Bricktop Recording. Metal & extreme music production.
Music Production, Editing, Mixing & Mastering
Chicago IL
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Let us capture your sound and help realize your artistic vision


We can clean up your recording prior to mixing and process your DI tracks through our abundant amp collection and analog equipment


Have your tracks balanced and processed for maximum cohesion and punch










  • Soldano Avenger 100

  • Marshall JCM 800 2204 

  • Orange OR120

  • Orange Overdrive 80

  • '81 Ampeg SVT (MTI Era)

  • Ampeg VT22/V4

  • '67 Ampeg B12 Fliptop

  • Sunn Model T (reissue), Sonaro, 100S, Concert Bass, 1200S, Solos II Combo

  • Rivera Knucklehead 100

  • Traynor YBA-1A

  • Peavey 5150 & VTM

  • Ceriatone Chupacabra 50W

  • Dean Costello Amps HMW 50

  • Fender Blues Deluxe


  • Marshall 1960

  • Marshall 4x15

  • Mesa/Boogie Standard 4x12

  • Emperor 4x12 (x2), 2x12 (x2), 2x15 Bass(x2), 2x12 Bass, 1x18 Bass

  • Electric Amp USA 4x12 (x2)

  • Custom 2x15 w/Eminence Big Bens

  • Custom 4x10 w/Eminence BP102's


  • Custom Maple Shine Kit (12x9, 16x16, 24x20)

  • Ludwig Vistalite (22x20, 12x8, 16x16)

  • '68 Slingerland Jazz Kit

  • Blackwood Bubinga 7" x 14" Snare

  • Slingerland 5.5" x 14" Gene Krupa Chrome over Brass Snare

  • Ayotte Keplinger Snare 5.5" x 14"

  • DW Collector's Aluminum Snare 5.5" x 14"

  • Ludwig Acrolyte Snare 5.5" x 14"

  • Pork Pie Big Black Brass Snare

  • Kansas City Percussion 6.5" x 14" Maple Snare

  • Pearl Steel Snare 6.5" x 14"

  • Pearl 18x18 Maple Floor Tom

  • Pearl 22" x 18" Birch Kick Drum


  • Arp Odyssey MK1

  • Arp Omni II

  • Arp Pro /DGX

  • Electrocomp EML 101

  • Moog/Realistic MG-1

  • Roland Juno 106

  • Oberheim DMX

  • Roland TR-606


  • Pro Tools Ultimate

  • Burl Audio B80 Mothership - 32 inputs 8 outputs


  • Dangerous Music Monitor ST

  • Barefoot Sound MM45 Monitors

  • Hearback Personal Headphone Cue Mix System


  • Heritage Audio 6673 (x2)

  • Great River MP2NV

  • Chandler TG2-500

  • Daking Mic Pre/EQ (x2)

  • Neve 51 Series Mic Pre/EQ (2x)(modded by Jim Williams)

  • Neotek Series 1E Mic Pre/EQ (2x)

  • Vintech X73i Channel Strip (2x)

  • Chameleon Labs 7602 Channel Strip w/Carnhill Mods (x2)

  • Universal Audio 2-610 

  • Universal Audio Solo 610

  • CAPI VP26 Mic Pre (x2)

  • CAPI VP312 Mic Pre (x2)

  • CAPI VP28 Mic Pre (x2)

  • Seventh Circle Audio N72 (x8)

  • Avid 8 Pre


  • API 550A (x2)

  • API 560

  • Speck ASC-V (x2)

  • Manley/Langevin EQP1A Pultec style EQ

  • S800 Stereo EQ- Trident 80b Clone


  • Empirical Labs Distressor (x2)

  • Universal Audio LA2A

  • 1176 Rev D - Hairball Audio

  • Stam Audio 1176 ADG

  • DBX 160a/x (x2) Revive Audio Modified

  • DBX 163 (x2) Revive Audio Modified


  • Pro Tools HD Native

  • AVID OMNI (Black Lion Audio Modded)

  • AVID HD I/O 8x8x8 (Revive Audio Modded)

  • Focusrite ISA428 (Black Lion Audio Modded)


  • Barefoot Sound Footprint 01 Monitors

  • Antelope Audio Satori Monitor & Analog Summing

  • Hearback Personal Headphone Cue Mix System


  • Neve 1272 Pair (Desert Island Audio Racked)

  • Louderthanliftoff Silver Bullet mkII

  • Chameleon Labs 7602 (w/Carnhill Mods)

  • Focusrite ISA 428 (Black Lion Audio Modded)


  • API 2500 Stereo Compressor

  • Empirical Labs Distressor

  • Slate Audio Dragon FET Compressor

  • Stam Audio SA-2A (LA2A replica)

  • AEA R88 Stereo Ribbon Mic

  • AKG 414 XLII (stereo pair)

  • AKG 451 (stereo pair)

  • AKG D112

  • Audio Technica 4047 (stereo pair)

  • Audix I5

  • Audix D6

  • Beyerdynamic M160 ribbon mic

  • Beyerdynamic TGD71C Boundary/Kick mic

  • Beyerdynamic TG I51

  • Blue Woodpecker Ribbon Mic

  • Cascade Fat Head II (lundahl xformer)

  • Heil PR30

  • Michael Joly Engineering Modded Rode NT1 (U87 Alternative)

  • Michael Joly Engineering Modded Nady TCM1050 (U48 Alternative)

  • MicParts V67 (DIY U67)

  • MicParts S12 (DIY 414)(Stereo Pair)

  • MicParts S3-87 (DIY U87)(Stereo Pair)

  • MicParts FHX Ribbon Mod

  • Neumann KM184

  • Oktava MC012 (Michael Joly Modded) (stereo pair)

  • Oktava MK319

  • Rode TF15 (Stereo Pair)

  • Royer R121

  • SE Electronics RN17 (Stereo Pair)

  • Sennheiser 421 (x3)

  • Sennheiser 441

  • Sennheiser e604 (x3)

  • Sennheiser e602 mkII

  • Shure SM7 (x2)

  • Shure SM57 (90 degree mod)

  • Shure SM57 w/TapeOp Mod

  • Shure SM57 w/TAB Funkenwork Mod

  • Shure SM58

  • Shure beta52

  • Shure Beta 181 (x4)

  • Slate VMS - ML1

  • Stam Audio SA87 MKIII

  • Stam Audio Fet47

  • Subkick

  • U47 Clone w/ Bouchard D7 Capsule, Telefunkin EF800 tube & BV8 transformer



Bricktop Recording is a unique, fully equipped recording studio located in Chicago's Northeast Pilsen neighborhood. Founded in 2007 by Pete Grossmann & Andy Nelson, they set out to create a studio that was both comfortable and conducive to creativity. Throughout their 20 years of experience engineering and as touring musicians, Andy & Pete have worked on albums with several international bands released through esteemed labels such as Metal Blade, Southern Lord, Deathwish, Relapse, Prosthetic, Pure Noise, Epitaph, Good Fight Music, A389, Triple Crown, Equal Vision, Run for Cover Records, as well as THQ Games' "Homefront: Songs for the Resistance" soundtrack.

Bricktop's enormous 500 square foot live room with 20' ceilings helps make instruments sound huge without artificial reverb while their dead room is bone dry for sources that need to sound upfront and intimate. The control room offers an accurate and cozy listening environment which enables mixes to translate well on every system. In addition to great sounding rooms, a large variety of instruments are available to clients including custom maple Shine drums, amplifiers from Soldano, Sunn 0))), Emperor, Marshall, Mesa, Fender and Rivera.

The utmost care has been taken in the acoustical design and selection of recording equipment and instruments. Bricktop Recording boasts a custom console with vintage Neve, Vintech, Neotek & API Inputs, Pro Tools Ultimate,  Burl and Avid converters as well as a generous selection of quality mic's, mic pre amps, eq's and compressors. With the analog front end more than amply covered, the digital side can hold its own with plug ins from Brainworx/Plugin Alliance, Waves, SPL, Slate Digital, Melodyne, Antares, Melodyne and countless more.

Bricktop Recording can help you achieve your artistic vision. Whether its a full length/ep/demo from start to finish or just mixing/overdubs/reamping, we can help anywhere along the way.  Fill out the contact form below for general inquiries or Pete Grossmann [] / Andy Nelson [] directly for a quote on your project.