MAGNOLIA, TEXAS: In early 2012, Wrenn House Studios in Magnolia, Texas rounded out its collection of API gear with a 16-channel 1608 console. From the beginning, the studio was a self-described “API House,” with racks of API processors, 7600 channel strips, an 8200 summing mixer, the 7800 master module and two API 2500 stereo compressors.
“Clay and I have been working with music our whole lives,” explained John Morton, Wrenn House’s chief engineer and partner with the studio owner Clayton Wrenn. “Years ago, I had the opportunity to hear an API preamp in an equipment demonstration, and I was struck by how different the API sounded compared to everything else. It had a sonic quality that’s hard to describe – a richness and fullness. I knew it was what I was after.”
A clear need for a professional analog console encouraged Wrenn House to invest in the 1608, and news of the studio’s high-end API gear spread. Local acts and other area production facilities began asking if they could make their recordings at Wrenn House.
“There was clearly some pent-up demand for an API rig in Houston,” Morton said. “Folks go to Austin when they want the API sound. As far as I know, we are the only API 1608 shop south of Austin at this time. I anticipate a lot of interest from local music and video producers. API has never let us down.”
ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 40 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series and 1608 recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.