Woodinville, WA (May 6, 2005)–Veteran producer Garey Shelton was one of the very first people to take delivery of Mackie’s Digital X Bus digital production console. The Seattle-based, Grammy-winning bassist/engineer/producer has just completed his first project on the new mixer, the upcoming release from avant-garde banjoist, Danny Barnes, formerly of the Austin, TX based Bad Livers. His opinion? Shelton gives the new Digital X Bus rave reviews.
Shelton’s studio, Garey Shelton Productions, was in many ways the ideal setting for the Digital X Bus’ recording debut. Shelton’s credits as a producer, bassist and mastering engineer spans a highly eclectic range of musical genres and projects, and his studio is an equally diverse mix of digital and analog, modern and vintage, high- and low-tech.
“I’ve been a Mackie D8B user for as long as the board has existed,” Shelton explains. “In fact, I took delivery of serial number 7.” Shelton points out that, while he loved the D8B, he worked the console harder than anyone ever expected. “It was a great mixer, but I don’t think anyone at Mackie could have foreseen how hard I’d work it. I’m in the studio probably 330 days out of the year, and I literally wore it out.”
Enter the Digital X Bus. Being both a Mackie fan and a close neighbor, Shelton acquired one of the very first available units to replace his aging D8B. “The first thing that made me really happy was the fact that it fit perfectly into my existing studio furniture,” he remarks. “I was prepared to have to redesign the whole studio setup and go through several days of down time, but I was up and running in literally 90 minutes.”
Sonically, Shelton says the new console is everything he’d hoped for and then some. “The sound is actually better than many of the digital mixers out there with a 6-figure price tag. And the construction is pretty much bulletproof. I’m gonna love working with this mixer for a long, long time.”