Welcome to 1979: A Nashville Time-Warp

Nashville’s Welcome to 1979 – a recording studio whose gear and practices are as vintage as its name suggests – hosted their annual Recording Summit from November 8-10th. We brought our new Shelford modules down to join the party.

The Shelford Series' Nashville debut.

Folks in attendance included Jonathan and Josh from Rupert Neve Designs, Chris Mara (the studio’s owner), Larry Crane (TapeOp Magazine), Grammy-winning engineer Ryan Freeland (Bonnie Raitt, Ray LaMontagne, Aimee Mann), famed producer/engineer Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Ben Folds Five, Pavement), and a trove of Nashville studio friends.

Friends blah blah

The weekend kicked off Friday night with a live-to-lathe recording session featuring some of Nashville’s top session musicians. Saturday included panels and classes on tape machine alignment, proper vinyl cutting practices, and how to run one’s own professional recording business, while Sunday was filled with vintage gear and DIY gear workshops, lathe demonstrations, and a panel on marketing and promotion in the modern studio era.

All told, it was a grand ol’ weekend.

If you would like to hear the Shelford Series modules yourself, or are interested in hosting a similar event in your own studio, feel free to contact us.

A completely full house.

That's a lot of tape.

That's a lot of tape machines.

An RNR1 ribbon mic on the floor tom.

The whole kit.

Photos by Joshua Thomas.