Jim Stauffer’s creativity and ability to bring projects to life coupled with his offbeat sense of humor has kept a wide range of clients insisting on his services. Highly regarded as an innovative sound designer, musician, and recording engineer of spots, TV shows, podcasts, animated series, trailers, shorts and documentaries he is also a gifted foley artist with a tremendous range of vocal fx’s. Jim is a recipient of the most prestigious awards in the industry including ProMax BDA’s, Clio’s, Manny Awards, Annies and Emmys.

Jim has launched and created sound design for many networks and digital platforms including Nick Jr., Noggin, Comedy Central, Oxygen, Nickelodeon’s online subscription service and podcasts for Pinna streaming service.

As a gifted musician and composer, Jim’s encyclopedic knowledge of music history can give each and every project a creative edge. He lists guitar, ukulele, lap steel, harmonica and mandola in his musical repertoire. Other credits include the mix and sound design for Nickelodeon, Amazon, Noggin’s Moose and Zee, SNICK, Kids’ Choice Awards, HBO, History Channel, Cooking Channel, Tickety Toc, and the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame for Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly installations.

As the owner of HOThead Studios, Jim understands budgets, production and ultimately how to get things done. Let Jim mix one for you!

…hear what happens next.


  • Sound Design
  • Mix to Picture and 5.1 Surround
  • Original Music Composition
  • Mixing + Editing
  • Dialogue Editing
  • Voice Over Recording
  • Casting + Script Editing
  • HD Video Editing
  • Animation
  • Skype/Phone Patch
  • ADR (Dialogue Replacement)
  • Casting + Script Editing
  • Audio Noise Removal + Cleanup
  • ISDN/Source-Connect
  • Location Sound Services
  • Binaural Audio Recording/VR


  • Pro Tools HD running on the fastest Macs
  • Meyer/Genelec Monitors
  • Genelec 5.1 Surround System
  • Huge Array of Foley Items
  • Stringed Instruments
  • Various Outboard Compressors and EQs
  • Matched AKG414s
  • Matched Earthworks QTC1s
  • ISDN & Source Connect
  • Vintage Neumann u87s, TLM 103s, Km184s
  • Royer 121
  • Vintage AKG 451s
  • Stethoscope Mic
  • Hydraphone
  • Mic Preamps: Vintage API 512, Neve 1073lb, Earthworks 1022, Universal Audio 6176


  • Sound Devices Mix Pre 6
  • Sennheiser MKH 416 with Rycote Blimp
  • Sennheiser G3
  • Sony UWP D11 Lav Kit
  • Many Vintage Wired Sony Lavs
  • 3Dio Free Space
  • Many More Dynamic Mics



  • Bing, Acamar Films Production/Brown Bag Films, International Emmy Award, UK (2016)
  • Best Children’s Short Film at the Tiburon International Film Festival, Little Moon Lost (2016)
  • Chicago International Film Festival, 2nd Prize, Documentary Short Film, Mo’s Bows (2015)
  • Royal Reel Award Canada Film Festival, Brother’s Day (2014)
  • MM&M (Manny) Gold for Music Sound Design (pharma ad awards) 2012
  • Annie Award, Blue Sky 2000
  • Emmy nominee Nickelodeon Present Black History and Heritage 2011
  • Emmy nominee Nick Jr. Parent Directed Spot 2010
  • Emmy nominee Nick Jr. ID’s 2010
  • TV Land Perfect American Family CLIO
  • Noggin Goes 24 hours, ProMax BDA Silver 2009
  • Nick Jr. Winter Wonderland Song, ProMax BDA Gold 2007
  • Nick Jr. Bird logo , ProMax BDA Gold 2007
  • Nick/Noggin ID, ProMax BDA Gold 2007
  • Nickelodeon Jimmy Neutron Build Blast Race, ProMax BDA Gold 2003
  • Nickelodeon Fairly OddParents Butch Hartman, ProMax BDA Silver 2002
  • Nick at Nite Jefferson’s Image, ProMax BDA Gold 2000
  • Nick at Nite Musters vs. Adams Family, ProMax BDA Silver 1999
  • Nick Jr. Image, ProMax BDA Silver 1999
  • Nick at Nite Dancing Squirrel, ProMax BDA Silver 1998
  • Nick Jr. ID, ProMax BDA Silver 1998
  • Nick Jr. Crafter ID’s 5, 6, 7 ProMax BDA Silver
  • Nick at Nite Upfront , ProMax BDA Gold 1997