Jim Roberts, Producer/Engineer
Jim officially embarked on his musical career at the age of five by taking organ lessons. His father frequently played him organ music on the Victrola record player as a toddler and beyond, which included everything from cathedral organ music to jazz organ music. Even at a young age, when he would visit his Uncle Louis, Jim had access to a microphone and a Grundig tube reel-to-reel tape recorder, he would always play around with the levels to get the best voice recording. Visiting with either set of grandparents would inevitably lead to him playing on either a Wurlitzer spinet piano (which is proudly still used in his Colorado studio) or a Wurlitzer organ. So began Jim’s quest to create a certain sound. A sound that he chased while growing up, studying great music, playing in bands, and acquiring music gear along the way. In the late 70’s, Jim helped produce a school news TV program several days a week in the school television studio. This studio was built as a replica of CBS television studio thanks to a school grant. Along with his friend Jay, Jim would rotate positions each day (technical director, director, camera, boom, audio, etc). This is where Jim would find himself gravitating to audio engineering and making the dialog and music sound its best, at the right levels and blend, without over-modulating the signal. At 12 years old, he joined his first rock band, Presence. This was the foundation for all incredible experiences to come.
Since then, Jim has worked with Steve Walsh (Kansas), Joel Kosche (Collective Soul), Steve Luongo (The John Entwistle Band/Torque/Rat Race Choir), Mark Hitt (Torque/Rat Race Choir), Glen Velez, Bill Evans (Miles Davis), Nick Di Paolo, Gary Portnoy, Joe Franco, Jock Bartley (Firefall), Tony Morra, Ryan Hoyle, Jon Hammond and many others. Jim’s work with Steve Luongo led to working with Leslie West (Mountain), Brian Johnson & Cliff Williams (AC/DC), Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), and Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow) on various projects. Jim’s collaboration with JDM Music, Joed Tracks and The John Does led to song placements on Good Morning America, Men in Trees, NUMB3RS, ABC World News Now, Good Day New York, Guiding Light and various shows on ABC, CBS, FOX, ESPN, PBS, NBC and several feature films and national ad campaigns. Jim has been a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences for over 20 years and is an active member of the Producers & Engineers Wing.