Philadelphia, PA (June 20, 2007)–Sigma Sound Studios founder and producer/engineer Joe Tarsia has developed the Sigma Sound Studios Direct Box, reproduced after equipment used in the early days of the studio.
Tarsia remembers the days when he and several engineers and audio fanatics created Sigma Sound Studios “wire by wire, component by component” around a 12-input console and an 8-track tape machine. During those days, Tarsia built the first Sigma Sound Studios Direct Box as a general-purpose unit that would bring keyboards directly into the recording console but primarily to get the best sound out of electric bass and guitar.
The results have become a part of the signature sound heard on the hits of such landmark artists as O’Jays, Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass, the Stylistics, the Spinners, MFSB, Grover Washington Jr. and Patti LaBelle. After Tarsia retired, a musician friend of his began bothering him to recreate this piece and he considered making a few. However, after several months of exhaustive searching, Tarsia found that the high quality audio transformer that was at the heart of the box had been out of production for years.
After locating 50 of these rare transformers, the Sigma Sound Studio Direct Box is now available as a limited run and is beginning to sell briskly.
Retailing at $695, each Sigma Sound Studios Direct Box is signed and assembled by Tarsia personally. Tarsia commented, “The day Sigma opened its doors and for the 35 years that followed it was the only DI I used for recording musician like Ronnie Baker, Gerald Veasley, Steve Beskrone, Bob Babbitt, Anthony Jackson and many others.”
For more information, visit the Sigma Sound website at www.sigmasoundstudios.com or contact distributor, Studio Logic Sound at 610-346-8037.