Atlanta, GA (December 15, 2020)—Producer and musician Bill Jabr has installed a 16-channel Neve BCM 10/2 MkII mixing console as part of a major refurbishment of Studio A at his Blue South facility in Atlanta, GA.
Opened in 2009, Blue South has hosted artists such as Childish Gambino, Andre 3000, Juice Wrld, Travis Scott, Summer Walker, Brett Eldredge, and Becky G. Jabr has also established a sister studio, Blue West, in Los Angeles.
“The Neve 1073 preamp/EQ needs no explanation in our world,” Jabr says. “When we were researching new consoles, the BCM’s updated monitor section, direct out and simple input additions also jumped out. The console is perfect because it gives us the heavy, rich Neve analog sound while also providing easy DAW integration for a modern workflow.”
As the centerpiece of the facility’s main studio, the Neve BCM 10/2 MkII is being used for both traditional and in-the-box sessions. “We are using the console for front-end tracking, while for a more modern workflow, we are using it to carry out a lot of summing and splitting mix stems, before printing back into the desk to make future recalls easier for remote editing,” Jabr explains.
“This is where the direct outs and simple inputs make life easy. The monitor section is also extremely straightforward and flexible, and we can easily split headphone mixes out through console cues to integrate with our hear-back system. It’s a very ergonomic board — and the EQs are obviously legendary.”
A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Jabr gravitated towards music recording and worked at Doppler Studios in Atlanta. Having also worked in many different facilities as a producer/writer and musician, he had a good idea of what he wanted from his own studios and he set about translating that vision into Blue South/Blue Room. “These are spaces where people can cut out any distractions and be solely focused on music and creative endeavor,” he says. “We focus on giving people 100% attention and effort across every project, and we are somewhat obsessed with studio service and etiquette.”
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