Bill McElroy:
Associate Producer and "Soundsmith"

Bill McElroy in studio

For Phase II, Mr. Bill McElroy fortunately was available and became Associate Producer, recording and mastering engineer. David had years previously worked with Bill when he was partner at Bias Recording Studio. (See About TortoiseClimbing.)

Bill 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 Northwest Washington, D.C. working for Mr. David Greene.

Mr. McElroy's working at Edgewood Recording Studio is an example of how small a portion of our world we revolve in.

Fague Springmann

The conductor of the college choir where Mr. Goettee had marvelous singing opportunities, Mr. Fague Springmann, recorded numerous albums at the Edgewood studio. He had a magnificent operatic bass-baritone voice who had performed under his stage name of Lee Fairfax. He had appeared with the:


He also was a member of the New York City Opera company.

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 choral productions, where he advocated they use his University of Maryland chorus.

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

David (or Ed?) Greene

Mr. Greene established Edgewood studio with a couple partners in about 1961. He moved back to New York, NY in about 1964 as senior engineer with MGM recording. He would go on to become a very successful TV post production sound engineer and movie audio engineer. He moved to Toronto, Canada in 1971 and made his home there. He was active with both the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and the Cinema Audio Society (CAS).

A few of Mr. Greene's bios inaccurately say that when he went to MGM recording it was to California, where the movie studio was. But virtually all TV work was in New York city at that time.

For more information about the interesting career progressions of David Greene, who was Mr. Springmann's recording engineer when at at Edgewood in Washington, DC, and Bill McElroy's boss for a time at Edgewood, see the following for bios about David Greene:

Audio Engineering Society;
The Nautiloids; and
DEADLINE Hollywood.

By 1973, Bill McElroy and Bob 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 at that time was the half million dollar (in 1979 dollars) recording complex, which is still operating in Springfield, VA. It is located just 15 minutes (non-rush) south of downtown Washington DC. Studio A, the largest studio at the new Springfield location included a forty-input, thirty-two-output, Automated Process, Inc. (API) automated recording console, with 24 track analogue master tape and two sonically separate large performance areas. Various service bands repeatedly record in those spaces. 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 and pursued 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 who had moved to 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, SlippedDISC.

Ashland is a small town that refers to itself as "the center of the Universe," because of its central location both in Hampton county, and in the State of Virginia. Functionally Ashland 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. It is also both a Railroad and College town.

Railroad Town. It was originally developed by the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad in the 1840s as a mineral springs resort with a racetrack. It was incorporated in 1858. (The Civil War began in 1861.)

Tycoon Jay Gould established an electrified interurban line between Ashland and Richmond in 1907, and the town became an early streetcar suburb of Richmond.

Currently a set of double tracks runs thru the middle of town at grade level. There is a recommendation to add a third set of rails, which is controversial because of what the town feels that would do to the character of the center of the community clustered around railroad avenue.

Randolph–Macon College was originally established in 1830 in Boydton, near the North Carolina border, originally as a Methodist seminary. The railroad link to Boydton was destroyed during the Civil War, and the college's trustees decided to relocate the school to Ashland in 1868, to be near a mainline railroad service. It is the oldest Methodist-run college in continuous operation in the country, and predates Northwest University in Chicago, founded in 1851. Randolph-Macon is a small, private, liberal arts college offering bachelors degrees.

Bill McElroy in Slipped DISC studio

Mr. McElroy's new studio, Slipped DISC, is located at 209 England Street, adjacent to the recently restored Art Deco Ashland Movie Theater. SlippedDISC is several long blocks west of I-95 and about a block east of the CSX railroad tracks through Ashland, on which Amtrak passenger trains also run.

Just as he did when creating 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 more insights about SlippedDISC, see February 17, 2020 article about Bill McElroy by BJ Camano in the online magazine RVA (Richmond Virginia Art) at:
The ART of Soundsmithing with SlippedDISC Audio's Bill McElroy



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