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James McLaughlin

Recording Engineer. Producer. Drummer.

Mountainside Recording Studio is nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, just minutes from downtown Charlottesville and the University of Virginia. It was designed by renowned acoustic architect John H Brandt. The tracking and control rooms were custom built to his exacting, world class acoustic studio design specifications. For real for real.

The result is a highly creative, relaxed, inspiring, and sonically impeccable space for audio and video recording and production. This is a recording studio of the finest quality, set in a uniquely peaceful forest, untouched in over a century. Surrounded by over 50 species of trees, some over 150 feet tall, the studio provides equal parts solitude and professionalism.

With over two decades as a member of the local music and arts community here in Charlottesville, I'm proud to offer Mountainside Recording Studio as a quality content creation space for solo artists and bands, producers and mix engineers, voice actors, podcasters, and other creatives.

If you are still reading, know that I'm especially grateful for the unique generosity of spirit and diversity that reside within the music and arts community here in Central Virginia. Also, and in the clearest terms possible: Fuck Nazis.

Even more reading about me? Sure! When I was 23, I moved to Charlottesville, after finishing my degree and learning music production in London, England under noted producer Tim Laws. He had an amazing SSL room in this crazy multi-studio recording complex called Stanley House in the late 90's and early 2000's. I learned so much about not only where to put microphones and how to comp a vocal, but far more importantly, I learned how to be in a room with an artist or band as the creative process unfolds. It's something I've worked on for more than 25 years as a drummer and percussionist, band leader, engineer, mixer, fake mastering engineer, and producer of a wide variety of recordings. In addition to over a thousand live performances, my studio work and credits span dozens of albums, audiobooks, podcasts, voiceovers and soundtracks for film, TV, radio, and national internet ad campaigns, and more. It's magic, and I approach every day with gratitude and coffee.



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Universal Audio Apollo x8 + Apollo Twin X 
Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Luna
Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5024
(4 Channel)
(2) Universal Audio 4-710d
(w/1176 comps x8 channels)
Revive Audio M12 mk2
(API 312 Style Preamp x4) (Cinemag x4)
Revive Audio Modded Warm Audio WA-412
(Cinemag x4)
Universal Audio Unison Preamps (x6)
Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5033 EQ
Revive Audio Modded ART PRO-VLA2 Compressor
(x4 channels)
Revive Audio Modded EQP-KT (pair)
(Genalex Gold Lion Tubes)
(EQP-1A vibes x2)
dbx 160x (pair)

dbx 160A
Aphex 204 Exciter (4 Channels)
Thanks Ryan Hewitt)
Midas MR18 - 16 Preamps
additional for rehearsal or recording

Adam Audio a77x monitors
(soffit mounted)
Yamaha NS-10M Hafler P3000 Amp
KRK VXT4 with 10S Sub 
Solid State Logic UF8 Controller

Behringer Powerplay 16 Monitoring System
Audio Technica ATH-M40x (x4)
AKG K553 MKII (x2)
Grado PS-500
6 pairs "other decent" headphones

Drum Kits and Percussion
DW 2004 Collectors Series Drum Kit
(10", 12", 16", 20" kick w/lift)
Ludwig 1971 Jazz Fusion kit
(12", 13", 16", 20" kick)
Gretsch 2012 Catalina Club kit
(12", 14", 18" kick w/lift)
Ludwig Black Beauty Snare,
Paiste 24" JR Robinson Deep Ride
Various Zildjian Cymbals,
Percussion and Trash Sounds
Native Instruments Maschine Mikro
Big Fat Snare Drum Cheese Cloth,
Snare Weight M1, M80

Piano and Keyboards
Kimball Grand Scale Upright
(1894) (vibes)
Hammond M3 Organ 
Tour Series Leslie 760 cabinet
Behringer Poly - D Synth
(Mini Moog vibes)
Kurzweil SP3X Stage Piano
(fully weighted keys)
Native Instruments
Komplete Kontrol S49 MK2
Korg MicroKorg Synth

Ampeg V4B Bass Amp
with Cabinet
Tech21 SansAmp
Fender Mustang
with flatwounds
1978 Gibson The Ripper
Quest Black Magic

Fender Princeton Reverb Amp
Fender Blues Jr Amp
Fender Bronco Amp
Premier 90 Reverb Tank
2019 Fender Player Telecaster
Epiphone Coronet
Ovation Nylon StringAcoustic Guitar

DI Boxes
Warm Audio WA-DI-A x4
Acme Audio WB 3 Motown DI
Tech21 SansAmp
Radial Engineering SGI (x2)
Radial Reamp JCR Studio Reamper
Radial Pro DI x5
Cloudlifter CL-2

Neumann TLM 103
Neumann KM 184
Matched Pair
AKG C414
Warm Audio WA67 tube
Warm Audio WA251 tube
Warm Audio WA87 R2
Matched Pair
Warm Audio WA14
JZ Black Hole 2
Matched Pair
Stager SR2N
Matched Pair (Coles)
Slate VMS-ML-1 Modeling LDC
w/ Blackbird and
Classic Tubes 3
Sennheiser 441 (x3)
Sennheiser 421 (x3)
Beyer Dynamic M160
*Michael Joly Mods:
*Rode NT1-A (87 vibes)
*Oktava MC 012
Matched Pair
*MXL Ribbon Mod
Rode NTK Tube
Warm Audio WA47 Jr
Matched Pair
AKG C451
Heil PR-40

Rode NT4 stereo (x/y)
Blue Hummingbird
Sennheiser e 906
Electro-Voice 635A
AKG d112
Lewitt  LCT140 Air
Matched Pair
Shure Beta 52A
Shure Beta 58
Wireless (x2)
Shure SM58s (x4)
Blue Encore 100 (x4)
Shure SM57s (x4)
Sennheiser e 604 (x3)
Tascam TM-80
CAD Equitek E200

Audix F15 (x2)
Cloudlifter CL-2

Universal Audio Heritage Bundle
Waves Horizon, Restoration,
Saphira, NLS
Waves Abbey Road Suite
Waves Various Producers Plugs
iZotope Music Production Suite 4
Sound Radix Auto Align 2,
Drum Leveler, Pi, Powair, SurferEQ
Solid State Logic
Drumstrip v6, Vocalstrip 2
Native Instruments
Komplete Ultimate 12
Slate Digital VBC, VMR,
VTM, Blackbird VMS, Trigger 2
PSP Vintage Warmer
Celemony - Melodyne
Soundtoys - EchoBoy,
LIttle AlterBoy
FabFilter - Saturn
Oekound - Soothe2
Liquid Sonics - Seventh Heaven
SonarWorks SoundID Reference

Digital Transfer Service:
Alesis ADAT
Sony DAT

TEAC Reel to Reel
Tape Machine

Alesis Masterlink ML-9600


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