Bill McElroy:
Associate Producer and "Soundsmith"

Bill McElroy in studio

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 building and 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. 

Mr. McElroy working at Edgewood Recording Studio is an example of how small our respective worlds are. The conductor of the college choir with which Mr. Goettee had marvelous singing opportunities, Mr. Fague Springmann, recorded numerous albums at that studio. He was a magnificent operatic bass-baritone soloist who under his stage name of Lee Fairfax had appeared with the:


Even after he left the New York City Opera company to accept a position as Associate Professor of music at the University of Maryland, from time to time he was engaged as the soloist for various large productions, which he advocated use his University of Maryland chorous.

Mr. Springmann made numerous recordings over the years (then all vinyl LPs).

As a sidelight, for more information about the interesting career progression of Mr. Springmann's Edgewood Recording Studio engineer, who was Bill McElroy's boss, see David Greene.

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 a half million dollar (in 1979 dollars) recording complex in Springfield, VA. It is located just 15 minutes (non-rush) south of downtown Washington DC. It included a forty-input, thirty-two-output, Automated Process, Inc. (API) automated recording console with 24 track analogue master tape in studio A, the largest studio at the new Springfield location.  In 1980 Bias Studios moved to that new location.

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, who would later become Mr. Goettee's recording engineer and producer. See 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.

With ENSCO he continued his railroad buff dream, operating 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 participation in the audio industry by establishing a new mastering studio located in Scott's Addition, Richmond, VA. Then, 6 years later in 2001, he moved just north of Richmond to Ashland, Virginia and established his new recording studio.

Ashland is a small town that refers to itself as "the center of the Universe," because of its central location in the State. Functionally it 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 at Doswell, VA.

Bill McElroy in Slipped DISC studio

The new studio is known as Slipped DISC and is located at 209 England Street, adjacent to the restored Ashland Movie Theater. It is several long blocks west of I-95 and about a block east the CSX rail line through Ashland, on which Amtrak passenger 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. His new studio provides space and sonic accuracy as a state-of-the-art studio, albeit a tad smaller than the one he helped establish as a partner at Bias in Springfield, VA in 1980.

He refers to himself as a “Soundsmith,” for Editing, Mixing, and Mastering. For an article in RVS about Bill McElroy, see -


 | FEBRUARY 17, 2020



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