|About Energy Command Studios
over 20 years Energy Command Studios has been providing Recording
Studio Services, Music Production, Voice Overs, Editing, Mixing, Artist
Development, and Pro Tools production in the Chicago Suburbs, Chicago
Northwest Side, and coming soon to Milwaukee area (SE Wisconsin).
Banks continues to record in the Chicago area and near Milwaukee where he is completing a new studio
build - from ground-up - of a new recording &
mastering facility located about 75 minutes north
in Southeastern Wisconsin. We anticipate opening the new facility in early 2018. We work with artists and companies on
projects in the Chicago and Milwaukee area at a select group of studio
on production needs of existing
clients and projects that the Energy Command Studios team of producers & engineers are involved in, we work at various studio
facilities in the midwest USA, including servicing our existing client base in the Chicago metropolitan area
and now growing into the Milwaukee & Madison areas - we also continue to work
on productions in
close affiliation with long-time lead engineer of Energy Command Studios,
Amo Schmyz, at his freshly built new studio in Chicago: Gravel Road Studios Chicago, located in Chicago's
side 'Norwood Park'. Amo's focus moving forward is producing &
recording songwriters + bands in the cool new studio he designed:
Our affiliation with 33FM Media continues to grow. 33FM Media works with developing up & coming musical artists and songwriters.
is diligently completing interior buildout and expanding our
capabilities at the new facility located in Southeast Wisconsin (close
to Alpine Valley / Lake Geneva). Check back for more info about
5 main locations we work out of that serve these market areas: Chicago and suburbs &
Milwaukee to Madison, WI.
Energy Command Studios throughout the years...
the early 1990s Energy Command Studios opened its first
location in Glenview, IL. After several years of growth plus
studio configuration expansion, in 1999, Energy Command Studios moved
its main operation to Arlington Heights. In 2004, we completely gutted
a new space in Arlington Heights and built out the studio with tall
ceilings, decoupled rooms (rooms isolated from each other), angled ceilings & walls, floating floors, and a design specifically for acoustics. The Arlington Heights studio
location that housed Energy Command Studios from 1999 to 2014 is
now owned and
operated by another entity not affiliated with Energy Command Studios
nor the name Energy Command Studios or its historical or current
We wish the new owners of the former Energy Command Studios location
great success with their studio
operation. Energy Command Studios continues to record in
facilities in the midwest USA and works on projects with selected
songwriters, bands, and commercial clients. While Energy Command
Studios is no longer in Arlington Heights, Energy Command Studios still
works actively with the core team that built the prior studio locations.
And a Thank You...
We thank those who have made vital contributions over the years to the
day-to-day operations & spirit of recording at Energy Command
appreciate and thank our hundreds of clients from over the years. AND,
importantly, we thank the following team members...
Thank you to Amo Schmyz for his many years of service as lead engineer
& consultant to Energy Command Studios.
Amo and Don Carlsson have been core contributors to making the studio
go for the last 15+ years. Don has been a loyal musician,
co-songwriter, and go-to guy
that the studio has leaned on regularly - his dedication to the studio
is a small example of what a sincerely genuine good guy he is
our gratitude is beyond words. Both Amo & Don are immensely
Also, thank you to Jon Owens and Art Garceau for your help &
insight over the years.
We always appreciate the ongoing spirit that Bill Corasis brings to the
We have deep gratitude for our stable of go-to musicians &
including Kim Wilkens, Mozart (H-Dean), & Spark.
In case you missed the initial transition news click
forward to great music ahead in 2018 & beyond...
Command Studios started in the early 90's close
to Chicago in the northwest suburb of Glenview and became
a top-notch recording studio after years of hard work. From 1999 to 2014, the heart of
the northwest suburbs of Chicago in Arlington Heights, Illinois, was
home to ECS. These days, the long-time Energy Command Studios owner
Dave tracks, records, and mixes at several locations
for existing clients and develops new artists in the midwest. No matter what studio space he records
produces audio projects at at, there will be top quality recording
gear, radio ready music mixed, and stellar sounding audio
the hurdles or high
cost of big city downtown studios.
the past two decades Energy Command Studios became known for
having a solid team of engineers & a comfortable atmosphere
let bands, songwriters, musicians, artists, and producers to
sculpt their sound. Whether recording a full-length CD, working on a
fresh set of tracks for a demo, commercials, or voice overs,
the studio has the flexibility to meet nearly any musician’s needs.
Full production services, songwriting, arrangement, engineering,
mastering, music editing, Pro Tools Mixing, drum gridding &
editing, tape transfers, MIDI production, voice-overs, live recording,
CD one-off’s and great live tracking environments are a sample
offerings from the team and affiliates of Energy Command Studios.
In 1999 the ECS team gutted part of a building in Arlington Heights and later
grew into a larger space within that building where they built
an outstanding live room and excellent sounding control room. The buildout took advantage of the
building’s 15 foot ceilings. The studio team installed a custom floating floor in
the live room and created isolated sound
throughout the building. The studio team's goal was to allow bands can
track all at once, or take a traditional studio track-at-a-time
recording and overdub as they need. A unique feature about all of the
locations we record at is the studios have visibility through all of
the rooms within each facility - this allows multiple players
be isolated while still being able to see the other
band members. On larger projects bands can also set-up and play
together in the large live rooms to maintain the feel of playing
together. Senior Engineer Dave also provides consulting to up &
coming studios and
musicians around the US & Canada on studio design, configuration,
soundproofing, gear selection, and production.
Acts that have had CD’s and
projects produced by Energy Command Studios range in style from
Pop/Rock, Blues, Country, Metal, Folk, Jazz, & more. And, we
have worked with a range of Hip Hop, R&B, & Rap
artists. The studio has a wide array of musicians available for
projects, and engineers on call for specific needs. Two accomplished
independent producers, David Banks and Amo Schmyz, are often tapped by
clients for their production skills. We work with several additional
engineers based on your project needs and availability.
Over the years we have provided entire commercial voice overs, music arrangements,
beds, drum tracks,
beats, and more. We have helped individual artists complete a
band sound for hundreds of recordings, too. In 2005, the Amo
Sound Lounge was added to house a drum set-up with ready to record top
of the line Ludwig drum kit - all
mic'd with a dedicated Pro Tools Rig. The Amo Sound Lounge expanded
with another mixing & overdub room on the Northwest Side of Chicago
- there songwriters and bands had
access to capture and mix their songs with a seasoned lead engineer
to get some of the best live recorded drum tracks in the
Command Studios, Dave, or any of the freelance engineers or
musicians currently or histrocially affiliated with Energy Command
Studios, 33FM Media LLC, Amo Sound, Gravel Road Chicago, Windy City
Mastering, etc. are neither agents nor employees of the new
ownership at the Arlington Heights location, nor vice-a-versa, or each
other. The Energy Command Studios name is not affiliated with any
entity in Arlington Heights, IL. Based on project needs Energy
Command Studios often collaborates with other studio
locations and/or various team members around the US in order to bring
the highest quality
audio that your project deserves. We also work with other 3rd party
sound engineers, mastering facilities, and recording studios throughout
the US including
Nashville and Los Angeles.