West Marin, CA (October 20, 2014)—Panoramic House is celebrating its first year of operation with equipment relocated from co-owner John Baccigaluppi’s former recording studio, The Hangar, including his recently-expanded API 1608.
Panoramic House, a personal recording studio and vacation home owned by Baccigaluppi and Bobby Lurie, is located on the western Marin coast north of San Francisco. The duo, who also own and operate The Dock in Sacramento, CA and Mavericks in New York City, renovated the 1960s structure, which was built entirely from recycled architectural materials salvaged from the Bay Area.
When the five-year-old 1608 moved to Panoramic House, it was expanded to 32 channels to accommodate the studio’s 16- and 24-track analog tape decks. “With more analog tracks, we needed more console real estate,” said Baccigaluppi. “The 1608 has served me very well. I love that it has the same API circuitry that runs its large-format consoles. Eight aux sends and eight groups paired with the modular 500-series slots make it a very versatile board. We have a lot of EQ flavors, including a handful of API 55 0As, 550bs, and 560s.”
Baccigaluppi’s familiarity with API equipment is a contributing factor to what has made the 1608 the heart of the new studio. “Panoramic House is definitely analog-centric,” he said. “The first console I ever worked on was an API 2488 at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, and I love that the 1608 continues in that tradition.”
Panoramic House has already been host to several name indie bands, including My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses, and Thee Oh Sees.