The IridiumLive Label

Apr 1, 2013 9:00 AM, Mix, By Matt Gallagher

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Garth Hudson (from The Band), at left, with engineer Doug Yoel during an IridiumLive Webcast in September 2012 featuring Hudson with Band guitarist Jim Weider.

Garth Hudson (from The Band), at left, with engineer Doug Yoel during an IridiumLive Webcast in September 2012 featuring Hudson with Band guitarist Jim Weider.

The Iridium jazz club in Midtown Manhattan presented Les Paul every Monday night over the final 12 years of Paul’s life, among other artists. Following Paul’s passing in August 2009, the club continued honoring his legacy with Les Paul Mondays, featuring top guitarists performing with the in-house Les Paul Trio. In turn, this weekly series inspired the club’s owners to seriously invest in high-quality live recording to preserve and share these recurring once-in-a-lifetime performances.

In 2010, Grammy Award-nominated producer/engineer Doug Yoel was brought in to develop and oversee IridiumLive (iridiumlive.com), a label imprint dedicated to live production at the club. IridiumLive launched its first commercial album releases in September 2012. It also offers live Webcasts that stream on its Website and Facebook page.

“It’s a turnkey operation for an artist to make a document, audio or visual, for their use or for our mutual marketing,” Yoel says. “We can sell immediately after the show, we can physically and digitally distribute [via Amazon, iTunes, and other North American music retailers via eOne Distribution], and we can do multi-camera HD shoots.” Thus far, IridiumLive has released recordings from Nels Cline, Donna Jean Godchaux Band, Stanley Jordan, Gregg Rolie, and more.

On the audio side, Yoel says, “We have a split snake so that we can have independent control of front of house and the control room. We have [Euphonix] Artist Mix and Artist Control [consoles], which we use for all of our live mixing, and for some of our post. They are fantastic, [providing] lots of control for the small space we have for our control room.” Yoel records to an expandable 24-channel Pro Tools HD system through Focusrite OctoPre mic preamps, using Shure, Neumann, Sennheiser, AKG, and Stageworks mics, as well as four RØDE NT5s that are mounted in the ceiling in the front and the back of the room. Two alternating FOH engineers, Rich Freeman and Alex Beaulieu, mix the stage on a custom 24-channel Midas Venice console; The Iridium has a Meyer Sound P.A. system.






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