Jungle AE, Chicago Recording Studio


Chicago recording studio Jungle AE welcomes you!

Welcome to the official website of Jungle Audio Engineering. We are one of the best recording studios in Chicago, and we are very proud of it. We do not just help independent artists record music. We help each and every artist, across all genres, catapult their careers. We have a diverse staff of musicians, producers, and engineers that can help you achieve optimum sound, but we also aim to help you succeed. Chicago is a rich music city and there are many Chicago recording studios. However, Jungle AE is not just a recording studio within Chicago, Jungle Audio Engineering is a movement that has a mission of  re-establishing the Chicago music industry through genuine and quality productions.  We combine major label quality with a creative and comforting atmosphere! Our family of engineers exists to help spread your light, your love, and tell your story.

Virtual studio tour of Jungle AE with Chief Engineer. Excel Cruz.

Chicago's best kept secret, Jungle AE recording studio! Major label sound with family vibes. Our family of engineers exists to help spread your light, your love, and tell your story.

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Posted by Jungle AE on Thursday, February 18, 2016

Jungle AE. Major Sound. Family Vibes.


JTAPES Audio Podcast Chris House V1 (9.17.17)

JTAPES Audio Podcast Chris House

JTAPES Audio Podcast Chris House features an in depth look into Jungle AE audio engineer, Chris House.  Chief engineer, Excel Cruz, joins in and asks the questions!

JTAPES Audio Podcast Chris House || #JTAPES is a weekly audio podcast released every Sunday featuring Chicago recording artists, producers and engineers recorded out of Chicago recording studio, Jungle AE.

Jungle AE veteran engineer, Chris House, had no interest in music growing up until his mom grounded him.  He had a lot of restrictions during that time, but listening to music was not one of them.  It was during that time he had the OutKast CD on repeat and his love for sound and music began.  Ironically, the drummer for OutKast’s B.O.B., Ziggy, is Jungle AE’s neighbor inside the Music Garage.  House first impression of him changed as soon as he was able to share a very dope conversation.

Sometimes you need to feel out a person with a conversation to connect with them.  This is something House does as well with his clients.  It’s a studio must and part of the psychology of studio sessions.   House does a good job of being honest and giving constructive criticism without softening his guidance.  That’s one thing artist love about working with House.  You definitely will not get a yes man, but someone that helps brings out the best performance out of you.

Using several different plug ins House harnesses the best possible sound.  One of his favorite plug ins is FabFilter Pro Q2.  It is a tool used by several studios.  It’s visual graphic analyzer is second to none, and you can even side chain another instrument so you can compare the two frequencies and adjust accordingly!

Enjoy this week’s podcast!

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Home Studio Setup for Beginners Under $300! Start making music now!

The home studio setup for beginners is effective and simple.  Streaming quality is achievable!

Home studio setup for beginners should be simple and cost efficient.   Check out this list of gear to get you started!  I began on similar equipment and got pretty good results!
➨ CLICK: Example Recording and Mix with similarly priced home studio set up for beginners.


Audio Technica AT2020 Condenser Studio Microphone Bundle with Pop Filter and XLR Cable
Home Studio AT2020

I used this microphone since freshman year of college and the next 6 years.  I recorded a couple albums and mix tapes.  Here’s examples of the quality that I was able to get out of this awesome starter microphone!



Focusrite Scarlett Solo (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface + Waves Musicians 2 Bundle

home studio interface

The studio personally has the big brother of the Focusrite Solo, which is the Focusrite Scarlett 6i6.  For $99 though,  you can’t beat this quality and also with the included plug-ins, you can get good sounding mixes, these are better plug-in’s than what I had when I first started college.  With this, you can plug in a microphone and provide it with 48v phantom power.  You can also plug in an instrument, whether it be a guitar, bass or keyboard.  This is a very simple to use interface / preamp.  You simply just can’t beat the bang for buck here!



Status Audio CB-1 Closed Back Studio Monitor Headphones
home studio heaphones

We actually use this in our studio!  We were pleasantly surprised at the quality as it is a great Beats by Dre alternative and other headphones priced in the $99-$150 price range.  Status Audio also has great customer service!

Microphone Stand

AmazonBasics Tripod Boom Microphone Stand
home studio micstand

No thrills, no frills.  Simple and strong enough to hold up your AT-2020.

DAW (Digital Audio Workstation, Software)

Pro Tools | First
home studio pro tools first

Yes, this is the same Pro Tools we use at our studio.  Pro Tools First experience is much like the regular version.  You are limited only to 16 audio tracks (but that should be enough for most beginners recording to instrumentals or to a guitar track.)  For more info about the differences, click here.

So, let’s total up this home studio setup for beginners under $300.

Audio Technica AT2020 Bundle: $99.00
Focusrite Scarlett Solo: $99.99
Status Audio CB-1: $79.00
AmazonBasics Microphone Stand: $18.00
Pro Tools | First: FREE!!!

TOTAL: $295.00


Higher Budget Alternative

Looking for a higher end alternative to the Audio Technica AT2020 Bundle and have a little extra money to spend?  Check out the Blue Microphones Bluebird Cardioid Condenser Microphone.  It usually costs $299 but since it’s out of stock right now it is on sale for $179.99!  Add a Microphone Cable – 10 Feet for $6.99 and a Nady MPF-2 Microphone Pop Filter for $9.99, your higher budget alternative is $392.97!

Happy Recording New Musician!  Spread your light and love to the world!

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