Many of Lauria’s projects are finalized at The Tone Factory, Vinny Castaldo’s Las Vegas recording studio. “Vinny’s studio has very high-end, expensive studio monitors, and when I used to bring my mixes there, they would not sound right,” Lauria said. “But it’s such a huge difference now with the LSR’s. My mixes translate so well from room to room.”
Lauria recently won a Gold Medal award for “Best Impact of Music in a Documentary Film” at the 2009 Park City Film Music Festival for the feature documentary, Pigweed Philosopher: The Untethered Zen of Kimball Johnson, which also recently earned “Best Documentary [International]” at the London Independent Film Festival. Lauria also won a 2008 Gold Medal at the Park City Film Music Festival for the feature documentary, Man Of A Thousand Faces, executive produced by actor James Hong (Blade Runner, The Day The Earth Stood Still). The music for both Man of a Thousand Faces and Pigweed Philosopher was mixed using JBL LSR4328P monitors.
"I love the uncolored sound the JBL’s have, because my mixes are consistent and accurate when I go to a mastering studio," says Lauria. "Unlike other brands I've used, I don't have to compensate for the inadequacies of the speakers."
As a guitar virtuoso, Lauria has numerous instructional textbooks to his name. As a composer, Lauria has collaborated with notable recording artists such as Denny Laine (The Moody Blues, Wings), award-winning film composer Jeffrey Gold and Jazz great Richie Cole. He composed and performed the Clio Award-winning melody for the Made In The Shade Jeans commercials. Lauria is also producing and engineering a new album with producer Rafael C. Garcia for recording star Donnie Vie of Enuff Z’nuff.