control room

Our facility occupies approximately 1,400 square feet of industrial warehouse space on the near west side of Chicago. Designed by acoustician Bob Alach of Alactronics (Wellesley, MA), it features a 700 square foot control room with stereo and 5.1 surround monitoring capabilities, a sonically transparent video projection system which eliminates the acoustical problems of computer monitors from the listening position, a custom desk designed and built specifically to eliminate acoustical interference, and careful attention to minimizing other acoustical problems resulting in an extremely accurate and high resolution listening environment. All noisy or large equipment is located in an adjacent room and a comfortable lounge/office area with wireless internet is provided. 

Chicago Mastering Service features equipment and DAW platforms to meet virtually any format requirement or sonic challenge including:

Neumann VMS70 Lacquer Disk Mastering Lathe with SX74 cutting head, SAL74 cutting amps, and Zuma variable pitch & depth computer
Ampex ATR-102 1/2″ and 1/4″ analog tape recorder
Nakamichi CR-7 cassette tape machine (modified)

Sequoia 13
Sonic Studio soundBlade 2.3 with NoNOISE III, Sonic EQ, and reNOVAtor
WaveLab 10
Digital Performer 10
Audio plug-ins and software from PSP, Sonic Studio, Metric Halo, Izotope, Abbey Road, Sonnox, Prosoniq, Weiss, Fabfilter, and others
Apple Quad-Core Intel Xeon MacPro, 2.8GHz 64-bit
MusicMaker i7 DAW PC, 3.6GHz 64-bit

Custom-built mastering transfer console (Shea Ako)
Music Hall and Technics turntables
SLS / Bag End / Crane Song monitor system

Outboard equipment from:
Crane Song
Dangerous Music
Dolby Laboratories
Empirical Labs
Forssell Technologies Inc
Lavry Engineering
Lynx Studio Technology
Manley Laboratories
Millennia Media
Pendulum Audio
Sonic Studio / Metric Halo
Thermionic Culture Ltd