Nashville, TN (May 8, 2009)–East Iris, a Nashville studio owned for the last 11 years by Gary Belz, co-founder of House of Blues, will become a member of the House of Blues family of studios.
The Nashville facility will join its HOB sister facilities in Encino, CA and Memphis. The Nashville studio, owned and operated by Belz and his wife Shelly, has hosted projects by a variety of artists, including Miley Cyrus, Faith Hill, 3 Doors Down, Matchbox Twenty and Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens).
The Tom Hidley-designed studios will remain untouched, with the SSL 9000 J remaining in Studio A and an SSL 4000 E series in Studio B. The transition to House Of Blues will be marked with the building of two new studio facilities and additional equipment purchases. The metamorphosis of East Iris to House of Blues will be complete in the summer, Belz says, with the actual move of the HOB Studio D in Memphis to the property across street from its new Nashville sibling.
Studio manager Mike Paragone says that the first phase of the build is Studio C, which will be a production suite. “It will be home to many, and we feel strongly that there are a number of engineers that need a room of this size and price point,” says Paragone. “This studio will encompass a spacious control room, two iso booths, a beautiful and inviting lounge with a full kitchen.”
Belz, a native of Memphis, is excited about the move of Studio D to Nashville. “This room has been popular for years at the Memphis location with artists such as Pops Staples, Isaac Hays and Boz Scaggs. We look forward to Nashville getting a look at it,” he says of the studio that will arrive in the small Berry Hill neighborhood of Nashville on a flatbed truck.
Studio D will house an API console that partners Belz and Dan Aykroyd successfully used for many years at the Encino location. “This desk sounds amazing,” says Belz. “It is a favorite of T-Bone Burnett, who worked with artists such as Counting Crows and the Wallflowers there.” The 44-channel API features vintage 550A EQs, 24 busses and inline monitoring (providing a total of 88 inputs), all based around the classic 2520 op amp.
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