Chris “Frenchie” Smith (left) and Alex Lyon from The Bubble recording studio in Austin, TX.Austin, TX (April 13, 2011)–The Bubble recording studio in Texas has added a new 16-channel API 1608 analog console to its existing array of API outboard gear.
Established in 1998, The Bubble already owned an array of API equipment, including a 3124+, four 550b discrete 4-band EQs and two 560 graphic EQs. “We have been using API gear for a long time,” said Alex Lyon, co-owner and co-engineer of The Bubble, “so we knew the sound and build quality were things we liked. We had never heard or seen a 1608, but just knowing it was an API was enough to sell us.”
The Bubble, which has recorded artists such as Jet, the Dandy Warhols, and Fastball, was acoustically designed by Mark Genfan at Acoustic Spaces to provide superior sound. According to Lyon, the studio’s new console is fitting right in with The Bubble’s foundations.
“The first time I played something back through our new desk I was shocked really, because it just sounded so good,” he said. “It was a pure, beefy and analog tone. I was actually so happy with the sound that, two weeks later, I bought an API 2500 stereo bus compressor to match. I was also really impressed with the way the console looked–all the pretty LEDs on that thing can’t be beat!”
In addition to its main recording space, the facility also boasts the “b-room,” a multi-purpose space that is detached from the main studio and that can be used as an editing or overdubbing room. The Bubble now also offers a mastering service. Both amenities evolved out of The Bubble expanding and moving to a bigger, better and now final location.