Muncie, IN (November 4, 2014)—Assistant Professor John Fishell, who teaches music media and production at Ball State University in Indiana, turned to Vintage King and API’s Box console for his home studio.
The Box was reportedly the right size for Fishell’s small footprint requirement, considering his entire studio is located in the second bedroom of his apartment. The room already houses a collection of API equipment, including six API 550b EQs, four JDK V14 EQs and 12 API 225L compressors. “I was very happy with my modular API DSM system, and I knew I wanted to stay with their summing. The features like the built-in 550A made me lust after the Box. I was able to seamlessly integrate API outboard gear that I already owned through inserts and patch points.”
Fishell has worked as independent engineer, producer, and musician since 1993. He has also worked full-time at James Madison University, Middle Tennessee State, University of Colorado at Denver, American University and now Ball State. At home, he primarily focuses on rock and jazz, occasionally also working on classical music. The Box, installed for just a few months, has already recorded almost a dozen different artists, including Dave Liebman and Mike Stern.
“The Box has the same ‘mojo’ and coloration of API’s bigger consoles, so I can compete with other pro mix facilities in the comfort of my small apartment,” says Fishell. “It does a great job—better than mixes that stay in the ‘digital box’. Even classical and jazz projects benefit from the ‘muscle’ that API gear provides.”