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writing, Recording & Production

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Music Production:

* The styles; Rock, Country, Pop, Alternative/Indie & Metal

* Full in-house professional recording studio
* All aspects of recording, sound design and editing

* Real instruments blended with programming

* Input on how to make your songs their best

* Arrangement ideas infused with coaching

* 30 years of real world music busness experience

Songwriting & Composition:

Here for a lot of people is where the rubber meets the road. If you don't have a great song, it's like trying to build a house on quicksand. James has written 1000s of songs over his career with countless placements in film, television and exsisting artists. He has done everything from Pop to Country to Rock. If needed, he can lend an ear and his expertise to help shape your songs and musical vision.

Vocal Coaching & Voice Production:

You are in for a treat if James works with you as a singer. His 25 year career as a vocal coach has seen him coaching on air with American Idol and behind the scenes for Glee, Disney and Nikelodeon. His client list speaks for itself. Let him work you behind the mic and see what happens. A great vocal performance is the icing on a breathtaking record. Buckle in and let the show begin...

Session Musician & Studio Singer:

James' experience in the studio and on tour makes him an enciclopedia of knowladge and chops. He has done it all from playing guitar for the band Dokken and the Broadway rendition of Rock Of Ages at The Venetian in Las Vegas to sing for the Scottish supergroup Nazareth. James and his crew play all the instruments. It's an incredible way for an artist to allow their music to come to life and see it's full potential. 

Mixing & Mastering:

The best of old and new collide at James Lugo Music. The greatest analog equipment in the history of pro audio integrates with today's finest Digital Audio Workstation in this state of the art hybrid studio. Protools 2020HDX with an Avid S1, Burl convertors and a UAD-2 Satellite Octo. It is truely the best of both worlds, analog warmth with the punch of digital. James has mixed for many major labels here in the states and overseas. 

The Studio

James' recording facility is centrally located in Nashville Tennessee. Come to James Lugo Music and make a record or stay home and have your record produced and mixed by world class Hybrid Mixer James Lugo.

One of the things that seperates us from many other studios is when you come here to record you not only get a world-class engineer that's a producer and plays many instrument but is also a professional vocal coach with 25 years of experience making records in Los Angeles.

Full production, songwriting, tracking, reamping, mixing & mastering are available.

Studio A

iMac 27" i9, 64 gigs RAM, 2 TB SSD Computer
Mac iPad 2022 - 256 Gig Ram
Protools 2020 HDX (Big Sur)
Avid Thunderbolt 3 HDX Card Chassis 
Avid PT|HD IO Convertor (16x16)
Presonus FaderPort 2 Fader Controller 
Burl B2 Bomber Stereo ADC
Burl B32 Analog Summing Mixer
ADAM A77X Powered Monitors
KRK 10s Powered Sub - 10" Driver
UAD-2 Satellite Octo Thunderbolt 3
LaCie SSD 2big 8TB Raid System Hard Drives
Glyph SSD 2 TB Sample Hard Drive
Crane Song Avocet Monitoring System
Yamaha MG06X Mixer
Audio Accessories Patchbays

All Mogami & GepCo Cables

Tripp Lite LCR2400 Power Conditioner
Tripp Lite IS250 Isolation Transformer
Tripp Lite RS1215-RA Rackmount Network



1 - Pearlman TM-47 w EF12 Tube (U47)
1 - Neumann TLM102 Condensor Mic
1 - Beyerdynamic M160 Ribbon Mic
2 - sE Electronics sE7 Small Condenser Mics
1 - Shure Beta 52 Kick Mic

1 - Shure SM7b Mic
1 - Shure Beta 58 Mic
5 - Shure SM57 Mics
2 - Shure SM58 Mics

1 - Heil PR20 Mic
1 - AKG C 3000B Mic
1 - Blue Yeti Silver USB Mic

Mic Pres:

2 - BAE 1073MP Stereo Neve 1073

2 - API 512 C 500 Series Mic Preamps
2 - A Designs EM-Red 500 Series Mic Pres
2 - Aphex J Pre 500 Series Mic Pres
2 - Midas 502 V2 500 Series Mic Pres
1 - Useful Arts Hornet Mic Preamp/DI
1 - Purple Audio Sweet Ten 500 Series Chassis
2 - Cloudlifters

Compressors, EQs & Effects:
2 - Empirical Labs Distressors EL8X (Brit Mod)

GML 8200  Parametric Equalizer Series 2

Midi Controllers & Keyboards:
Akai MPK249 Midi Controller
Studiologic SL990 88 Weighted Keyboard 


Virtual Instruments Programming:

Native Instruments Komplete 13 Ultimate
Omnisphere Synth Plugin
Arturia V Collection 8 Vintage Keyboards
Keyscape Keyboard Sampler
Serum Wavetable Synth Plugin
Ana 2 Analogue Synth
UJAM Strings Symphonic Engine

Output Exhale Vocal Synthesizer 

Drum & Beat Programming:
Superior Drummer 3 Drum Program
Steven Slate Drums 5.5 Drum Program
Addictive Drums 2 Complete Collection

Native Instruments Battery 4 Sampler
Sonic Academy Kick 2 Kick Drum Synthesis
XLN DS 10 Drum Shaper
Steven Slate Trigger


Studio B

Logic Pro X
2023 MacBook Pro M2 Pro 16"
Samson Resolv SE6 Powered Monitors 
Samson Powered Sub
Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 Convertors
2 - Mackie Mix12FX Mixer


Audio-Technica LP-120 Turntable
Radial J33 DI Stereo

Guitars & Basses:

Gibson Les Paul Standard (WB 'Fire') Black
WCR Les Paul (American Steele)
Fender Telecaster Road Worn (Fender V Mod Pups) 
Fender Stratocaster '78 (Fralin 'Woodstocks')
Fender Stratocaster '21 Professional II
Fender Jazzmaster J Mascis (Lollar Pickups)
PRS SE Mark Holcomb SVN 7 
String Guitar
​Gibson Les Paul Epiphone (Br 59/Custom - Nc 59)
Yamaha Revstar RS320 (Br Custom - Nc 59)
Gretsch Pro Jet (w/ Bigsby & Filtertron Pups)
Danelectro '59 Reissue 12 String
Peavey Firenza (P90s)
Martin DC-16RGTE Acoustic Guitar
Taylor 614-CE Acoustic Guitar
Tanglewood TW28/12 CLN CE 12 String Acoustic
Fender P Bass MIM (Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounder)
Ibanez EHB1505MS 5 String Active/Passive Bass

Amps, Modeling & Profilers:
2003 Marshall JCM800 100w Cameron Ocean Mod  
1977 Marshall JMP w/Master Volume 50w (Stock)
2012 Matchless Amplification HC-30 Amp Head 
2022 Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Multi-Watt Head
Fractal Audio FM9 Turbo Modeling Amplifier
Fractal Audio EV-1 Expression/Volume Pedal

Cabs & Switcher/DIs:
2 - Mesa Boogie Traditional 4x12 (UK V30 X GB, 8 Ohms)
Matchless 2x12 Open Back Stock (GB x G12H - 4 Ohms) 
Suhr Reactive Load IR Box

Radial Headlight 4 Guitar Amp Selector
Little Labs Redeye 3D DI & Re-amplifier

A Designs KGB-1tf Instrument Preamp/DI
QSC K12.2 Powered FRFR for Fractal FM9

Guitar & Bass Pedals:
2 - Eventide H9 Max Multi-Effects & Mission Exp Pedal
Strymon Mobius Modulation Pedal
Strymon El Capistan V2 Tape Echo Pedal
UA Golden Reverberator Pedal
EarthQuaker Devices Hoof Reaper Dual Fuzz/Octave
Boss Super Overdrive SD-1 Overdrive 
Keisman Early Bird Overdrive 
Mythos Mjolnir Klon Overdrive Pedal

Fulltone OCD Overdrive Pedals
Maxon OD808 Overdrive Pedal
Boss EQ 200 Graphic Equalizer Pedal
Boss GE-7 EQ Pedal
ISP Decimator II Noise Gates
Dunlop Cry Baby Wah GCB95
Ernie Ball VP Jr Volume Pedal
Tech 21 SansAmp RBI Bass Preamp
Mission Engineering SP-H9 Expression Pedal
Moog EP-3 Universal Expression Pedal (Strymon)
TC Electronics Polytune 3

Voodoo Labs Dingbat Pedalboard Medium w/4x4
Pedal Train Medium Pedalboard w / Power Plus 2
Temple Audio DUO 34 Templeboard and Case

Shure GLX-D16 Digital Guitar Wireless System
Korg DTR 2000 - Digital Tuner
Slide, Ebow, Capo 

Guitar Amp Sim & Plugins:
IK MultiMedia Amplitube 5 (All amps, cabs & FX)

TSE X50 Amp Modeler (All amps, cabs & FX)

Joey Sturgis Toneforge Menace (All amps, cabs & FX)
UAD SVT & GK (All amps, cabs & FX)
Avid 11 Rack (All amps, cabs & FX)
Waves Gtr (All amps, cabs & FX)

Video Studio:
Sony A6600 Mirrorless Digital Camera

Tamron 11-20mm F/2.8 Sony E Mount Lens
Rode VideoMic Pro Shotgun Mic
Rode Wireless GO 2 with Lav Mic

Magnus REX VT-4000-PRO-2 Tripod with Fluid Head 
Manfrotto Trigger Handle Video Tripod
Joby GorillaPod Ballhead Stand

Apple iPhone 12 (4K Video)
Apple iPhone 8 (4K Video)
Panasonic HC-V180 Camcorder
Ledgo VersaTile LG-V58C1K1- LED Light
Savage Luminous Pro LED Ringlight PLUS
Final Cut Pro X Editing Software
Motion 3D Graphic Editing Software
ScreenFlow Screen Capture Software
Camtasia 2 Screen Capture Software

News & GiGS

James Lugo LIVE

June 3rd - 4th 2023
Barbizon Showcase

Lecturing on Singing
Location: Westin Dallas, TX

James Lugo LIVE
June 19th - 22nd 2023
Industry Network Showacase

Lecturing on Singing
Location: Sheridan Universal 
James Lugo LIVE
July 29th - Aug 1st 2023
iPOP! Singing Convention
Lecturing on Singing
Location: Anaheim Hilton
James Lugo LIVE
July 30th - Aug 4th 2023
Barbizon Singing Convention
Lecturing on Singing
Location: Disney Resort

Orlando, Fla
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