About Downtown Sound Recording Studios

About Downtown Sound Recording Studios

Downtown Sound Recording Studios is a boutique downtown Hamilton recording studio directed towards the independent artist, producer or other music creator seeking professional recording, mixing and/or mastering services.

Downtown Sound is owned and operated by Mario Pietrangeli, a former CFMU-FM DJ and member of Toronto bands The Blue Demons, The High Tides, The Flying Bordelos and others. 

Mario's bands have shared the bill with such international artists as Davie Allan & The Arrows, Los Straitjackets, El Vez, The High Risers, Kristie Rose & Fats Kaplan, Italy's Bradipos IV, and Los Oxidados from Mexico.

Mario is a graduate of Recording Arts Canada, where he also served as an instructor in the Music Industry course. He has been recording bands and music since he first acquired a 4-track cassette recorder in 1992. His recordings have appeared on vinyl, CD and other media, and have been heard on radio, TV and the internet.

Downtown Sound is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Hamilton at Barton and James Street North, and incorporates professionally designed tracking and control rooms in a relaxed and comfortable setting.

The studio offers professional recording, mixing and mastering using great-sounding analog gear together with the convenience of high-end digital functionality.

Digitally, AD/DA conversion is handled by the SSL X-Logic Alpha Link MADI AX and SSL MADI Extreme 64 Sound Card from Solid State Logic, with Cubase, Protools, Wavelab and more, and a wide range of Universal Audio plug-ins.

Analog equipment includes a 1980s UK-built 24-track Sountracs CM4400 recording console, and pre-amps, compressors, limiters and EQs from Daking, Daking, GAP, Phoenix Audio, Universal Audio, UREI, Dizengoff, Warm Audio and more. A 16-track Fostex E-16 1/2" and 4-track Teac 3340S 1/4" reel-to-reel multi-track recorder are also available.  

Microphones include studio classics from Neumann, AKG, Sennheiser, Oktava, Shure, 3-Zigma/ADK and others.

Artists recording at Downtown Sound gain access to the "Studio Collection" of vintage amplifiers, high quality instruments and other gear. 

Our strength is helping musical artists achieve their sonic visions through recordings for CD, cassette, vinyl or other media, in a wide range of genres. 

Call, text or email to arrange an appointment to discuss your project. You won't need to go far-- just go Downtown!