RCA Victor Recording studio - Studio BRCA Studio B is a noted recording studio in Nashville, Tennessee. Originally known simply as RCA Studios, it became famous in the 1960s for being a part of what many refer to as the Nashville Sound. A sophisticated style characterized by background vocals and strings, the Nashville Sound both revived the popularity of country music and helped establish Nashville, Tennessee as an international recording center.
The National Park Service list it on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.
Built by Dan Maddox in 1956, it was constructed at the request of Chet Atkins and Steve Sholes to facilitate the needs of RCA Victor Records and other record labels. According to Chet Atkins, the plans for the studio were drawn up on a napkin by Bill Miltenburg, RCA's chief engineer and recording manager.
Construction took four months, and the studio was opened at the cost of $37,515. The recording studio is a single-story building with offices occupying the front but the area of the studio and control room has a second story that contains an echo chamber. The studio itself measures 42.5' by 27' by 13'. In 1960 and 1961 an addition was built to provide office space and rooms for tape mastering and a lacquer mastering lab. A larger studio was built on 17th avenue in 1964 that became known as Studio A; the existing studio was referred to as Studio B from that point on.
The first chief engineer was Bob Ferris—a man with a prickly personality who managed to make Atkins angry enough to have him moved elsewhere. Bill Porter replaced him at the end of March, 1959, and by June had mixed a number one hit: "The Three Bells" by The Browns. Porter considered the studio's acoustics problematic, with resonant room modes creating an uneven frequency response. To lessen the problem, he took some $60 from the studio's petty cash and bought fiberglass acoustic ceiling panels which he cut into triangles and hung from the ceiling at varying heights; these were dubbed "Porter Pyramids". Porter also marked Xes on the floor where he discovered, by careful experimentation, the resonant modes to be minimal. Porter positioned lead vocalists, background vocalists and acoustic guitarists at microphones placed directly over his marks. After these improvements, Don Gibson recorded his album Girls, Guitars and Gibson in the studio. Porter later told an interviewer: "Everybody said, 'God, what a different sound!'"
In her 1994 memoir, My Life And Other Unfinished Business, Dolly Parton recounted how she was rushing to her first recording session at Studio B in September 1967 (shortly after having signed with RCA) and, in her haste to make the session on time, drove her car through the side wall of the building. She noted how the spot where her car impacted the building is still visible.
It was a very nice studio. It was also nice to see a studio that still does recordings for musicians. The tour guide was very good and he knew a lot about the history of the studio and had a lot nice stories about it. In the recording studio al the musicians are in one and the same room and are separated by the panels which makes it more interesting for me because it's like the studio we're building in the house where I live. They also made the walls accordion shaped to make a better sound. The piano is the centre piece in the studio here. A lot of famous people played and jammed on it.
The lightening is very special and were a demand from Elvis. He wanted different light for different kind off songs. It's very nice to see that you can change the atmosphere that easy just by changing the light. a very simple but nice idea from Elvis. He was always before the time of recording so he could have a jam with the other musicians which I found very interesting and nice. So if everything is in the same room it's very easy to do and try out things with different musicians.
It was one off the nicest recording studios I've see so far and it was also in a aria where there are still a lot of big other recording and producing studios.
After that I went to the Country music hall of Fame, not really my cup of thee but it was nice to see the evolution and the story behind it. They only did the evolution on the country story and they had a lot to show but more is coming! The guide told us there're going to be two more levels in the future which is really amazing! If you're in to country music you should stop here once in your life.
They also have Elvis his Golden car and some history facts about Folk and Gospel music.