Sound decisions in Ridgetown

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Mike and Ken Goldhawk stand behind the mixing board in their new studio, Goldhawk Sound.

By Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative
The Ridgetown Independent

A father and son are teaming up to capture the best sounds in Ridgetown.

Mike and Ken Goldhawk have recently opened up a recording studio located at 62 David St. in Ridgetown.

Having more than 50 years jamming out for bands such as Midlife Crisis and Devil’s Rejects, working in various bands in Southern Ontario as a vocalist, drummer, bass player and keyboard player, Mike Goldhawk is no stranger to the creation of music.

The 400-square-foot jam studio, which is jam-packed with equipment, is Mike’s fourth studio. This time, however, he is not alone, as he has partnered with his son.

Ken Goldhawk is the recording engineer for Goldhawk Sound. He, like his father, is no stranger to the music industry, being in a couple of bands together in the last couple of years. Ken was awarded an Honor Roll status diploma from the Audio Institute of America in Recording Engineering and Music Production.

The studio is big enough to handle duos, five to seven-piece bands, and medium-sized choirs.

“I am very proud of the results we have achieved and would love to share it with anyone who would like to create anything from memories to demos,” said Mike Goldhawk.

According to Mike, the soundproof control room is digitally equipped for any recording or video project.

The Goldhawks are well equipped to help all types of musicians achieve the best sound. The recording studio has a Behringer X32 digital console with 32 inputs and 32 outputs used for both recording and live music production.

With Studio One 5 Professional software, they are also capable of delivering unlimited tracks with many effects and plugins to optimize creativity. The Goldhawks also use Filmora Ten and are capable of producing videos as well.

The Goldhawks added they are also able to service guitars and drums for cleaning, tuning and repairs.

Aspiring artists are welcome to bring in their own gear or take advantage of in-house selections.

Mike said the studio is open to everyone, whether they are in a professional band, a local musician or parents who just want to record their children singing or playing an instrument for a keepsake.

“We would really like to be able to offer this service to clients who would maybe just want to record family members for a keepsake, as well as serious working bands that wanted a quality recording to help them sell their band,” said Mike.

While the studio has a professional feel, run by professionals with numerous years of music experience, Mike highlighted the fact that the services offered won’t break the bank.

“We want to bring in people who just want to learn and try and come in just for the experience and have fun,” he said. “We can help them, and we won’t break the bank.”

Services offered by Goldhawk Sound are offered by appointment only. For more information, aspiring musicians can email mailto:goldhawksound@gmail.com or check out their website at goldhawksound.com

 

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