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

Mario is a graduate of Recording Arts Canada, where he also served as an instructor in the Music Industry course. Mario 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.

Downtown Sound offers professional recording, mixing and mastering using solid analog gear coupled with high-end AD/DA converters, and full-featured software including Cubase, Wavelab and more, and a wide range of Universal Audio plug-ins.

Analog equipment includes a 1980s-vintage, UK-built 24 track Sountracs CM4400 recording console; Universal Audio, Daking, GAP and UREI pre-amps, compressors, limiters, gates, EQs and other effects; and, 16-track Fostex E-16 1/2" and 4-trackTeac 3340S 1/4" reel-to-reel multi-track recorders. 

Digital conversion is handled by the SSL X-Logic Alpha Link MADI AX and SSL MADI Extreme 64 Sound Card from Solid State Logic. 

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

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

Downtown Sound works with you to help you achieve your musical visions in recordings for CD, vinyl or other media.  Call, text or email to arrange an appointment to discuss your project. You won't need to go far-- just go Downtown!