Austin, TX (March 18, 2010)--Austin's yellow DOG Studios has installed a 32-channel API 1608 console, outfitted with API 500-Series modules, in Studio 1.
The facility is home to independent producer and engineer David Percefull, who recently purchased the former Five AM Studios after relocating from Tulsa, OK. In partnership with producer-musician Ed Robinson and singer-songwriter Steve Hudson, Percefull organized the buyout of 5AM Studios when it came up for sale a few months ago. All of the outboard gear and mics are still in place; they were owned by Hudson and Robinson and leased to 5AM. They put Percefull's vintage Soundcraft 1600 in Studio 2 for use both as a summing mixer and as a means to incorporate the studio's wealth of analog outboard gear into Pro Tools mixes--but Studio 1 came with no console. Among the studio's plethora of mic preamps were 12 channels of API 3124s.
"I've worked on a lot of large-format consoles, but I had very little experience with API," said Percefull. "When we decided we wanted to purchase a small-frame console for Studio 1, we surveyed our fairly limited options. But I kept coming back to the sound of the 3124s, which I had fallen in love with. That, together with the adamant recommendation of my friend and fellow engineer Chris Bauer, and the API 1608's ability to accept 500-Series modules from any VPR manufacturer, sealed the deal."
In the short time that yellow DOG has had the 1608, Percefull has already recorded half an album with Brandon Jenkins, an EP for Calling Matthew, started a new project with Phil Marshall and is mixing an album for Mike Kelly.
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