Our main tracking room is a 50X45X30ft concrete space with stage curtains on each wall. The heavy curtain that surrounds the room reduces reflection to a minimum and is also able to be opened revealing stone walls as reflective surfaces for further ambience if desired. The room has tie in points in two locations 

There is one large iso room with glass window to the main tracking room. We use a variety of gobos for separation/isolation of instruments within the room.



The Centerpiece of IIWII's control room is a 48 Channel Focusrite Studio Console. This desk underwent a long rebuild process of combining two separate Focusrite Consoles of which only 10 were made. Loaded with the legendary Focusrite ISA 110 preamps, this desk is a formidable tracking tool with a punchy yet at the same time very transparent sound. 


::MIC PRES::                   
(8) API 512              
    Spectrasonics M502        
    Manley Dual Mono             
    Vintech 1272
    Neve 33609
    SSL Gcomp
(3) LA2A
(2) LA3A
    Manley Vari-Mu
    Trident CB-9146
    Tube-Tech LCA-2B
(2) Urie 1176
(6) DBX 160 (vintage)
(2) Lang PEQ-4                
    Pultec EQP1               
(2) Pultec HLF3C              
    GML 8200                  
(8) API 550

::EFFECTS PROCESSING::                 

    Echoplate II
    Lexicon PCM 41
    Lexicon PCM 42
    Lexicon 480L
    Space Echo                              


    Protools 10 192HD 32 I/O      
    APOGEE AD/DA 16X 64 I/O       
    Studer A800 2" 24 trk         
    ATR 102 w/ 1/2" heads
    ATR 102 w/ 1/4" heads   


    Yamaha NS10
    Genelec 1032a
    Fulcrum RM24




(6) Telefunken M221b

(2) Schoeps M221b

(2) KM56

(1) Josephson C42

(2) Shure KSM137

(1) Gefell mv691 w/m94 and m58 cap

(2) Gefell pm750

(2) Sony C-57


(6) U87

(3) U89

(2) AKG 414

(2) M49

(1) Telefunken M16

(1) U47 Fet

(1) U67 reissue

(1) Audio Technica AT4033a

(1) Gefell CMV563

(1) MV691 (M 71 Cap)



(1) RCA 44dx

(1) RCA 44jr

(2) RCA 77dx

(1) Western Electric 639a

(1) Shure KSM 313

(1) Royer R121

(3) Coles 4038



(3) AKG D12e

(3) Shure SM7

(5) Sennheiser 421

(3) Sennheiser 441

(1) Sennheiser MK4

(1) Sennheiser e609

(1) Sennheiser md409

(1) Beyer M160

(1) Beyer M88

(2) Crown Pzm 30f

(2) Electrovoice RE-15

(4) Electrovoice Ds35

(1) Electrovoice RE20

(1) Electrovoice PL20

(3) Electrovoice 408-a

(3) Shure Beta 87c

(3) Shure Beta 57a

(5) Shure SM57

(7) Shure Beta 58

(5) Shure SM58

(1) Shure SM48

(1) Shure Beta 98

(1) Shure Beta 52a

(1) Shure Beta 91a

(1) Signal Core T17D

(1) Altec 633a

(1) Astatic 335 H


The lounge area is fully appointed with all amenities and has a private shower, green room, office, a kitchen area as well as additional restrooms. This area also has its own loading bay connected to the iso room.


In 1971 John Hanti first entered The Record Plant Studios in Manhattan. A life changing event, this is perhaps where the concept of IIWII was born. John met producer/engineer Roy Cicala and the two became very close friends, like brothers. Their friendship lasted and grew stronger. By the early 1980's John Hanti had purchased and restored a large warehouse space on the Hudson bordering Weehawken and Hoboken New Jersey.  The potential for the space was first realized in sound stage rehearsals for touring artists.   The room's high ceilings and large venue like space began to attract artists like The Police, The Beastie Boys, and Black Sabbath. At this time The Record Plant NYC began to fall on hard times losing some of its larger rooms. Roy Cicala was in need of a larger space for tracking.  The Record Plant Remote truck was brought over to New Jersey and parked outside of John's building.  By the early 90's John's room was attracting artists like Nirvana, Lenny Kravitz, The Black Crowes, and many others for production rehearsals.  With its comfortable layout and massive Capitol Theatre curtain, the soundstage was dynamic yet simple and gave the sense of being in a large venue.   In 1992 John began to seriously consider the idea of building a recording studio like the one that he and Roy had talked about for years.   By the end of the 1980s The Record Plant NYC closed its doors forever.  One of the most legendary studios in rock and roll history is gone but not forgotten...It only seemed natural that Roy Cicala and Hanti would make a go of opening a recording studio together.  The Remote Truck made its way back to Weehawken with Roy Cicala in tow. Following would be the acquisition of many of Record Plant's microphones, outboard equipment, API console, and Studer tape machines.  A new studio was born.  When the studio plans  for wiring and construction were underway the details became staggering.  In response to how it would all end up Hanti stated "It is what it is"  Meaning whatever it will be, it will be.  It was then that Roy remembered John Lennon saying that same line repeatedly during recording sessions.  "It is what it is."  As to whether or not the take was good or the arrangement was correct, "It is what it is."  It was decided that the studio would be named IIWII.  It was there that Roy Cicala and John Hanti set up shop throughout the 1990's.  Many engineers and producers would come through the studio to work on the API with Roy.   Patti Smith, The Edgar Winter Group, Lenny Kravitz, Local H, The Blues Brothers, and many others came to New Jersey to record with Roy Cicala.  By 2000 Roy Cicala decided to move to Brasil where he pursued Record Plant SP.  It was at this time that John Hanti Built the control room in studio A and took the operation from the remote truck into a newly appointed control room.  The construction build out in the main control room was  top notch. The room was designed by Sam Berkow of SIA acoustics.  Many have commented that the room had an upfront presence at just about every listening position.   For the earlier part of the 2000's the recording studio would be named SST as part of the entertainment service company John Hanti owns.  By 2008 John bought Focusrite Studio Console #009 the big missing piece to the puzzle. Many sessions took place on the Focusrite Console and the studio grew.  By 2012 the studio was beginning to realize its full potential.  The Rolling Stones did some recording and filming at the studio in April of 2012.  The future appeared very bright but a major speed bump was in store.  In October of 2012 Storm Sandy battered the eastern sea board and took down the studio. The rare and wonderful Focusrite #009 was almost completely destroyed in the flood.  The control room John spent so long building in his mind and eventually molding into a reality was taken away in one evening.   The two options on the table were to quit and cut all losses, or to get into a restoration project.  The restoration became more involved than we could ever have imagined.  After some time of hopelessness, Focusrite Studio Console #002 almost magically appeared for sale.  The only problem was that it did not have any ISA 110 preamps in it.  They had been parted out a decade earlier.  Luckily for us, the ISA 110's from our console were the only surviving pieces due to their height in the frame.  This was the only chance to get the console back and restore a classic rather than letting it fall to extinction. The Focusrite Console would live again in the frame of Focusrite Studio Console #002. After 1 full year of construction, electronics restoration, and modifications to the Focusrite Console, a new studio began to show signs of life. The Focusrite grew channel by channel curving elegantly around the new control room. Structurally the room has been completely rebuilt to the specifications of the original Sam Berkow design, however, the construction ethic has been stronger and the current model is a tougher one indeed. It only makes sense to revive the IIWII name and continue in the spirit that started it all, the spirit of creating a place for musicians to find that moment in time that creates energy on a record.  It is what it is.

                                                                                                                 2014 IIWII  

News & Updates




This year we've been very fortunate to have the opportunity to make  a lot of improvements around the studio and also to make new friends. Some client highlights have been the production rehearsals for Billy Corgan, Camilla Cabello, Justin Timberlake and Eminem. 2018 is off to a good start and we're very excited to work on some awesome projects this year. 


Lots of changes and updates to the studio recently. We've been excited to test run some new elements and build outs in the re-designed studio space. We've completed construction on our Isolation room located adjacent to our main room. The space was designed by Sam Berkow and SIA. We used the room for the first time on a Recording Session with Vince Giordano and his big band for the soundtrack to the TV Series "Z"

Earlier this winter, Recording artist Gary Go spent a week in this particular room finishing some of the writing and production for his upcoming album. We've also begun to use the space as Isolation for Front of House sound for live gigs.  Audio crews for Alicia Keys, Foreigner, Bruno Mars, Jeff Beck, and Bon Jovi were the first to try out this space for their respective productions during the first month after completion.