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 ˝” 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.
With a plethora of diverse influences, the Resonant Rogues write songs that transcend genres. Their meaningful lyrics and infectious melodies will catch your ear and move your feet. Gypsy jazz and traditional eastern European music blend seamlessly with American folk traditions like old-time, blues, and vintage hot jazz. Their music has found it’s way into many different kinds of venues- from rowdy bars to quiet listening rooms, from belly dance conventions to circus variety shows, from the local DIY space to the local jazz club, the Resonant Rogues thrive wherever they are given the opportunity. The RR’s perform as a 2-4 piece band depending on the situation.
Raised in Ruffin, North Carolina and hailing from Asheville, it’s only fitting that Nikki’s music is as eclectic as the state that boasts the mountains and the sea. Trying to pin down Nikki’s style, critics and reviewers alike have compared her to Patty Loveless and Gillian Welch, but to leave the comparisons there would be doing a disservice to her fiery stage performance, hauntingly seductive and raw gritty lyrics, lifted by a voice that harkens back to her Appalachian roots, and shores up on the edges of contemporary country, folk, and old time that has her audiences stomping and clapping for more.
Steep Canyon Rangers
It was nice to have our hometown friends of Steep Canyon set up in the API studio for a bit of time. The past year has taken the Steep Canyon Rangers to new heights. In March 2011, the band released its first collaborative record with Steve Martin, ”Rare Bird Alert” (also recorded here at our studio) which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Chart and at #43 on the Billboard Top 200. In 2010, the latest solo record from Steep Canyon Rangers, ”Deep In The Shade”, remained in the Bluegrass Top 10 on Billboard for 18 weeks. While headlining festivals like MerleFest and Bonnaroo alongside Steve Martin for part each year, the Rangers continue to perform alone as a quintet on stages such as Telluride, RockyGrass, and ”A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor. Recent television appearances by Steve Martin with Steep Canyon Rangers include ”Late Night With David Letterman”, ”The Colbert Report” & ”Austin City Limits.”