Nashville, TN (August 8, 2014)—The Casino, a Nashville studio owned and operated by Eric Masse, has installed API’s The Box.
The Casino records LPs and EPs for signed artists and bands within the city. Masse consulted Chad Evans at Vintage King while he upgraded his studio, and now says he Box “feels like the missing piece” to his former setup.
“I had been craving the next step up for my 16 I/O studio for a while,” said Masse. “When I heard about the Box last year, I started gearing up for it.” The Casino, which also houses two API lunchboxes, six 512c mic pres, a 5500 dual equalizer, and a 2500 stereo compressor, stayed in the API family when looking to gain control over pans and add inserts.
“Enter stage right—the Box,” jokes Masse, who is amazed by the capabilities The Casino is now able to fulfill. “I can hardly contain my head from exploding from all the options. It’s the center of my studio. I can route things in the mix like never before, and parallel compress things all analog. I can add outboard effects post-conversion to individual tracks, and I don’t have to use my converters to feed the hear-back headphone hub. I can instead build a mix with the sends, and use the inserts for direct ‘more me’s’ and use all sixteen converters for audio. I’m digging it.”
Apart from the functions, the customizable 500 Series inputs allow The Casino to create its own sound. “I like that I can utilize the 500 Series slots on the program bus, while still using the input channels. So far, to be honest, I like everything about it.”
Since installing the Box, Masse has put the final touches on singer/songwriter Rayland Baxter’s second album, is currently mixing alternative artist Mikky Ekko’s record and is ready to record Charlie Worsham’s second country music album.