Echo Mountain Recording Studio
| With analog and digital capabilities, a variety of microphones, and vintage gear, Echo Mountain can suit any artists needs. Designed by George Augsperger, the control room features a vintage Neve 8068 with Uptown Automation. We have a Studer A800 with 8, 16, and 24 track head stacks as well as an Ampex ATR 102 ½” 2 track. For those wanting to stick to digital we run Pro Tools HD3 with 24 I/O of Apogee Rosetta converters. Our full gear list can be found just to the right.
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| Housed in Asheville’s original Salvation Army building, the new API studio finds the perfect balance of old and new. The 9600 square foot, 3 story building gives our clients a myriad of recording possibilities. The George Augspurger designed control room is on the bottom floor of the studio, along with a main space and 4 isolation rooms with incredible sight lines. There is also a comfortable lounge, seating area, and shower that doubles as an echo chamber. For a larger room sound, the API studio has an open tracking space on the second floor with tie lines to the control room. Cameras and monitors are available for clients who want to use both spaces. With a variety of vintage microphones and amps, and analog and digital options we can create the environment that a client needs to be their creative best.
For more than a decade and a half, the members of Greensky Bluegrass have created their own version of bluegrass music, mixing the acoustic stomp of a stringband with the rule-breaking spirit of rock & roll. They redefine that sound once again with their sixth album, Shouted, Written Down & Quoted.
Released on the band's label, Big Blue Zoo, Shouted, Written Down & Quoted kicks off with "Miss September," a song that splits its focus between Hoffman's mid-tempo melodies and the band's instrumental solos. Most of the album's tracks strike a similar balance, showcasing a group whose vocal hooks and flat-picking skills share the spotlight equally. Meanwhile, the guys stretch their legs on "Living Over" â€” an improvised, seven-minute knockout that's already become a live staple â€” and show surprising restraint with "While Waiting," a slower song whose ebb-and-flow arrangement often finds no more than two bandmates playing at once. "Room Without a Roof" features some of the group's most layered production to date, with electric instruments adding some thick sonic padding, while "More of Me" cranks up the drama, with Hoffman singing about heartache over a bed of minor-key guitar arpeggios.
Equal parts dark, driving, and dynamic, Shouted, Written Down & Quoted is Greensky Bluegrass at their best, fusing the fiery fretwork of their live shows with the focus of a true songwriting outfit.