The Animal Dojo is a single-studio recording facility based in beautiful Youngstown, Ohio, on the banks of the mighty Mahoning River, U.S.A., centralized between the fine cities of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the Cleveland/Akron, Ohio area. The studio is based around an 650 sq. ft., fully treated tracking room, isolation room, and dedicated control room, featuring a Midas console, Pro Tools HD, a TEAC 2-track reel to reel, as well as a wide selection of digitized plug-in solutions, and wonderful hardware tools with many, many, many knobs.

And gear? While capturing the sound developed by the sound maker intact is paramount, we also offer other options for the artiste, gear wise. This includes: various amplification from Earth, Fender, Sound City, Ampeg, various 4×12”, 4×10”, 8×10”, and single 15” cabinets, various snare drums, two vintage Gretch drum kits, percussion, synths, and hacked/bent oddities. Go wild!

When not recording, the studio also features a lounge with tables, a sink, a chair and fox pelt, custom artwork, a garbage can, and not one but two functional bathrooms. Walk out the door and you’re minutes away from a bowling alley, seedy taverns, thrift stores, bicycle trails, and various grub options. Or stay in the lounge and heat something up in our microwave—you read that correctly, a microwave! Welcome to the future!