January 4, 2013
Heading into their ninth year in business on Music Row, Nashville’s 16 Ton Studios, ushers in 2013 with the announcement of a new room that will house some of the most iconic equipment in Rock ‘N Roll and Country Music History. Most of this equipment will be made available for the first time.
16 Ton’s Studio B will open in the late spring with the classic API mix console from the historic RCA Studio B building as the focal point. The RCA API desk, which was custom built in 1969 by API founder Saul Walker and with direction from RCA President, Chet Atkins was and is still, one of the finest sounding recording desks in the world. With a full compliment of vintage 512 microphone preamps, 550 Equalizers and 525 Compressors, clients will have access to a desk that when uninstalled from RCA, Chet Atkins himself called his own for decades. The staff and ownership of 16 Ton is proud to have acquired the RCA desk and looks forward to putting it back into service on Music Row after and absence of 35 years. And, it only gets better…
Studio B at 16 Ton will also house the personal equipment of the great producer/writer/engineer Norman Petty. Petty’s Clovis, New Mexico Studio, set the standard for early rock ‘n roll having recorded the majority of hits for Buddy Holly as well as turning out classics for such rock luminaries as Roy Orbison, The Fireballs, Buddy Knox, Waylon Jennings and scores of other artists. Studio B at 16 Ton will offer Norman’s custom Altec, Fairchild and Pultec Equipment. In addition, Norman’s Scully tape machines and vast collection of classic Neumann, RCA, Beyer, AKG and Shure microphones will also be available at the fingertips of those working at Studio B.
To accommodate the new Studio B, the lounge, which has always been a go to for big room recording at 16 Ton, is being cleared out to accommodate a large, one room recording space, providing great sites lines, catering the “cuttin’ it live” artists. 16 Ton’s iconic A room, known around the world for its one-off tube console will remain essentially unchanged but with more focus on the mixing element of creating a record. Clients will also have the option to share gear from each of the studios if they so desire. Having come off of a big year in 2012, working with artists such as Sheryl Crow, Robert Randolph and the Family Band and the Grammy nominated Will Hoge, 16 Ton is gearing up for it’s best year yet. If you’re not familiar with 16 Ton Studios they’re easy to find and worth a visit when considering studios for you upcoming recording project. 16 Ton Studios is located on Nashville’s famed Music Row at 1008 16th Ave. South. Owner/Manager Danny White can be reached at 615.482.5435 to arrange a walk through or visit via telephone.
1008 16th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212
Telephone (615) 349-2800