true musician, putting the utmost care into achieving the ideal sound in his recording. He is an absolute pleasure to work with, and the end result of his meticulous craftsmanship is a major studio-quality product, within a realistic budget. We are thrilled with the depth and clarity of the drum tracks on our album, and cannot recommend James Recording highly enough.” 

–Joe Morse, Astronaut Down

Astronaut Down

“We all had a wonderful time recording with James. He was very professional, flexible, and knew exactly how to attack recording an a cappella group (an art in and of itself). Our finished product was head over heels better than our previous records, and with a much lighter price tag. We can’t wait to work with James again.” Mark, Bobolinks

–Mark, The Bobolinks of Middlebury College

The Bobolinks

“James was great to work with. He had an extremely flexible schedule and was more than willing to experiment with many different recording techniques to achieve the sound we were looking for. We couldn’t be happier with the way our CD turned out.” 


–Jonathan, The Longfellows of Bowdoin College

The Longfellows

Thank you so much!!!! The tracks sound amazing, and we could not have asked for better results. I’m so excited to get this album out for everyone to hear! Thank you for your hard work, flexibility, and continued patience.


–The Decibelles, Dartmouth College

The Decibelles

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