I run a two room studio from my home in Downers Grove, IL called Invigorate Recording and freelance out of other studios in Chicagoland such as Kiwi Audio (Batavia, IL) and Atlas Studios (Chicago). When budget allows it's great to do drum tracking/full band tracking at a large facility like the aforementioned and do the remaining tracking at Invigorate. This offers the sonic luxuries of a large live room, while still remaining cost conscious and tracking instruments that lean less on a large space at Invigorate. If you have your eyes on tracking out of a different studio that I have not mentioned and would like me to engineer, please be in contact and we’ll make it happen.
I love to work with bands who are as passionate about music as I am; musicians who are set out to make the best record they possibly can and are not looking to cut any corners to get there. Musicians who are ready to challenge themselves, their band mates and myself. My philosophy as a recording and mixing engineer is to partner with bands to make recordings that represent the best versions of themselves. More times than not, a band will enter the studio as strangers and leave feeling like long time friends. Recording in a comfortable environment plays a critical role in not only just enjoying the recording experience itself, but also in bringing the best performance out of yourself. It's my goal at every session to make sure you're not only completely psyched about your songs, but the process as well.
"Working with Nick was truly a great experience. Not only is he extremely knowledgeable about sound engineering, but he also has keen ear for the "right" sound and worked tirelessly to ensure that the album fit my vision. All in all, my experience with Invigorate exceeded my expectations – I definitely plan on working with him in the future."- Kelly Reed | i.e. kokoro
In addition to taking on projects that have me involved in the process from beginning to end, I also love working on mix only projects. If you’ve recorded your own material and are looking to put the finishing touches on it for a proper release, I’d love the opportunity to make you go “wow!”. To hear a few audio samples of songs before and after being mixed, visit the samples page here.
"I had the great opportunity of having Nick mix a couple songs for me recently. To be honest, I was very impressed. He brought out all the right elements and made my production shine in all the best ways. He worked within our timeline, and was a true professional, which in turn, made my job a little bit easier...and isn’t that the point."
- Brendan Johnson | Dress Black
"...I can't even find enough words to say what a great experience this was and how comfortable Nick made me (and my wife) feel during the process. His professionalism and personality are awesome and when I received the finished product a week later I was just blown away. I actually plan on going back in the near future and record a couple other songs just for family purposes. If you are looking for someone to help you with your recording needs I highly recommend Nick for quality and price of work."
- Mike Ferrell
"Nick wants to make art. In doing so, he helped us form confidence, musicality and maturity. He brought out the most honest record we could have asked for."
- Chandler Claps | Madame Ruby
"Every comfort of home with all the necessities of modern recording. Great atmosphere and vibes. Love my sessions at Invigorate."
- Matt Keen | Rebel Soul Revival
"Nice work on 'Pallisades'! The song really came to life and sounds perfect."
- Andy Kearns | Wild Skies