Location Audio Recording

Our Audio Recording Philosophy

Uncompromising audio quality is at the heart of what we do. Whether we are recording your recital, recording you a pre-screen audition video, shooting an industrial video, or live-streaming your event to the world, we know that you will expect from us the utmost in quality and attention to detail. You have come to us for your music to be heard – and we will deliver in spades.

Uncompromising Capture Quality – No Matter Where Your Session is Held.

Artists and Producing Organizations have been encouraged to think outside the box with their venue choies – and to accommodate that, our location recording systems have been engineered to be as portable as possible, without any sonic compromise.

We’ve built our location recording system around the Avid Venue series of consoles, and our in-house mixing and mastering system around a trio of Universal Audio Apollo X-Series interfaces. This allows our engineers to capture up to 64 channels of audio during each session – suffice to say, large-scale orchestral projects are our bread and butter.

Our systems allow us to operate, record, and mix in any space, no matter how large, small, or remote. Whether we are capturing your art or mixing your project in post, it will be worked on using the finest tools available.

The Details Matter.

When conducting an orchestra – much like recording a piece of classical music – success will be found in the care and attention to a lifetime’s worth of tiny details, rather than by painting with a few strong, broadly painted strokes. We will work tirelessly to ensure that your recording is done right and we will obsess over the finest of details – because it is our job to care about your sound just as much as you do.

Capture Your Performance With The Finest Microphones Available.

Our engineers know what a quality performance is, because they’ve spent their lives training in the same circles as our clients. Pair our location recording systems with a locker full of the world’s finest microphones (Schoeps, Neumann, Audio Technica, and AKG) and the keen ears of our recording engineers-cum-musicians, and and your recording will be in the best hands possible.

The Equipment is Only The Beginning.

Sure, anyone can throw up some expensive mics, turn on an audio interface, twist a few knobs, and email you a WAV file. But at the end of the day, who do you want to trust with your art – an outfit that frantically rushes through your pieces so they can tear down and get to the next gig? Or rather, a team who will keenly listen to you, support your performance, and make sure that every detail is found and every nuance heard?

We are a Source Connect Certified Studio.

Do you need to track a session, yet aren’t able to make it to a studio? Let our technicians work with you remotely. Valhalla Media is a certified Source Connect Pro studio, and we can work with you and your talent from anywhere in the world. Whether we’re tracking your session from your home booth through our own recording and editing suite, or if your engineers need to connect with us to record you from our studio booth in Chicago, Illinois – whatever your recording needs may be, we’re here to service them all throughout the COVID-19 epidemic.

Review: Chicago Opera Theater's "Taking Up Serpents"

“The filming was helmed by Jan Thompson and colleagues at Valhalla Media, and rendered with skill and imagination. While still a recorded stage performance, the camera was always where it needed to be with the singers, the separated (or separately filmed) trio was smoothly integrated, and fades and brief but artful montages (including with a live snake) avoided visual monotony.”

--Lawrence Johnson, Chicago Classical Review

Review: Chicago Opera Theater's "Taking Up Serpents"

 “COT’s filmed production was rather astonishingly crafted from a single performance captured live on the stage of Chicago’s Studebaker Theatre by Valhalla Media, working in tandem with Dye as stage director. Six cameras were employed to create a visual pastiche that cleverly combined superimposed imagery and split screen techniques with the powerful frisson of live theatre.”

— Mark Thomas Ketterson, Opera News

Review: Chicago Opera Theater's "La hija de Rappaccini"

 “COT's livestream of the performance was an impressive feat, particularly as the crew had to set up after the museum's five o'clock closing for a 7:30 curtain .... the performance was captured with crisp clarity by Valhalla Media.”

-- Mark Thomas Ketterson, Opera News

Daniel Catán’s music soars in COT’s “Rappaccini” premiere

 “COT’s production went off without a hitch Saturday night—a remarkable achievement considering the ever-present technological pitfalls as well as the logistical complexities of a live opera relay from a museum space. Kudos to stage director Crystal Manich for natural movements, technical director Joseph Staffa for seamless transitions between different museum areas, and the entire video production team at Valhalla Media.”

-- Lawrence Johnson, Chicago Classical Review

The Virtues of Virtual: Chicago Opera Theater’s Digital Season

 “One of the most impressive virtual presentations I’ve seen lately was Chicago Opera Theater’s production of “Taking Up Serpents” by composer Kamala Sankaram and librettist Jerre Dye. The production was recorded at the Studebaker Theater in a single take. The production was a collaboration with the appropriately named company Valhalla Media, and the result is visually appealing but also impressively musical.”

-- Seth Boustead, New City Music

Review: Chicago Opera Theater's "The Transformation of Jane Doe"

 “Rather than prerecord the performance, then edit it, COT opted to stream the production live from the Studebaker Theater, on South Michigan Avenue. This was a risk, considering that it involved multiple voices, a small instrumental ensemble and rolling subtitles that tracked the opera’s progress. It all proceeded quite smoothly...there’s something about a live event that raises the intensity level of everyone’s work, and that fervor was unmistakable in this 90-minute presentation.”

-- Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

Review: Chicago Opera Theater's "La Hija de Rappaccini"

 “In such a reverberant venue, one might fear for the sound turning to mud, but the sound engineers have done an excellent job in avoiding this. The broadcast sound quality is exceptionally clear”

-- David Darlin, Bachtrack

Review: Chicago Opera Theater's "The Puppy Episode"

 “The performance was captured by Valhalla Media with visual clarity and excellent audio.”

-- Mark Thomas Ketterson, Opera News

Audio Recording Services

Audition & Pre-Screen Recordings

Are you in need of new Pre-Screen Recordings for the upcoming audition season? Let Valhalla Media’s team do the work. Our Recording Engineers will meet and work with you on-site, and, crafting the highest quality audio recordings for your audition package.

Recital & Live Performance Recordings

We specialize in on-site audio recordings for classical musicians and performance artists. Your performance will be one to remember – our  equipment and skilled technicians will ensure that those memories are faithfully captured and preserved for years to come.

Large Ensemble Recording Projects

We don’t just work with individual musicians and solo artists – we record large ensembles too. Our location recording systems allow for up to 64 concurrent channels of the high-fidelity recording, on-site and in your space. From Vivaldi to Wagner, our engineers and gear have you covered.