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Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus Opens Nashville Studio

In The Grip’s drum area, Auralex pArtScience SpaceCouplers are mounted on the left and on the ceiling; Custom ProPanels are on the right.

Rascal Flatts bassist Jay DeMarcus recently opened a private recording studio in Nashville, Tenn. called The Grip. DeMarcus’ studio was built and designed by Carl Tatz Design, and features a main control room with a tracking area and three booths, a drum area, a lounge, a galley kitchen and an editing suite.

The Grip is outfitted with a 2.5GHz Dual Core Mac G5, a Pro Tools HD5 Accel system running Pro Tools software Version 6.9.3, a Digidesign Pro Control, Digidesign 192 I/O audio interfaces (32 inputs and 48 outputs), Apogee AD-16X A/D converter, Apogee Big Ben master digital clock, Neve 8816 summing mixer, Dynaudio Acoustics M1 passive monitors with a Bryston 4B-ST power amp, Dynaudio BM12S subwoofers, and Yamaha NS-10M and Tannoy Reveal active monitors. The studio’s instruments include a four-piece Ludwig drum kit, Rhodes Suitcase and Wurlitzer electric pianos, Yamaha C7 grand piano, Hammond XK-3 organ with a 2101 Leslie speaker, electric basses, acoustic guitars and hardware synths, as well as software instruments and synths.

Auralex Custom ProPanels are on the far left and on the ceiling, while pArtScience Space Couplers are inside the window booth.

Acoustical treatment products provided by Auralex Acoustics include the company’s Custom ProPanels and pArtScience SpaceCouplers.

“In the drum area, I wanted to create the illusion, acoustically, of a larger space,” says Tatz, “so I used several SpaceCouplers, which allows the space to sound bigger than it is. Aesthetically appealing, Auralex’ ProPanels were used in areas where additional absorption was needed, giving the studio a really nice look.”

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