Neil Greenhaw’s Premier Arkansas Facility Serves Central US
Successful Arkansas music producer Neil Greenhaw has opened the new Haxton Road Studios to serve a wide swath of the Central US with one of the most ambitious production ventures in the region. “I wanted to help create a culture of musical excellence,” Greenhaw says. “We’ve certainly built something special and our live room has that magic sound you look for when cutting records.”
After deciding to build from the ground up, Greenhaw contacted Vintage King and began working with Darrin Fendley of Vintage King Nashville to outfit the studio with gear. Greenhaw’s goal was to create a space that first of all fosters creativity and caters to artists and their songs.
“I’d rather make one solid record at a time that moves the musical soul than turn out dozens of projects that pay the bills but leave no impact and no substance,” Greenhaw confides. “This played a major part in the way the studio was designed. Quality gear and rooms are a must in any professional studio, but taking each space and thinking through the uses and the vibe needed to keep creativity at the forefront takes time and vision.”
Gear-wise, Haxton Road Studios is equipped with a cornucopia of equipment, including vintage analog pieces like a Neve 1073, Neve 32264A, Urei 1176 Bluestripe and Neuman U 67, alongside modern classics like a Retro 176 and Sta-Level. Greenhaw’s guitar collection is studded with beauties, including a 1937 Gibson L00, 1946 Gibson SJ, 1963 Gibson J45, 1942 Martin 00-18 and 1958 Martin D18.
“Working with Neil has been great. We spent a lot of time leading up to the sale talking about and designing just the right choices of equipment,” says Vintage King Audio Consultant Darrin Fendley. “Haxton Road brings the best new gear from companies like Shadow Hills Industries, Solid State Logic and Barefoot Sound together with classics from Neumann, Urei and Neve.”
The centerpiece of the studio’s control room is a new 48-channel Solid State Logic AWS 948 Delta console. Greenhaw’s love for SSL consoles dates back to his days tracking through them as a Nashville session player. “I chose the SSL AWS 948 Delta because I wanted flexibility,” Greenhaw says. “It was important to me to have an analog path with the SSL preamps, EQ on each channel, and the Master Buss Compressor, but I also wanted to maintain digital control for Pro Tools HD and be able to write automation. The AWS also features Total Recall which is amazing for our workflow.”
While the doors at Haxton Road Studios have only been open a few months, Greenhaw already has his eyes set on future projects for the studio space. In addition to acting as a haven for artists to work on recording their songs, Haxton is set to expand into publishing, a label and the digital marketing arena.
“I want to cultivate a culture in Northwest Arkansas of musical excellence, but also implement a design aesthetic with comfort and acoustics at the forefront,” says Greenhaw. “My hope is that Haxton will foster quality recording here, but also attract talent from all over the world to experience what we’ve done. Bentonville is a place I’m proud to call home and I believe this studio will be in the history books for nurturing a new era of the arts in this region.”
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