MUSIC ROW's SOUND STAGE
+ RONNIE's PLACE PUTTIN' ON THE RITZ
Warren Rhoades, Mike LeBlanc, and Chuck Ainlay
collaborated to update all three Studios
Nashville studios on Music Row are now thriving under new management
by Black River Entertainment (BRE).
Sound Stage Studios and Ronnies Place with their forty-plus
year history claim over five hundred number-one singles and hundreds
of millions of albums sold by major country and crossover music,
including Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and, more recently, Miranda
Lambert and Carrie Underwood.
People have always come to Sound Stage and Ronnies Place
to get solid work done, says legendary Grammy Award-winning
engineer and producer Chuck Ainlay (right) who remains the principal
resident of his longtime home, Back Stage (after he sold his share
offers a winning mix of SSL J-Series analog consoles, ATC
mains, nearfields and a work ethic that reliably transmutes
creativity into chart-topping hits. After a series of renovations
that aligned the complex three main tracking rooms, the rooms
are online and jumping.
Nick Autry is the studios current general manager. In addition
to handling booking and financials, he also engineers and produces
at Sound Stage. They (BRE) really made this place great again,
says Autry who is clear about their move to ATC mains for all three
rooms. Chucks been using ATCs for so long. In fact,
he got a pair of ATC SCM25A nearfields a few years ago and we all
loved them so much that now the studio owns a pair as well. We have
other nearfields available, of course, but clients tend to stick
with the ATCs once they hear them. It was a no-brainer for us to
upgrade the other rooms to ATC mains. People know what theyre
getting and theyre excited about it. As an engineer myself,
I love ATCs clarity throughout the frequency response (most
especially in the low end) and I love that my mixes always translate
beautifully. Because thats what its all about in the
end - creating tracks that sound fantastic on anything.
Mike LeBlanc, and Chuck Ainlay collaborated to update all three
spaces. They started in Front Stage, where the renovations included
new slate wall, better sight lines, and a bank of amp lockers. Remarkably,
they knocked out the back wall of the control room and extended
the brand, they kept its SSL console but replaced the existing mains
with ATC SCM300ASLs. Front Stage is now an ideal version of
the modern Nashville tracking studio, with plenty of acoustic isolation
but minimal visual isolation, says Ainlay.
When Ainlay first took over Back Stage, he knew he wanted mastering-quality
mains installed so that his work would go out the door as true and
correct as possible. He looked and listened to a huge number of
systems, but it was a visit to David Gilmours houseboat on
the Thames with his longtime client Mark Knopfler that revealed
to him the monitoring path that he would take, and on which he remains
to this day. David had ATC SCM300ASL loudspeakers on his houseboat,
Ainlay said. They sounded absolutely stunning, and I thought,
if they sound this good on a houseboat, imagine how theyll
sound in a proper control room! So we ordered them from Drawmer
UK and paid the import duties, but it was worth it as we had the
first ATCs in Nashville.
Miranda Lambert was the first to use Front Stage after the renovations.
Miranda wanted to live in her tour bus while she was recording,
and Sound Stage arranged it so she could park just a few steps from
the studio door, says Ainlay. In addition, the studio accommodated
for her kangaroo (for real) in the studio. The running joke was:
"Hey look out! Theres a kangaroo under the console.
Nick Autry (615) 256-2676
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