At The Vault, our mission is to develop an ecosystem of engineers, producers and aspiring artists in both music & film.

By providing them access to a world-class recording facility, educational programs and industry resources, we will elevate the experience and
enhance Pittsburgh’s music industry profile on a global scale.




The Vault has always been in the making. In 1988, Bob started his first recording studio, “Alternative Studios” in his mother’s garage. He worked his way through college engineering and producing local Pittsburgh bands. After graduating from Robert Morris University with a business degree, he pursued a 28 year career with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, ultimately retiring as Managing Partner – but always followed his passion and continued to play, write and record music.

Inspired by their love of music, Bob, his wife Dana and their two sons Ryan and Brett embarked on a journey to create something more than just a recording studio. They envisoned a new and vibrant space were musicians of all kinds could connect, co-create, record and promote their music.

They purchased the old bank building on Neville Island and hired Los Angeles based Yanchar Design and Consulting Group, a premier design firm specializing in the design of high-end recording and post-production facilities.

In 2016 construction was complete and The Vault was born. With the addition of Jimmy Hoyson, the acquisition of the Neve 8058 and Bob’s retirement from PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Vault began operating commercially in 2018. We are now positioned to fully pursue our ultimate vision for The Vault.

From Bob McCutcheon
“It has always been our goal to promote Pittsburgh artists and to achieve greater recognition for our regions vibrant arts community and rich history in musical excellence. The Vault hosts a world-class recording studio and equipment, record label, recording school and community outreach programs through charitable work. Our primary objective is to provide access to a state-of-the-art facility and a talented team dedicated to building communities and supporting artists.

With the NEVE 8058 as our centerpiece and the gear and space to complement it (see our full equipment list and space allocation here) The Vault recording facility is already home to some of the most elite artists and producers in the world.

With six-time Grammy award winning Producer/Engineer Jimmy Hoyson as our Chief Engineer, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality service to our clients.”




After graduating from The University of Pittsburgh, Hoyson moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. With little more than his guitar and $100 in his pocket, he stayed with a friend in LA working first for a cable company and then a yacht cleaning company in Marina Del Ray.

Just as luck with have it, Hoyson was introduced to the owner of Village Records , who liked his tenacity and soon offered Hoyson an entry-level position at Village.

Day one at Village Studios, he found himself in the editing room with David Byrne finishing the opening of True Stories. His hardwork, easy demeanor and impeccable ear elevated him from getting coffee for artists to working in the studio at Village, 7th Level, Signet Studios and Capital Studios.

His clients continue to be an endless list of renowned and upcoming artists. From Warrant, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Goo Goo Dolls, Michael Jackson, Iggy Pop and Green Day to Lou Reed, Eric Clapton and B.B. King. In addition, he has extensive experience working on film and television scores, 7th Heaven, Ugly Betty, 8 Simple Rules, The Wedding Singer, Ace Ventura and Walk the Line to name a few.

Hoyson returned to his native Pittsburgh as Chief Engineer at The Vault Recording Studio and travels internationally as a freelance producer.



After signing his first record label deal at the tender age of 17, as a guitarist and writer with legendary thrash metal band MACE, Dave set his sights on the production and engineering side of the music business, where he served as engineer for legendary producer Rick Parashar, at London Bridge Studios, Seattle.

During this time, he worked as an engineer with such bands as Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog, and Alice In Chains. His skills were in demand on an international level where he found himself producing and recording such artists as Afghan Whigs, Chris Cornell, Mark Lanegan, Ann Wilson, James Blunt and Shannon Hoon, just to name a few.

Dave found himself back on the artist side of music, as a guitarist and songwriter, when he signed with Island Records with his band “Sybil Vane” and then again with the shoe-gaze band “Thee Heavenly Music Association”, based in The United Kingdom.  In addition, he has worked on and is featured on the movie soundtracks for such classic films as Cameron Crowe’s “Single’s Soundtrack”, “Empire Records”, featuring Liv Tyler,  and the Denzel Washington film, “Virtuosity”.

Dave is also an electronic artist, under his electronic alter ego of “Lo-Rez”, which showcases his love of programing and producing Pop, Hip Hop, and EDM music.

Now living in Pittsburgh, Dave is available as a Producer and Engineer at the Vault Recording Studios.



A Pittsburgh native, Rocky began his musical career after graduating from CAPA – Creative and performing arts school. He has a longer career as a performing artist with bands Torn n’ Frayed, The Dirty Charms and most recently The Borstal Boys on The Vault Records, where is also co-produced several albums.


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