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This website project is dedicated to telling the stories of the engineers, recording studio facilities, and the technologies behind the development of the popular music that we have come to love and to cherish since the end of the Second World War. The purpose of this educational website project is to connect the people who love popular music to the people, places, and equipment that have created it.

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Engineering Legend

David Thoener

David Thoener at Ocean Way Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee
David Thoener at Ocean Way Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee

The legendary David Thoener works behind the Neve 8078 console at the Church-- Ocean Way Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. Image courtesy of David Thoener.

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David Thoener at Dick Charles Recording-- 1973
David Thoener at Dick Charles Recording-- 1973

David Thoener was developing into a legendary recording studio engineer from the moment he first sat down behind a console. Image courtesy of David Thoener.

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David Thoener at Ocean Way Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee
David Thoener at Ocean Way Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee

The legendary David Thoener works behind the Neve 8078 console at the Church-- Ocean Way Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. Image courtesy of David Thoener.

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David Thoener at Ocean Way Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee
David Thoener at Ocean Way Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee

The legendary David Thoener works behind the Neve 8078 console at the Church-- Ocean Way Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. Image courtesy of David Thoener.

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How can I listen to the legendary engineering work of David Thoener?

With our Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube playlists, you can listen to the music or watch the music videos from the groups and artists who were listed in the articles that have been written about the life and career of the legendary, Grammy-Award winning recording studio engineer, David Thoener. In each playlist, you will hear just a sampling of some of the great songs that he has engineered during his career from artists such as-- AC/DC, Aerosmith, Cher, Dan Hill, Matchbox Twenty, Rob Thomas, Santana, Bon Jovi, Michael Bolton, Meat Loaf, Michael W. Smith, John Waite, the J. Geils Band, John Mellencamp, Peter Frampton, The Hooters, Roseanne Cash, Nelson, Brooks and Dunn, Jason Mraz, Ricardo Arjona, Billy Squire, Bob Dylan, Wheatus, and Willie Nelson. 

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Company Spotlights

AES Pro Audio and Mara Machines

A Neve VR60 Legend Console
A Neve VR60 Legend Console

A Neve VR60 Legend console created by the amazing team at AES Pro Audio for a studio in Vilnius, Lithuania. Image courtesy of AES Pro Audio.

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The Neve 8016 at Village Recording Studios
The Neve 8016 at Village Recording Studios

This Neve 8016 classic console is housed at the Village Recording Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark, and was restored by the team at AES Pro Audio. Image courtesy of AES Pro Audio.

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JH24- 24 Track With Remote at Mara Machines
JH24- 24 Track With Remote at Mara Machines

This 2-inch, 24-track analog tape machine has been restored and refurbished by the fantastic team at Mara Machines and is fully-featured. Image courtesy of Mara Machines.

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A Neve VR60 Legend Console
A Neve VR60 Legend Console

A Neve VR60 Legend console created by the amazing team at AES Pro Audio for a studio in Vilnius, Lithuania. Image courtesy of AES Pro Audio.

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Featured Gear

The Trident A-Range Console

The Universal Audio 1176LN Compressor/Limiter

The Neumann U67 Tube Condenser Microphone

The Trident A-Range Console at Studio Bell of the National Music Centre of Canada
The Trident A-Range Console at Studio Bell of the National Music Centre of Canada

One of the final legendary Trident A-Range consoles still at work at Studio Bell of the National Music Centre of Canada. Image courtesy of Studio Bell of the National Music Centre of Canada. Photo credit-- Brandon Wallis.

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The 1176LN Compressor/Limiter from Universal Audio
The 1176LN Compressor/Limiter from Universal Audio

The Universal Audio 1176LN is one of the greatest compressor/limiters ever created and has had a tremendous influence on the development of popular music since 1967. Photo Courtesy of Universal Audio.

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A U67 Microphone in the Flight Case
A U67 Microphone in the Flight Case

The Neumann U67 is perhaps the greatest and most influential microphone ever created. It is shown here in the flight case in which it is housed. Image courtesy of Neumann GMBH.

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The Trident A-Range Console at Studio Bell of the National Music Centre of Canada
The Trident A-Range Console at Studio Bell of the National Music Centre of Canada

One of the final legendary Trident A-Range consoles still at work at Studio Bell of the National Music Centre of Canada. Image courtesy of Studio Bell of the National Music Centre of Canada. Photo credit-- Brandon Wallis.

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How can I listen to the great songs that were recorded on the legendary recording studio gear featured in this issue?

With the following Apple Music, Spotify and YouTube playlists, you can listen to the music or watch the music videos from the groups and artists who were listed in the articles that have been written about the legendary recording studio equipment which has been featured in this opening edition of the website. Some of the greatest and most memorable songs in the history of popular music have been recorded using this equipment These playlists feature a collection of just some of those great songs by artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Temptations, Carly Simon, Rod Stewart, Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin, Santana, AC/DC, Motley Crue, Tom Petty, Glen Campbell, Looking Glass, Rob Thomas and Faith Hill that have been recorded using this legendary equipment.

The Trident A-Range
Console

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The Universal Audio 1176LN
Compressor/Limiter

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The Neumann U67
Microphone

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Studio Spotlight

Ardent Recording Studios

Control Room- Studio C at Ardent Recording Studios
Control Room- Studio C at Ardent Recording Studios

This image features the new SSL Duality console that is located in the control room of Studio C at Ardent Recording Studios. This room is perfect for any music recording session. Image courtesy of Ardent Recording Studios.

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Ardent Recording Studios-- Studio B- Control Room
Ardent Recording Studios-- Studio B- Control Room

The SSL 6056E console in Studio B at Ardent Recording Studios. It is the perfect place for mixing your tracks. Image courtesy of Ardent Recording Studios.

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Ardent Recording Studios
Ardent Recording Studios

Ardent Recording Studios is one of the best places in the world to come and record your great music. It has been recording the greatest hits in popular music since it opened its doors. It has been at this location on Madison Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, since 1971. Image courtesy of Ardent Recording Studios.

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Control Room- Studio C at Ardent Recording Studios
Control Room- Studio C at Ardent Recording Studios

This image features the new SSL Duality console that is located in the control room of Studio C at Ardent Recording Studios. This room is perfect for any music recording session. Image courtesy of Ardent Recording Studios.

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How can I listen to the great songs that were recorded at Ardent Recording Studios?

With either the Apple Music, the Spotify, or the YouTube playlist, you can listen to the music or watch the music videos from the groups and artists who were listed in the article that was written about the history of the legendary Ardent Recording Studios. In each playlist you will hear great songs from a sampling of just some of the legendary artists who have come to record their music in this amazing facility-- including: The Box Tops, Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers, Big Star, ZZ Top, R.E.M., Travis Tritt, Little Texas, McBride and the Ride, The Jeff Healey Band, Tom Cochrane, Gin Blossoms, The Raconteurs and Margo Price.

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Special Thanks and Acknowledgement

 

I would like to take a moment to thank the following individuals who contributed to the creation of the first edition of the Recording Session Vault website:

Mr. and Mrs. David Thoener

Mr. Michael Stockdale of AES Pro Audio

Mr. Chris Mara of Mara Machines

Mr. Peter Tissot of Mara Machines

Mr. Justin Hyatt of the PMI Audio Group

Ms. Amanda Pancho of Universal Audio

Mr. Shawn Whitfield of Universal Audio

Mr. Jonathan Ruest of Neumann GMBH

Mr. Malcolm Toft of MPower Systems

Ms. Julijana Capone of Studio Bell of the National Music Centre of Canada

Mr. Keith Sykes of Ardent Recording Studios

Mr. Jody Stephens of Ardent Recording Studios

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