Low Tide Studio

Low Tide Studio

Wrightsville's Source for Pro Audio Since 1989

About us

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Low Tide Studio is one of Wilmington NC’s  longest running audio recording studios located “somewhere near Wrighstville Beach” as it said on countless albums produced in the 90’s. Since 1989 Low Tide has provided world class audio to the  Wilmington community staying true to the idea that great work comes from equal parts inspiration and perspiration.

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We are a digital/analog hybrid recording studio combining the best elements of analog summing with the ease of digital organization and editing. We operate using Pro Tools 10 and Logic Pro X which offers the ultimate flexibility for sessions ranging from traditional acoustic music to EDM and hip hop.

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Our building was built AS a recording  studio FOR recording audio. Every element in its construction was considered with that in mind. Our mixing environment offers the clarity that not only provides US with the environment to mix effectively, but it also provides YOU with an accurate representation of work you have done elsewhere.


Our location offers privacy and scenic views you will not find anywhere else in Wilmington.



Jim Fox: Owner / Producer / Engineer

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Jim has worked with artist such as Diplo, Tom Gossin and Craig Meyer, has done ADR for Hawaii 5-0 , Gangster Squad and other films and currently produces Drinkin’ Bros Podcast available on iTunes.

“Low Tide was built in 1989 when I was 6 years old. I started my recording career quickly thereafter and I realized that this was my calling. I starting picking up instruments and learning whatever I could, both performing and recording.  I played with several bands in the following years but realized that my true passion was recording. I spent several years learning various instruments  and i find that my ear for each has given me an edge in knowing what goals each artists’ needs and wants are. If you need a session player I can provide guitar, bass, piano or drums personally or I can tap into a vast network of supremely talented local players. My tastes in music are extremely eclectic and I’m  influenced by genres as polar as hip hop and blue grass. I can always find value in good music…no matter what. My appreciation for all different types of music is what keeps my job fresh and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

After studying business at Appalachian State University, I decided to make music a more primary goal in my life so I decided to get the formal audio engineering  education. At the time I was located on Oahu and had the opportunity to study/intern at Audio Resource Honolulu. I spent 18 months soaking up everything I could working with incredible people like Tony Hugar and Jim Linkner. I’ve been back in Wilmington since 2012 and we’ve been making things happen with Low Tide and I couldn’t be more proud. I live and die by my work and will only settle for the BEST audio quality, performance, and service I can produce.”




Karen Kane : Producer / Engineer / Instructor

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Inspired by attending Woodstock ’69 and music by The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, The Who, and others, Producer/Engineer Karen Kane has been in the music business for more than 35 years.
She attended Berklee College of Music in Boston and graduated from the Recording Institute of America, where she obtained 2 diplomas in audio engineering. Early in her career, she managed a number of recording studios including the well-known 6 West Recording, a major jingle facility in New York City. Since the 1970’s, Karen has produced and/or engineered over 200 full-length album projects and has engineered hundreds of live sound shows. She also teaches Audio Engineering and Music Production.

Kane’s recording career was originally focused in the Boston area from 1974-1990 and in Canada from 1990 to 2002.  While in Boston, Karen worked at Intermedia Sound, where the legendary album, “Dream On” by Aerosmith was recorded. Kane helped pioneer the way for women in audio by being one of the first female recording engineers to be successful, as well as one of the first successful free-lance recording engineers (male or female) in the area.

Kane’s recording work has been nominated for Boston Music Awards, and singles have appeared on U.S. music charts. Her extensive experience with on-location mobile recording includes the BareNaked Ladies (for a live TV special) and a music festival which included Janis Ian. In 1986, Karen engineered Tracy Chapman’s first-ever demo recording.

While living in Toronto, Karen engineered 3 albums that were nominated for the Canadian Juno Award (the Juno is the “Canadian Grammy”). Two of the nominations were in the “Best Blues Album of the Year” category.  In 1996, Karen was hired to develop and teach new audio engineering courses for Toronto’s Centennial College and The Learning Annex. In 1998, she joined the well-respected Toronto Audio Production College, Harris Institute for the Arts. 

Karen is the author of numerous articles on recording methods and techniques published in Canadian Musician, Professional Sound, Sing Out and Hot Wire. Many of her articles can be seen on this website.

In 2002, Kane re-located to Wilmington, North Carolina and continued her work as a Producer/Engineer and Audio Educator. In 2003, she launched 5 levels of audio engineering classes that are now in its’ tenth year. There are also one-on-one intensives or private classes catered to the individual. The classes are offered in January, April and September (Summer term is sometimes available). Registration forms are now being accepted for the next term. For more information, go to theClasses link on this website.

In 2012, she expanded her teaching career by joining the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington as the instructor for the Recording Technology program. She continues to produce and engineer in her Wilmington recording studio and travels both regionally and internationally for music projects.

Karen is pleased to announce that on July 6, 2013, she won “Producer of the Year” at the Statewide Carolina Music Awards in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 2014 and 2015, she was nominated again in that same category.


To hear mp3 excerpts (15 different artists) of Karen Kane’s work, click HERE

Contact Karen Kane for General Information and Price Quotes

Credit/Debit Cards accepted

Email: karenkane@mixmama.com

Phone: 910-681-0220

Contact via Karen Kane Music Productions  Facebook Page

For Class Registration: Send Karen Kane an email requesting a Registration Form