March 17, 2017

Mastering Tips from JAMBOX Studio's Head Mastering Engineer

JAMBOX' Guide To
Audio Mastering Preparation

Mastering Preparation Tips

Hi, this is Lee Evans, head Mastering Engineer at JAMBOX Entertainment Studios. We get many songs delivered to us for mastering at any given time. A good mastering job is essential for your music to compete in today's Hi-Resolution Audio market. A good master is far from just making your music louder.  Mastering can easily make or break a potentially good song. 
I'd like to share some prep tips to help deliver your final mix with proper formatting, in order to get the best possible master.

Prep tips:
First of all, spend the necessary time to get the mix right. A good solid mix will produce a great master. Remember, mastering will bring out the best in your song, but it can also make the problems more obvious. Try to make your mix as distortion free as possible. Ask the Mastering Engineer if you can send your sample of the song for his 'quality approval.'

• Do not make your final mix levels too loud. Mastering Engineers need the extra 'headroom' to work their magic.  -4-to -10 dbfs will work in most cases and keep you in the 'safe zone'.

• Do not 'Pre-Master' or attempt anything global to your mix that should be left for the Mastering Engineer. This does not help your project - it does the opposite.

• Do NOT put any processor or plug-in (i.e. compressor/limiter) across the master mix bus.

What audio formats are acceptable?
• Try not to master mp3, mp4, or aac formats; these are compressed audio files that are lower in quality. You want to deliver your master formatted to offer the best quality.

• We advise using 24 bit 44.1K  Wav  or AIFF files. BWF and SD2 are also acceptable. Mastering engineers can work with final mix audio copies from CD's however, these are 16 bit by default. They're usable, but not the best format.

All mixes should be final ‘consolidated’ files, not a multi-track Logic or Pro Tools Session, and should all be interleaved (not separate left and right files).
Please note: when saving your files, please make sure they are saved with a file extension, i.e. "myhitsong.wav" or  "myhitsong.aiff" (the extension is .wav or .aiff)

More prep tips:
• Including a song reference of a CD that you like is always a great idea, and helps us to pinpoint what you want your finished master to sound like. Hi quality MP3 format will work fine for this.

• Discuss similar songs and their sound with your engineer to give him your direction, but at the end of the day, let the engineer do his magic. You should have a chance to make corrections later if needed.

Final Thoughts
Loudness: We understand the desire to rush and play your hot new final mix for people, and the desire to make it as loud as possible. your thing with that, but PLEASE ask your audio engineer to make a version of the mix with no master bus processing. (ie no compressors, limiters, EQs, etc inserted into the stereo mix signal path.) Once again, DO NOT max out the levels on this version. Give us about 6-10 db  of headroom for us to make your final master sound stellar. You can make another version to play for friends etc. until your final master is ready. You can also feel free to try your own hand at mastering on this copy.

I hope this helps you on your way to a great sounding final Master!

Please feel free to call with questions.

Lee Evans
Studio Director

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March 6, 2017

NYC Mission Society Kids Visit JAMBOX Entertainment Studios

Now more than ever, it is important that the arts are supported and instilled in the lives of young people. We were lucky enough to have another group of young artists join us here today for a tour of the studios and hear a little about what we do here at JAMBOX. The young aspiring musicians from the New York City Mission Society loved getting a taste of what it’s like to be in a real recording studio. The group of approximately 16, ranging in age from 10-18 years old, set a beat to their favorite style and got a chance to record their rendition of a Michael Jackson classic, 'Man In The Mirror' song supplying inward perspective and upwardly thought provoking lyrics.
            After having the hip-hop class from Ward Melville High School come visit us last week and the group from New York City Mission Society today, we believe that music is a positive and necessary influence in kids’ lives. 

          JAMBOX Entertainment Studios supports the arts and the education of our youth, and we would love to have you be a part of it! 

         If you’re a school, educator, or student interested in our touring and recording program, please contact us 212-979-8324 or 212-273-3426, or via e-mail at All of us here at JAMBOX Entertainment Studios hope to be hearing from you soon! 

February 17, 2017

JAMBOX Studios Welcomes Ward Melville HS & Rapper Lucky Mula

Today was a good day at JAMBOX Entertainment Studios. JAMBOX is one of the few educational, child and family friendly studios in NYC.  Today, a hip hop class from Ward Melville High School, Long Island came into the Big Apple to visit the studio for a class field trip. The group of approximately 25 seniors split up and got right to work with two of our top engineers, Xalent (pronounced ex a lent) and Lex. They got to pick out a beat and went on to experience recording like the pros. The kids got a chance to see what recording their own music in a real studio was like.
On top of recording, the kids got to speak with some of the talented people involved here at JAMBOX. With so many years of experience in the music industry under his belt, Music veteran and JAMBOX head honcho Lee Evans, himself a musician, music producer and songwriter, shared his own story and tips with the kids. He talked with them about his history with Afrika Bambaataa, Cyndi Lauper, Mark Anthony, Queen Latifah, and the real pioneering days of hip hop.
Lucky Mula is a super hot and buzzing new rapper on Power 105, and Hot97,  Lucky came by and graciously shared his story with the kids. His recounting of run ins with the law, gangs, guns, and even jail. Lucky spoke about how the streets tried to take him down, and his struggle to rise above it all through his music. He told them about how his real life experiences have helped fuel the fire of the artist within him and really put things into perspective. He left everyone awe-struck and inspired.

On top of all of this hip hop wisdom and adventure, JAMBOX Entertainment Studios co-owner, Cathy Palmisano, discussed our non-profit organization REACHOUT, Inc. and Lori Michaels Music, and the impact it's had on millions of kids over the years.

The kids had a lot of fun expressing themselves in the studio and got to take home copies of their music. We all got to take away something valuable today and most importantly we all had fun. JAMBOX’s educational school tours program is proud to be celebrating over 10 years of success helping kids to understand this business of music. We hope that Ward Melville High School comes to visit us again soon!
If your school or students are interested in our touring and recording program, please contact us:
212 979-8324
212 273-3426
or email
we’d love to have you here!

December 19, 2016

Hugh McCracken (RIP) at JAMBOX Studios Susan Pilsbury sessions 2010

Back in 2010, we had the pleasure of recording  the great guitarist and harmonica player Hugh McCracken (RIP) at JAMBOX Entertainment Studios along with a host of top level notable Musicians for acoustic folk singer Susan Pilsbury.
Hugh McCracken was a very accomplished Musicians musician. Just a partial list of the hundreds of musicians he accompanied includes Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Steely Dan, B. B. King, Jefferson Airplane, Billy Joel, Laura Nyro, Neil Diamond, Van Morrison, Carl Perkins, the Monkees, Carly Simon and James Taylor. He recorded with all four Beatles after their breakup. He recorded with Aretha Franklin and Mr. Paul McCartney in different studios on the same day.

Mr. McCracken contributed to a host of hits, including “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison, “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon” by Neil Diamond, “Hey 19” by Steely Dan, “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” by Paul Simon and “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys.

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October 7, 2016

written by Lee Evans
Ready to make your 1st demo, or move your quality up a few notches from your friends home studio? If you come to a pro studio, especially in big league Manhattan, it's going to cost you quite a bit of your hard earned money. What you want to do is plan your project out before booking your studio time.

Here are 5 top things you should know when booking time to complete your project.

1)  Pick the right type of studio for your project. Recording Studios are not created equal. All studios DO NOT record all genres of music equally well. Ask to hear samples of their work. Compare what you've done in other places to what they've done. Check that the studio is clean and run in an organized fashion and that the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The place must have a vibe that you like and that inspires your creativity. Your music is very important to you. Make sure you're comfortable with the 'lab' that you choose to make it in.

2)  Meet the engineer. Your relationship with the engineer and his ability to "tap in" to your vision for your music may be the most crucial thing you have going from that studio. The engineer need not be a producer, they’re there mainly to operate the gear in the studio, but they will be very hands on with your music.  The more versed he/she is in the genre of music that you are doing the better. They should be knowledgeable about the music genre, knowledgeable about their audio engineering craft, open minded  and willing to help. If you come across an engineer that seems to not really like what they’re doing, has a lackluster attitude, or thinks they’re God's gift to music...steer clear of them. You're a paying customer and your music is too important to deal the stress of egomaniacs.  Would you go to a lackluster doctor, or barber? Get away Now!...Fast!

3)  Don't get fooled by price. You should get a studio with a rate you can afford, but don't automatically go for the lowest rate. If so, you may be in for a surprise. It may come with sub par music quality, under experienced engineers, or disorganization that can lead to traumatic things happening to your music. Also don't assume that because you're paying the big bucks that you’re automatically going to get the best. Do your research.  We've had projects come in from big name studios that charge hundreds per hour and they sound like crap. We've had projects from smaller home type studios that charge low rates, and the quality doesn't shine. Find a place that will make your project sizzle consistently, and that has a reputation for good work.

4)  Come to your session prepared. Time is money. Magical things can happen spur of the moment in the studio, but don't depend on it. Have your material ready to go. Confirm the time and attendance of any vocalists or musicians that you have on the session. Don't let them leave you hangin' because they forgot about the session.
 5)  DO NOT LEAVE YOUR MASTERS AT THE STUDIO WHEN THE PROJECT IS DONE. The Master is the "tracked out" Data files that can be further edited or remixed. This will be in Pro Tools, Logic, DP or other choice 'DAW' program. The value of your project is usually in the physical ownership of your masters.  It is YOUR responsibility to get your master data files backed up and take them with you when your project is completed. Store them like jewels in a safe place. One day they may be "worth their weight in gold". Do not depend on the studio to store them when you're done with your project. It's not their responsibility. ALWAYS leave with and keep track of ALL of your masters.

These pointers will help you have a smooth session with a successful outcome, at your newly chosen "Pro Recording Studio".

July 4, 2016

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May 19, 2016

RIP Electronic Composer, Keyboardist and Visionary Isao Tomita

RIP Electronic Composer, Keyboardist and Visionary Isao Tomita
by Lee Evans


written by: Lee Evans

A great visionary has passed. his electronic music tapestries in the '70' and early '80s left a warm, gentle and innovative imprint on us and helped to shape the then budding electronic age of musical. No one has been as influential from a 'Classical / Contempory' perspective beside maybe the transgender Walter/Wendy Carlos and her cutting edge offering, 'Switched On Bach'
I happened to see Isao Tomita in concert in Battery Park NYC. I stumbled upon this free concert one night after leaving my midtown NYC recording studio.  It was given on the water. There was a full orchestra of about 50 pieces on a boat that looked like it could’ve been a Staten Island ferry. A huge sound system was set up. All seemed to be controlled by a hovering spacecraft hundreds of feet in the air.
There were great musicians, solos pieces and dancers, amazing fireworks, and the mysterious space craft. Holst The Planets, Claude Debussy pieces and more were played by Tomita (the orchestra and the superb soloists). Such an amazing show, way way ahead of it’s time. I’ve never seen anything like it since. I was a devout Tomita fan after that night. I rushed out to find his music and as much history as possible. I purchased these albums:
 Now you can find excerpts of this amazing concert with celebs like Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, and a Japanese children’s choir on YouTube.
As far as his music, You really appreciate it even more when you realize that at that time in the 70’s, modular synths were monophonic for the most part. So, Tomita had to submix and perform MAJOR bouncing and overdubbing techniques to create his magic. Digital music, computers, copy and paste, things we take for granted today were not yet part the human lingo.
Tomita was a true visionary. Unfortunately, not enough people know about him that really should. May he rest in peace.
Lee Evans
JAMBOX Entertainment Studios

check out one of my favs Tomita's version of Debussy's 'Clair De Lune' 

Here is some info I found on another blog post

TOKYO -- Over the years, relatively few Japanese musicians have found global fame. One might argue that this is because Japanese sensibilities toward sound and music are unique, but the ones who embrace this uniqueness and pursue their craft with a limitless curiosity can make the leap from the domestic to the world stage.
Isao Tomita, who died on May 5 at the age of 84, was one such musician. Unrivaled as a composer, synthesizer player and acoustic engineer, he spent his life as a "seeker of sound," crossing boundaries with ease.
His interest in acoustics began when he visited the echo wall, an architectural feature with unique acoustical properties, at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, where he spent part of his childhood.
Tomita focused on surround sound and other 3-D audio effects from early in his professional career. This eventually evolved into "Sound Cloud" events, in which the audience was surrounded by sound from all directions.
Japanese record labels were reluctant to release Tomita's first synthesizer album, "Clair de Lune," an arrangement of Claude Debussy's piano pieces, because they had no idea which category to put it in. U.S. label RCA took notice of his work and released the album under the title "Snowflakes are Dancing" in 1974. For this album, Tomita became the first Japanese musician to be nominated in four categories at the Grammy Awards.
In his later years, Tomita returned to his roots. "Symphony Ihatov" is a musical interpretation of the world of novelist and poet Kenji Miyazawa, an early source of inspiration for Tomita. When the symphony was performed in Beijing, he revisited the echo wall, the point where his lifelong pursuit started.
At the time of his unexpected death, Tomita had finished composing the basic structure of "Dr. Coppelius." Combining music, ballet and visual effects, "Dr. Coppelius" is not only the culmination of his own life's work, it is also the realization of the dream of the late Hideo Itokawa, a pioneering Japanese rocket engineer and amateur ballet dancer whom Tomita revered. "Dr. Coppelius" will be completed by another composer, like Mozart's Requiem, and is slated to premier this autumn.
Atsufumi Suzuki is a music critic.

May 9, 2016

Top Five Reasons All Musicians Should Create A Blog !

written by: Patrick Polakowski

For many talented musicians, blogs are great tool to establish an online community and produce content on anything you are doing. Social media is globally used by everyone and one of the most fastest way to promote events, products, services and most importantly, yourself. JAMBOX Entertainment Studios feels strongly that blogging is a growing trend and many musicians should take advantage of this because there many rewards. Blogs plays a prominent role in shaping a musician's career. Here are five top reasons for all musicians to create a blog!

#1 Blogs help  build new conversations with your Fan-Base

A blog gives an opportunity for musicians to discuss things that really matter to them. It gives all musicians an opportunity to connect with there audience on regular basis and on a more personal level. You can create interesting stories and expand on your music. You have the freedom to discuss all things and build trust with your readers.

#2 Builds Brand Awareness

A blog is one most cheapest tool to have in your arsenal, when it comes promoting your music.  A blog has the ability to link all of your other social media like your Twitter and Facebook together for maximum exposure in one-shot. A blog creates and provides value to other businesses in the same industry. It creates brand loyalty and hones your voice to your audience.

#3 You Take Control of Your Online-Identity

Even if you are up-coming artist or a highly known musician in your industry. A blog has a great benefit to showcase the best impression of who you truly are. A blog gives the opportunity to put the right information about your work and music. It helps musicians respond quickly to all incorrect information the internet provides. Whether your a person or a business, making sure the right information about you is online is really important to your image or brand. 

#4 Establish Your Voice within a Niche Community

A blog gives you the opportunity to target specific groups of readers that are close to your genre of music or brand. It gives readers the opportunity to really personalize with the content you are putting out worldwide. It gives you the ability to put out your thoughts, advice and views on things you feel close about. Many musicians don't blog so this is a way to really stand out from your competition.

#5 Gives You Opportunity to Make Money

A blog has the ability to reach and connect to millions of potential readers around the world. It also gives the musician to monetize his music and his brand to others. Its a beneficial way for musicians to make additional sources of income through social media. A blog can help increase your revenue sales of your music and your career. The more a blog has traffic the more opportunities for a musician make real impact.  

April 11, 2016

THE DOW-PRINCEPLE Funk Music Artists at JAMBOX Entertainment Studios

THE DOW-PRINCEPLE - Funk Music Artists
at JAMBOX Entertainment
Written by: Lee Evans

The 80s 'Funk' band ala Rick James, Cameo, Brass Construction, P-Funk, The Ohio Players ' style of music has  all but disappeared from today's music scene. There is still a large appetite for some good ol' foot pounding, head shaking, neck breaking, ugly face making funk music though. Just look at the amazing success of Marc Ronson and Bruno Mars 'Uptown Funk' record.
Well we have a special project going on at JAMBOX Entertainment Studios aimed at reviving 'ol school funk and funk rock' "We are laying down some hard core soulful funk tracks with real musicians. We're bringing back the Glory Days" Says Keyboardist Lee Evans.

The core musicians on the project consist of:

- Bass Player Gary Dow: (Cameo, Force MDs, Keith Sweat), 

- Vocalist Vivian Prince, (Roy Ayers Ubiquity, Melba Moore, Bernard "Pretty Purdie" Purdie, Seldon Powell Steve Kroon).

- Guitarist Ronnie Drayton: (played on over 100 different albums including   Edwin Birdsong  Super Natural, Material- One Down, Nona Hendryx- Female Trouble, Meshell Ndegeocello Bitter,)

- Keyboardist and Head Engineer/Owner of JAMBOX Entertainment, Lee Evans: (Afrika Bambaataa, Brass Construction,Force MDs, Cyndi Lauper, Marc Anthony). 

Gary and Lee has toured the country together. Gary introduced Lee to Vivian and Ronny.

So ...yeah, these are your funk heavy hitters.

The name of the act is The Dow-Principle'

A video has just been shot for their 1st single 'Decisions'
Look out for 'The Dow-Principle' coming your way soon!

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April 4, 2016


Written: by Lee Evans

The music world took yet another hit with the passing of Larry Payton, founding member and awesome drummer for Brass Construction, on March 20th 2016. Payton was a great part of the ‘Funk Band” era of the mid 70s and 80s, having 10 albums and a string of hits including Changin, Movin, The Right Place, Walking The Line, Get Up To Get Down under their belts on United Artists and Capitol records.  They take their place among the likes of P-Funk, Ohio Players, Confunction, Lakeside, the Barkays, Cameo, BT Express and many more.
I remember when I first heard Brass’ Movin and Changin’ songs, I  flipped. This band had that rugged thugged tight groove which I loved. I quickly became a big fan. Being from the South Bronx, my musical tastes had a strong urban edge…they were it for me. When I found out they were from Brooklyn I was even more blown away. So I felt totally blessed when I was asked to join the band.

I joined Brass Construction around 1980 as a second keyboard player and to give Randy Muller the ability to get from behind the keys and be a front man. The band quickly became my ‘On The Road” family as I traveled extensively abroad with them doing tours of Germany, France, London and much more, and kicking A** on  every gig. Led by Randy Muller (until the mid 80s)  Mick Grudge, Morris Price, Larry Payton, Sandy, Joe, Jessie, Tyrone, Wayne, Wade Lee Twine, and myself became a force of funk to be reckoned with.

Larry Payton was a strong solid drummer, able to hold down that ‘Brass Construction’ style funk groove.  Solid and a heavy hitter, Larry was the nucleus of the BC sound. His playing was strong solid and ‘in the pocket’ He was also a 'show drummer' always great to watch, and getting the audience involved. I learned a few showmanship tricks from Larry.
Larry and I became friends and had long inspiring talks about what lied ahead for himself as well as the BC band. Larry was a funny guy, always had a joke or quip for everyone. He was always ready to give of himself and was a true team player. I remember him volunteering himself many times and went way out of his way to pick me up with my keyboard at the Brooklyn train to do a rehearsal. He put his heart and soul into his work.

In 2011, Larry embarked on his own solo project with me at my studio, JAMBOX Entertainment Studios in NYC. A promising project that was never completed because of his declining health.

Larry was also a great family man. In our conversations, he would always speak very highly of his wife and children. In fact, his wife Vanessa used to run Randy Muller's office at 1650 Broadway. She is one of the sweetest women you'd ever meet. I met her (around the time I joined the band) we quickly became friends. She was very knowledgeable and helped me immensely to learn how things ran with Brass, and in the music biz in general.
My heart goes out to the Payton family and the large family of musicians friends and fans whose heart Larry Payton has touched over the years. He will be truly missed.

Here are two top Brass Construction records featuring Larry Payton on Drums

l-r Sandy Billups, Morris Price, Wayne Davis, Larry Payton, Lee, Evans, Lee Twine, Danny Newman, Mick Grudge 


April 1, 2016


Written : Patrick Polakowski

On February 25, 2016, Akeju better known as B-Clay is making a big impact in the music industry with his new hit "Most High" featuring very talented Alexis Layne under the Black Speech Media Group label

The single "Most High" draws upon inspirational elements of dance-hall, reggae, and afrobeat. The song pays respect to upbringing in Ghana.

Since joining JAMBOX Entertainment Studios family in 2011, Akeju continues to show his dedication towards his writing and music. Lee Evans, CEO of JAMBOX Entertainment Studios stated "B-Clay is a talented and definitely going places." Akeju has performed at "Africa Unites Tour” in South Africa, “Save Africa Concert Foundation” at the Apollo Theater in New York City, and “The Art of Speech for Humanity Concert” in London. Recently, he worked on Voices of African Mothers for United Nations.

Akeju stated, "To be able to use my talent to celebrate and honor my upbringing is a gift I cherish." Akeju is very closely connected to his heritage and continues to show this in his new hit "Most High."
Vocals recorded @ JAMBOX Entertainment. He wishes to express his gratitude to his culture and the support of all his fans, worldwide.  From your JAMBOX Entertainment family, we wish you the best success in your future.

Follow Akeju on Twitter and Instagram : @officialakeju

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