Buckeye Recording

Buckeye Recording Studio in Philadelphia’s Italian Market
Mike Kennedy

Buckeye was comfortable and artistically very interesting — it was the perfect environment for my project.

— Mike Kennedy, Guitarist, Composer and Adjunct Assistant Professor, The University of the Arts

Vince Di Mura

I knew right away that my project was in good hands.

— Vince Di Mura, Composer and Residential Musical Director, Princeton University

Ben Diamond

It was clear that Buckeye had not only the technical capacity but also the warmth, personality, and vibe to capture our sound.

— Ben Diamond, Drummer, Percussionist, and Composer






Tracking: $350 per day

Mixing: $50 an hour

Engineer, data back-up and storage included in day rate

  • Great tracking and mixing rooms with large iso rooms
  • Perfect for live/ensemble recording/strings & horns
  • Piano, Hammond, Wurlitzer, drums, amps
  • A variety of ribbon mics, vintage & modded boutique gear
  • Priced for today’s musicians on today’s budgets







  • AKG 414, D112
  • Audix D2, D6
  • Blue (3)
  • Pairs of ribbon mics – Beyerdynamic M160’s, modded Cascade Fatheads, and Shiny Box MXC’s
  • Vintage EV, Shure 55, Shure 53 Sennheiser 421
  • Shure 57s (3), 58s (2) Beta 57 + 58, KSM32
  • Equitek (2), Heil Pro 31’s (2), Kel, Rode (3), etc.

Pre amps

  • Universal Audio 610
  • Rupert Neve Designs 5012 (2)
  • Summit Audio (2)
  • Altec 1592A
  • Sytek (4)
  • TL Audio (4)
  • Modded API-type PM1500’s (2)
  • Groove tubes (2)


  • Universal Audio 1176
  • Empirical Labs Distressor
  • Modded Joe Meek compressor
  • FMR
  • TLAudio
  • Radial
  • Sansamp
  • Lexicon
  • Alesis, etc.


  • Vintage Martin and 1948 Gibson acoustic guitars
  • 1962 Guild Starfire
  • 1963 Harmony Bobcat
  • Regal Dobro
  • Takamine Classical
  • Fender Strat
  • Fender P-Bass


  • Beautiful German Upright Grand piano
  • Refurbed/modded 1960’s Hammond organ
  • Retro-linear modded Wurlitzer electric piano
  • Yamaha SK30


  • DW / Pearl / Remo / Tama / Ludwig / Korg Wave Drum / Fiber Skins / LP Bongos


  • Modded vintage Traynor and Fender amps
  • Vox

A variety of boutique and modified effects and stomp boxes by Strymon, Earthquaker Devices, Xotic, Fulltone, Wampler, Zvex, Dan Electro, Line 6, Dunlop, Electro-Harmonix, Radial, Boss, etc.











Peter Richan established Buckeye Recording in 2004 as a place to create and record music in an inspiring and nurturing atmosphere, re-inventing the paradigm of what a recording studio can be. He strives to bring out the very best of everyone that comes to the Buckeye, making sure that hard work and productivity is always a joyful experience.

Located in the building that housed the historic Buckeye Bar, Buckeye Recording Studio in Philadelphia’s Italian Market is a hybrid analog/digital studio, utilizing a custom-designed control room with KRK 7000B/Hafler monitoring, and Avantone Mix Cubes and Paradigm/Harman Kardan as additional perspectives. A large 25’X50′ cutting room with 12′ ceilings, and several iso-rooms and booths can accommodate large ensemble and full band recording – one of the best-sounding drum rooms in Philadelphia.