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About Us







We are honored to work with music educators and fortunate to be involved in a small part of the music education process. We thank you for the opportunities we've had to work with you for the last 19 years making on-site recordings for you and your students.

Soundwaves was designed as an audio keepsake and fund-raising service for music educators. We are happy to see that many educators use their recordings as a teaching tool, and as a source of audition material.

And so we are pleased to offer an additional tool for music educators:  MEtunes, Soundwaves Online Music Catalog™ allows you to easily browse and securely purchase CD recordings for yourself or to play for your students as you teach new pieces.

Please explore the site. We hope you enjoy it and find it useful. We are committed to providing you with our very best service as you go about your important work.


Virginia and Dan Canalos



“We have been receiving many compliments on our recording.    We are absolutely pleased with your excellent product.” 

Dr. Michael Anders, University of Findlay Choir

At Soundwaves we utilize some of the best recording technology and equipment available today. We also use some of the best new and vintage microphones as well as proven recording techniques to obtain clear and natural sound. We’re fortunate that in the beginning, as Soundwaves was “gearing up”, founder Dan Canalos had the opportunity to have an in-depth phone conversation with one of the music industry’s recording pioneers, Jack Renner - founder of Telarc Records and winner of 36+ Grammy Awards! Mr. Renner’s gracious advice became the template for quality and excellence that we continually try to emulate. We’ll always be grateful to Mr. Renner for his humbleness, vast knowledge, and encouragement.

Soundwaves’ “True Live™” Recordings

Using top notch equipment, premium quality microphones, various microphone techniques, a lot of experience and tutelage from our mentors, we have developed what we call our Soundwaves “True Live™” recordings. These are natural stereo recordings with no overdubs. Using the natural acoustics of your performance environment when desirable, we determine which microphones and recording technique should be employed to capture the “truest”, most natural sounding representation of your group. But since room acoustics (reflections, standing waves, reverberation etc.) are so critical to the overall color and sound of a recording, and since all rooms or auditoriums aren’t created equal we also use, with discretion, new digital technology which allows us to place your group in a true virtual three dimensional acoustic space. What does this mean? Simply, that we do our best to bring you the absolute highest quality and natural sounding recording no matter where your recording is made.

Microphones & Techniques

 It all begins with Sound. Soundwaves utilizes high quality condensor and dynamic microphones, custom built microphone cables, and industry proven techniques to capture your music. The end result is a clarity of image, sonic texture and phase coherency many other recording companies' recordings just won’t have.

Video Recording

There is nothing quite like a high quality video recording to bring back the excitement and energy contained in a once-in-a-lifetime performance.  Our video systems are robust and versatile enough to record the performance from multiple angles using the latest digital HD camera technology. We are able to get unique perspectives from individual musicians to full orchestras and ensembles, all from a single control point and with a single engineer, saving you time and money!  Our video products are edited to DVD with a full navigation menu.


Some of the manufacturers we use:

Neumann  Earthworks DBX Tascam    Newtek ZOOM
AKG  Presonus Alesis Ashley Roland Atomos
Audio Technica   Apogee Mackie Sony Panasonic    
Lexicon TC Electronics    Panasonic    Blackmagic Design   Vaddio  



Here is what your colleagues are saying about Soundwaves!



"The Southern Division ACDA was THRILLED with the quality of work provided by SOUNDWAVES at the 2012 Division Conference!  They are a wonderful company to work with and I would highly recommend them to anyone needing recording services." - Tom Shelton, President ACDA Southern 

"I have to say one of the best parts of your service is reflected in the fact that I have heard of virtually no issues throughout the whole process. Everything appeared to go smoothly and everyone was satisfied. The timeliness of the delivery of the finished product was excellent." - Robert Eaton, President ACDA Eastern

"Our band recording is very well done. You always do a super job for us and District 4." - Brian Griebel, Harding MS, Lakewood HS, OH

“I received the CD of the recording of The Dublin Singers concert and I am thrilled! Thank you so much!” - Mary Fran Cassidy, The Dublin Singers

“Thank you so much for recording our honors event. With all the other things I need to handle it's comforting to know that all I have to do is make a call or email and everything is taken care of.” - Tim Niederkorn, OMEA District 7 President

“The sound quality and production values are top notch! We are gratified to see you put the same effort and high standards into a small job as you do into every large recording session that we have seen you. We will be delighted to recommend you in the future and whenever possible." - Margie Fusco and Dennis Kovach, parents

“I love love the Christmas CD. Sound is great, as usual, bu the new packaging is beautidful! The colors are so vivid!.” - Carol Bundy, Hilliard Davidson High School

“Much better quality than I would have expected from a live recording.” - Ronald Chamberlin, Summit Choral Society

“We are really pleased with the sound and artwork on our CD.” - John Huffman, Waverly High School

“The CD Soundwaves made at the ACDA Central Convention is wonderful. Thank you for the excellent audio engineering.” - Robert Ward, Ohio State University

“We just received our DVDs and CDs. They look great! Thank you again for your speedy excellent work.” - Judy Fowls, Zanesville High School Choral Director

“The CDs arrived over the weekend and I could not wait to hear it and now I can't stop listening! You did an amazing job. We are so pleased with everything! Thank you for your help, advice, and professionalism!” - Mary Delmore

“CDs were great! We will definately use you all again in the future!” - Serge Puchinsky, Bayonne High School Jazz

"You folks are awesome! Thank you for what you do!" - Kay Tyler, Lynchburg-Clay Elementary

“Now aren’t you just better than peanut butter and delicious dark chocolate ... all mixed together. I would recommend you folks to anybody and everybody.” - Sandra Brown, Ashland Symphonic Youth Choir

“Bravo on a great job for our students and our association.” - Marcus Neiman

“I just wanted to let you know how impressed I am with the quality of the recording you did for us at the OMEA. This is really excellent work, and I am happy with the sound of our ensemble. I know the room wasn’t the greatest for performing, and certainly not for recording. Yet, you’ve produced a marvelous final product.” Dr. Patrick Reynolds, University of Dayton

“I am very surprised in the great sound you have produced.” - Patrick Branson, Gahanna-Lincoln High School

“It is very nice to know that there are businesses out there that care about the customer.” - Matthew E. Benson

“Sounds great and everything I’ve seen you do is very tasteful and nicely done.” - Chris DeMarco, Cuyahoga Falls High School Gold Tones

“The quality of the product, combined with the professional demeanor of everyone associated with Soundwaves, creates a truly enjoyable working relationship.” - Nancy Ditmer, The College of Wooster

“Sound quality is impeccable, packaging is great.” - Tim Mattis, Findlay High School Bands

“Thank you for a job well done. I am VERY proud of the CD!” - Dr. Linda B. Walker, Kent State University Gospel Choir

“I must tell you how pleased my students, their parents and I are with the OMEA recordings. I am the conductor of the Columbus Youth Chorale and our recordings were excellent. I have had many positive comments and really appreciate your work.” - Mark Hutsko, Columbus Youth Chorale

“The CDs sound great and the kids just love them.” - Jim Sanford, Mayfield High School

“We can always depend on your team for fast, high quality work.” - William H. Caldwell, Central State University Chorus

“You do a tremendous job!” - Dr. Wayne Gorder, Director of Bands Kent State University

“The quality of the recording was excellent. We were very well pleased, the kids really loved it!” - Daniel Bruno, Choir Director Wintersville Elementary Select Choir

“I’m your biggest fan because I know you produce quality recordings.” - Erin Grim, Band Director Bath High School, Principal flutist, Lima Symphony Orchestra

“It’s Gorgeous! I just had to call you, couldn’t wait, your work has always been so wonderful!” - Dr. Debbie Devore, Choir Director Revere High School Choirs

“Thank you so much, you guys do a really great job!” - Kirk Taylor, Director Rocky River High School Band

“I’m thrilled out of my mind with the quality of your recordings. I’ve been buying conference recordings since 1971.” - John Robson (retired teacher after 27 years), Dover Plains NY

“The recording of our MENC concert is quite good. Thanks for the great job." - Barry K. Miller, Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh

“The CDs sound very good. We really like the artwork, everything turned out great!” - Mark Parulakar, Director Pickerington High School Band

“Your recordings are so, so good, it’s just like being there!” - Susan Billin, Denison Singers Alumni

“We have been receiving many compliments on our recording. We are absolutely pleased with your excellent product and packaging.” - Dr. Michael Anders, University of Findlay Choir

“I couldn’t be more thrilled with the sound quality of our recording.” - Grant Cook III, Heidelberg College

“I loved everything about the sound and the packaging ...and no hassles with the licensing.” - Kate Philabaum, Perrysburg High School Choirs

“We love the fantastic graphic work Soundwaves did for our CD cover!” - Randy Border, Amherst Steele High School Band

“We just love the CD. The cover is beautiful and the sound quality is awesome! The kids love it.” - Carole Bundy, Director Hilliard Davidson H.S. Choirs

“The recording and packaging was wonderful. It meant a lot to our members.” - Elaine Ostrander, Worthington Civic Band

“We’re thrilled to death with the great work you’ve done for us. We’re always happy to work with you.” - Frank Bianchi, Director Medina H.S. Choirs

“Your work is consistently so fine.” - Sevilla Morse, Kodali Music Education Association and Director Riverside Youth Choir

“I’d recommend Soundwaves to anybody. Thank you for making us sound so great!” - Randy Gibb, Music Director First Moravian Church of Dover

“We are very pleased with our CDs and tapes and with your excellent service in sending them to us so quickly. It is always a pleasure to work with your company.” - Joy Jones, Band Director Lincoln School for the Arts

“Thanks for the lovely and quick job on the CDs and tapes. Great job!” - Barb Kovouras, Cleveland Lutheran Radio

“You folks are incredible! We are very pleased with our album.” - Tim Shapiro, Pastor Westminster Presbyterian Church, Xenia OH

“We’ve been very happy with the quality of the recordings and the packaging. The CDs look great and sound even better! Very professionally done.” - Jack Taylor, Director of Bands University of Findlay

“Extremely pleased with the sound quality and packaging, just outstanding. Totally pleased, very very very happy!“ - Michael Martin, Director Hilliard Darby High School

“We buy a lot of recordings of our kids and this is the best we’ve ever heard. You do a great job!” - Parent of Roehm Middle School band student

“We’re pleasantly pleased with the recording, and it’s visually nice.” - Jim Dowdy, Band Director, Worthington Middle School

“Once again, it was good to work with Soundwaves. Thanks.” Kathy Samuelson, Westerville Concert Band Member

“Your flexibility and quality is just great. Our students love creating life-long memories with their CDs." - Mike Sewel, Pickerington High School Band Director

“Thank you for the complimentary OMEA performance CDs. They were of excellent quality.” - Charlie Menghini, Director of Bands Vandercook College of Music

“The sound quality is unbelievably good and the cover art is fabulous. We’re really pleased. It’s leaps and bounds better than other recordings we’ve done.” - Brian Gaietto, Director of Bands Tiffin Columbian High School

“We’re very, very pleased with the sound of our CD. Your engineer was so kind and patient with us. Our recording session was a great experience.” - Ms. Olga Orchard, Director Rensselaer High School Choir

“The CDs just arrived. Totally Awesome!!!! Thanks very much!” - Beth Marsh, Dublin Singers

“To everyone involved in creating our CD, the cover, the whole nine yards. Thank you so much. You did a fantastic job. It sounds great and looks very professionally done (go figure)” - Stacey Depner, Director Woodmore Choirs

“We love our CD! My advice is not to wait 25 years like we did. Record your choir now.” - Ms. Terry Herschman, Director Ridge Jr. High Choir

“Your work at OMEA is greatly appreciated and your audio recordings are of the highest quality.” - Eric Simons, OMEA Secretary

“Everyone who has already heard the CD is excited about how it turned out. Thanks again for all your help.” - Todd Phillips, Director, Canal Winchester Steel Band

“We have received the CD you recorded of our performance at the MENC Northwest Division Conference. It is of a quality that has us interested in purchasing additional copies so that all of our members can have one. We are very pleased about how well this turned out.” - David L. Rapp, SMSgt. Air National Band of the Northwest

“Thanks so much for putting the CD compilation together for us. I received wonderful comments from the Alumni Office and I could not be happier with the way it all turned out." - Jim Kotora, Music Director, John Carroll University

"I wouldn't use anyone but Soundwaves for our recordings." - David Turrill, Director, Athens High School Band

“You have my complete trust; you’ve earned it by consistent good work.“ - Gary Lewis, Northview H.S. Choir Director

“Your recording was excellent. This allowed my son to review his performance. Since he is a tuba player the bass was easy to hear. This has increased his self-esteem and made a good beginning to the new school year marching season.“ - Judy Addy, Parent

“The CD was so very excellent. I’ve almost wore it out. Fantastic! Thank you for such a beautiful job...” - A. Blanche Gross, Coldwater Community Choir member

“I’m quite happy with the recording. I can’t wait for my singers to hear it.” - Dr. Frank Jacobs, Founding Artistic Director Summit Choral Society

“Thank you for a superior product - the kids all sound terrific!” - Dee Morgan, Parent

“We wanted to do it right so we called Soundwaves.” - Chris Brooks, Highland High School Band Director

“I have a few recordings that were done by Soundwaves from OMEA performances. I have been impressed with the quality of the recordings and wanted to find out more about the company.” - Christopher Dent, St. Luke Lutheran Church

“You did a very, very nice job in a very short time! The quality was very good.” - Scott Wolfe, Steubenville High School Band

“Thank you for the All State choir disk to share with my kids. It helped immensely for them to hear the flow of the song that we were performing. Your work is, as always, of great quality.” - Jared S. Plasterer, Director of Vocal Music Valley Forge High School

“Just want you to know - the quality of this CD was outstanding.” - Irene Baldwin, Parent