Professional Microphone with Pop Filter

James McLaughlin

Recording Engineer. Producer. Drummer.

I moved to Charlottesville, VA in late 2001. I love this town. I'm especially grateful for both the diversity and unique generosity of spirit that resides within the music community here. I've played thousands of gigs, engineered hundreds of recording sessions, having mixed, produced, and performed on dozens of albums along the way.

"Music is the melody whose text is the world." - Arthur Schopenhauer

My recording studio is situated within an old forest, untouched in over a century, located just minutes from downtown Charlottesville and the University of Virginia. It was designed by renowned acoustic architect John H Brandt, and I personally built the tracking and mixing rooms to his exacting, world class specifications.  

It took me about 18 months, and my goal has finally been realized: a recording studio of the finest quality. I've handcrafted a creative, relaxed, and inspiring space for professional audio and video production. Built not just for myself, my intent is to help elevate artists, producers, and other creatives based both here in Central Virginia and nationally. We need Music and The Arts more than ever these days!



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Universal Audio Apollo x8 + Apollo Twin X 
Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Luna
Apple Silicon M1 Mac Based Recording System

Bitree 969A Programmable Patchbay (96 point TT)
Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5024 (4 Channel)
Revive Audio M12 mk2 (API 312 Style Preamp x4) (Cinemag x4)
Revive Audio Modded Warm Audio WA-412 (Cinemag x4)
(2) Universal Audio 4-710d (w/1176 comps x8 channels)
Universal Audio Unison Preamps (x6)
Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5033 EQ (Pair)
Revive Audio Modded ART PRO-VLA2 Compressor (x4 channels)
Revive Audio Modded EQP-KT (pair) (Genalex Gold Lion Tubes)(EQP-1A)
Aphex 204 Exciter (2 Channels) (Thanks Ryan Hewitt)
dbx 160x (pair)
dbx 160A
Midas Pro Preamps (M32R, MR18 as needed, rehearsals etc)

Adam Audio a77x monitors (soffit mounted)
Yamaha NS-10M (originals) (Hafler P3000 Amp)
KRK VXT4 with 10S Sub (usually in lounge, vibes) 

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

Solid State Logic UF8 Controller
Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S49 MK2
Native Instruments Maschine Mikro
Alesis USB Pro Drum Kit

Instruments and Amps
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
Big Fat Snare Drum Cheese Cloth, Snare Weight M1, M80

Kimball Grand Scale Upright (1894) (vibe pre-installed)
Hammond M3 Organ, Tour Series Leslie 760 cabinet
Kurzweil SP3X Stage Piano (fully weighted keys)
Korg MicroKorg Synth

Ampeg V4B Bass Amp with Cabinet
Fender Princeton Reverb Amp
Fender Blues Jr Amp
Fender Bronco Amp
2019 Fender Player Telecaster
1978 Gibson The Ripper Bass
Epiphone Coronet Guitar
TEAC Reel to Reel Tape Machine
Premier 90 Reverb Tank

DI Boxes
Warm Audio WA-DI-A x4
Tech21 SansAmp
Radial Engineering SGI Guitar Interface
RadiaL Pro DI x5
Cloudlifter CL-2

Neumann TLM 103
Neumann KM 184 Matched Pair
AKG C414
Warm Audio WA14
Warm Audio WA251
Warm Audio WA87 R2 Matched Pair
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)
*Michael Joly Mods:
*Rode NT1-A (87 vibes)
*Oktava MC 012 Matched Pair
*MXL Ribbon Mod
Lewitt 140 Air Matched Pair
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 (Pair)
CAD Equitek E200 (oldie/goodie)

Audix F15 (x2)
Cloudlifter CL-2

UA Heritage Bundle
Waves Horizon, Restoration, Saphira, NLS
Waves Abbey Road Suite, Various 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
Liquid Sonics - Seventh Heaven

Digital Transfer Service:
Alesis ADAT
Sony DAT
Alesis Masterlink ML-9600