Danny Barnes (left) with Garey Shelton at Shelton’s Mackie-equipped studio
Grammy-winning bassist/engineer/producer Garey Shelton, one of the first to take delivery of Mackie’s Digital X Bus Digital Production Console, recently completed his first project on the new mixer: the upcoming release from avant-garde banjoist and former Bad Livers frontman Danny Barnes.
Shelton’s Seattle-based studio, Garey Shelton Productions, contains an equal mix of digital and analog, modern and vintage, high- and low-tech
“I’ve been a Mackie D8B user for as long as the board has existed,” Shelton explains. “In fact, I took delivery of serial number seven. It was a great mixer, but I don’t think anyone at Mackie could have foreseen how hard I’d work it. I’m in the studio probably 330 days out of the year, and I literally wore it out.”
Looking to replace his aging board, Shelton acquired the X Bus, which reportedly fit perfectly into his existing studio furniture. “I was prepared to have to redesign the whole studio setup and go through several days of down time, but I was up and running in literally 90 minutes.
“I was thrilled with the fact that almost all the key commands I’m used to on the D8B are carried over to the Digital X Bus,” he continues. “The Penny + Giles optical touch faders feel great, and I’ve got total control of my ProTools rig, even down to plug-in support. The touch screen is a phenomenally stellar interface—it’s so intuitive, I can literally tailor it for the way I work. And I love the fact that most of the features I use all the time are hardware-based, so I can just reach for a knob or fader without even thinking about the interface.”
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