Bricktop Recording

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 10+ years of experience engineering and touring in bands, Andy & Pete have worked on albums released through reputable labels such as Relapse, Prosthetic, Epitaph, Triple Crown, Equal Vision, Run for Cover Records, Metal Blade, 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, Neotek, Vintech & API Inputs, Pro Tools HD3 Accel,  Apogee 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 Waves API, SPL, Melodyne, Slate Digital, Antares Auto-Tune 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. Rates start at $250 per 9 hour day/$30 per hour. Contact for general inquiries or Pete Grossmann [] / Andy Nelson [] directly for a quote on your project.



  • Pro Tools HD3
  • Apogee AD16x
  • Apogee Rosetta 800
  • Otari MTR-10 1/4" 2 Track


  • Dangerous Music Monitor ST

  • Genelec 1030A Monitors

  • Dynaudio BM5A Monitors

  • Paradigm Studio 20 Monitors

  • Hearback Personal Headphone Cue Mix System


  • Neve 51 Series Mic Pre/EQ (4x)(modded by Jim Williams)
  • Neotek Series 1E Mic Pre/EQ (4x)
  • Neotek Series III Mi Pre/EQ (2x)
  • Vintech X73i Channel Strip (2x)
  • Chameleon Labs 7602 Channel Strip w/Carnhill Mods (x2)
  • Universal Audio LA-610 Channel Strip
  • Universal Audio Solo 610
  • Focusrite ISA 428
  • Classic API VP312 Mic Pre (x2)
  • Seventh Circle Audio N72 (x2)
  • Seventh Circle Audio A12 (x2)
  • Black Lion Audio PR8E


  • API 550A (x2)
  • API 560
  • Louder Than Liftoff Chop Shop EQ/Filters (2x)
  • Manley/Langevin EQP1A Pultec style EQ
  • S800 Stereo EQ- Trident 80b Clone


  • Empirical Labs Distressor

  • 1176 Rev D - Hairball Audio

  • dBx 160a/x (x2)

  • Seventh Circle Audio B12


  • AKG 414 XLII (stereo pair)

  • AKG 451 (stereo pair)

  • AKG D112

  • Audio Technica 4047 (stereo pair)

  • Audix I5

  • Blue Woodpecker Ribbon Mic

  • Cascade Fat Head II (lundahl xformer)(stereo pair)

  • Michael Joly Engineering Modded Rode NT1 (U87 Alternative)

  • Michael Joly Engineering Modded Nady TCM1050 (U48 Alternative)

  • Neumann KM184 (Stereo Pair)

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

  • Oktava MK319

  • Royer R121

  • Sennheiser 421 (x3)

  • Sennheiser e604 (x3)

  • Shure SM7

  • Shure SM57

  • Shure SM57 w/TapeOp Mod

  • Shure SM57 w/TAB Funkenwork Mod

  • Shure SM58

  • Shure beta52


  • Soldano Avenger 100
  • Marshall JCM 800 2204 w/extra gain stage mod
  • Orange AD30
  • '67 Ampeg B12 Fliptop
  • Sunn Model T
  • Sunn Concert Bass
  • Sunn Sonaro
  • Sunn Solos II
  • Sunn 1200s
  • Rivera Knucklehead 100
  • Traynor YBA-1A
  • Peavey 5150
  • Fender Blues Deluxe


  • Marshall 1960
  • Mesa/Boogie Standard 4x12
  • Emperor 4x12 (x2)
  • Emperor 2x12 (x2)
  • Emperor 2x15 (x2)
  • Custom 2x15 w/Eminence Big Bens
  • Custom 4x10 w/Eminence BP102's


  • Custom Maple Shine Kit (12x9, 16x16, 24x20)
  • '68 Slingerland Jazz Kit
  • DW Collector's Rolled Aluminum Snare
  • Ludwig Acrolyte Snare
  • Pork Pie Big Black Brass Snare
  • Pearl 18x18 Maple Floor Tom