Recording, Mixing, Mastering
RECORDING, MIXING, MASTERING
Experimental Sound Studio is a full-service recording facility with two studios - one suite (Studio A) geared toward live tracking and overdubs, and one Pro Tools HD studio (Studio B) perfect for mixing and mastering, film and video post-production, and audio preservation or transfer.
ESS provides production facilities and support services for projects involving music in its many forms, audio art, radio art, performance art, theater, dance, film, video, poetry, and installation art, as well as cultural institutions that utilize audio for educational and outreach programs and exhibition design.
$30/hr - Studio Rental +
$20+/hr - Engineer Fee*
$150 - Studio Rental
$100+ - Engineer Fee*
*Most sessions will incur $20/hr for the engineering fee; some contracted engineers may charge a higher hourly fee. You will be notified will in advance if your session is an exception to the rule. Sessions that are especially complex or that require a high level of artistic input on the part of the engineer may incur higher fees. Project-based flat-fees may be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
Studio A is an 800-square-foot multi-track live recording studio with isolation room and a separate control room. It is ideal for tracking live bands, acoustic instruments, or chamber ensembles, and comes complete with an arsenal of electric pianos and a 5'8" Young Chang baby grand. The live room has movable sound absorption and deflection panels in order to reshape its acoustic qualities to accommodate a wide range of musical and production approaches. The adjoining isolation booth is perfect for voice, drum kit, or instrument separation.
Studio A is the setting for many live performances at ESS. The room's versatility and pristine acoustics combine to deliver the warm and natural sounds characteristic of ESS recordings. Simply put: it is a gorgeous sounding room!
STUDIO B - A mixing, mastering, and soundtrack suite with overdub booth.
Studio B features a clean, naturally nonreverberant sound that is ideal for mixing and mastering, especially with the range of software tools from Izotope, Digidesign, Focusrite, and others available in the suite. Equipped with a large projection screen and surround sound capabilities, it is also an excellent setting for cinema sound design and soundtrack mixing -- in fact, it's designed to accommodate every facet of audio post-production, including ADR, foley, sound effects editing, etc. Studio B's uncolored acoustic transparency and accurate monitoring means you hear exactly what your audience will hear.
KSM 44 x2
KSM 32 x2
KSM 141 stereo pair
KSM 137 stereo pair
SM 81 x2
BG 4.0 stereo pair
Electro-Voice RE10 x2, PL88L
Audio Technica AT803A
Nady DM70, DM80
Hohner classic harmonica mic
Various dynamic mics
Pro Tools 12, Logic Pro X, Ableton Live, Waves Plugins
Millennia stereo pre amp
Presonus blue tube
Joe Meek ThreeQ
Allen & Heath Mix Wizard
Various hardware FX and Processors.
INSTRUMENTS & AMPS:
Young-Chang 5'9" G-175 baby grand
Wurlitzer 200A Electric Piano
Fender Rhodes Mark I Stage Piano (Model #7054), 73-key with amp cabinet
Various synths, digital keyboards, and organs
Fender Super Reverb
Ear Candy 2x12 cab
Frenzel tube amp
Ashdown combo bass amp
Bells and Whistles (literally)
Pro Tools 12 HDX
Izotope Ozone 5 Mastering
Izotope RX Noise Reduction
Avid HD Omni I/O
Avid C|24 Control Surface
5.1 Surround Capability
Ready to get the ball rolling on working on your project at ESS? Fill out the form below, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
Announcing the Winter Recording Special! Just in time for the gift giving season, ESS is offering 4 hours of studio time with one of our professional engineers PLUS a free annual membership to ESS for only $150 (value of $240).
This is the perfect amount of time to create a demo or to master a record! Contact email@example.com for scheduling.
[Must purchase by January 31, 2019. Must be used by December 31, 2019.]
ESS provides a sonically rich recording environment for musicians practicing in every genre—from indie rock to improvised music to electronic noise. Some clients who have recorded at our facilities include:
How to Dress Well
Hasco Duo (Amanda DeBoer Bartlett & Jesse Langen)
Jacques Demierre & Vincent Barras
Tim Kinsella/Joan of Arc
Spires That in the Sunset Rise
Tomeka Reid (Hear in Now)
Reds and Blue
Third Coast Percussion
Michael Reed’s People Places Things
Joe McPhee & Mats Gustafsson
Mittens on Strings
I Ching Quartet
Gastr Del Sol
Studio B is geared toward film work and is setup for mixing, editing, voice overdubs, and mastering. Films that have been produced at ESS include:
All My Friends Are Funeral Singers (Tim Rutili/Califone)
Scrappers (Ben Kolak)
Elanore and the Time Keeper (Daniele Wilmouth)
Riot Acts (Madsen Minax)
Our School (Oren Goldenberg & Yoni Goldstein)
O’er The Land (Deborah Stratman)
Dream Havana (Gary Marks)
The First Breath of Tengan Rei (Ed M. Koziarski & Junko Kajino)
Orchard Vale (Tim Kinsella)
Nice Bombs (Usama Alshaibi)
Jean Genet in Chicago (Frederic Moffett)
In Order Not to Be Here (Deborah Stratman)
Some Girls Never Learn (Jerzy Rose)
Crimes Against Humanity (Jerzy Rose)
Neighborhood Food Drive (Jerzy Rose)
Hairy Who and the Chicago Imagists (Pentimenti Productions)
ESS has also done mastering for clients such as:
John Corbett’s Unheard Music Series
Peter Brotzmann (Fragments w/ Sonny Sharrock)
Peter Brotzmann & Fred Lonberg-Holm (Improvised Duos)
Sun Ra (Night of the Purple Moon, Secrets of the Sun, Strange Strings)