Amek Recall RN56

The custom modified Amek Recall RN56—all-analog signal path with RN computer assisted dynamics. Originally procured for Wynonna Judd in ‘99, it toured with her for two seasons. Ralph purchased it for a nightclub he built in Aspen, where it lived for five-and-a-half years before it came to MDRS in 2016.

It features a Rupert Neve-designed signal path, preamps, EQs, and a comprehensive recall package—all knobs and switches can be stored and recalled at will. The desk can run Amek's SuperTrue studio software (which allows SMPTE chase of fader control and automation of mutes) as well as the live version, Showtime.

Studio A Producer’s Desk

This bit of furniture was part of Frank Comentale's work done for Glenn Frey, and serves our purposes well. Devoid of stools and thrones for the photo session, you are looking from behind the producer's desk out into Studio A. Console with "remote tray" on the right, iZ RADAR Session Controller and of course Dynaudio monitors.

There is an M&K Subwoofer under the desk that is time-aligned with the near fields. Time alignment is for up to four positions, and is switched with the selection of the monitors (and can be excluded as well).

Recently we had a producer with a track record a few miles long sit in the control room and listen to a piece in its entirety. Turning from the desk, he said, "I wouldn't change anything."

Our left bay houses our outboard dynamics (not a great deal of these are living here as the console has onboard "Virtual Dynamics," i.e. gates and compressors for every channel), there are two DBX 900 racks with DBX and APHEX processing.

You will find an AMEK CIB—a Neve-designed channel strip with Neve compression and EQ—not all that different from the console, but in a strictly hardware format. (We love this when used with our ribbon mics.) There is a Tascam DA30 and a MOTU 896, as well as a pair of Brooke-Siren 901-II Parametric Dynamic Equalizers.

In the central bay, you’ll find our purpose-built, hand-wired TT patchbay, which connects Studio A and B to the desk and outboard toys. On the bottom of the bay, to accommodate "guest" processors or recorders, there is a custom 10-channel isolation bridge that is fully balanced—in and out—and a transformer coupled for galvanic isolation if needed.

In the right bay, you’ll find the Effects Rack: TC2290 with memory and sampling mods, Roland SDE 3000, Lexicon PCM 42, Peavey Kosmos (gen 1), Eventide H3000 with sampling mods, a three engine TC M5000 with ATAC, and a Yamaha SPX 900 (for those classic effects).

Outboard Bay

Both rooms have twenty-four tie lines to the patch bay. Additionally, there are video feeds between the rooms and control room. Both rooms have custom headphone CUE systems with the ability to talk to anyone using them, as well as to the control room.

studio a & b

Originally owned by Jimmy Buffett, this baby grand became the property of Glenn when he purchased the six-acre property from Jimmy. The Blüthner was left onsite when Glenn moved from this location to Los Angeles and a larger recording facility.

We have given it the love it was in need of, a humidifier, minor repairs, and a good tuning when appropriate. It was truly amazing to see a six-year neglected instrument come back to life as easily as it did. We have a client who comes to us all the way from Portland just to use our Blüthner. And, yes, it sounds amazing.

1885 Blüthner Baby Grand