Buffalo, NY (April 19, 2013)-Veteran composer, engineer and studio-owner James Calabrese has purchased a 32-channel API 1608 console with an expander for his Soundscape studio in Buffalo, NY.
“I first heard an API when I was in New York helping to cut tracks for Miki Howard’s debut album, Come Share My Love, and the engineer used a Lunchbox to EQ the massive electric piano part,” says Calabrese, whose studio features other API gear such as the 3124 four-channel mic pre, a 500V rack, and four 550 EQs, as well as two 525 compressors, now in the console. The console was purchased from API rep Vintage King of Detroit.
Calabrese started as a composer, recording original music for commercials, corporate and broadcast video scoring, in pop, rock, jazz, and classical styles. Some clients include Fisher Price, Hasbro, Xerox, Kodak, Phillips Electronics, and artists like Pointer Sisters, Ray Charles, and the Goo Goo Dolls. He also co-wrote the track, “Where You Are” on Whitney Houston’s multi-platinum second album, Whitney. “I’ve collaborated with New York composer Ken Higgins to score a few films and documentaries along with the globally-syndicated miniseries ‘Hemingway’ for Daniel Wilson Productions,” he says of his experiences.
As of late, he has completed sessions on his new 1608 with pianist, arranger and transcriber Krista Seddon, remixed a tune for L.A.-based guitarist Michael Campagna for a Varese Sarabande library, and has also mixed an Old Navy commercial.
“There really wasn’t any other choice,” says Calabrese of the API. “I’m still only at the beginning of my knowledge of the 1608; still learning the center section, love the sound, love the build quality and I’m looking forward to some larger tracking sessions in the next few months. I liked the fact that API was going to be around a while. I wanted a desk that I’d probably keep the rest of my career.”