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James McLaughlin

Recording Engineer.

In 2019, James decided to build the best recording studio possible on a beautiful piece of land just minutes from downtown Charlottesville. Designed by world renowned studio architect JH Brandt, the acoustics of the rooms are truly world class. Situated within an old growth forest, untouched in over a century, the natural landscape provides a relaxing and inspiring environment that allows artists and producers to focus on what really matters: bringing their musical visions to life without distractions.

Tracking Room

Experience
Mountainside.

Lounge
Mix Room
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Microphones

GEAR

Focusrite Red 8Line, Pro Tools HD, Thunderbolt 3, Dante, 56 in 64 out
 
Preamps
Universal Audio 4-710d, 4 channel tone blending, 1176 circuits
Warm Audio WA-412, 4 channel API style

Monitoring
Midas M32R
Ultranet 16 channel headphone monitoring system x8
Adam Audio a77x monitor pair
Yamaha NS-10M original pair (Hafler Transnova amp)
KRK VXT4 pair with 12-inch sub

Headphones
Audio Technica ATH-M40x x8

Midi
Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S49 MK2
Native Instruments Maschine Mikro
Kurzweil SP3X stage piano and midi controller

Instruments
Drums:
DW Collectors Series kit
Ludwig 1971 Jazz Fusion kit
Gretsch Catalina Club kit

Kimball Chicago 1894 upright piano
Hammond M3 Organ with Leslie 760 cabinet
SWR Goliath SR bass amp

DW
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Mics
AKG d112
Blue Encore 100 x4
Blue Hummingbird pair
CAD Equitek E200
Electro-Voice 635A
JZ Black Hole 2 x2
Neumann KM 184 pair
Neumann TLM 103
Neumann U 87 x2
Rode NT4 stereo
Sennheiser e 604 x3
Sennheiser e 906
Shure Beta 52A
Shure SM57 x8
Shure SM58 x8
Slate modeling mic

Michael Joly Mods:
The Hulk
Oktava MC 012 x2
Ribbon
Rhode NT1-A

Plugins
Celemony - Melodyne
FabFilter - Saturn
Native Instruments - Komplete Ultimate 12
Oekound - Soothe2
PSPaudioware - full suite
Slate Digital:
Virtual bus racks
Virtual mix rack
Virtual tape machines
Trigger 2
Soundtoys - EchoBoy
Waves - Diamond Bundle + Abbey Road full suite