Jessup, MD (August 20, 2012)-Mikael Johnston has upgraded his studio with an API 1608 small-format analog console to complete a mix for Blondie at the request of the band's producer, Jeff Saltzman.
Johnston was first introduced to the API sound while working with other Warner Brothers acts that wanted to experiment with electronics. "We used API gear for the Jane's Addiction remixes for the 'So What!' maxi single. Shortly thereafter, I co-wrote 'Crash' with Static-X. I realized it was time to step up my game, and several friends suggested an API lunchbox was the way to go." Johnston filled out his lunchbox with API mic pres, compressors and EQs. Later he added an API 3124 rack-mount, four-channel, mic pre for work with bands such as I Am the World Trade Center.
Johnston eventually realized it would be more cost effective to bring his productions in-house. "It's one thing to book studio time if you're focused solely on being an artist, but I have a decade of experience as an engineer, remixer and producer," he said.
"It's no secret that I believe a hybrid mix is far superior to an in-the-box mix, and for my taste, the more high-end analog gear that's involved, the better. While deciding on a console, I took several factors into consideration, namely the history of the manufacturer and their longevity in the business, as well as their reputation. I also decided I didn't want a vintage console because they're a hassle to maintain. So that left me with a short list of credible names that have been in the industry for decades and also make new high-end, small-format, discrete analog consoles. "The API 1608 seemed to be the only one that was purely discrete analog circuitry without a lot of extraneous, potentially problematic, and eventually obsolete, computer integration."