| Who We Are
is an established
producer of music productions in Canada.
Chestnut Hall Music is a Canadian-owned and
operated label and music production company.
The company produces music for artists for release on CD and on video,
both on its own Chestnut Hall Music label, and on contract with other
labels. It provides artist development services for musicians
developing their careers by promoting them on the Internet, radio,
recordings and through concert performance engagements.
Recording and Monitoring
We believe that many things
come together in the making of a successful
|Of first importance are the music, the
musicians and the acoustic of the space it is being performed. Many of
our recording projects are done on-location. This reflects a
belief that the best place to record music is where it is best heard.
To capture the sound, the quality of the
microphones and the experience of how to use them is important as
We use industry standard and vintage microphones by
DPA, AKG, Shure, Neumann, and Sennheiser, along with some custom and lesser known
designs including our main microphone array, hand-built by MBHO of
Germany. All powered by tube and vintage mic pre's (Neve/Focusrite, DBX, custom).
record at hi-resolution sampling rates and bit depth, dependent on the
requirements of the project (eg film, CD, Internet download, etc).
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recorded, the mixing, editing and mastering process will determine the
final degree of success for a project. If you can accurately hear
what you are mixing-- the image, ambience and spectral balances-- you
can then make it sound good.
Our mixing studio is equipped with
a custom-built 5.1 surround sound monitoring system designed by Denis
Tremblay of Adaptive Acoustics and also chief sound technologist for
IMAX Corporation. For detailed information on the design of this
system, goto Adaptive Acoustics: The Story of the Chestnut Hall Music
Denis' designs are amongst the best in
the industry. His thorough understanding of the nature of sound
and electronics combined with his refined musicality is greatly
respected by a growing number of audiophiles and professionals.
cHm PRODUCER: Earl
Chestnut Hall Music is owned and managed by
producer Earl McCluskie.
McCluskie received his classical music training at the University of
Western Ontario in Theory and Composition, and recording training from
the Sound Recording graduate program at McGill University.
producer for Chestnut Hall Music, he has produced and released over 200
CD and live concert video recordings featuring musicians, ensembles and
organizations across Canada, including Kevin Breit, Jeremy Bell, Sarah
Slean, the Art of Time Ensemble, National Youth Orchestra of
Canada, National Academy Orchestra and Brott Opera, Penderecki String
Quartet, NUMUS, Guelph Symphony Orchestra,
the Wellington Winds, Windjammers, Kevin Ramessar, Greensleaves and
others, as well as numerous archival concert recordings for community
and professional ensembles such as the KW Symphony, Pax Christi Chorale
and Nota Bene Baroque Players.
Notable projects include the CD release of the Beatles’ Sgt Peppers
Lonely Heart Club Band recording with Steven Page and the Art of Time Ensemble, a
co-production with CBC Radio-Canada's Espace Musique of Tempi con
Variazioni with Helmut Lipsky, Suzie LeBlanc and Melosophere premiered
at l'Université de Montréal, presented at the Quebec City 400
Anniversary celebrations and then released on an Prix Opus award
winning CD, an on-going video tutorial, masterclass and documentary series for
the NYO Canada, and recordings for the Toronto-based Soundstreams
Other significant ensemble
recordings include the Juno-nominated recordings of Timothy Corlis’
Notes Towards a Poem that Can Never Be Written and Leonard Enns’
Nocturne from the DaCapo Chamber Choir award-winning release
Earl is also artistic director of the Chestnut Hall
Camerata, with live concert productions including A Hero’s Journey
(music of Steve Reich, Michael Occhipinti, Tool) with special guest
Hugh Marsh, electric violin.
He has two sons, Ted and John, and five nieces/nephews.
extensive technical work experience in Internet-technology based
companies, notably with Open Text Corporation, a document
management/search engine company that has recently extended its product
line to include interactive web interfaces that incorporate media
capabilities. Along with hardware and systems design experience
with IT companies, his technical knowledge enables a strong
understanding of Internet technologies.
He is WebMaster/Bulletin Editor and Event Coordinator for the Toronto
section of the international Audio Engineering Society.
Toronto AES, he has mounted annual conferences in collaboration with
the CBC and Ryerson University, including a seminal conference in 2008
that brought together for the first time the major participants (studio
owners, producers, engineers, technical) in the golden years of the
recording industry in Toronto.