Nashville, TN (August 25, 2005)–On Friday July 29th and Saturday, July 30th, Nashville area recording studio folks, independent engineers and record label executives were treated to a bash at John and Martina McBride’s Blackbird Studios in Berry Hill, Tennessee. A reception took place on Friday night in Studios A and B and the recently completed studios C and D in the rear section of the block-long facility. On Saturday, visitors took in the live performance of some high-quality pro audio gear distributed by TransAudio Group/LasVegasProAudio. Blackbird Studio’s John McBride (left) opened his Nashville studio for a two-day event showcasing Brad Lunde’s (right) burgeoning product lines for both LasVegasProAudio and TransAudio Group.
For the Saturday sessions, the staff at Blackbird switched the décor to red-checkered tablecloths for Nashville’s famous, down-home “Jack’s BBQ” lunch replete with mama’s sweet ice tea. As a special sneak preview, guests were able to admire the almost completed, much talked about, new George Massenburg recording studio at Blackbird.
Nashville’s Carolyn Martin sang through a variety of microphones at Blackbird Studio’s two-day TransAudio Group/LasVegasProAudio Open House. Mics shown include the new Brauner Phantom AE, a Soundelux U99, Brauner
On both days, one of Nashville’s top vocalist, Carolyn Martin, and guitarist Andre Reiss performed in the Studio C recording booth, allowing all to evaluate various microphones and mixing selections.
Noted Brad Lunde, president of TransAudio Group, “Our hats are off to Carolyn Martin, not only for her incredible vocal style, but for her really incredible patience with studio engineers who asked her to sing the same song, over and over, through umpteen different mics–but hey, is there a better way to showcase microphones?”
The happy folks inside John McBride’s famed mic closet at Blackbird Studios include (l-r): Deb Daking, Geoff Daking, Bob Heil, Sarah Heil and Brad Lunde.
TransAudio staff members Richard Bowman and Todd Peterson were there to discuss the problem-solving capabilities and performance properties of their product lines. A wide array of manufacturers were also on hand to answer questions and show off their wares. These included Peter Montessi (A-Designs), Geoff Daking (Daking & Co, Inc.), Bob Heil (Heil Proline Microphones), Ben Lily (ATC Loudspeakers), and George Massenburg (GML Labs).
Products represented at the event include A Designs (USA), ADT Audio (Germany), ATC (UK), Brauner (Germany), Drawmer (UK), Enhanced Audio (Ireland), Heil Mics (USA), GML (USA), Pauly Superscreens (Germany), Sabra Som (Brazil), Soundelux (USA), SoundField (UK), Weiss (Switzerland) and Z Systems (USA).