Engineer/producer John Davenport (pictured) is building a new studio, JD Productions in Sanford, N.C., for which API is building a custom 32-channel API Legacy Plus console with Vision automation. Davenport’s studio is located in the Raleigh area along the Deep River in North Carolina, where he continues to develop artists and produce films.
Davenport is co-founder and Vice President of Music for JD Productions.
The studio will be built from the ground up as a 1,300-square-foot space designed by Wes Lachot of Wes Lachot Design. “I can say that I recommend API consoles to my clients because they represent the very best in analog design and sound quality and always make the room sound the best,” Lachot says. “The very best sounding rooms are nothing without the best sounding gear.”
Davenport grew up in Sanford, where his passion for music soon took him to New York City, where he learned the recording business from the ground up. When Davenport began in the late 1970s at Secret Sound Studio, he learned the craft from some of the best engineers and producers of the times.
Davenport spent the 1980s as a recording engineer at the iconic Hit Factory in New York City, where he worked with acts such as the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Cindy Lauper, Judy Collins, and Little Steven (Steven Van Zandt). He received Platinum Album awards from the United Nations for Little Steven’s Sun City, for which he was chief engineer.
“The smile on my face is because, after three decades of working at professional and makeshift studios, I finally have the opportunity of building my own dream studio,” Davenport says. “It didn’t take long to select my choice of console. API, the sound and workmanship, is like no other. Thank you, Dan Zimbelman [of API], Wes Lachot Design, and the craftsmen at API making my dream possible.”
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