Evansville, IN (January 15, 2013)-77 Recording in Indiana has installed one of the largest API 1608 consoles manufactured to date, with 48 input channels and 32 channels of automation.
In less than a decade, 77 Recording has grown from an in-the-box basement rig to a facility occupying 3,500 square-feet of real estate just two hours north of Nashville in Evansville, IN. The studio recently hired Nashville recording, mixing and mastering engineer Jimmy Dulin as its chief engineer.
Owner and recording engineer Brett Mulzer has evolved from using a Digi 002 to adding a summing mixer then a mid-sized analog desk. "Ultimately its capabilities were limited and its automation was frustrating and of poor resolution," he said.
"I wanted a board that was geared toward rock, and API is legendary in that regard," continued Mulzer. "API is especially well known for its drum sound, and drums are our forte at 77 Recording. The live room is huge and warm, and I really wanted to play to that strength. The API 1608 delivers on everything I had hoped for: a classic aggressive, punchy sound paired with a reliable, modern signal path and excellent automation."
Mulzer expanded his stock 16-channel API 1608 with two 16-channel expanders because he wanted a large count of preamps in order to accommodate the orchestras, choirs and other large ensembles, and to be able to mix down without having to make submixes in Pro Tools. "I like having a fader for everything I record," he said.
The studio's outboard gear also includes API 525 compressors, API 550a three-band EQs, and API 550b four-band EQs situated within the console's 500 Series expansion bay.