Atlas is a recording studio located in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. Atlas was founded in 1996 by producer & engineer Matt Allison to fill the need for a studio that catered to Chicago’s punk scene. After establishing itself and gaining a loyal client base, Atlas moved to it’s current location in 2005. Artists from Alkaline Trio to Less Than Jake and everywhere in-between have found their homes at Atlas, crafting iconic albums that have provided an important voice to the punk community. Since then In it’s 2,000 square foot facility, Atlas houses a list of microphones, high quality preamps, and one of the best sounding live rooms in the city.

We are now open to freelance engineers! Atlas is happy to be a home for many freelance engineers. Take advantage of our room and gear to record your next project. Contact us at to set up a session today.


Pro Tools HD8

Barefoot mm27
Yamaha NS10M

Microphone Preamps
API 3124+ (2)
Langevin Dual Vocal Combo
Yamaha ML-8

Wunder Cm7 | Royer 121  | Beyerdynamic M201 | Beyerdynamic M88 | Sennheiser 441 | Sennheiser 421 | Shure Beta 91 | Shure Beta 181 (x2) | Shure Sm57 (x4) | Shure Sm7b (x2) | AKG 451 (x2) | AKG D112 (x2) | Behringer C2 (x2) | Telefunken M80 SH | Cascade Fat Head Pair | Sennheiser 504

Dark Horse Percussion Maple Kit (24×16, 13×9, 16×16)
Pork Pie Maple Toms (12×8, 16×16)
Pork Pie Maple Snare (14×6.5)

Orange Bass Terror 500 Head
Ampeg 4×10 Bass cabinet

Peavey Classic 50 Combo
Fender SuperSonic 22 Combo
Randall Custom 4×12 Guitar cabinet
Emperor Custom 1×15 Guitar Cabinet



Matt Allison – Producer/Engineer

Matt started Atlas in 1996 with a vision to fill a void in Chicago’s Punk Rock scene, offering bands a refuge to bring their music to life. 21 years later, Atlas has become a Chicago staple. Matt has worked with an extensive list of artists including Alkaline Trio, The Lawrence Arms, and The Menzingers, to highlight a few. Matt continues to record at Atlas but focuses most of his time on mixing and producing artists.  

Justin Yates – Engineer

Utah native and Conservatory of Recording Arts graduate, Justin came to Chicago in 2008 to work alongside Matt. Since then he has played a crucial role in recording new, emerging artists, as well as established Atlas alumni. Justin has developed his own voice and established himself as one of the top engineers in Chicago.

Dan Tinkler – Engineer

Dan joined the Atlas team in 2013 and immediately began making a name for himself in Chicago. Keeping with Atlas’ vision, Dan brought new artists into the studio as well as working with several Atlas veterans.

Chris DeQuick – Engineer

Acid Casualty, Friskie Morris Sessions, Hi Ho


The Alkaline Trio | Ah Thang | Annabel | The Arrivals | The Audio Dead | Avenues | Beauty School | Bluebirds | Bogart | The Bollweevils | Boomerang Bros | Born on Jeffreys | Boss Fight | Brendan Kelly & the Wandering Birds | Brickfight | The Broadways | The Cardinal Sin | Cellarette | Chasing Chimera | Circus Fires | Cobra Skulls | The Copyrights | Counterpunch | Dan Andriano | Dan Vapid & the Cheats | Dead To Me | Devon Kay & the Solutions | Direct Hit | Dog & Wolf | Dowsing | Droughts | Duvall | Elway | The Falcon | Flatfoot 56 | Frank Catalano | Ghost Cloak | Ghost of a Dead Hummingbird | The Grown Ups | The Holy Mess | Holy Roman Empire | The Honor System | The Hypnic Jerks | The Jeffreys | The Killing Tree | Kittyhawk | The Lawrence Arms | Less Than Jake | Masked Intruder | Mason Jiller | The Menzingers | The Methadones | The Mizzerables | Murderburgers | Mungion | Ness | No Stranger | No Two Waynes | Pacemaker | Pet Symmetry | Pretty Idiots | The 1 Class | Otto Mann | The Queers | Rat Boys | The Reaganomics | Recreational Drugs | Sam Russo | Rust Ring | Short Handed | Signals Midwest | The Sky We Scrape | Smoke or Fire | The Smoking Popes | Space Blood | Split Single | Split Tongues | Stock Footage | Still Alive | Sundowner | Super Happy Fun Club | Textbook | Top Shelf Liquors | The Tossers | Turnspit | Webstirs | Winter Classic | You Blew It |



Matt Allison can be contacted directly for mixing at

Justin Yates $350/day – $40/hour

Dan Tinkler $350/day – $40/hour

Atlas is happily open to freelance engineers! Track drums or a full band in one of the best sounding live rooms in the city! $200/day.


Dont need a full day for your project? Book a half day! $200 with Justin or Dan

*All sessions require a 50% non-refundable deposit at time of booking. Cancellations require 72 hours of notice to apply the deposit as a credit for a later date.