About Downtown Sound Recording Studios

About Downtown Sound Recording Studios

Downtown Sound Recording Studios is a boutique downtown Hamilton recording studio working with independent artists, producers and other music creators 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 such bands as The Blue Demons, The High Tides, The Diplomats, The Hoodlums, JetScreams among others. 

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

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.

Mario is a graduate of Recording Arts Canada, where he was also an instructor in the Music Industry course for several years.

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. Contact us at (289) 442-6147 or info@downtownsoundstudio.com to arrange a vist. 

We use great-sounding analog gear together with high-end digital functionality.

Analog equipment includes a 1980s UK-built 24-track Sountracs CM4400 recording console, and pre-amps, compressors, limiters and EQs from 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 with reasonable notice.  

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

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

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 and other plug-ins.

At Downtown Sound, our strength is helping musical artists achieve their sonic visions through recordings for vinyl, CD or digital release, in a wide range of genres. Check out our "Discography" page to see and hear some of the musical projects recorded, mixed or mastered at Downtown Sound. 

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