Thomas McLaughlin

Store Manager at Newcastle

Thomas McLaughlin, a PMT Expert

The most embarrassing guitar/bass you’ve owned?
Hmmm I wouldn't say embarrassing necessarily, but growing up with an Ibanez endorsement and being really, REALLY into wresting (Back when it was called WWF!) I had a custom small-bodied JEM shaped guitar with graphics of me body slamming the Ultimate Warrior on it! My friends loved it. I did too.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Alice Cooper’s. Great songs, cutting off heads on stage. Kane Roberts with machine gun shaped guitars… come on, that’s just cool.

Favourite audio interface?
The Universal Audio Apollo. It has awesome real-time DSP via the onboard UAD2, features some of the most amazingly faithful sounding plugins ever - many of which are exclusive to the platform. This combined with their fantastic pre-amps and damn good looks; it is a favourite item for me.

Your favourite gear that you constantly use?
Apart from the UA Apollo which I use a lot, like a lot of people I have moved to a more “In-The-Box” approach for producing music. So when I’m not mastering tracks in Steinberg’s Wavelab, I LOVE Ableton Live. I find it such a fun and fast way of creating and editing music. It really has a great workflow.

Current favourite fx pedal?
I love my old classic Budda Bud-Wah. When I need to bring the funk... I bring the Budda Bud-Wah.

Who are three people or bands who have highly influenced you in music?
Ted Greene for his awesome chords and being a super-cool-dude. Steve Vai for his sweet note and Skrillex for his immense drops. Nobody drops the beat like ol’ Skrilly.

Where did you play your first gig?
When I was 8 years old supporting Ozzy Osbourne in my hometown here in Newcastle.

If you could live in any state in America, which would it be?
Probably where I spent 7 or so years of my life, over in L.A - was never keen on the earthquakes though. Plus who wants THAT much sunshine, right?