Mix Regional News: Nashville


Sound Emporium Adds API Legacy Plus, New Z Studio

Sound Emporium has recently acquired an API Legacy Plus console for the studio’s B room, as well as a new vocal booth in the control room. Additionally, Sound Emporium added Z Studio (16 x 18 with a 7 x 4 booth), which is “our awesome little vibey mix/overdub room that is booked nonstop these days,” says Juanita Copeland, studio general manager. “We’ve done a lot of awesome new things to the Sound Emporium, which is why we are not just surviving but thriving these days.”

Some of the recent artists who have worked at the studio include country singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson, who tracked for an upcoming release in the A room, with Dave Cobb producing, Vance Powell engineering and Mike Stankiewicz assisting; indie soul/jazz band Lake Street Dive worked on their upcoming release in A, with Cobb producing, Darrel Thorp engineering and Stankiweicz assisting; singer-songwriter/guitarist Jason Isbell tracked and did overdubs on new material in A with Cobb producing, Matt Ross-Spang engineering and Stankiewicz assisting; Nefesh Mountain Jewish Bluegrass band recorded tracks in A, with Eric Lindberg producing, Adam Taylor engineering and Amanda Miller assisting; Willie Nelson did a track in A for the upcoming Billy Joel tribute record for Sony, with Buddy Cannon producing, Tony Castle engineering and Stankiewicz assisting; nearly all of the tracking and vocals for season three of ABC show Nashville were done in A and B rooms, and vocals in Z Studio, with producer Buddy Miller producing, Mike Poole and Gordon Hammond engineering, and Stankiewicz and Zack Pancoast assisting; songwriter Javier Mendoza tracked and did overdubs in B room, with Toby Wright producing and engineering, and Miller assisting; and Sam Bush produced his own project in B room, with Taylor engineering and Miller assisting.

Glenn Rosenstein: Finding Balance

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Nashville-based producer/engineer Glenn Rosenstein has been busy mixing artists at his own facility, Skylight Studio, as well as in other studios in the Nashville area and across the country. He recently finished producing two tracks at FAME Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals for San Francisco-based singer-songwriter Jenna Lavoie’s debut album, and is currently producing albums for Whitney Woerz, Wes Sheffield and Blooddrunk Shenanigans.

Rosenstein worked with 14-year-old Broadway actress Woerz at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles to record her first album, for release later this year. They just finished pre-production and will start tracking at Blackbird Studios in Nashville this month. 

Rosenstein is also co-producing Mississippi roots-rock artist Wes Sheffield’s latest EP with Muscle Shoals icon Jimmy Johnson at Blackbird. “I’ve worked with Jimmy for years,” Rosenstein says. “He hired me about 28 years ago to mix a Gary Rossington album and we’ve gone from there. It’s an honor to be working with him again, and with such a talented artist.” For this EP, Rosenstein worked with musicians Chad Cromwell, Tom Bukovac, Steve Mackey and Kevin McKendree, as well as engineer Jeff Balding.

Nashville-based post-punk band Blooddrunk Shenanigans tapped Rosenstein to produce their latest offering, Falling Over. Released last year to international critical acclaim, they will begin pre-production later this month for their newest recording.

Although busy juggling multiple projects—as well as overseeing a private equity and M & A firm—Rosenstein, a New York-native and 27-year Nashville resident, is content trying to balance everything on his plate. “I try to not make any facet of my life suffer. I deeply appreciate it all. I don’t want to give up any of it—especially recording. That’s been my focus for many years and continues to be. I enjoy doing as much as I can.”

Other recent projects that have kept Rosenstein busy include mixing two songs, including “Stageline,” for 19-year-old singer-songwriter Andrew St. James’ second album, The Shakes (produced by Jim Greer, one half of the Rondo Brothers); and mixing six tracks for The Soft White Sixties’ latest release Get Right, also with Greer producing. “I’ve mixed about seven projects with Jim,” Rosenstein says, “and we’ve only met once. He’s one of the most talented guys I know. We’ve got a system down where we do a great deal of Skype and live streaming of mixes, and it works.”

Some of Rosenstein’s favorite go-to gear includes Retro Instruments (“I have virtually everything they make; I love Phil’s gear”), Acme Audio (“They make one phenomenal compressor”), and Tree Audio (“Very cool analog tube-driven stuff”).

Langhorne Slim at Bomb Shelter

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Studio owner and producer Andrija Tokic just finished tracking and mixing for the yet-to-be-released Langhorne Slim record. The album was done completely analog on the studio’s 2-inch MCI JH-16 and MCI console. “There were lots of tape edits between takes with the trusty razor blade!” Tokic says.

Other recent local Nashville projects at Bomb Shelter include Fly Golden Eagle, Majestico, Clear Plastic Masks and Alana Royale. Tokic also recorded an album in Spain for Josephine Foster on a Tascam 424 MKIII 4 track!

Bomb Shelter has also added Billy Bennett (MGMT, The Whigs, Drive-By Truckers) to its staff as a producer and engineer to take on the extra load. Bennett has been working on a variety of projects, including Los Colognes, Spanish Gold and Blank Range.

Tokic says the studio also now has an A and a B room, with MCI JH consoles and tape machines in both. “Tape is used here everyday in some capacity, with the occasional Pro Tools session when called for,” he says.