Electrical Audio is a two-studio complex located in Chicago, Illinois and owned by Steve Albini.

You can take a closer look at the studios, or watch a video tour hosted by our head technician and long-time engineer Greg Norman.

We are always in the process of putting our equipment up for you to look at and read about. We even sell our own in house designed mic preamp and Mid Side Matrix.

If you want to read about the people that work here or people who worked here in the past, you can do that over in the Staff & Friends section.

If you are interested in recording here and want to know how much it might cost you or your band, you can find that out over in the Booking & Rates section.

Take a look at our forums for discussions about recording, microphones, drum tuning and all sorts of other things.

And finally, if you need to contact us or you need directions to the studio, you can find that information here.

In Memoriam: John Grabski III

The Altec 165/175

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Nickname: "lipstick"

Excellent snare drum mic. Also good for close mic on acoustic string insturments like banjo, guitar, mandolin. Can take very high signal level. Some system noise may make it unsuitable for very quiet recordings.

Model # 175 indicates the mic is set for using the 29A, or 29B (cardioid) capsules. 

Model #165 means it is set for 21D, 21A (omni) capsules.

These mics are a slim cylinder, and should only be used in mic clips made for them for reasons of stability. We have some crappy plastic Altec ones and some spiffy aluminum ones made for us by Kristina Bozic.

We have modified some Altec 165s to be used as 175s  so they can use the 29A/B capsules. The modification involves the addition of 1 resistor in the microphone cable, and does not affect the sound. Really, it doesn't. Okay, retro snob, you try running a studio for a while. Shut up already.

Similar to: Altec 195, 201, 150, AKG C28, C60, C451