ABOUT OUR STUDIO
School House Studios is an independently run recording studio located in Dundas, Ontario. Repurposed and opened in 2013 by engineer/producer Nick Ginn, and later joined by engineer/producer Kyle Luettschwager, the century-old schoolhouse is outfitted with a 16’x24’x14’ live room, with a 1920’s Martin-Orme Violoform upright piano and can accommodate everything from an acoustic singer/songwriter to full orchestral string section.
Our studio features a diverse range of recording equipment both new and vintage.
School House is loaded with a variety of preamps and outboard staples including classic Neve, API, Teletronix LA-2A and 1176s, 24 simultaneous inputs and outputs, a Pro Tools HD system with 24 channel fully automated control surface and completely limitless routing possibilities.
School House is able to deliver any sound imaginable with the classic analog workflow in the modern digital era.
Housed in a nearly 150 year old one room schoolhouse, the 1,000 square foot studio is made up of a large live room, a comfortable control room and houses a lounge, kitchen and washroom. Located on a secluded property in Dundas, ONTARIO, School House Studios is surrounded by lush forestry, making it the perfect place to escape the world and let your creative side take over.
The Live Room
At School House Studios, our live room was designed with an artists’ comfort in mind. While keeping the original vibe and creative atmosphere of the unique schoolhouse, the live room has been acoustically treated, thus providing the best possible sound from the instruments housed inside.
Our live room is able to handle any size recording session that comes its way. Featuring 24 mic inputs hardwired into the control room, a 14’ high ceiling, and just under 400 square feet of floor space, the live room is capable of pursuing a vast array of sounds, to say the least. From tracking big sounding drums and pianos, live bands and choirs, to tight sounding guitar and vocals, School House Studios can produce any sound, tone or feeling you wish your music to take.
The Control Room
The control room was designed with attention to both isolation and acoustic properties. Being a floating room, the control room offers complete isolation from the rest of the studio. The 150 sq. ft. room has been properly treated, meaning the sound coming from the speakers is as accurate as possible to the source being recorded, making it a breeze to set any desired tone.
For our control room, we’ve attained only the best gear: a Digidesign Control 24 control surface accompanied by a ProTools HD 2 system and Mac 8-core Intel computer, 24 channels of high quality preamps, EQs, and compressors, delivering the classic sounds of Neve, API, SSL and the legendary LA-2A and 1176 compressors, some of the most sought after sounds of the past 6 or more decades.
School House Studios delivers the sound quality and creative atmosphere you would expect from a professional facility with plenty of seating, letting clients be as much involved in their project as they wish.
The Lounge & Everything Else
Need some space away from the music? Enjoy some time relaxing around the studio’s many sitting areas. The lounge and kitchen offer full amenities including a comfortable lounge, coffee, tea and of course, a full kitchen.
Outside the school house offers just as many places for inspiration as the inside. With a small wooded area behind the studio, a friendly amount of wildlife and numerous sitting areas around the property, there are plenty of places to put life on hold and let the creative side take over.
Nick Ginn is Hamilton-based engineer and producer who has worked with a range of musicians spanning several genres. After graduating from Recording Arts Canada in 2011, Nick cut his teeth working with dozens of punk and metal bands in a handful of Hamilton studios before broadening his scope to hip hop, indie rock and folk rock. In the summer of 2013, Nick opened up Schoolhouse studios, and has worked with such acts as Bike Thiefs. In his spare time Nick also plays drums in Hamilton hardcore outfit Hellbent.
Kyle Luettschwager is a Mississauga producer/engineer who until beginning his tenure at Schoolhouse, had been recording several GTA punk and indie acts out of his basement. Kyle also spent time working as an intern for Gavin Brown at Nooble St Studios in Toronto, where he did work on like Mother Mother and Three Days Grace.
- 2x2.26GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
- 6GB 1066MHz DDR3 RAM
Pro Tools HD 8
Digidesign 192 I/O (x2 - 24 Ins / 24 Outs)
Digidesign Control 24
Pelonis Model 42
Presonus HP60 Headphone Amp
Ampeg SVT-4500 Solid State Bass Head
Ampeg 8x10 Bass Cab
Blackstar HT Stage 60 2x12
Fender Deville 1x12 Combo
GBX Driver Head & 4x10 Cab
Mesa Dual Rectifier Head
Mesa 4x12 Road King Cab
Sunn 160 1x12 Combo
PREAMPS & DI BOXES
A-Designs Red DI
AMS Neve 1073 (x4)
Chandler Germanium Preamp (x2)
Great River MP-500NV (x2)
Hairball Audio Elements Copper Preamp
Rupert Neve Designs Portico 511 (x2)
Vintech Dual 72
DBX 160x Compressor
Great River/Harrison 32EQ (x2)
Kush Audio Electra 500 (x2)
Kush Audio Clariphonic 500 (x2)
SSL 611 EQ (x2)
Warm Audio WA76
12 Gauge Microphones Black
12 Gauge Microphones Blue (x2)
12 Gauge Microphones Red (x2)
AKG 414 B-ULS
AKG 414 EB P48 (x2)
CAD GLX-3000 Crown PZM 30-D
DIY C12 Clone (x2)
DIY Fet47 Clone
Electrovoice RE-20 Neumann KM184 (x2)
Placid Audio Copperphone
Rode NT-5 (x2)
Royer R-122V (x2)
Sennheiser 421 (x3)
Shure Beta 91
Shure SM57 (x3)
Shure SM7B (x2)
Hammond 124-XL Organ
1920’s Martin-Orme Violoform Upright Piano
AKAI MPK-61 MIDI Controller
M-Audio KigRig 49 MIDI Controller
Pearl 14” x 5” Aluminum-Alloy Sensitone Steel Snare Drum
Pork Pie Little Squealer Snare - 12” x 5”
Pork Pie Maple Snare - 13” x 7” Maple
SJC Custom Drums - 22”, 12”, 14”, 16” Maple
SJC Custom Drums - 14” x 6.5” Brass Nickel Snare
Tempus late 1970’s Fiberglass Kit - 22”, 12”, 13”, 16”
Assortment of Zildjian, Sabian, Meinl cymbals
SERVICES / RATES
At School House Studios, we offer services including but not limited to tracking, editing, mixing, mastering, re-amping, production and pre-production services. We also offer studio rentals to freelance engineers and producers alike. Any of these services can be provided as a package, individually, or in any combination required to fit your specific recording needs.
Rates are available as:
Project/Song - Day - Hourly - Mix - Master
Please make note that all projects require a 40% non-refundable deposit to secure studio time.
Please see our contact page to discuss your specific needs and rates.