STUDIO NAME: JT Studios
LOCATION: Memphis, TN
KEY CREW: JT
CONSOLE: Yamaha 02R96 v2 with 48 ADAT I/O, Meter Bridge and REV-X effects
COMPUTERS: ADK Pro Audio Custom with AMD 2x Opteron 270 (4 CPUs), 2GB RAM, 2x SATA 300GB, IDE 80GB; ADK Pro Audio Custom with AMD 3500, 1GB RAM, (2) 120GB IDE
RECORDING HARDWARE: (2) RME Audio HDSP Digiface; Steinberg VSL2020; (2) Universal Audio UAD-1
RECORDING SOFTWARE: Cubase SX2; Nuendo 3.2; Pro Tools LE 6.9
MASTERING SOFTWARE: Steinberg Wavelab Studio 6
MONITORS: Mackie HR824s
MICS: Blue Dragonfly; (2) Neumann U-87Ai; (4) Røde NT5; (4) Sennheiser MD421; Shure 520DX, (2) KSM-32S, SM-81, (2) Beta52, Beta57A, (4) SM-57; Studio Projects C1
OUTBOARD: (4) API 3124+; Chandler Germanium, LTD-1; dbx 1066; (2) Focusrite ISA 428 with digital option, VoiceMaster; Joe Meek VC1Q; Lucid GENx6-96 Word/Super Clock Generator; Universal Audio 2-1176, LA-610
SOFT SYNTHS/VIRTUAL INSTRUMENTS: FXpansion BFD; Native Instruments Battery, B4, Kontakt, Pro-53, Reaktor; Propellerhead Reason 3.0; Steinberg LM-4, LM-4 Mk II, Model E, Grand 2, Virtual Guitarist; TASCAM GigaStudio 3 Orchestra; Waldorf PPG Wave 2.V
NOTES: When it came time for former Neville Brothers keyboardist JT to redesign his studio space, the decision was made to do so with no concerns about expense. But instead of going the route of recreating the studios of lore — spending hundreds of thousands on every old Studer or STA-Level he could find — JT decided to integrate some tried and true equipment and design models with a technologically modern approach. Marrying some choice premium analog, vintage equipment with state-of-the art digital technology, what was to become known in his neighborhood as simply “The Studio” began to take shape: a playhouse where he could indulge in his passion of not only making his own music, but also supporting and developing artists he believes in to help them better record their own.
Contracting Elite Multimedia to handle the redesign, JT got ahold of Auralex and RealTraps (the former of which also was responsible for the CAD designs of the facility) to come in and handle acoustic treatment in the brand new 20' x 35' x 8' live room, the 17' x 14' x 12' control room, and the 10' x 12' x 9' iso booth. But as soon as the last floor was floated and the last seal was finished, it was time for the real fun to begin — flying in some truly great gear, modding existing stalwarts, and having just a few more components tailored specifically to his proclivities.
Having a penchant for working in the box, JT elicited the aid of ADK Pro Audio in custom designing his two computers, building one under the pretense that it was to be used almost solely to power his vast array of soft synths and virtual instruments. He also upgraded to version 2 of the Yamaha 02R96 to satisfy his DAWest desires, and decided on some choice outboard gear, lest he get too lost in the technological shuffle. One API 3124+ wasn’t enough pre for him, so he opted for four. After all, it seemed reasonable at the time. Right?
After the makeover, “The Studio” became one of the top contenders for “place I’d most like to record an album at” in the greater Memphis area, bringing bands from all over the region looking to take advantage of JT’s expertise for everything from commercial recording for TV post to cutting first albums on threadbare budgets. For the independent mid-south musician, JT Studios is the place to beat; if you’re ever in the neighborhood, poke your head in and say “hi.” Tell him we recommended it.