Welcome

Welcome to the web home of Good Times Recordings--Chicago's best deal for professional quality audio recording!  If there's something you want to know about the studio but don't see or hear here, email me and I'll answer your questions. 

-Tony

About Us

Good Times Recordings is Chicago's best deal for professional mobile studio recording. Whether your band needs to track a demo to get that gig, make an EP to lure them to the show, or if you're ready to create an album for the ages you need to contact Good Times.


Our Studio

Our setup is expressly mobile, so we can bring the studio to your practice space. We have all the right mics to make any guitar, vocal, bass, kit, or other instrument power through the mix. Using our digital recording process, which provides endless tracks at your disposal, you can create your own Sgt. Pepper opus whether you're a solo performer or a large group.

Sessions are mixed and can be mastered in-house (but we recommend taking them to a mastering engineer). The Good Times mixing process is good times. We will give you a CD or even email you high quality mp3's of fresh mixes for your input and approval throughout the production process. While we can't make you perform better, we will move instruments around the mix, add almost any effect you can think of, and of course make stuff louder and quieter, all based on your guidance. And by emailing mp3's, your whole band can have the mix waiting in your in-boxes by the time you've made it home from the session. This means that our production process leaves you with clean, crisp, and loud recordings that are tuned to your specifications. At the end we will provide final mixes for mastering, or master tracks for duplication. We can also provide the original digital project files (on DVD's or via hard drive transfer), should you want to remaster it when you've been given that Lifetime Achievement Grammy.

We've recorded a variety of instruments including electric and acoustic guitars and bass, drums, harmonica, accordion, keyboards, piano, clarinet, mandolin, various percussion, and even a foot stomping on a skateboard. And this one time, rain. So challenge us if you want to, we'll work to get the best sound out of whatever you've got. It's Good Times!


Our Gear

Recordings are processed through Echo and Digidesign analog-to-digital I/O devices into Apple Mac Pro and MacBook Pro computers running Logic Studio 9 or Pro Tools.  We then use Waveburner, Ozone, or T-Racks to master our tracks (we recommend taking our mixes out to master though). We have portable rack-mounted gear which can be utilized at any location that's got an electrical outlet.  We use large and small diaphram condenser, industry-standard dynamic, ribbon, and pressure zone microphones.  We've got a few different bass drum mics to get the sound you want.  We can record up to 24 tracks simultaneously, although most projects will use 8-10 or 16-18 simultaneous tracks (depending on the I/O used).  Because we use digital recording techniques, there are limitless amounts of tracks available per recording.  

Partial gear list:
  • MOTU 828 mk3
  • Echo Audiofire 8
  • Digi 002
  • FMR Really Nice Preamp (3)
  • Universal Audio 110
  • ART DPS II
  • Presonus Bluetube
  • Michael Joly-modified MXL 2003 (2)
  • MXL 602 (2)
  • SM 57 (4)
  • SM 58
  • CL-8 (2)
  • Realistic PZM
  • Shure PG 52
  • Cascade Fat Head (2)
  • Q-Tom Kit
 

Audio Engineers


Tony:

Tony Maietta has been recording and engineering audio projects since 1998, when he started tracking his drums, guitar, and bass for band demos and personal recordings.  Over the last decade, Tony has built his rig up from a tape deck 4-track to his current Logic Studio setup.  Tony learned a lot of tricks and techniques by constantly tracking and improving his material.   Tony is currently a guitarist and vocalist in The Black Oil Brothers, who coincidentally are recording their first full-length album at Good Times. 

Other artists Tony has recorded include The Sleepers and Tyla (of the Dogs D'Amour).  The Sleepers' cover of Kiss' Strutter was recorded at their practice space and in Tony's living room, and was played on Q101's Local 101.  Tyla's demo of 111 was created for the artist and was recorded in Tony's living room. 


Sample Recordings:

right-click and select 'save as' to download the songs
songs best played back with Quicktime media player or iTunes media player
  1. Rock And Roll All Night (Cover) - KISS'd (3:45, 44.1 kHz, 128 kbps VBR mp4 codec, 3.6 MB)
  2. The Mysterious Disappearance Of Rufus Green - The Black Oil Brothers (3:20, 44.1 kHz, 256 kbps VBR mp4 codec, 6.3 MB)

Contact Tony to get your project going today!


Brian:

The wait is finally over…who is this man of mystery that has remain in the shadows…til now!

 

Nothing mysterious here…just an audio geek who lives to create, record, mix, and master music of all styles and genres. I’m a Civil Engineer by day and an Audio Engineer by night. I have been working on a wide variety projects for the past 10 years. I would say that blues and rock are the genres I have recorded most. I am always up on the latest technology and techniques but remain true to the analog sounds of the past.

 

Good Times…


Sample Recordings: 
right-click and select 'save as' to download the songs
songs best played back with Quicktime media player or iTunes media player

Coming Shortly...


Email Brian for additional information.


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06 The Mysterious Disappearance Of Rufus Green.m4a
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Tony Maietta,
Feb 10, 2017, 4:28 PM
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Rock And Roll All Night (master).m4a
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Tony Maietta,
Feb 10, 2017, 4:22 PM