Eric Loomis at Ivy Hall Studio

Eric Loomis at Ivy Hall Studio

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Ivy Hall is a studio on the outskirts of Nashville with a unique story. Studio Manager/House Engineer Eric Loomis splits his time between tracking bands in this historic location, as well as touring as a live Front Of House engineer.

Eric got his start in the Theater department of his Colorado high school, shortly after the school in-stalled a new audio system with a big analog console. He studied at the University of Denver’s record-ing program, and by age 19 he was on the road as a live sound engineer, touring with a bluegrass band. Eventually this led him to settling in Nashville.

Just under one year in Nashville he met the owners of Ivy Hall, Rachel McCann and Josh Gray, who were in the middle of renovating the basement of Ivy Hall into a state-of-the-art recording studio. As Eric tells it, he more or less invited himself to the party and never left.

Eric took some time to walk us through Ivy Hall’s renovation from historic family estate to state-of-the-art modern studio facility. He also shares some of his favorite gear recommendations, new and old, and techniques he uses both on stage and in the studio.