Celebrating its 45th anniversary, Ardent Studios in Memphis is preparing for the installation of a new console.
As an integral part of its 45th Anniversary, Memphis’ venerated Ardent Studios is celebrating with an “Appetite for Construction” and completely gutting the control room of Studio C in for the installation of an SSL Duality console. The studio’s workhorse Neve V 40 x 40 console has been decommissioned and will be reborn as a classic sidecar to accompany the Duality, giving Ardent the best of both vintage and new.
“It was time to bring Studio C into the highly competitive 21st century world of recording,” stated Ardent founder and the studio’s first engineer John Fry. “This room has a legacy that includes landmark work by Bob Dylan, ZZ Top, 3 Doors Down, R.E.M. and B.B. King, among so many other great artists, and we are keeping that traditional acoustic tracking space alongside our new control room with SSL’s flagship console.”
Adjacent to a 32-ft. x 26-ft. tracking room with three isolation booths, Studio C’s control room will house an SSL Duality SE 48-channel console with in-board patchbay (RHS). Also, the SSL I/O package consists of one Delta Link HD-MADI unit and two Alpha Link converter units for a total of 48 analog I/Os.
Ardent Studios started off with early classics by Sam & Dave, Led Zeppelin, Al Green and The Staple Singers, then racked up hits in the ’70s and ’80s by ZZ Top, REM, George Thorogood, The Allman Brothers, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Ardent continues today with recent triumphs by such artists as Sir Cliff Richard, Jack White, Huey Lewis and the News, Smashing Pumpkins, Montgomery Gentry, and Klaus Voorman. Of significant note is John Hiatt’s Master of Disaster, produced by the late Jim Dickinson in the studio he embraced for over 30 years.
Note of interest: Johns Fry is a past President and Chairman of the Board of SPARS and has been a SPARS member for over 30 years.