Nashville News & NotesWelcome to 1979, the decidedly analog Nashville facility owned and operated by Chris Mara, recently acquired a restored Neumann VMS 70 disk-cutting system and this month will start offering lacquer-c
Welcome to 1979 Goes Vinyl
Welcome to 1979, the decidedly analog Nashville facility owned and operated by Chris Mara, recently acquired a restored Neumann VMS 70 disk-cutting system and this month will start offering lacquer-cutting services in-house. Artists, engineers, producers and mastering engineers are encouraged to attend as their lacquers are cut.
“We will be able to cut from both analog and digital sources, as well as take digital sources to tape prior to the lacquer being cut,” Mara says. “We are striving to keep this affordable for the independent artists who already call Welcome to 1979 home, and we also plan on doing a lot of educational workshops—in conjunction with our existing Tape Camps—featuring the lathe and the record-making process.”
Michael Lattanzi Trio
Producer/songwriter/musician/engineer Michael Lattanzi has built a new ground-up facility in Leipers Fork, and from the first glance inside the rather spacious 34x36-foot control room, it certainly is unique: Three consoles—a vintage API 1604, Neve 8078 and SSL 4000 E/G+—wrap around a central mix position.
Lattanzi, who is currently producing and mixing the band Hellbound Glory, came to Nashville in 2011 by way of New York, L.A. and Sedona, Ariz. He was signed by MCA in the 1980s and over the ensuing years worked with artists such as the Fugees and Jewel, and international artists Tina Arena and Amanda Marshall. Six years ago in L.A., he was paralyzed from the waist down in a mountain-biking accident.
After a few years recuperating and making music in Sedona, building his own production studio, he and his wife chose Nashville for their next chapter. Soon after arriving, they started construction on a separate 3,000-square-foot structure adjacent to their home.
“This is the most unique studio in the world, both with how it sounds and with the available equipment,” says engineer Toby Wright (Alice in Chains, Metallica, Kiss). “In this day and age, you are lucky to find a good room with one good working console, never mind three amazing consoles. This is my Disneyland of studios!”
Vintage King Audio Back in Nashville
Pro audio industry veterans Kurt Howell and Chad Evans (pictured) are heading Vintage King Audio’s new Nashville sales office. Howell studied voice, composition and arranging at Nashville’s Belmont University and began his career more than 30 years ago in A&R at CBS Records in Nashville. Howell has also worked in studios as an artist, engineer, producer, arranger, session player, and manager.
Evans enjoyed a 10-year tenure with GC Pro in Nashville, where he forged relationships with hundreds of clients and oversaw the generation and development of new studios.
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