Blackwater Recording is an amazing studio. We were able to achieve the sound we wanted. Harold Thompson and Dave McDonald are great engineers. Harold was also able to prepare our song stems for the authoring company to be place our songs up on the Rock Band Network. I look forward to more recording projects with Harold and company in the future. It has been a great experience.
Billy Chase, Mafia Track Suit
Harold Thompson has put together a beautiful studio at Smith Mtn Lake. The atmosphere is great, the equipment is top of the line, and the personnel is professional, friendly, and laid back. Great atmosphere for making music amongst good company at very reasonable pricing!
Singer / Songwriter / Musician
As director of the Roanoke College Choir and the Second Presbyterian Choir, I've had the pleasure of working with Harold Thompson for nearly twenty years on a wide range of recording projects. We "never sounded so good" until we started working with Harold. Frankly, his ears are the only ones I trust besides my own and, at times, I trust them more! His artistry, deep reservoir of experience, consummate professionalism and integrity have been major ingredients in the success of the Roanoke College Choir's commercial recordings. I would not trust anyone else with a microphone in front of my choirs. We are thrilled with the completion of the new Blackwater Recording studios and wish Harold many more years of continued success.
Jeffrey Sandborg (D.M.A.)
Professor of Music
Director, Roanoke College Choir
Director, Second Presbyterian Chancel Choir
To be honest working with Harold and Dave at Blackwater was simply a dream come true. It was a privilege waking up beside the lake and enjoying that comfort level of being in a "home," like atmosphere. I have absolutely zero negative things to say about our experience because it was such a great thing for us to get away from Roanoke and enjoy recording our album.
Upon arriving we were immediately impressed by the knowledge that Harold had of recording. He is truly a great engineer and producer. I remember a few nights talking with him after a long day of recording and just thinking this is one those times when you sit back and just open up your ears and hope you can take in some of that know how.
Dave McDonald is a pleasure to work with. We have worked with him since the very start of our music career. He knows music and musicians very well and helped us through some tougher times. Need a fresh idea, need to break the tension, or need to have musical advice; Dave is the Man!!!