Local Spins "New La Luna Recording aims to create one of Michigan’s ‘most happening, influential spaces" by Ryan Boldrey, August 24, 2018
MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette "Recording studio opens in Edison Neighborhood's 'Jericho Town'" by Winter Keefer, August 23, 2018
Second Wave "La Luna, the newest business to open in Jericho Town, offers high quality sound recording" by Gerry Hoffman, August 9, 2018
La Luna is an 1800 sq ft, 8-room recording studio housed within an extensively renovated 1940's foundry in Kalamazoo's Edison Neighborhood. Our large live room is designed for full-band performances and huge drum sounds, with a spacious control room designed for comfortable and accurate listening. 6 additional recording spaces are available for separation and different sonic textures, including two comfy isolation booths with big windows and generous sightlines to the main room.
We offer both analog and digital recording, mixing, mastering, and private lessons, with an extensive collection of vintage and modern equipment. Our neighbors in the Jerico campus include a coffee shop, guitar luthier, video production company, piano restorer, electric scooter company, mechanic, and many other independent artists and craftspeople.
La Luna is a full service recording facility started by engineer/producer Ian Gorman. Founded as "Big Green Lamp!" in 2001, and renamed "La Luna Recording & Sound" in 2012, the studio has grown from a modest home set-up into one of most prolific and creative recording destinations in the state. Offering both analog and digital recording, mixing, mastering, archiving, consultation, audio workshops, and private lessons, Ian and his staff strive to make powerful, classic recordings that fully capture the artist's creative vision and stand the test of time.
Like so many musicians, Ian started experimenting with audio in high school, recording his own bands with a 4-track cassette recorder and a couple of workhorse mics. Looking to turn his love of recording into a full-time profession, he studied audio engineering at WMU from 1996-2000, during which time he recorded dozens of local bands, many classical and jazz projects within the school of music, and won an international award from Downbeat Magazine for Best Engineered Student Recording in 1999.
In 2000, Gorman accepted a position as a sound engineer at Chicago Recording Company, working with such artists as Wilco, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Mannheim Steamroller, which earned him a multi-platinum record. Gorman’s decision to focus on the thriving independent Michigan music scene brought him back to Kalamazoo in the fall of 2001, where he worked as a staff engineer of Western Sound Studios. Ian's mobile/home studio Big Green Lamp! eventually grew into La Luna, which opened in June of 2012.
La Luna began as a small-but-inspired studio, housed in extensively-remodeled garage. Over the next 6 years, La Luna grew into one of the most popular recording spots in Michigan, hosting over 250 projects, including many of the most influential independent albums to come out of region. The involvement of other engineers grew as well, including expanded internship and educational programs, and the addition of staff engineer Nick Pasquino. In fall of 2018, La Luna moved to a new, greatly-expanded location: An 8-room, 1,800 sq ft facility within Kalamazoo’s Jerico campus., and added freelance engineers Sam Peters and Maggie Heeren to the team.
La Luna is proud to work with independent artists, creating passionate and wildly inventive music over a wide range of styles, always staying true to his client's artistic vision, and mindful of the budget of the working musician.