The room that began it all.

Studio A has all the comforts and technology of a modern studio, with a throwback to recording’s early days with a Beatles-inspired decor. ​At the room’s center is a highly-customized Neve 8078 console with an impressive pedigree. The board was custom-built for Motown (LA) and later sold to Donald Fagen. John McBride bought the console from Fagen in 2002 and immediately began an extensive six-month restoration with Geoff Tanner, one of the console’s original builders at the Neve factory. The original quad bus was removed, and a second stereo bus was added, giving the board 24 busses. Additional inserts were added to every channel, either pre- or post-eq, as well as the Flying Fader automation system. Studio A’s Neve also is now available in plug-in form, meticulously modeled by KIT Plugins as the BB N105.

Studio A features 11 different recording areas including a variable Hidley-designed chamber with a scalable ceiling for customized reverb time. The large tracking room has adjustable flutter-free panels for added reverb control.

Notable:72 input Neve 8078 with automation, rare & vintage outboard gear collectionTasks:Tracking, overdubs, and mixingClients:Smashing Pumpkins, Willie Nelson, Greta Van Fleet, Dolly Parton, Ed Sheeran

Studio A Floor plan
Studio A Floor plan

Studio A equipment list

Mic Preamps/Channel Strips
  • 6 TELEFUNKEN V72
  • 4 TELEFUNKEN V76
  • 2 TELEFUNKEN V76M
  • 4 GML
  • 2 NEVE 1073
  • 4 NEVE 1081
  • 1 SHADOW HILLS
EQ:
  • 2 API 550A
  • 2 EMI TG 12412
  • 2 PULTEC EQP-1A
  • EMI 12345 CURVE BENDER
  • GML 8200
  • API 550b
  • 2 API 560
COMP/LIMITERS:
  • TELEFUNKEN 670
  • 2 EMI TG 12413
  • 2 NEVE 2254
  • NEVE 33609
  • RCA 86-A1
  • RCA BA6A
  • 2 TELETRONIX LA2A
  • 2 UREI LA3A
  • 4 1176 BLACKFACE
  • 1 1176 REV A (BLUE STRIPE)
  • 1 1178
  • 2 DBX 160 VU
  • CHANDLER EMI TG 12413 (ZENER)
  • API 2500
  • 2 EL8 DISTRESSOR
  • EL7 FATSO JR
  • MERCURY 66
  • TUBE-TECH SMC 2B
  • TUBE-TECH CL 1B
EFFECTS UNITS:
  • AMS DMX-1580
  • AMS RMX 16
  • EVENTIDE H3000-D/SE
  • LEXICON 200
  • LEXICON 480L
  • LEXICON PCM70
  • LEXICON PCM81
  • 2 LEXICON PCM 42
  • 2 YAMAHA SPX90II
  • YAMAHA REV 5
  • BBE 882i SONIC MAXIMIZER
  • 2 DRAWMER DS201 DUAL GATES
  • SPL TRANSIENT DESIGNER (4 CHANNEL)
KEYBOARDS:
  • YAMAHA C7 GRAND PIANO​
  • FENDER RHODES 88 ELECTRIC PIANO
  • WURLITZER 200A ELECTRIC PIANO
  • HAMMOND B3 ORGAN W/ LESLIE CABINET
  • BERNARD BROCK TACK PIANO