Nashville, TN (July 23, 2007)–Owned by John and Martina McBride, Blackbird Studios is home to one of the more popular recording spots in Nashville, part of that due to its Studio B, which features a 48-channel, 96-input API Legacy Plus console with motorized faders. Its success recently encouraged McBride to purchase a second API Legacy Plus console for Studio D.
The new console is the largest API Legacy Plus console ever built, with 96 channels, 192 inputs and 200 faders–100 of them moving. The API Legacy Plus console replaces the Trident console that was featured in the room. While McBride had no ill words for the Trident, the engineers and producers who book time at Blackbird wanted the API sound.
Studio D features three amp lockers and seven recording spaces; the expansive main room has dark walnut floors, stone walls, and modular “flutter free” panels, all illuminated by hanging red lamps that meld the feel of the recording space with the studio’s lounge.
In addition to its sibling in Studio B, the new Legacy will join a host of other API outboard equipment that holds prominent places in the racks of all six of Blackbird’s studios. Among them are numerous all-discrete 550A three-band EQs, 550B four-band EQs, and 560 ten-band graphic EQs, 512C mic pres, 3124+ mic pres, and 7600 channel strips, along with 2500 stereo compressors with the API 2520 op-amp and optional “feed forward” circuitry.
John McBride said, “We’re excited about putting the new API Legacy Plus in at Blackbird. As there are fewer and fewer analog console manufacturers, API will only increase in popularity. I’m confident that a lot of hip records are going to be made on the new console in the years to come.”