RSR339 – Alan Evans – Ironwax Studios Mixing Funky Music - Recording Studio Rockstars

RSR339 – Alan Evans – Ironwax Studios Mixing Funky Music

How many mics does it take to record a drumset? Al talked about single mic drums, designing an open-concept studio, recording and mixing horns, the Zulu Passive Analog Tape Emulator, and how to make a band production sound live via the internet.

My guest today is Alan Evans a multi instrumentalist, engineer, producer, artist, studio and record label owner based in Western Massachusetts.  Alan has been making music on stage and in the studio for over 30 years, most notably with his band Soulive as well as with artist like Oteil Burbridge, John Scofield, George Porter Jr., Karl Denson, Ivan Neville and Reggie Watts.  

These days, Alan has pulled back from touring to focus his time and energy at Iron Wax Studios, his recording facility in Erving Massachusetts where he works with artists from around the U.S and beyond.  Iron Wax is also the sound of Vintage League Music, the record label he runs with his London based partner Robert Fleming.  In the end, Alan’s goal is to spread great music, love and positivity throughout the world which he hopes will inspire a new generation of creatives.

Al has been a guest on the show before so if you want to hear his backstory with Soulive you should check out RSR183.

⬇︎⬇︎Scroll down to listen⬇︎⬇︎

Thanks To Our Sponsors:

Get started now making your best record ever at Use the code ROCKSTAR to get 10% off for a limited time.

The secret to great bass in your mix is to start with a great recording. The BB-DI is the best-sounding bass DI I have ever used. “It’ll move your pant leg!” No Hype, No Color, Just Pure Tone at

The miniStack STX is the World’s First Thunderbolt™ 4 Certified Storage and Hub expander, perfectly sized to seamlessly stack with the Mac mini. Find the miniStack STX and all your storage needs at

Get Music Production Suite Pro for only $19.99/mo. Start your extended 30-Day Free trial subscription now or use the code ROCK10 to get 10% off any individual plugin purchase at

Learn tips from the world leader in near-field monitoring. TEC Award-winning studio designer and monitoring expert Carl Tatz shares secrets of his acclaimed PhantomFocus™ System that you can put into action in your studio right away at

Stream high quality mixes to your clients who can easily add timestamped mix comments from mobile or desktop. Sign up for your free account with two projects now at and use the coupon code RSR20 to get 20% off for the first 3 months when you’re ready to upgrade.

Make your next record with me at the newly remodeled RSR headquarters and experience the ability to hear your music in holographic detail on the Phantom Focus System PFS HD1000 monitors.

⬇︎⬇︎Scroll down to listen⬇︎⬇︎

Listen TO THE PODCAST here⬇︎⬇︎⬇︎⬇︎


Website Links:

Additional podcast editing and production by:
Brayden Stremming
Vlad Vasilcenko
Jon Richardson Learn how to mix using stock and free plugins in Pro Tools. Get a look at how I recorded my song "American Winter" with downloadable multitracks to mix in your own studio and even include in your mixing portfolio. Are you ready to make your best record ever? Then go to to get started for free now!