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James McLaughlin

Recording Engineer. Drummer. Producer.

I've been lucky enough to live in Charlottesville, VA since late 2001. It's been a great place to foster the continued development my drumming and production skills. A life in music. I'm grateful for the diversity and the unique generosity of spirit that resides within the music community here. This studio has been built in an attempt to realize a lifelong dream: a place where music can be created without limitations or distractions.

In 2019, we discovered an old forest, untouched in over a century, located just minutes from downtown C'Ville. This beautiful piece of land was so inspiring, I knew it was the place I would build my "forever" studio. I hired renowned acoustic architect John H Brandt, who designed the tracking and mixing rooms to his exacting, world class specifications. It took about 18 months, hundreds of hours before and during a pandemic, and the result is a recording studio of the finest quality. The goal has been realized: I've created a professional, relaxed, inspiring space for the recording and production of music, not only for myself, but for artists, producers, and other creatives. Come and hear it for yourself, be inspired, and record your best.

Tracking Room


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Mix Room
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Focusrite Red 8Line: Thunderbolt 3, Dante, Pro Tools HD, Logic Pro
58 Input, 64 Output - 32x32 DANTE

Universal Audio 4-710d (w/1176 comps)
Revive Audio M12 mk2 (API 312 Preamp x4)
Revive Audio Mod: Warm Audio WA-412
Focusrite Red Evolution Preamps (x2)
Revive Audio Mod: ART PRO-VLA2 Compressor (x4)
Midas Pro Preamps (x48) (Midas M32R, DL16, MR18)

Adam Audio a77x monitors
Yamaha NS-10M (original) (Hafler P3000 Amp)
KRK VXT4 with 10S Sub
Midas M32R, MR18, X32 Producer, X-Air 12 

Behringer P16 Monitoring System
Grado PS-500
Audio Technica ATH-M40x (6)
AKG K553 MKII (2)

Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S49 MK2
Native Instruments Maschine Mikro
Alesis USB Pro Drum Kit

Instruments and Amps
DW Collectors Series Drum Kit (10", 12", 16", 20" kick)
Ludwig 1971 Jazz Fusion kit (12", 13", 16", 20" kick)
Gretsch Catalina Club kit (12", 14", 18" kick)
Various Cymbals, Snares, Percussion

Piano: Kimball Grand Scale Upright (1894)

Hammond M3 Organ, Tour Series Leslie 760 cabinet
Kurzweil SP3X Stage Piano (fully weighted)
Korg MicroKorg Synth

Ampeg V4B Bass Rig
SWR Goliath SR bass amp
Fender Bronco Amp
1980 Rickenbacker Bass
1978 Gibson Ripper Bass
Epiphone Coronet Guitar
TEAC Reel to Reel Tape Machine
Premier 90 Reverb Tank

DI Boxes
Warm Audio WA-DI-A x4
Radial Engineering SGI Guitar Interface
RadiaL Pro DI x5

JZ Black Hole 2 (pair)
Neumann TLM 103
Neumann KM 184 matched pair
Warm Audio WA87 R2 (pair)
Warm Audio WA47 Jr (pair)
Michael Joly Mods:
*Rode NT1-A
*The Hulk
*Oktava MC 012 matched pair
AKG C414

Slate VMS-ML-1
Rode NT4 stereo
Rode NTK Tube
Shure SM7B
Sennheiser e 604 (x3)
Sennheiser e 906
AKG d112
Shure Beta 52A
Shure Beta 58 Wireless (x2)
Shure SM57 x8
Shure SM58 x8
Blue Encore 100 (x4)
Blue Hummingbird pair

CAD Equitek E200
Electro-Voice 635A
Audix F15 (x2)

Waves Horizon, Restoration, Saphira, NLS
Waves Abbey Road Suite, Producers Plugs
iZotope Music Production Suite 4
Native Instruments - Komplete Ultimate 12
Slate Digital VBC, VMR, VTM, Blackbird VMS, Trigger 2
PSP (full suite, Vintage Warmer)
Celemony - Melodyne
Soundtoys - EchoBoy, LIttle AlterBoy
FabFilter - Saturn
Oekound - Soothe2