Blackbird Studio

  • 2806 Azalea Pl.
  • Nashville TN 37204
  • Website

The Scoop

The ultimate marriage between cutting edge and vintage. What originally began as an idea of putting a vocal booth in the McBride's garage in 2002 has developed into one of the most outstanding recording complexes in the world, with 8 studios and arguably the most extensive collection of recording gear of any commercial facility open today.

ROOM RATES with ENGINEER (hourly): Contact for Rates
Clients/Credits: Martina McBride, Pearl Jam, Rush, Kings of Leon, 3 Doors Down, Ke$ha, R.E.M., Evanescence, Black Eyed Peas, Taylor Swift, The Fray, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dr. Luke, Justin Bieber, Carrie Underwood, The Killers, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Beck, Dixie Chicks, Bruce Springsteen, The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, City & Colour, Billy Currington, Keith Urban, Ghost, Mickey Guyton, Kid Rock, Neil Young, Sheryl Crow, Kenny Chesney, Lenny Kravitz, Kenny Chesney, Paramore, Kelly Clarkson, Alice in Chains, Hot Chelle Rae, Gavin Degraw, Tove Lo, The Band Perry, Terri Clark, Alabama Shakes, Orianthi and T-Pain, Lionel Richie, Rascal Flatts, The Mavericks, The Gaslight Anthem, Dave Stewart
Special Features: Vintage Neve Console, API Legacy, SSL Console, Grand Piano, Large Tracking Room, Multiple Isolation, Private Lounge (every studio), Kitchen, Extensive Gear Collection, Extensive Instrument Collection, Echo Chamber, Basketball half-court, Outdoor Space, Event Space, Pinball machines, Arcade Games, Xbox 360, PlayStation


Consoles, DAWs, Tape Machines: 72-input Neve 8078 Console with 40 31105 modules and Flying Faders II Automation (Studio A), 96 Input API Legacy Plus Console with Flying Faders II Automation (Studio B), 80 Channel SSL XL9000-K Series Console (Studio C), 96 Input API Legacy Plus Console with (48) 212 mic pre’s and Flying Faders II automation (Studio D), (2) 32-Fader API 1608 (Studio E, Studio H), 80 Input SSL 9000XL-K Series Console (Studio F), 32-Fader Avid Pro Control (Studio G), Pro Tools HD6, Analog 2-Tracks Available Upon Request, Lavry Engineering AD122-96 MKIII, Prism Sound Dream AD-2 Converter, Alesis Masterlink, DB Tech AD122-96 MKII, Prism Sound Dream AD-2
Outboard Gear: Select outboard gear (may not be available in every room) includes: Shadow Hills Mono Gama, API 312, Brent Averill 312, Telefunken V72, Telefunken V76, Telefunken V76m, Neve 1073, Neve 1081, API 550a, Chandler Germanium, GML 8200, EMI TG 12412, Manley VoxBox, Pultec EQP-1A, Manley Massive Passive, Millenia Media NSEQ, EMI 12345 Curve Bender, API 2500, Chandler EMI TG 12413, EMI TG 12413, EL8 Distressor, EL7 Fatso Jr., Fairchild 670, Manley EL-OP, Smart C1, Mercury 66, Neve 2254, Neve 33609, RCA 86-A1, RCA BA6A, Smart C2, Tube Tech CL1B, Tube Tech SMC 2B, Inward Connections TSL-3, LA-2A, LA-3A, UA Classics 1176 LN, Urei 1178, Urei 175, 1176 Blackface, 1176 Bluestripe, 1178, dbx 160 VU, API 2500, AMS DMX-1580, AMS RMX 16, EMT 240, Eventide H3000-D/SE, Lexicon 200, Lexicon 480L, Lexicon 960L, Lexicon PCM 70, Lexicon PCM 81, Lexicon PCM 42, TC Electronic M6000, Yamaha SPX 90II, Yamaha Rev 5, BBE 882i Sonic Maximizer, Drawmer DS201 Dual Gates, SPL Transient Designer (4 ch.), dbx 902 De-Esser
Microphones: Over 1,400 microphones in stock (1,000 of which are vintage), including 40 Neumann U47s, 27 Telefunken 251s, 24 AKG C12s, 20 Neumann U67s, M50s, M49s, M269s, classic small diaphragm tube mics and many, many more including: AKG C-414, AKG C-451 E, AKG D112, D12, AEA R84, R88, R92, Altec Birdcage, Audio-Technica 4033, AT4050, ATM25, PRO 37R, beyerdynamic M160, M88TG, Blue Cactus, B&K 4003, 4006, 4007, Coles 4038, Earthworks TC-40K, TC30K, Electro-Voice RE-20, RE200, N/D 408, 664, 666, Cardinal, Korby Blue, FET, RED, Manley Labs Gold Reference, Neumann 582, U47 FET i, KM130, KM140, KM253, KM84, M49, M269C, Neumann/Gefell 582, RCA 44, 77, SK50, Royer R-121, R-122, Schoeps M221B, Sennheiser E604, E602, E609, MD421, MD441, MD421-U-5, Shure SM57, SM81, Beta 91, Soundelux U95, 251, U195, Telefunken 251, ELAM 250, M221B, U47
Monitoring: ATC 300s, Genelec 1031s, Yamaha NS10s, Dynaudio C4s, ATC 150s (Surround) with Custom ATC Subs (Studio F)
Software: Pro Tools
Instruments & Amps: 9' Baldwin Grand Piano; Over 30 vintage drum kits including Gretsch, Camco, Slingerland, Dunnett, Ludwig, Leedy, Rogers, Sonor, WFL and Yamaha, plus, a collection of over 50 new and vintage snares; Over 100 vintage guitars including Strats, Telecasters, Les Pauls, Martin & Gibson acoustics and many more; Over 50 vintage (and some new) guitar and bass amplifiers, including Fender, Gibson, Matchless, Vox, Ampeg, Watkins, Mesa Boogie, Dumble and more;