writing, Recording & Production

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
Protools 2020 HDX (Catalina)
Avid Thunderbolt 3 HDX Card Chassis 
Avid S1 EUCON Control Surface with Faders

Avid PT|HD IO Convertor (16x16)
Burl B2 Bomber Stereo ADC
Burl B32 Analog Summing Mixer
Genelec 1031A Powered Monitors 
Yamaha NS10s & Yamaha PC2002M Power Amp
KRK 10s Powered Sub - 10" Driver
UAD-2 Satellite Octo Thunderbolt 3
SSL UC1 Advanced Plug-In Controller
LaCie SSD 2big 8TB Raid System Hard Drives
Glyph SSD 2 TB Sample Hard Drive
Crane Song Avocet Monitoring System
Allen & Heath MixWizard3 16:2 Mixing Board
Audio Accessories Patchbays

All Mogami & GepCo Cables

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

Studio B

MacBook Pro Intel (High Sierra)​
Samson Resolv SE6 Powered Monitors 
Samson Powered Sub
Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 Convertors
2 - Mackie Mix12FX Mixer


1 - Neumann U87ai Condensor Mic
2 - Slate Digital VMS ML-1 Mic System
1 - Shure SM7b Mic with Cloudlifter
1 - Beyerdynamic M160 Ribbon Mic
1 - Blue Yeti Silver USB Condensor Mic
1 - Shure Beta 58 Mic
4 - Shure SM57 Mics
2 - Shure SM58 Mics
1 - Heil PR20 Mic
1 - Shure Beta 52 Mic

1 - AKG C 3000B Mic

Mic Pres:

2 - Chandler Limited TG2 500 Series Mic Preamps
2 - Vintech 573 500 Series Mic Preamps

2 - Capi VP26 Mic Preamps (Red Dot)
2 - Aphex J Pre 500 Mic Preamps
1 - Purple Audio Sweet Ten 500 Series Chassis

Compressors, EQs & Effects:
2 - Empirical Labs Distressors EL8X (Brit Mod)
GML 8200  Parametric Equalizer Series 2
Furman P10 (Punch 10 Sub Harmonic)

Plugins & Software:

UAD-2 1176 Classic Limiting Amplifiers
UAD-2 610-B Tube Preamp/EQ
UAD-2 Ampeg SVT Bass Amplifier
UAD-2 GK Bass Amplifier
UAD-2 API Vision Channel Strip
UAD-2 ATR-102 Mastering Tape Deck
UAD-2 Brainworx bx_digital V2 EQ
UAD-2 EL-34 Echoplex

UAD-2 EMT 140 Plate Reverb

UAD-2 EMT 250 Digital Reverb
UAD-2 Fairchild 670 (Legacy)
UAD-2 Fatso Tube Saturation
UAD-2 Helios Type 69 EQ

UAD-2 Lexicon 224 Reverb
UAD-2 Studio D (Dimension D)

UAD-2 Maag EQ

UAD-2 Manley Vari-Mu Compressor

UAD-2 Massenburg EQ

UAD-2 Neve 31102 EQ
UAD-2 Precision Mix Rack Collection

UAD-2 Pultec Pro Equilizers (Legacy)

UAD-2 RealVerb

UAD-2 Studer A800 Tape Machine

UAD-2 Teletronix LA-2A Leveling Amplifier (Legacy)
UAD-2 UA Precision Enhancer Hz
UAD-2 Vertigo VSC-2
UAD-2 Ampeg B-15N
UAD-2 Distressor Compressor
UAD-2 Massive Passive EQ
UAD-2 AMS16 Reverb
UAD-2 API 2500 Buss Compressor

Waves Dimond Bundle
Waves SSL 4000 Bundle
Waves CLA & JJP Bundles
Waves Trans X (Transient)
Waves Vocal Rider (Automation)
Waves Real-Time Tune
Waves Ovox Vocal Synth
FabFilter Pro-MB, Pro-L2, Pro-Q3
SSL Channel Strip & Buss Compressor

Avid HEAT (Console & Tape Simulation)

Steven Slate Virual Mix Rack (with everything)

Steven Slate Virtual Tape Machines

SoundToys; Echoboy, Tremolator, Decapitator
Leapwing RootOne Subharmic Plugin
D16 Repeater Delay
Lindell Audio 80 Series Neve Console Strip
Brainworx bx_SSL 4000 E & G Channel Strip
Brainworx bx_SSL 9000 J Channel Strip
Brainworx bx_Focusrite SC Channel Strip

Brainworx bx_shreadspread

Valhalla; Room, Vintage Verb, Shimmer, Mod Reverbs
Massey Comp, L2007 Limiter, Tape Delay, Desser

Celemony Melodyne

Protools Vocalign

Guitars & Basses:

Gibson Les Paul Standard (WB 'Fire') Black
Gibson Les Paul Epi GR (Br 59/Custom - Nc 59)
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 Signature Model
Gretsch Pro Jet (w/ Bigsby & Filtertron Pups)
Epiphone Dot 335 Hollow Body
Danelectro '59 Reissue 12 String
Yamaha Revstar RS320
Peavey Firenza (P90s)
Martin DC-16RGTE Acoustic Guitar
Taylor 614-CE Acoustic Guitar
Tanglewood TW28/12 CLN CE 12 String Acoustic
Yamaha BB735A Active/Passive P/J 5 String Bass

Fender P Bass MIM (Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounder)

Amps, Cabs & Switcher/DIs:
Marshall '03 JCM800 100w Cameron Ocean Mod  
Marshall '77 JMP w/Master Volume 50w (Stock)
Vox AC30 C2 (2X12 Combo) w/Temelo
Kemper Profile Amp (Rack Version)
Fractal Audio Axe-FX III MKII (Austin Buddy / York IRs)
Mesa Boogie Traditional Cab (Greenback 25w)

UA Ox Amp Top Box Cab Modelor 

Boss ES-5 Pedal Switcher

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

A Designs KGB-1tf Instrument Preamp/DI

Guitar & Bass Pedals:
Strymon Big Sky Reverb and Space Pedal
Strymon Timeline Delay and Effects Pedal
Strymon Mobius Modulation Pedal
Boss SY-1 Guitar Synthesizer Pedal
Boss OC-5 Octave Pedal
Origin Effects Cali76 Stacked Edition (2-1176)
Keisman Early Bird Overdrive 

Fulltone OCD Overdrive Pedals
Maxon OD808 Overdrive Pedal
Greer Amps Lightspeed Overdrive Pedal
Way Huge Smalls Russian Pickle MKlll Fuzz
Boss GE-7 EQ Pedal
ISP Decimator II Noise Gates
Dunlop Cry Baby Wah
Visual Sound Visual Volume Pedal
3 - Moog EP-3 Universal Expression Pedal (Strymon)
TC Electronics Polytune 3
2 - Voodoo Labs Dingbat Pedalboards Medium w/4x4
Korg DTR 2000 - Digital Tuner
Slide, 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)

Midi Controllers & Keyboards:

Studiologic SL990 88 Weighted Keyboard Controller
Novation Launchkey 37 MK3 Keyboard Controller


Virtual Instruments Programming:

Omnisphere 2.6 Synth Plugin
Arturia V Collection 7 Vintage Keyboards
Keyscape Keyboard Sampler
Serum Wavetable Synth Plugin
Ana 2 Analogue Synth
Native Instruments Komplete 11 Ultimate
Nexus 2 Synth Workstation Plugin
Serum/Ana/Massive Presets by Echo Sound Works

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

Vengeance; Essential Producer FX Bundle 2

Vengeance; Tape Stop, Glitch Bitch, Philta XL



Audio-Technica LP-120 Turntable w Radial J33 DI Stereo

Video Studio:
iPhone 12 4K
Panasonic HC-V180 Camcorder
Joby GorillaPod Ballhead Stand
Apple iPhone 8 (4K Video)
Ledgo VersaTile LG-V58C1K1- LED Light
Savage Luminous Pro LED Ringlight PLUS
Final Cut Pro X Editing Software
Motion 3D Graphic Editing Software
Camtasia 2 Screen Capture Software
Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom Software

News & GiGS

James Lugo LIVE
Jan 14th - 17th 2022
Industry Network Showacase
Lecturing on Singing

Location: LAX Hilton  
James Lugo LIVE
Winter 2022
iPOP! Singing Convention
Lecturing on Singing

Location: Orlando Marriot
James Lugo LIVE
Winter 2022
Passport to Discovery 
Barbazon USA
Lecturing on Singing

Location: Buena Vista Orando