Yes Master, Before and After
By Clive Young.
Nashville (May 6, 2010)—In the wake of devastating floods throughout the Nashville region, many area pro audio businesses are finding their feet again. Typical of those companies is Yes Master Studios, which sustained massive water damage.
Owner Jim DeMain carefully sandbagged and taped up the door to his mastering studio over the weekend, but returned Tuesday to find water throughout the facility.
“It’s an acoustically designed PhantomFocus room by Carl Tatz, and now there’s water knee-deep in there,” said DeMain. While hard drives were stored high off the ground and some equipment remained above the flooding, the studio’s floating floor has been submerged for days and some gear has been ruined, along with soundproofing that absorbed water. Despite the setbacks, DeMain remains upbeat about the situation.
“I’ve been amazed by the unbelievable generosity of friends in the music business who didn’t have problems” said DeMain. “People showed up at my studio yesterday who I hadn’t seen in years, and everyone pitched in: ‘What do we need to do? Let’s move this stuff!’ I felt like George Bailey!
“Another friend of mine who’s a big-time producer working with k.d. lang--he could be doing that right now, and instead he came over to help me dig out this insulation. You don’t find friends like that very often.”
DeMain was quick to note that his flood insurance will cover everything, and that his landlord had already offered a temporary space to work in. For now, he has other plans: “I’m probably going to set it up at home temporarily and get rolling. I had just started on a LeAnn Rimes record and had done the single, but I’m going to have to hand that over to another engineer because I won’t be up and running quick enough to do the rest of it.”
Nonetheless, there’s still work waiting in the wings: “I’d been working on the next Robert Plant album; it was done and everyone’s happy with it up to this point, but there’s still three bonus tracks that they’re going to mix yet. This year, I’ve done a John Prine record, a John Waite record that’s getting really good reviews, a Jimmy Buffett record and a couple of others. It’s been an amazing year so far—until this!”
Yes Master Studios