Over the weekend of July 29, the who’s who of Nashville’s elite recording studios, independent engineers and record label executives were treated to a first time bash at John and Martina McBride’s Blackbird Studios in Berry Hill, Tennessee. Visitors enjoyed Blackbird’s incredible ambience and experienced the live performance of some of the world’s top quality pro audio gear distributed by TransAudio Group/LasVegasProAudio.
As a special sneak preview, guests were able to admire the almost completed,
much talked about, new George Massenburg recording studio at Blackbird. If
you were not among the three hundred or so guests, you’ll just have to wait
a bit longer to see what the Massenburg studio buzz is all about.
On both days, one of Nashville’s top vocalist, Carolyn Martin, and guitarist
Andre Reiss performed in the Studio C recording booth, allowing all to
evaluate various microphones and mixing selections. Noted Brad Lunde,
president of TransAudio Group, “Our hats are off to Carolyn Martin, not only
for her incredible vocal style, but for her really incredible patience with
studio engineers who asked her to sing the same song, over and over, through
umpteen different mics – but hey! Is there a better way to showcase
TransAudio staff members Richard Bowman and Todd Peterson were there to
discuss the problem-solving capabilities and performance properties of their
product lines. A wide array of manufacturers were also on hand to answer
questions and show off their wares. These included Peter Montessi
(A-Designs), Geoff Daking (Daking & Co, Inc.), Bob Heil (Heil Proline
Microphones), Ben Lily (ATC Loudspeakers), and George Massenburg (GML Labs).
Products represented at the event include A Designs (USA), ADT Audio
(Germany), ATC (UK), Brauner (Germany), Drawmer (UK), Enhanced Audio
(Ireland), Heil Mics (USA), GML (USA), Pauly Superscreens (Germany), Sabra
Som (Brazil), Soundelux (USA), SoundField (UK), Weiss (Switzerland) and Z