API Lands at Wrenn House

Wrenn House Studios recently rounded out its collection of API gear with the installation of a 16-channel 1608 console earlier this year.
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John Morton, chief engineer, and Clayton Wrenn, owner and producer
Magnolia, TX (May 31, 2012)—Wrenn House Studios recently rounded out its collection of API gear with the installation of a 16-channel 1608 console earlier this year.

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From the beginning, Wrenn House Studios, which is located about 45 miles northwest of downtown Houston, was a self-described "API house," with racks of API processors, 7600 channel strips, an 8200 summing mixer, the 7800 master module and two API 2500 stereo compressors.

"Clay and I have been working with music our whole lives," explained John Morton, Wrenn House's chief engineer and partner with the studio owner Clayton Wrenn. "Years ago, I had the opportunity to hear an API preamp in an equipment demonstration, and I was struck by how different the API sounded compared to everything else. It had a sonic quality that's hard to describe—a richness and fullness. I knew it was what I was after."

Wrenn House purchased the 1608, and local acts and other area production facilities began asking if they could make their recordings at Wrenn House.

"There was clearly some pent-up demand for an API rig in Houston," Morton said. "Folks go to Austin when they want the API sound. As far as I know, we are the only API 1608 shop south of Austin at this time. I anticipate a lot of interest from local music and video producers."

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