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About

Located in the heart of Kensington Market, one of Canada’s most eclectic, artistic neighbourhoods, Kensington Sound is a well-established Toronto recording studio that also happens to be one of the longest running businesses of this type in all of North America! A perfect blend of old and new, both analog and digital technologies are professionally combined here to provide the ideal range of soundscapes for the most discerning and creative musicians.

With a rare vintage circa 70′s British Midas recording console (serial number 00001!), a premium selection of old and new outboard equipment and some great vintage microphones, Kensington Sound provides a high quality recording platform that is full of warmth and personality. From there, the digital domain is delivered by state of the art Logic Pro 10, Pro Tools 10 and Reason 6; all running on a Mac system through RME converters. Main monitors are high-end boutique Tetra speakers exclusively designed for Kensington Sound‘s unique dynamics. Be sure to check out our EQUIPMENT section for more technical specifications and a comprehensive list of our facility tools and devices.

We must also tell you that our amazing recording/engineering/producing team, Vezi and Ben Pelchat use their considerable talents and all this great equipment to give world-class support to any project the studio takes on. Bigger is NOT better. So many musicians from every style of music you can think of, have been "incubated" in the warm atmosphere and technical structure that Kensington Sound offers. We hope we will be able to include you in this wonderful musical legacy!

Equipment


Kensington Sound is proud to offer a vast selection of modern and vintage tools for producing and refining your works.

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Guitars

Guitars

  • 1950’s Gretsch Lapsteel (Electric)
  • 1962 Gretsch Country Gentleman (Hollowbody Electric)
  • 1968 Emperador Hollowbody (Electric)
  • 1972 Gibson Hummingbird (Acoustic)
  • 1980’s Custom Luthier-Made Fender P-Bass w/mid 70’s cream DiMarzio Pickups
  • 1988 Yamaha FG 335 (Acoustic)
1999 Fender Standard Straocaster w / Wilkinson SC Pickups (Electric)
  • 1990's Carter hand-crafted acoustic steel string acoustic guitar.
  • 1999 Fender Standard Straocaster w / Wilkinson SC Pickups (Electric)
  • 2000 Epiphone (1958) re-issue Korina Explorer (Electric)
  • 2002 Yamaha APX-5A (Acoustic)
  • 2004 Epiphone ES-335 PRO (Hollowbody Electric)
  • 2007 Wilkinson V6 Icon Series Relic (Electric)
  • 2008 Squier by Fender Vintage Vibe Series J-Bass
  • 2011 Gibson Custom 336 Reissue Hollowbody Electric
  • 2011 Custom-built Fender/USACG Straocaster hollow-body w/ Marty Bell Sparkle Finish, Deluxe Maple Neck & Loller Blackface Pickups (Electric)
  • 2011 Squier Vintage Vibe Series Telecaster w / Lollar 52 pickups (Electric)
Microphones

Microphones

  • AKG C452 EB (Vintage)
  • AKG C451 EB (Vintage)
  • AKG C414 EB x2 (Vintage)
  • AKG Console Talkback (Vintage)
  • Audix F15 Cymbal Condenser x2
  • Kel Audio HM3C x2
  • Kel Audio HM2D x2
  • Kel Audio Song Sparrow
  • MB Condenser x2 (Vintage 1958 – Rare)
  • Neumann u47 FET (Vintage)
  • Neumann u87 x2 (Vintage)
  • Neumann u89 (Vintage)
  • Peluso P12 Tube (AGK C12 clone)
  • Shure SM57 x2
Shure SM58 x2
  • Shure SM7B
  • Sennheiser 403 (Vintage)
  • Sennheiser 409 (Vintage)
  • Sennheiser E935
  • Sennheiser MD-441 x2 (Vintage)
  • Studio Projects C1 x2
Outboard Processors

Outboard Processors

  • A-Designs NAIL Stereo/Dual Mono Tube Compressor
  • Ashly SC-50 Limiter/Compressor x2 (Vintage)
  • Ashly SC66 Stereo Parametric EQ (Vintage)
  • Avalon 747SP Stereo Tube Buss Compressor & EQ
  • Behringer TUBE ULTRA-Q T1951 EQ
  • Chandler Germanium Compressor
  • DBX 160 Compressor / Limiter x2 (Vintage)
  • Empirical Labs Fatso Jr. Stereo Compressor/ Tape Sim
  • Eventide TimeFactor Stereo Delay
  • Eventide Ultra Harmonizer H3000 (Vintage)
  • Lexicon 224 Digital Reverberator (Vintage)
  • Lexicon MX200
  • Neve 2254a Compressor x2 (Vintage)
  • Universal Audio LA-610 Mk II Tube Preamp, Program EQ & Optical Compressor x2
  • UREI 1176 Silverface (Vintage)
Consoles

Consoles

  • 1975 MIDAS Custom Console (26 Track Analog)
  • Ramsa WR-DA7 Console (32 Track Digital)
  • iPad “V-Control” Control-Surface for Logic, Pro Tools, and Reason
  • iPad “Logic Remote” Control-Surface for Logic
Preamps

Preamps

  • Focusrite ISA-8 (8-Channel Preamp)
  • Neve 1073 DPD (2 Channel Preamp / A/D)
  • Midas Console (26 Channel Strips with EQ)
  • Phoenix Audio DRS-8 (8-channel Preamp)
  • Ramsa WR-DA7 Console (16 Channel Strips & A/D)
  • Universal Audio LA-610 Mk II (Tube Channel Strip) x2
Monitoring

Monitoring

  • ART HeadAmp6 PRO 6 Channel headphone Amp
  • Auratone Mono reference speaker
  • Bryston 4B Poweramp
  • JBL 4311s
  • KRK VXT-8s
  • Mackie “Big Knob” Monitor Controller w / talkback
  • Tetra 505 Custom Mains
  • Yamaha NS10s
Recorders

Recorders & A/D

  • Alesis ML-960
  • MCI 2″ Tape Machine (JH 24)
  • Neve 1073 DPD (2-Channel Mastering A/D)
  • Ramsa WR-DA7 (8-Channels A/D)
  • RME Fireface 800 (10-Channel A/D)
  • RME Fireface UFX (60-Channel, Main A/D - D/A Converter)
  • Tascam DA-30 MK2
Digital Workstations

Digital Workstations

  • 27″ iMac – Wall Mounted
  • 2.8 i7 GHz Quad-Core Intel (Hyper-Threading to 8-Cores)
  • 8GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
  • LaCie Rugged External 7200rpm Tracking HD w / FW800
Software DAWs

Software DAWs

  • Logic Pro 9
  • Logic X
  • Pro Tools 10
  • Reason 6.5

Software Plugins

  • Antares AutoTune 7
  • Antares Harmony Engine Evo
  • Antares Mic Modeler Evo
  • Arturia V-Collection 3 (Synth & Sample Library)
  • Celemony Melodyne Editor 2
  • IK Multimedia Bus Compressor SSL
  • IK Multimedia Classic Studio Reverb Collection
  • IK Multimedia Metering (Scroll Down)
  • IK Multimedia Miroslav Philharmonic (Sample Library)
  • IK Multimedia SampleMoog (Sample Library)
  • IK Multimedia SampleTron (Sample Library)
  • IK Multimedia T-Racks Classic EQ
  • IK Multimedia Tape Echo
  • Imperfect Samples Steinway & Sons Walnut Concert Grand Piano
  • iZotope Insight Metering
  • iZotope Ozone Advanced
  • Native Instruments Driver
  • Native Instruments The Finger
  • Native Instruments The Mouth
  • Native Instruments Razor (Synth)
  • Native Instruments Reaktor 5.8 (Synth Library)
  • Plug & Mix Clarisonic Sub Bass & Harmonics Enhancer
  • Slate Digital Trigger
  • Slate Digital Virtual Console Collection
  • Sonnox Inflator
  • Sonnox Limiter
  • SoundRadix Surfer EQ
  • SoundToys Little MicroShift
  • SoundToys Native Bundle
  • Universal Audio 1176LN Classic Limiting Amplifier
  • Universal Audio 1176SE Classic Limiting Amplifier
  • Universal Audio Cambridge EQ
  • Universal Audio Cooper Time Cube Mk II
  • Universal Audio EMT 140 Classic Plate Reverb
  • Universal Audio EMT 250 Classic Electronic Reverb
  • Universal Audio Fairchild Tube Limiter Plugin Collection
  • Universal Audio LA-2A Optical Compressor
  • Universal Audio Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb
  • Universal Audio Little Labs Voice Of God Bass Resonance
  • Universal Audio Ocean Way Studios Convolution Reverb
  • Universal Audio Precision De-Esser
  • Universal Audio Precision Enhancer kHz
  • Universal Audio Pultec EQP-1A Passive EQ
  • Universal Audio Pultec Pro Passive EQ
  • Universal Audio Realverb Pro
  • Universal Audio Roland CE-1 Chorus
  • Universal Audio Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor
  • Universal Audio Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder
  • Voxengo Span Spectrum Metering
  • Waves Abbey Road RS56 Passive EQ
  • Waves Abbey Road The King’s Microphones
  • Waves Aphex Aural Exciter
  • Waves Bass Rider
  • Waves C6
  • Waves Center
  • Waves CLA Signature Series
  • Waves Element (Synth)
  • Waves Gold Bundle
  • Waves Maserati Signature Series
  • Waves One Knob Series
  • Waves Renaissance Bass
  • Waves Renaissance Maxx Bundle
  • Waves Tape, Tubes & Transistors
  • Waves Vocal Rider
Keys

Keys

  • Hammond B3 w/Leslie (Vintage 1953)
  • Kurzweil K2500X 88-Weighted-Key Synth, Sound-Module and MIDI Controller
  • M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 MIDI Controller
  • Novation 25-key MIDI Controller
Speaker Cabinets

Amps & Speaker Cabinets

  • 1953 Leslie Rotating Speaker Cabinet (+guitar preamp)
  • 1976 Fender Pro Reverb Custom
  • 1980′s Ampeg 4×10 Bass Cabinet
  • 1981 Marshall JCM 800 (50w 2204)
  • 1987 Marshall 4×12 Jubilee Series Cabinet w / 75w Celestion’s
  • 2000′s Mesa Boogie 2×12 Cabinet with 1960′s JMI-era gold Vox Speakers
Drums

Drums

  • 5pc Rick Baker Custom Fiberglass Kit
Rick Baker Carbon Fiber Snare
  • Rick Baker Carbon Fiber Snare
  • Rick Baker Carbon Fiber Piccolo Snare
  • Paiste, Sabian, and Zildjian Cymbal Collection

Services

  • Recording

    Trust our state of the art equipment to give you the best possible outcome.

  • Engineering

    Our world-class recording engineers give your music a larger-than-life, hit-record sound.

  • Production

    Producing an album is like directing a film – and at Kensington Sound, we like to think we can get Spielberg-like results.

  • Mixing

    As the most important step in making a great-sounding record, we make your tracks come to life by balancing and summing them together through our unique hybrid analog-digital mixing setup.

  • Mastering

    In a competitive musical marketplace, the end result must be flawless in commercial loudness, EQ balancing and great tonal balance. Our secret sweetening formula works these elements to make it all "Pop".

  • Musical Direction

    From coaching and creating appropriate genre twists to bringing session musicians together into a musically superior soundscape, we make it all work.

  • Arranging

    We can take your song and build a band track around it, or even orchestrate huge string, ethnic, or horn sections into your concept.

  • Voice-Over

    If you are looking for ultimate vocal clarity for corporate, TV, and film voiceovers, Kensington Sound's experience and know-how will produce the best possible outcome for your product.

  • Film Scoring

    True score-to-picture by experienced film composers is what you get when you trust your project to us.

  • Composing

    (Songwriting) We love to write. We know how to do it. Let us write with you to bring hooks, flow and listenability to your tracks and ideas.

Clients

  • Alannah Miles
  • Jeff Healey
  • Lenny Breau
  • Paul Shaffer
  • Alexy
  • Ekelectic Journey
  • Allyson Morris
  • Jordan John
  • David Darling
  • Tine
  • Carey Ott
  • Michael Harris
  • Ulrik
  • Kingdom Beats
  • Jojeto
  • Brooke Nicholls
  • Julia Hendrik
  • Jeanine Mackie Band
  • Johnny and The G-Rays
  • The Rajans
  • The Marvelettes
  • Sharon, Lois & Bram
  • Tower of Power
  • Truths and Rights
  • Compass
  • Murray McLauchlan
  • Dan Hill
  • Keith McKie
  • Songship
  • Sharon
  • Lois and Bram
  • Teenage Head
  • The Lincolns
  • Bob Ezrin
  • Ron Sexsmith
  • Chris Spedding
  • Bill Colgate
  • Kim Cole
  • The Lincolns
  • Walter Zwol
  • Melwood Cutlery
  • Graham Shaw
  • The Wild Strawberries
  • Vampire Beach Babes
  • The Drifters
  • Mad About Plaid
  • Belinda Metz
  • Steve Fox
  • Diane Chase
  • Harlow
  • Crack of Dawn
  • David Wilcox
  • National Film Board
  • Daniel Lanois
  • Jackie Richardson
  • Bill Bridges
  • Marc Jordan
  • Rick McCue
  • Rex Chainbelt
  • The National Ballet
  • John Jackson
  • Leroy Sibbles
  • Carlene Davis
  • Grit Laskin
  • Billy Reed and The Street People
  • Look People

Contact

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