our engineers


Lane Gibson

During the years Lane Gibson was touring and playing in the western United States, and into his early years in Vermont, he supplemented that career by spending plenty of time in the recording studio. Whether it was laying down keyboard tracks or singing vocals, he noticed early on that he had an ear for helping musicians create clean balanced recordings. As early as 1980, Gibson was learning about and practicing studio recording. In 1993, Lane was working on some backup vocals for a studio session in Vermont, and he met Charles Eller, of Charles Eller Studios. The two hit it off, and Eller asked Gibson to come aboard as a sound engineer. The duo began a professional partnership that persists today, and in the words of Eller, they have, "been going strong ever since and make up an extremely strong team".

As Gibson gained experience and created a reputation for clean, artful sound engineering in Vermont, he started working with big name artists from across the country. Some of the more well known artists to work with Gibson are: Grace Potter and the NocturnalsRick Norcross and the All Star Ramblers, The Starline Rhythm Boys, Putumayo World Music, Cumbancha Records, Childsplay, and Elizabeth Von Trapp. In 2009, Gibson assumed control of the Carpenter Farm Studio in Charlotte, Vermont and officially founded Lane Gibson Recording and Mastering.


Chas Eller

Chas Eller has been in the recording industry for over 40 years.  During that time he has recorded or produced hundreds of LP's and CD's for numerous independent and major record labels, and in the process has received three INDIE Awards for his recording production work, and engineered two GRAMMY nominated projects.

As a studio and location recording engineer, Chas has worked with artists such as Dr. John, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, They Might Be Giants, Shawn Colvin, Stewart Copeland (The Police), Doc Watson, OdettaPhish, Joe Lovano, Trey Anastasio, Grace Potter, Richard Thompson, Dave Van Ronk,  Jerry Douglas, The Concord String Quartet, The Emerson String Quartet, and many more. In 1988 he recorded all three stages, and co-produced a two hour radio special of the Newport Folk Festival, for National Public Radio

His live concert engineering work with artists such as Ray Charles, Keith Jarrett, Larry Carlton, Pat Metheny, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Smith,  McCoy Tyner, Oregon, Prairie Home Companion, and more, has taken him to some of the top venues in the world, such as Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Opera House, Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, Tanglewood, The Academy of Music, Philadelphia, and Boston’s Symphony Hall, to name a few. 

In addition to his engineering expertise, Chas plays keyboards with the internationally known pop-jazz group Kilimanjaro.   Chas recorded and produced the first two Kilimanjaro records, which each made it into the "Top Five" of the National Jazz Radio Airplay Charts in the early 80's. That led to three U.S. tours, and concerts  throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and The Soviet Union.  He has performed at some of the top festivals in the world, such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, in Switzerland, The Newport Jazz Festival (twice), The Roskilde Festival, in Copenhagen,  The Montreal Jazz Festival, The Atlanta Jazz Festival, The San Antonio Jazz FestivalThe Utrecht Blues Festival, Holland, The Yuroslav Jazz Festival, Soviet Union, and in 2010 at the prestigious Java Jazz Festival, in Jakarta, Indonesia

Chas has also toured extensively as keyboardist for legendary blues icon, Paul Butterfield, along with the other members of Kilimanjaro.  He has also toured with singer-songwriter Elisabeth von Trapp, whom he co-produced five CDs with, and has backed blues greats Kenny Neal, W.C Clark, and Marva Wright

In 2001 Chas formed a partnership with Trey Anastasio, in a second studio called "The Barn". Today, Chas continues to spend half the year (Winters) working out of his studio on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, and he continues to engineer projects at the studio in Charlotte, now being run by long time collaborator, Lane Gibson.  

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J Mendicino

Jeremy (or J to those who prefer the monosyllabic) has been playing and recording since he can remember. Born to two musical parents, Jeremy grew up in Burlington amidst various instruments and home recording equipment, and was occasionally carted, very willingly, along to sessions at local recording studios, all of which have now gone the way of the dinosaur. 

In 2004, Mendicino set up shop in a ranch house in Shelburne, VT along with his band mates in the short-lived Video Pigeon. They recorded two albums there, while graciously allowing Jeremy to record other bands (including Pretty & Nice, Codetta, and a few others), until 2006 when Pretty & Nice stole him away for a life of travel and performance. In 2007, Pretty & Nice moved to a big yellow house in Brighton, MA where they started Esthudio, along with fellow engineer and nutball, Dan Gonzales. Many records later, J & Dan moved briefly to Jerry MacDonald's Odd Fellows Recording in E. Weymouth, MA before parting ways. 

Jeremy then made his way back up to VT to assist in family care, and to begin planning and building a new studio retreat in the Northeast Kingdom. However, after a few years of very slow going, the opportunity arose to join forces with long time friend, Lane Gibson at his Charlotte studio, which Jeremy had become acquainted with at the age of 17 during mix sessions for the first of two Gregory Douglass records that he produced and recorded. 

Jeremy now produces and records clients all along the east coast, and hopes to attract creativity from near and far. With a penchant for analog technology, tape recording, and early synthesis, he brings a meticulous ear as well as a love for deconstruction and sonic abstraction.