|Muscle Shoals Neve 8068 MkI|
Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section - Muscle Shoals Sound Studio Founders
In 1969 David Hood, Roger Hawkins, Jimmy Johnson and Barry Beckett, a group of men otherwise known as the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section purchased a small recording studio in Sheffield Alabama located at 3614 Jackson Highway. After renovating the facility, the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, and the "Muscle Shoals Sound" were born.
They went on to record a string of hits with artists such as Aretha Franklin, R.B. Greaves, Lulu, Wilson Pickett, The Staple Singers, Bobby Womack, Mel and Tim, Paul Simon, Traffic, Bob Seger, Millie Jackson, Willie Nelson, Delbert McClinton, Rod Stewart, Jimmy Buffett, Dr. Hook, Oak Ridge Boys, Glen Frey and the list goes on and on.
In 1978, Muscle Shoals Sound Studio relocated to a more modern 30,000 plus square foot facility on the Tennessee River the 1978 8068 Neve MkI Console (now owned and operated by Glenn Brown of Glenn Brown Productions) was purchased for this new facility and installed in Control Room "A".
Muscle Shoals Sound Studios continued to crank out hit after hit until they sold the studio to Malaco Records in 1985. Malaco Records was initially interested in the Muscle Shoals publishing company, whose catalog included rights to hits such as "Old Time Rock & Roll" and "Torn Between Two Lovers" however they eventually bought the entire facility.
By 2004, due to declining business, Malaco Records was actively seeking buyers for the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and ultimately by 2005 wound up selling off most of the equipment piece by piece and closing it's doors permanently.
Early 2005 - GBP Aquires the Neve 8068 MkI
January 14th, 2005 Glenn Brown Productions purchased the 1978 8068 Neve Mixing Board and EMT Stereo Tube Plate Reverb, and brought them back to GBP Studios in East Lansing Michigan.
While it was indeed sad that Muscles Shoals Sound Studio closed it's doors, we feel honored to have this amazing piece of American Music History and put it to the use that it was designed for, making professional quality recordings, and giving it's own special flavor of the Muscle Shoals Sound in a new environment. It's honored heritage is venerated , appreciated and will not be forgotten.
The console has undergone upgrades and refurbishment since arrival at GBP Studios by the Staff of GBP and by Fred C. Hill & Assoc Engineering (Nashville).
Upgrades include: new Moses Mitchell TT Patchbays, new Custom Phantom Distro panel, channel routing mods, re-capping with top line electrolytic caps, Custom monitor switching system (FCH), Cleaning and channel restoration by Fred Hill & Assoc., Custom Mogami Tape Deck / Protools I-F Elco Switchover panels, and much more.