Welcome to Blackbird Studio A
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A throwback to the early days of recording with a Beatles-inspired twist, Studio A has all the comforts and technology of a modern studio and offers the best of both worlds.  

Studio A is centered around our highly customized Neve 8078 console, which has quite a pedigree. This board was custom-built in 1978 for Motown (LA) and then, was later sold to Donald Fagen. In 2002, John McBride bought the console from Fagen and immediately began an extensive six-month restoration with Geoff Tanner (who originally helped build the console at the Neve factory). The original quad bus was removed and a second stereo bus added, giving the console 24 busses.  Additional inserts were added, to every channel either pre or post eq, as well as the Flying Fader automation system.  

 

Studio A features 11 different recording areas including a variable Hidley-designed chamber with a scalable ceiling to customize reverb time. The large tracking room has adjustable flutter-free panels in the large tracking room for added reverb control, and a truly awe-inspiring amount of outboard gear (see "Full Equipment List" above).    

 

Studio A's private lounge, three bathrooms, and a kitchen give you plenty of room to relax.  This room is the home of many incredible hits from the '70s, '80s, '90s, 2000s and today!