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Chuck Ainlay

While studying music at Indiana University, Chuck Ainlay decided he wanted to pursue the art of recording, He worked his way up through the traditional studio ranks, paving the way for his career as one of today’s most prominent independent engineers. His work with diverse list of artists ranges from George Strait to Dire Straits. Ainlay’s engineering has been honored by The Recording Academy with multiple Grammy awards; 2006 both a Grammy and TEC Award for Best Surround Album, 2007 Grammy Best Pop Instrumental, 2009 Best Country Album.. Many within the audio industry regard Ainlay as a leader in cutting edge technology. His pioneering efforts in 5.1 Surround sound have been acknowledged by his peers and his command of the technology has been well documented in audio publications worldwide.

Chuck is a founding member of the METAlliance (Music Engineering & Technology Alliance) which was launched in January 2005.


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Lexicon Gear

Chuck Ainlay uses:
  • PCM96 I've been using Lexicon processors ever since they introduced the 224, because they made my mixes sound rich and current. But you can throw them all away and any other boxes you might still be using because the PCM96 blows ‘em all away. It quickly became my go to reverb/effects processor for my studio. Now I have the same quality of reverb in the form of plug-ins with the PCM Native Reverb Bundle. The Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Bundle may be the final link to achieving high quality mixes entirely in the box!