Your Private Audio Oasis

SOHO Recording is located in the heart of bustling Lower Manhattan, amidst fine restaurants and upscale clothing boutiques.  The streets are crowded and the energy vibrant, but all of that noise melts away when you walk inside. No subway rumble, no taxis honking, no street artists hawking their wares, no bantering tourists…Just great sound, accommodating professionals, and a comfortable, welcoming vibe.

We’re a small owner-operated full service studio and we handle all sorts of projects from Music to Post, from Pre-Production and Recording to Mixing and Mastering.  We price our services fairly and flexibly and treat every project like it’s our only one. We’re relaxed but we take our work very seriously. We have a wealth of top-of-the-line instruments and equipment to inspire you.  We want you to feel like you’re working in your own private studio.

This is Soho Recording. Come on in!


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  • 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.)


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James Byron Schoen

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 Audio (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, 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 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 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.

Jared Paul

Jared is an audio engineer, sound designer and musician/composer serving NYC locally, or anywhere in the world remotely.  His work can be heard on numerous films, commercials, albums, podcasts (WNYC studios and Vox Media) and more.  His services include Recording, Mixing, Audio Post Production for Film & Video, Surround Mixing, Sound Design, Music Production, Foley, Location Recording, Live Sound, Composition, Arrangement, Beatmaking, Guitar and Audio Consulting