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When you engage Threshold Recording Studios for your project you get the benefit of a hands on, owner operated experience. Studio owner & Executive Producer James Walsh will personally oversee your entire booking & production process from the very first call to the final delivery of your masters. By design, there is no studio manager or secretary at Threshold.

Although James probably won't be engineering your session, he will get to know your needs and pair you with the right in- house engineer or producer for your unique style.

James Walsh
Proprietor / Executive Producer

      James Walsh is a musician, music producer, studio owner, artist and business manager based in NYC.  He has owned & operated Threshold Recording Studios NYC, a recording studio which he hand built, on the west side of Manhattan in Hell's Kitchen for over 20 years.  
      "I am passionate about directly engaging on all of our clients projects, making sure that every detail of their booking, production staffing and media delivery are taken care of to the highest standards. It equally important to me to be available to lend an objective ear to the up and coming musicians (and parents too!) that come through the studio- it's probably one of the most important thing that separates us most from other studios and a huge added value to our services.  It means a lot to me when I can make a difference in someones life by helping them see their options from a different perspective."

James started out as a performing musician in the 90's music scene, playing guitar in original bands in NYC and beyond. After touring and "extended" visits in almost all of the exciting music scenes around the country, he settled back in New York and has since developed several successful companies covering many aspects of the music business (recording, publishing, production, management, booking).  Over the years he's been fortunate to work with  many of the biggest names in music, film, advertising, indie and major labels, broadcast networks, etc- relationships that remain part of Threshold's network through today.  

James is also an Executive Board Member of the Road Recovery Foundation‐ a NYC based non‐for‐profit 501 (c)(3) dedicated to harnessing the power of the entertainment industry to mentor youth across a wide variety of adversities. James was instrumental in developing Road Recovery's Music and Peer Support programs that run bi-weekly out of Threshold's midtown facility. Recent Road Recovery advocates & program mentors include: Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Ozzy Osbourne, Slash from Guns and Roses, James Hetfeild from Mettalica, Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction.

"I am always interested in meeting new artists and business professionals in ANY industry. If you are an artist, the best way to get my attention is an email with a short bio, links to your work online, and your contact info. If I feel a connection I will be in touch- I promise. What we do is highly personal in nature and we are only able to work with a small roster of artists”.  
James operates as Executive producer on all bookings at Threshold and is additionally available as a Music Producer and Project Consultant upon request.

James graduated from The City University of New York with degrees in Music, Accounting and Psychology.

In House Engineers & Producers @ Threshold Studios:

Historically, all of our staff engineers and producers have gone through a traditional Mentor / Apprenticeship before they are chosen to work with our clients- each with at least 5 years hands on experience working at the studio. We generally have one main producer/ head engineer and several freelance options to consider. 

Mike W
Engineer, Music Producer

Songwriter, Producer, Engineer, multi instrumentalist, and Long Island native, Mike brings a very fresh approach to modern production through his incredible blend of traditional and pop songwriting sensibilities, multi-instrumental musicianship, and programming skill set.   

Mike is a graduate of Full Sail University's Recording Arts Program.  

Jeremy Sklarsky
Jeremy is a producer, audio engineer, and multi-instrumentalist with a Master's degree in Music Technology. In the past few years, he produced a number of successful independent artists that have gone on to record deals including Stargroves, Edelweiss, and most notably, Freelance Whales. Their critically acclaimed debut album Weathervanes lead to the band’s signing with French Kiss and Mom+Pop Records, and saw multiple songs featured in shows on ABC, HBO, and national TV commercials. Weathervanes debuted in the top 20 on Billboard's Heatseeker chart.

Since 2005, Jeremy has been an audio engineer and music producer, with most of that time spent at Threshold Studios. He's worked with both independent singer/songwriters/bands as well as label projects, engineering sessions for S-Curve artists Diane Birch and Care Bears on Fire. Jeremy engineered and mixed live sessions for many noteworthy artists as part of AT&T's "Blue Room" series and the New York Times podcast "Popcast," including Jonsí from Sígur Ros, The Black Keys, Grace Potter, Josh Ritter, The Morning Benders, Butch Walker, VV Brown, and Angelique Kidjo.

Jeremy is deeply involved with the non-profit organization Road Recovery, regularly producing songs for their Performance Workshop programs for sober teens. He also spent a day in Sing-Sing prison, recording and mixing Road Recovery's outreach performance featuring Wayne Kramer of MC5, Tom Morello, Billy Bragg, and Perry Farrell.

Jeremy has a BA from Rutgers University in American History and a Master's in Music Technology from New York University.  He lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.


AJ Maltese
co-founder, musician

As hard as it is to believe, and even harder to say, Threshold co-founder AJ Maltese passed away in 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Aj was an avid skier, fantabulous bass player, a lifelong friend to many, loving husband and father, and a big strong gentle soul who was always there for anyone who needed a hand, or a hug, or a smile.

Miss you my brother...