Halo, 57 Augusta Street, Hamilton Ontario, L8N 1P8

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Halo is a one of a kind music and audio engineering facility. Home to Hamilton’s only world class mixing console, the legendary SSL4K, paired with the Studer A80 tape machine, Pro Tools HD and a live room with a view, all situated in a vibe-entric space designed for creativity. 

 

Halo is designed for creating radio ready recordings from rock to country, hip hop to singer songwriter. We deliver world class vocals in our custom vocal booth, whether hip hop, rock or acoustic music, you won’t get a better tone. We are also set up for live albums both upstairs or downstairs at the legendary This ain’t Hollywood stage.

Halo is run by Roman Marcone, Corey Stevens and Ben Rispin. 

Roman’s credits include: head engineer at Catherine North (City and Colour, Said the Whale, Whitehorse, Spirits) under Dan Achen; head engineer at Porcelain Records (Daniel Lanois, Mark Mclean, Laura Cole, The Weekend) under Steve Bigas;  engineered for the likes of Mark Howard (Tragically Hip, RHCP, Bob Dylan), Nick Blagona (Deep Purple, April Wine, Bee Gees) and Dale Penner (Nickelback). Roman also spent several years engineering in the UK.

SSL 4000

The SSL 4000 Console at Halo Studios was originally commissioned and installed at Doppler Studios in Atlanta, Georgia in 1985. The console was fastidiously maintained for 31 years by multiple Grammy-winning chief engineer Joe Neil before being purchased in 2016 by Marcone at Halo Studios Hamilton.

Some of the highlight projects that were recorded or mixed on this console include TLC's "CrazySexyCool", Outkast'S "ATLiens" and Usher's "Confessions".

Other major artists include Ludacris, Lil Jon, Nelly, T.I., Kanye West, Jeezy, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Toni Braxton, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots and Incubus. 

In 1996, Stevie Wonder was commissioned to record the score for the Olympics in Atlanta and conducted the recording of a full-size orchestra on the console. 

In 2012 Justin Bieber's debut studio album "My World Studio" joined the list. 

It has been completely recapped and refurbished and is ready for another 30 years of making records.

SSL 4000E c 1985

Modded in 1994 to 4064 Balanced G+
 

Currently 4048 with:
E Channels w/Black 242 EQ
E Channels w/Orange “Pultec” EQ
G/E Channels w/G Preamp and E Black 242 EQ
G Channels w/Pink 292 EQ
That famous Buss Compressor!

Studer A80 MKII c1985


Transformer Balanced 2” tape machine. Paired with a Dolby MT24 A/SR Noise Reduction System. Calibrated and serviced by Roger Ginsley of Tekx Electronics. This machine comes from Prince’s home studio in Bridle Path Toronto.

George Harrison used the MKII to record Living In The Material World, Dark Horse, Thirty Three & A Third, George Harrison, Cloud Nine and Brainwashed at his FPSHOT home studio at Friar Park. 

Peter Gabriel and producer Daniel Lanois also used the A80 to record So at Ashcombe House in Somerset. So included the 1986 hit Sledgehammer.

Sequential Circuits Pro One c1983

The Pro One is a monophonic adaptation of the classic Prophet 5. Released in 1981, the Pro One features a single voice but two oscillators for added sonic flexibility, a four-pole low pass filter, two ADSR envelope filters, along with an arpeggiator, a sequencer and hyper-flexible modulation routing.

The Modulation matrix is unique to the Pro-One, and allows the user to assign the Filter ADSR Envelope, VCO 2 and LFO in the direction of a number of elements, which includes Oscillator pitch, pulse width and filter, and more than one modulation at a time.

Vince Clarke is possibly the most present and infamous Pro-One admirer, using it exclusively on the Yazoo album Upstairs At Eric’s. Other Pro-One users included Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins, Prodigy, Cirrus, Fluke, Depeche Mode, Banco De Gaia, New Order, Mouse on Mars, Prince, Soft Cell, Sigue Sigue Sputnik and Metric.

LinnDrum (LM-2) c1983


The LinnDrum has fifteen 8-bit 28 kHz ~ 35 kHz digitally sampled drum sounds: bass drum, snare, side-stick snare, hi-hat, crash cymbal, ride cymbal, three tom-toms, cabasa, tambourine, high and low congas, cowbell, and hand-claps. It also has a sequencer for programming rhythm patterns, a built-in mixer and individual output jacks for each sound.

The LN-2 was used on many recordings, including Michael Jackson's “Billie Jean”, Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "Relax", a-Ha's "Take on Me", Tears for Fears' "Shout" and Madonna's "Lucky Star". Prince used a LN-2 on his Purple Rain Tour. 

Yamaha SK-30 c1979


The Yamaha SK-30 Symphonic Ensemble offers a versatile combination of organ, polyphonic synthesizer, solo synthesizer and strings. It features a keyboard touch response, split keyboard mode and a SOLO SYNTHESIZER SECTION which is a single VCO driven mono-synth similar to a Roland SH-101. It has basic pitch, waveform, filter, volume, envelope generator and portamento functions.

The SK lines ORGAN section sounds like a Hammond and has similar sounds & controls. It also features an 11-pin socket for hooking up a Leslie speaker cabinet.

The SK has been used by The Constantines, DJ Logic, Sigur Ros, and Ben Wa.

Wurlitzer 200A c1975


This model was updated as the 200A in 1974 and continued in production into 1983. The 200 was available in black, dark "Forest Green", red or beige. The 200A was only available in black and avocado green.

 

The Wurlitzer can be seen being used by bands such as the Beach Boys, The Carpenters and Supertramp.

Fender Rhodes 88 Mark I c1973

 

The Fender Rhodes Mark I Stage 88 was manufactured between 1972 and 1974, prior to CBS dropping the Fender name from their Rhodes electric pianos. It featured 88 weighted keys, molded all-plastic hammers, Bass Boost and Volume controls, and a mono output. Unlike the Suitcase version, the Stage version of the Rhodes Mark I 88 did not come with a built-in amplifier.

The Fender Rhodes has been used by Ray Manzarek, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Chick Corea, Billy Preston, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Radiohead.

Microphones

AA U47VE
AA FET48
AA C12 Mod Tube Mic
RCA BK5B Ribbon
Neumann TLM 103 Black
Neumann U87 Vintage
AKG 441 x 2 Vintage
AKG 451 x 2
Rode NT x 2
SM7B x 3
Sennheiser 441
Sennheiser 421 x 2 Vintage x 1 Modern
Electro Voice RE10
Electro Voice RE15
Electro Voice 664 x 2
Yamaha NS-10 Sub Mic
Shure Beta 56
Shure 58 x 5
Shure 57 x 5
ART T4 Custom Modded Tube Mic Pair
Apex 205 Ribbon
CAD Trion 7000 Ribbon

Outboard Gear

Neve 1272 Pair
Custom SS Side Car (8 Channels equivalent to Neve 1272)
Eventide H3000
DBX 162 Compressor (Stereo 160 VU)
DBX 128 Compressor
DBX 166 Compressors x4 (USA models)
Daking Fet Compressor
1176 Blue Face
1176 Black Face
Aphex exciter w/big bottom
AKG BX10 Reverb
Sony R7 Reverb
Roland Echoplex Tape Delay

Guitars

1950s SS Stewart Acoustic
1960s Lero SG (Gibson SG pre lawsuit copy)
2000s ES335 (Tom Delonge Special)
1970s Yamaha 12 String Acoustic
1980s Custom Made P-Bass (with Yamaha BB3000 neck)

Guitar Amps

1970s Traynor YBA2B Bass Mate Amp
1970s Traynor YBA4 Bass Mate Amp
1964 Fender Champ
1964 Magnatone 401
1963 Ampeg ReverbRocket (with pedal)
2011 Traynor Bass Amp

Drums


1960’s Stewart (Worlds Finest badge) 5 Piece Drum Kit

Gretch Catalina Maple 5 Piece Kit
Ludwig Acrolite Snare (w/blue and olive badge)