Hoboken HiFi was started by Jim the Boss in 2013 at the famed Neumann Leather Building in Hoboken NJ. The idea was to build a sound that was unique unto itself and set the productions apart from any other recording studio. Jim found and employed the best of the best reggae musicians from the NJ/NY area.
Teaming up with friend Steve Capecci, who serves as arranger and bassist, they found themselves spending countless hours miking drums, cabinets and making the necessary adjustments to make “that sound.” After a brief move to Brooklyn and finally finding their true home in Secaucus NJ. This is when things really took off for the group.
They found that their sounds were reaching across the globe thanks in part to labels such as Boom One Records. Soon, artists and producers from various states in the US, Argentina, France, England were traveling to the little NJ town to record and get the sound that they had created. One person had dubbed it “the Hudson Soul sound” which led to the 2016 dub compilation compiled by Jim. This album “Hudson Soul” released on Boom One Records was the golden ticket and opened up even more doors. It gained two best album nominations from Independent Music Awards and France Press and Radio. It topped charts on iTunes, Beatport and found itself being featured in numerous publications and making it into the ears of new fans via radio and podcast.
In 2017, deciding that they didn’t want to exclusively do reggae, they started to build sounds for other genres. Studying and employing techniques made by old jazz recordings on Blue Note, Jim found a sound for Jazz that rivals many other current productions. Working with jazz saxophonist Ned Goold and jazz bassist Ian Kenselaar proved this sound as their styles match the old state of mind.
Since Hudson Soul, Jim put together a label that is called, you guessed it, Hudson Records. This label only releases productions made by Jim, recorded at Hoboken HiFi and by the house band, now known as The HiFi Rockers. The group’s list of collaborations have grown considerably. Some artists include Victor Rice, David Hillyard, Cornel Campbell, King Tappa, Alex Tea and many many more.
Jim has also lent his techniques to various music and sound effects for TV, Film and other media. He has worked with delta Bravo who did sound design and music production for hit Youtube Kids show "Found Home Farms" as well as Artifact Audio which did various tv commercials for NBA, Dove Soap, iPhone, Verizon and many more.
This image was famously used for Major Mackerals' 2020 release, Prince Priests & Prophets.
Payment must be made 50% upfront and 50% upon completion via Venmo, Credit or Debit Card. For recording, a deposit of $200 plus %50 of your upfront payment must be paid 1 week before your session date. The deposit holds your date. It will be returned upon the completion of your last 50% payment.
Recording - $200 per 4 hour block
Mixing - $50 hourly
Studio Band Rate - $500 per 4 hour block
(includes 5 musicians - Drums/Percussion, Bass, Guitar, Organ, Piano - plus basic overdubs of instruments listed) Extra musicians available. Let us know what you need and we will provide you with additional rates.
Non Exclusive Riddims/Instrumentals - $100 per pre-recorded track (track list provided upon request) or re-recorded for $700 per 4 hour block includes mixing.
Custom Exclusive Riddims/Instrumentals - $700 per 4 hour block includes mixing. Additional musicians available if needed. Please let us know what you need.
Dub Remixes - $100 per song. Includes 3 versions plus HD video and editing.
How to send stems or tracks for mixing
All files must be labeled with the appropriate instruments (and take numbers if multiple takes are to be mixed.) All files must be either 44K 24 bit or 44.1K 16 bit .wav files. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT ALL OF YOUR FILES ARE THE SAME SAMPLE RATE. Files that are the wrong sample rate will play at slower speed or faster speed than intended. You can’t assume that we will know what your song is supposed to sound like.
All files must be sent via WeTransfer or Dropbox. Please don’t email files, we will not accept them. All tracks must line up on 0 marker. For example, if you have a guitar solo in the middle of the song, you must include silence before and after the track so that when the tracks are loaded into a new session, the guitar solo lines up in the appropriate place.
If you are attending a mixing or remixing session and intend on bringing your tracks to the studio. Please have them on a hard drive or thumb drive. Hard drives must be formatted to MAC OS JOURNALED. PLEASE DO NOT BRING A WINDOWS FORMATTED DRIVE. IT WILL NOT WORK PROPERLY.
Please provide reference tracks on how you would like your mix to sound. Mixing is a complicated and subjective process. The end result is limitless and we want to ensure you are getting the sound that you want to hear.
Send in your favorite tracks, albums or artists either on your hard drive, in your zip folders or as links through email. ‘
How to send stems for dub remixes
As listed above, please make sure stems/tracks line up on 0 marker, are the same sample rate. Make sure any effects or mixing levels that you have in the original song are retained when you record your stems. Example of Stem tracks: 1. All drums 2. All percussion 3. Rhythm guitar chops/organ bubbles/piano chops 4. Lead Organ 5. Lead Guitar 6. All horns 7. All vocal backups 8. Lead vocals
Dub remixing is an art form and should be treated as such.
If you want the remixes to be a certain way, I will make them at the hourly mixing rate.