When you think of Austin, one of the first things that come to mind is the city’s legendary music scene. With more funky venues and equally funky musicians than you can shake a stick at, the city is rightfully proud of its eclectic musical vibe. While it may be the self-proclaimed Live Music Capital of the World, however, Austin’s not as well-known for its recording studios—which is why the recent revival of Arlyn Studios is a little surprising.
Founded in 1984, the studio made its name recording the likes of Frank Sinatra, Willie Nelson, Sublime and others, but spent most of the last 10 years leased out as a private facility used by a recording school. Arlyn gradually reopened its doors to the public during 2013, however, and has now spent a reported $700,000 revitalizing its 7,000-square-foot space. Part of that investment went into a newly built hybrid console consisting of vintage API and Neve desks stitched together.
While the owners are trying to raise awareness of the studio overseas in hopes of attracting more international business, that eclectic Austin music scene is taking notice, too, as is apparent in this video clip—a news story that appeared on local station KXAN.