The new API Legacy Plus at Zac Brown's Southern Ground Nashville studio.
Nashville, TN (November 6, 2015)—Southern Ground Nashville—Zac Brown’s considerable recording studio, which was featured in PSN’s September 2014 Studio Showcase—has taken delivery of an API 48-channel Legacy Plus console. API built the Legacy Plus according to the Grammy winner’s specific configuration requests and then sent a team to Music Row to commission the console inside the facility, which was formerly a Presbyterian Church.
Unsurprisingly, the console sports API mic pres, compressors, filters and EQs. “Very few companies are building large format consoles with the facilities that API incorporates into the Legacy Plus,” said studio director and chief engineer Brandon Bell, adding, “I also prefer the sound of API to other brands, especially for acoustic instruments. We’re very excited to have the new Legacy Plus at Southern Ground and we think our clients will be also.”
The console was sold by Rob Dennis, owner of Rack and Roll, one of API’s Nashville dealers. Dennis noted that “Zac and his amazing crew have been clients for a long time now. I told them years ago that if the studio wanted to be taken seriously as a commercial room in the Nashville market, they needed an API. The API and big tracking room combo is a winner here in Nashville, and Southern Ground is the most unique and vibey room in town. I can’t wait to hear the music that comes out of this already legendary studio.”
Bell agrees: “I’m not afraid to use the console for the entire band. It’s solid, and I don’t feel like there’s any sacrifice to using it for all the instruments on a session. It’s fast in all facets, the signal chain is clean, routing is quick, and the automation is a breeze. We now have a console that matches the vibe and caliber of our tracking room.”
API (Automated Processes, Inc.)