Waterworks Recording West is owned and operated by Jim Waters. Located in Tucson, AZ., the studio attracts clients from around the world due to the magical desert scenery and Jim’s “sunny” disposition. Another attraction is Jim’s way cool “Street Credibility“…he’s got lot’s of that…possibly too much…plus he’s got technical know-how, and a can-do attitude to boot. Oh yeah… that’s another one of Jim’s attributes.

Jim has over 100 years of combined experience. He is a seasoned veteran who has produced and engineered some of the top acts in music today.

Prior to moving to Tucson, Waters operated Waterworks Recording Studio which was located in the heart of the fashionable “Meat District” in the Big Apple. When he relocated to Tucson in 1993, many people assumed that had “taken a powder” or perhaps he just up and moved to New Jack City, but the god’s honest truth is that he’s gone on to produce and record many talented and deservedly famous Rock Star music personality types, including more of the top acts in music today.

Waters moved to Tucson because of the climate and it’s size. Not too big, yet not too small. After living in New York City for so many years he wanted a different pace, but mainly he wanted “to live in a city that doesn’t smell like urine”. Tucson rarely smells like urine! New York frequently does! Hence, a preference for “The Old Pueblo”! He also has a preference for “Old Pablo” an old indian dude who sleeps by the railroad tracks and sometimes sweeps the studio. He DOES however smell like urine on occasion but that’s another story…


  • Harrison 4032 Console
  • OTARI MTR 90 24 track tape machine
  • MCI JH16 2″ 24 track tape machine w/16 track headstack
  • MCI JH110-C 1/2″ 2-TRK Tape Machine
  • Apogee Rosetta 800 converters
  • Tascam 3440 1/4″, 4 track tape recorder
  • Revox B77 1/4″ tape machine
  • Mac Pro 2.25 Ghz w/Logic 9.0 and Motu 828
  • Urei 811B
  • Yamaha NS-10


  • API A2D dual mic preamp
  • Neve Portico 5012 mic pres
  • Anthony DeMaria Labs 1500 Stereo Tube Compressor (modded by J.Williams)
  • Groove Tubes DITTO direct box
  • UREI LA-4 Limiters (3)
  • Universal Audio LA-610 MK II mic pre/compressor/equalizer
  • Universal Audio solo/610 tube mic pre/DI
  • Universal Audio 4-710-d mic pres
  • Lexicon 200 Digital Reverb
  • Orban 422A, Gated Compressor Limiter/ De-Esser
  • Yamaha SPX 900 multi Effects Processor
  • Black Lion B173 Microphone Preamp
  • SPX90 Digital Effects Processors (2)
  • Focusrite Voice Box mic pre/eq/compressor
  • Focusrite eq pre
  • Valley People Dynamite Compressor/Gate (2 channels)
  • Furman Spring Reverb
  • TL Audio PA-2 Dual Valve Mic Pre Amp/DI
  • MXR Flanger/Doubler
  • Joe Meek VC 1 (the brick) mic pre
  • Alesis Quadraverb
  • Aphex Aural Exciter
  • ART Duel MP Mic Pre
  • Ibanez DM 1000 Digital Delay
  • Focusrite Green Quad compressor


  • Neumann U-87 (2)
  • AKG 414
  • AKG 451 (3)
  • Coles 4038 Ribbon Microphone
  • Sennheiser 421 (4)
  • Shure SM7B (1)
  • Beyer M500
  • Neumann KM-84
  • Royer R-101 ribbon mic
  • Electro-Voice RE-20 (3)
  • Shure Beta 57
  • Shure SM 81
  • Shure SM-57 (4)
  • RCA 77 ribbon mic
  • Beyer M 201