The Zac Brown console is amply supplied with API mic pres, compressors, filters and of course EQs, all of which combine to provide API’s trademark warm, analog sound. As it turns out, this is exactly what Studio Director and Chief Engineer Brandon Bell was looking for when the Band made the decision to order the console, and he makes no bones about expressing his enthusiasm now that the API is installed and operational.
"Very few companies are building large format consoles with the facilities that API incorporates into the Legacy Plus," explains Bell, adding, "I also prefer the sound of API to other brands, especially for acoustic instruments. We’re very excited to have the new Legacy Plus at Southern Ground and we think our clients will be also."
The console was sold by Rob Dennis, owner of Rack and Roll, one of API’s Nashville dealers. Dennis noted that "Zac and his amazing crew have been clients for a long time now. I told them years ago that if the studio wanted to be taken seriously as a commercial room in the Nashville market, they needed an API. The API and big tracking room combo is a winner here in Nashville, and Southern Ground is the most unique and vibey room in town. I can’t wait to hear the music that comes out of this already legendary studio."
Bell agrees, highlighting efficiencies and workflow opportunities that the Legacy Plus has already provided in its short residency. One major change? "I’m not afraid to use the console for the entire band. It’s solid, and I don’t feel like there’s any sacrifice to using it for all the instruments on a session. It’s fast in all facets, the signal chain is clean, routing is quick, and the automation is a breeze. We now have a console that matches the vibe and caliber of our tracking room."
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Established 45 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Plus, 1608, and The BOX recording consoles, as well as its classic line of analog signal processing equipment.