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 About cHm | Who We Are

Chestnut Hall Music is an established producer of music productions in Canada. 


Chestnut Hall Music is a Canadian-owned and operated label and music production company.

The company produces music for artists for release on CD and on video, both on its own Chestnut Hall Music label, and on contract with other labels. It provides artist development services for musicians developing their careers by promoting them on the Internet, radio, recordings and through concert performance engagements.

cHm FACILITIES: Recording and Monitoring

We believe that many things come together in the making of a successful recording.  

Of first importance are the music, the musicians and the acoustic of the space it is being performed. Many of our recording projects are done on-location.  This reflects a belief that the best place to record music is where it is best heard.  

To capture the sound, the quality of the microphones and the experience of how to use them is important as well.

We use industry standard and vintage microphones by Shure, Neumann, and Sennheiser, along with some custom and lesser known designs including our main microphone array, hand-built by MBHO of Germany.  All powered by tube and vintage mic pre's (Neve/Focusrite, DBX, custom).

We record at hi-resolution sampling rates and bit depth, dependent on the requirements of the project (eg film, CD, Internet download, etc).

  La Chappelle Historique du Bon Pasteur, Montreal
La Chappelle Historique du Bon Pasteur, Montreal

Once recorded, the mixing, editing and mastering process will determine the final degree of success for a project.  If you can accurately hear what you are mixing-- the image, ambience and spectral balances-- you can then make it sound good.

Our mixing studio is equipped with a custom-built 5.1 surround sound monitoring system designed by Denis Tremblay of Adaptive Acoustics and also chief sound technologist for IMAX Corporation.  For detailed information on the design of this system, goto Adaptive Acoustics: The Story of the Chestnut Hall Music Monitor Loudspeakers.

Denis' designs are amongst the best in the industry.  His thorough understanding of the nature of sound and electronics combined with his refined musicality is greatly respected by a growing number of audiophiles and professionals.

cHm PRODUCER: Earl McCluskie

Chestnut Hall Music is owned and managed by producer Earl McCluskie. 

Earl McCluskie, Producer, Chestnut Hall MusicEarl McCluskie received his classical music training at the University of Western Ontario in Theory and Composition, and recording training from the Sound Recording graduate program at McGill University. 

As producer for Chestnut Hall Music, he has produced and released over 200 CD and video recordings featuring musicians, ensembles and arts organizations across Canada, including National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Penderecki String Quartet, NUMUS, Guelph Symphony Orchestra, the Wellington Winds, Windjammers, Kevin Ramessar, Greensleaves and others, as well as numerous archival concert recordings for community and professional ensembles such as the KW Symphony. Notable ensemble recordings include the Juno-nominated recordings of Timothy Corlis’ Notes Towards a Poem that Can Never Be Written and Leonard Enns’ Nocturne from the DaCapo Chamber Choir award-winning release ShadowLand. 

Other projects include concert audio and video productions for the Art of Time Ensemble, with whom he has recently produced and toured a re-imagining of the Beatles’ Sgt Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band recording with Steven Page,  a co-production with CBC Radio-Canada's Espace Musique of Tempi con Variazioni with Helmut Lipsky, Suzie LeBlanc and Melosophere premiered at l'Université de Montréal, presented at the Quebec City 400 Anniversary celebrations and then released on an Prix Opus award winning CD, an on-going video tutorial series Play With The Masters for the NYO Canada, and recordings for the Toronto-based Soundstreams Canada.

Earl is also artistic director of the Chestnut Hall Camerata, with live concert productions including A Hero’s Journey (music of Steve Reich, Michael Occhipinti, Tool) with special guest Hugh Marsh, electric violin.

He has two sons, Ted and John, and five nieces/nephews. 


Earl has extensive technical work experience in Internet-technology based companies, notably with Open Text Corporation, a document management/search engine company that has recently extended its product line to include interactive web interfaces that incorporate media capabilities.  Along with hardware and systems design experience with IT companies, his technical knowledge enables a strong understanding of Internet technologies.


He is WebMaster/Bulletin Editor and Event Coordinator for the Toronto section of the international Audio Engineering Society.

With the Toronto AES, he has mounted annual conferences in collaboration with the CBC and Ryerson University, including a seminal conference in 2008 that brought together for the first time the major participants (studio owners, producers, engineers, technical) in the golden years of the recording industry in Toronto.



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