Tim Hutton (seated) and brother, Dash
Laurel Canyon, CA (December 19, 2011)—Canyon Hut Recording Studio, constructed in Alice Cooper’s former house in 2008, recently acquired and installed a fully analog, all-discrete API 1608 console.
According to co-owner Tim Hutton, “When making the decision to buy a console, I knew it had to feel ‘right’ in my gut. I tested many and most of them were fairly linear. The 1608 was the only console that was un-darkened, incredibly warm and all embracing. Its design is flawless and I felt right at home when I first sat down and started tracking.”
Hutton is a songwriter, producer and bassist, and co-owns the Canyon Hut with his brother, Dash. Two famous studios—Abbey Road and Motown—were the inspiration for Canyon Hut’s “2001 meets the 1950s” design.
The brothers were born into a musical family, as their father, Danny Hutton, was a founding member of classic rock band Three Dog Night. Touring as children with the group, Tim and Dash were able to interact with influential musicians such as Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks, Glen Campbell and America. After attending the Hamilton Music Academy and later touring with his band, the Telacasters, Tim started to record and produce tracks for some of his friends’ bands. The recording hobby later turned into a full-time gig, and Tim knew he needed to find a professional soundboard.
“Things really took off at that point,” he said. “I decided I needed ‘the best’ console. I was already very happy with my API 554s and 525s, so I decided to test the 1608. I was floored. It was exactly what I needed, wanted, and demanded to make the Canyon Hut one of the best studios in Los Angeles. I really want the world to know that we are a one-stop shop. We can engineer, produce, mix, play, sing, whatever the record needs, all with the best gear—the 1608.”