Effigy Studios Opens in Motor City

Audio engineer and Detroit, Mich. native, Thomas Johnson, has opened Effigy Studios, arming it with an API Legacy console.
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Thomas Johnson at Effigy Studios

Audio engineer and Detroit, Mich. native, Thomas Johnson, has opened Effigy Studios, arming it with an API Legacy console.

"Twenty years ago, I started to get work recording bands around the Detroit area," recalls Johnson about his career beginnings. "I later got a job at a Boston studio, and then moved to New York. The whole time I was in New York I was looking to build a studio there until one Thanksgiving when I came back to Detroit. I happened to drive by a building for sale in a great area, stopped in, and bought it. Three years later, we finally have Effigy Studios coming together."

Designed by Vantine/Guthrie Studio of Architecture in Northville, Mich., Effigy Studios features a 1,400 square-foot studio with 17-foot ceilings and no parallel walls in the main room, as well as a multi-purpose isolation room and adjoining vocal booth.

Effigy’s control room features a 48-input API Legacy Plus analog console, a Digidesign Pro Tools|HD system and Mackie HR626 nearfields. Outboard gear includes the ADL 1500 stereo tube compressor, two dbx 160vu compressors, a Daking mic preamp/gate, dual Drawmer DS201 gates, an Empirical Labs EL8XM Distressor, a Manley Variable-MU limiter/compressor, and much more. The mic closet includes transducers from manufacturers such as AKG, Beyerdynamic, Earthworks, Electro-Voice, Neumann, Rode, Royer, Sennheiser and Shure.

For more information on the Legacy, visit www.apiaudio.com.