Waterford, MI (March 22, 2016)— The Who’s Pete Townshend dropped in at Ryan McGuire’s 45 Factory studio, a showcase of vintage gear for recording purists, while on tour in Detroit.
“I was thrilled that Pete decided to record with us while he was in town,” remarked Ryan McGuire, 45 Factory’s owner/chief engineer and director of business development at Vintage King Audio, headquartered near Detroit. “We’ve gone to great lengths to create a world class studio in the tradition of the best 1960s facilities, and I think that resonated with Pete.”
McGuire added, “We’re passionate about providing the environment and equipment needed to inspire the most musical and creative performances possible from the musicians.” Services at 45 Studio, located 20 miles north of Detroit in Waterford, MI, include full band recording, mixing and mastering.
Townshend was tracking a new song for an upcoming acoustic project. No digital devices were used in the recording, only analog equipment mixed down to a tube tape machine from 1956. “The recordings turned out fantastic,” said McGuire. “Pete is a true icon and his artistry is second to none. On top of that, he’s a genuinely good guy and a pleasure to be around.”
“I had a great direct-to-tape session at the 45 Factory,” stated Townshend. “Wonderful sound, the way it always used to be for me, and very close to the sound I get in my own ‘vintage’ studio. But at the 45 Factory, most things are new, or fully restored to new condition and unlike my home studio, nothing breaks down; everything works beautifully. I had a fantastic time recording a new song on an old Ampex stereo tape machine. I’m so pleased to have been one of the first clients. Some great music is going to come out of 45.”
The 45 Factory