Mercer University has announced a series of events to celebrate the rebirth of Macon’s historic Capricorn Sound Studios as Mercer Music at Capricorn. First opened 50 years ago, the facility will host a first look at the restored studio that helped define the 1970s Southern Rock sound.
Mercer Music at Capricorn is a multi-purpose, 20,000-square-foot complex designed to leverage Macon’s music heritage to create Macon’s music future, according to a Mercer University statement. The $4.3 million renovation project is being funded by historic tax credits, major grants from the Peyton Anderson Foundation and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and gifts from businesses and individuals.
The facility contains the fully restored historic Studio A plus an additional, larger Studio B suitable for orchestral recording and film scoring, as well as live performances. API consoles were central to the Capricorn sound, and the main control room continues that legacy with a new custom-built API 40-channel 2448 desk with Final Touch fader automation and a center-console Pro Tools monitor screen. A new mix room studio features an Avid C-24 work surface and Pro Tools.
The main tracking studio and the mix/overdub studio both feature a pair of Focal Solo Be 6.5 monitor speakers, plus Yamaha HS8 nearfields with subwoofers. Both control rooms support surround sound projects via Genelec 8020 5.1 speaker systems.
Grand opening festivities for Mercer Music at Capricorn kick off on December 2 with a VIP party, including music by the Randall Bramblett Band, for donors and other invited guests.
The public ceremony to formally reopen Mercer Music at Capricorn will be on December 3 at 2 p.m. The program, which is free and open to the public, will take place on an outdoor stage behind the studios.
The re-opening celebration will be capped off on December 3 at 8 p.m. with a ticketed Capricorn Revival concert at the Macon City Auditorium featuring former Allman Brothers Band member—and current Rolling Stones music director—Chuck Leavell, Randall Bramblett Band and a host of former Capricorn artists and musicians who have been influenced by Capricorn.