is a recording studio
complex founded in Chicago, Illinois
by musician and recording engineer Steve Albini
in 1997. Hundreds of independent music
projects have been recorded there.
Founded during an era of increasing popularity for digital recording, Electrical Audio was unusual for using only analog recording technology, including mixing consoles, tape recorders and many outboard sound effects. The rooms are also designed to offer natural reverberation rather than adding the quality in post-production.
In a post on the studio's message board, the studio's technician Greg Norman revealed that the studio had acquired a Pro Tools rig for computer-aided recording and editing, saying it had become "as important to have as a piano". Norman also went on to write that Albini, who dislikes digital recording, "won't be recording with [Pro Tools]. So don't ask him about it."
Electrical Audio is comprised of two separate studios, A and B.
Studio A is the larger of the two studios and has three separate performance rooms. Center Field
is the largest at squared, Alcatraz
is a 'dry environment' room and Kentucky
is a brighter live room with improved low frequency linearity. The control room runs a 48 channel Neotek Elite console and can accommodate up to 132 inputs.
Studio B is the smaller of the two studios with an live room and a isolation room. The control room runs a 36 input Neotek Series II console.