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Nashville’s Historic RCA Studio B Nets New Desk

The Nashville facility recorded the likes of Elvis, Dolly Parton, The Everly Brothers and countless other legends. Now it has a new console.

Nashville, TN (January 17, 2019)—Historic RCA Studio B on Nashville’s Music Row, opened in 1957, has a storied history. For its first 20 years, the studio operated commercially under RCA, though artists from many other labels recorded there as well. During that period, the studio recorded more than 35,000 songs from artists including Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, Charley Pride, The Everly Brothers and many others.

Today, Studio B is operated by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in partnership with the Mike Curb Family Foundation, with a mission to preserve it as a legacy landmark in the history of popular music in Nashville and the United States.

When the time came to choose a new console for Studio B, studio manager Justin Croft and his team paid a visit to Vintage King Nashville. Vintage King’s Jeff Leibovich explains, “It was clear they knew what they wanted sonically and visually. We arranged for them to audition some channels from the various consoles they were considering.

Studio Showcase: Historic RCA Studio B

The team ultimately settled upon a new 24-input Rupert Neve Designs 5088 console loaded with Shelford 5052 mic preamp and inductor EQ modules.

“Not only was the 5052 their mic pre/EQ of choice,” said Leibovich, “but it was also clear that the rich history of Rupert Neve would tie in so well with the rich history of the studio and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The team at Rupert Neve Designs was so helpful in working with us to get the right configuration for the studio’s needs while staying within their budget and timeframe.”

Following the console’s delivery, Croft and Vintage King worked with Mike Rhodes of SkinnyFish Audio to wire the room and complete the installation.

“At Historic RCA Studio B, we believe in preservation through production,” Croft continues. “The studio remains accessible to the public through tours and educational programs, and we expect approximately 250 student ensembles to come through the studio this spring. Through these educational programs and future projects at the studio, the historic sound of Studio B continues to come to life, and the new console allows this to happen with an amazing, updated piece of equipment.”

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