Record at Delmark’s Riverside Studio

Delmark's "Riverside Studios"Delmark’s historical Riverside Studio features analog and digital solutions for all your recording, mixing and mastering needs. An excellent selection of vintage microphones, analog tape recorders, outboard gear and a ProTools HD system offer many avenues of sound reproduction including 5.1 Surround Sound.  Blues, Jazz, Reggae, African, Rock, Soul, R&B, Cajun, Zydeco, Metal, Country, Folk, Latin, Classical – all styles of musical creativity have flowed through our equipment.

Among other historical pieces, Riverside Studio has the Hammond B3 organ, outboard gear as well a vintage tape machine that belonged to the mythological Chess Records. Located on Chicago’s north side, Riverside Studio is the home of Delmark Records, Chicago’s premiere label for jazz and blues.

Steve Wagner at work.



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or call 773-539-5001 for availability




You can see Riverside Studio in this short video of several Delmark recording sessions.


Protools HD recording system
Sony MCI 2″ 24 track analog
Scully 1″ 8 track analog
Ampex 1/2″ 4 track analog (or 3 track!)
Ampex ATR-100 1/4″ 2 track analog
Scully 280 1/4″ 2 track analog (or mono)
Sony PCM 800 Hi8 24 track digital
Sony PCM 2700 2 track DAT
Panasonic SRV 3700 2 track DAT
Tascam CD-RW5000 2 track CD burner

-Mixing consoles

Neotek Elite-Control Room Monitors
Event 20/20bas (quantity 5 for 5.1 surround)
Urei 813C
Polk Monitor Series 4.5
Auratone 5C Sound Cubes
Paradigm Seismic 10 subwoofer-Microphones
Neumann U87, U47FET, KM86, KM84
Telefunken U47
RCA 44BX, 44B, 77DX, 77D all ribbon microphones
Shure Sm57, Sm58, USX58 wireless, Sm81, Sm7,
Sm91, Beta 52
Electro Voice Re20
AKG 451EB, D112
Sennheiser 421
Beyer M380, M88-Outboard Gear
Teletronix LA2A Leveling Amplifier
Urei 1176LN Limiting Amplifer, quantity 3
Mackie Onyx 800R (32 channels)
Hardy M-1 microphone preamplifier, 4 channels
Pultec EQH-2 Equalizer, quantity 2
Reverbs, Delays, Processors
EMT Plate Reverb
Eventide 3000 Ultra Harmonizer
Lexicon 200, PCM 70, PCM 42, PrimeTime
Yamaha SPX 900, SPX 90, Rev 7-and more Audio…
Steinway B 7′ piano
Hammond B3 with Leslie speaker
Ludwig drum set
Guitar amps
Fender Vibrolux
Music Man 210
Magnatone M10
Fender Bassman head
Peavey cabinet-Video
VIZIO 54″ TV Monitor
Canopus video processor
Denon 2910 DVD/CD Player
Mix and/or master your audio while you view your video!

HOURLY RATE $150 including engineer.

Discount rates are available for special packages.

Quantegy 2″ 499 tape $250/reel
Quantegy 1″ 499 or 456 tape $125/reel
Quantegy 1/4″ 499 tape $25/reel
(1/2 hour per reel at 15 ips, 1/4 hour at 30 ips. Sold in full reels only)
CDs $2 each
DVDs $ 5 each (data backup)

Payment by cash, check, or major credit card is due at the end of each session. A deposit will be required to hold dates. The amount of the deposit is based on the overall scope of the project. The minimum deposit is $200. The deposit is applicable towards your final studio invoice.

24 hour notice required for cancellations or postponements. Failure will result in loss of deposit.


Artists who have recorded at Riverside Studio

Mike Wheeler at Riverside Studio

Little Milton Campbell
Syl Johnson
Lurrie Bell
Big Time Sarah
Jimmy Burns
Tail Dragger
Eddy Clearwater
Dave Specter
Byther Smith
Johnny B. Moore
Robert Ward
Willie Kent
Billy Branch
Jimmy Dawkins
Mavis Staples
Mark Hummel
Kim Wilson


Pinetop Perkins at Riverside Studio

Pharoah Sanders
Archie Shepp
David Murray
Franz Jackson
Freddie Hubbard
Brother Jack McDuff
Chris Foreman
Curtis Fuller
Malachi Thompson
Kahil El’Zabar
Ernest Dawkins
Rob Mazurek
Eric Alexander
Chicago Underground
Von Freeman
Ken Vandermark
Zane Massey
Roy Campbell
Cecil Payne
Billy Bang
Bobby Broom
Dr. Lonnie Smith
Hamiet Bluiett
Oliver Lake
Roscoe Mitchell
Lester Bowie
Joseph Jarman
Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre


Dave Specter at Riverside Studio

Lace 11 (punk)
Kwami (reggae)
Cast Aside (metal)
Gospel Supremes (gospel)
Dan Boadi (African)
Aswah Gregory (reggae)
Reginald R. Robinson (ragtime)
Ntozake Shange (poetry)
Cajun Jedi (cajun)
Big String Band (old timey)
Frank Morey (no category available)

Other labels who have recorded or mixed at Riverside Studio
Dancing Cat (Windham Hill)
Tone Cool