Mr. Bill McElroy began his audio career in high school in the 60's with his school friend, Mr. Bob Dawson, recording in their basements. They worked with artists like Nils Lofgren, and Grin and Roy Buchanan. Mr. McElroy’s early experience also included working at Suburban Sound, Inc., in Bethesda Maryland, building recording consoles.
After being drafted into the Army and spending two years repairing radios for them, Mr. McElroy returned home to the recording and producing industry, which included obtaining a position at Edgewood Recording Studio, in Washington, D.C.
That turns out to be an example of how small our world is. The conductor of the college choir with which Mr. Goettee got marvelous singing opportunities, Mr. Fague Springmann, was a magnificent operatic bass-baritone soloist who recorded at that studio.
By 1973, Mr. McElroy and Mr. Dawson had purchased or built enough recording gear that they decided it made sense for them to establish their own company, which they called Bias Recording Company, Inc. They initially set up in a small commercial space in Falls Church. There Bias grew until a larger, more capable location was needed.
Mr. McElroy co-designed and managed construction of what in 1979 dollars was a half million dollar recording complex. It included a forty-input, thirty-two-output, Application Programing Interface (API) automated recording console for the large studio A. In 1980 Bias Studios moved to the Springfield, VA studio, which is located just 15 minutes south of downtown Washington DC.
Under Mr. McElroy's leadership, Bias became the dominant music recording studio in the Mid-Atlantic area. They produced many Grammy award winners, several "Gold" albums and one "Double-Platinum" album. They won the Washington Area Music Association's (WAMA) Best Studio Award in 1988, 1989 and 1990.
In his capacity as partner at Bias, Mr. McElroy became the principal mentor to a new 1991 hire, Ms. Heidi Leah Gerber-Salins.
In 1993, for personal reasons Mr. McElroy left Bias to pursue a life-long dream as a railroad buff. Initially he worked for AMTRAK as an Assistant Train Director, K Tower Interlocking, at Union Station, Washington, D.C. Subsequently, he worked for ENSCO, Inc.
The ENSCO group of companies provide engineering, science and advanced technology solutions for mission success, safety and security. It does business in the Aerospace, Avionics, National Security and Rail sectors.
Continuing his railroad buff dream with them, Bill operated a Track Geometry Measurement System servicing the Southern Pacific Railroad.
However a couple years later, in order to spend more time with his son on the east coast in the Richmond area, in 1995 Mr. McElroy returned to the audio recording industry by establishing a new recording studio located in Ashland, Virginia. That new studio is known as Slipped DISC.
He refers to himself as a “Soundsmith,” for mixing, editing and mastering.
Ashland is a small town in what is becoming a northern exurb of Richmond, Virginia. It is 8 miles north of the Richmond Bypass (I-295), and a few miles south of Kings Dominion theme park. Slipped DISC is located at 209 England Street, adjacent to the Ashland Movie Theater, several long blocks west of I-95 and about a block east the CSX rail line through Ashland, on which Amtrak trains also run.
Just as he did when creating the Bias Studio in Springfield, Virginia, Mr. McElroy designed and managed construction of the Slipped DISC studio facilities to provide space and sonic accuracy for a state-of-the-art studio, albeit a tad smaller than the one he helped establish as Bias.
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