Don’t Miss Out on Vinyl Camp!

Vinyl Camp is just around the corner…and there are only a few open spots left! Do you want to know what goes in to making a vinyl record? Want a behind-the-scenes and hands-on look at the record making process? Join Chris Mara and Cameron Henry at Welcome to 1979 on May 6 & 7, 2017 for an unrivaled vinyl experience!


Saturday will include a technical/philosophical tour of Welcome to 1979, a lathe room demonstration, and a demonstration and discussion of recording techniques specific to vinyl formatting. Then we’ll discuss set up options for Sunday focusing on direct-to-disc requirements.

Sunday we will be executing our direct-to-disc recording. Welcome to 1979 is one of the only studios in the world that can record directly to a vinyl master! This is a hands-on workshop, so come prepared to learn while doing! After discussing the direct-to-disc experience with the band, we will tour our new vinyl electroplating facility.

We are excited to announce the band that will be coming in and recording direct-to-disc for Vinyl Camp 2017! We’ve got the Cut Throat Finches coming to us from Ft Worth, Texas. They are a rock band with a big sound signed with our friends, Hand Drawn Records. We are going to be cutting and plating the record and then sending it back to Hand Drawn for pressing!

cut throat finches

Lunch will be provided both days of camp. Vinyl Camp only comes once a year, so don’t miss out on this opportunity for the ultimate vinyl experience! Reserve your spot now!

Stay updated on Vinyl Camp by checking out the Facebook event. Have questions? Want to know more? Shoot us an email at or give us a call at 844-679-1979.

Jason Isbell Record Store Day Release!

It’s almost that time of year again.. Record Store Day!! Have you got your eye on some of this year’s releases? We know we do!!

We are honored to have been a part of Jason Isbell‘s new record “Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit Live from Welcome to 1979″. This release was recorded at Welcome to 1979 in November of 2016. It was a live direct-to-disc session during the Friday night event of our 8th Annual Recording Summit. Our own Chris Mara and Cameron Henry recorded and cut the record. We also plated the record in house in our electroplating facility. Jason Isbell recently announced that it would be his 2017 record store day release! Some folks who attended the recording summit have already got their special edition early release copy that we pressed during the summit. Want your copy? Make sure to add it to your list before this years record store day!

Watch the YouTube video below to learn more about this Jason Isbell Record!

Record Store Day is happening Saturday, April 22, 2017. Check out for more information!

What releases are you most excited for? Tell us about which records are on your Record Store Day list!



9th Anniversary Party!

We’re coming up on our 9 year anniversary of making music for a living – and we want you to celebrate with us! Join us at Welcome to 1979 on Saturday, May 13, 2017 starting at 8 pm for a Lip Sync/Air Guitar/Air Band/Costume Showdown!

Here’s what you do:
1) Dress up as your favorite artist or get some friends to all dress up as your favorite band (any genre, any era)
2) Grab your favorite libations (we’ll provide finger food)
3) Be prepared to “perform” a song dressed as the artist or band (It’s best to have a link or audio file on your phone, we’ll plug it in to our console!)

Prizes for best performances and best costumes will be presented so BRING. IT. ON! Oh, and don’t forget your air guitar!

RSVP to the party via our Facebook event or email with any questions!

Party Flyer

Put Down Your Deposit on a Mara Machine!

April 15 is just around the corner!!

Mara Machines is administering a price increase that will go into effect later this month. If you’ve been thinking about purchasing a Mara Machine, now is the time! Put your deposit down before April 15, 2017 to lock in your machine at it’s current low price. You could save hundreds or even thousands of dollars by purchasing your machine sooner rather than later. Not sure if a Mara Machine is right for you? Read some testimonials from people who own Mara Machines, including Pete Townshend from The Who!

Take a look through our online store to check out the machines that we offer, and get in contact with us TODAY so that we can start your restoration process! Take the dive into analog recording and we promise you won’t regret it! And don’t forget to check out our new Hi-Fi series!

Shoot us an email at or give us a call at 844-679-1979!



New and Improved!

Our construction is finally finished! We’ve had a lot of transitions happening in the studio over the last couple of months and we’re excited to say that our renovations are finally complete! Check out the photos below to see how we transformed our warehouse into almost 2,000 square feet of office space, air lock, and our new Mara Machines tech shop! All we’ve got left to do is decorate and add some doors. Now the rest of our space is completely dedicated to those who have booked the studio. You’ve got to come over and check out these changes in person! To set up a tour email or give him a call at 844-679-1979 ext. 101.








True Villains and Studio News

Today and tomorrow we’ve got the pleasure of working with a new local band. True Villains are in the studio recording their first album with us! They are a rock and roll band based in Nashville and we’re looking forward to rocking with them the next couple of days! Nashvillians, keep an eye out for this record and their local shows by following their Facebook page!

True Villians

In other studio news, we’ve almost finished our latest studio construction! We’re working on making our entire studio space private to the musicians and everyone working on the session. So, we’ve moved our offices and our Mara Machines tech shop to reduce non-session related traffic through the studio space! Hang out in our new artist lounge or the Purple Rain lounge, play some pinball or bumper pool in the game room, and enjoy the time that you spend at Welcome to 1979! It’s a studio experience like no other.

Register for Vinyl Camp to Reserve Your Spot!

Vinyl Camp is approaching quickly and spots are already filling up! You do not want to miss this opportunity! Register early to reserve your spot for vinyl camp while there is still room.

Camp will take place May 6 & 7, 2017 at Welcome to 1979 in Nashville, TN. Saturday we will explore and dissect the vinyl-making process. Check out what’s going on behind the scenes at Welcome to 1979. Tour all of our studio space and spend some time in our lacquer-cutting suite and our electroplating facility. Get an in-depth look at vinyl mastering and recording techniques! On Sunday, we will bring in a band to record direct-to-disc. Experience hands-on what direct-to-disc recordings are all about! We are one of the only studios in the world that can record directly to vinyl master!

Lunch is included both days, and the camp is limited to 12 participants. Spots are already filling up! Reserve your spot now! Click here to register via our online store. If you have questions give us a call at 844-679-1979 ext. 102 or shoot us an email at


Mara Machines Price Increase!

Your April 15th deadline is just around the corner… And no, we’re not talking about your taxes! Mara Machines is administering a price increase and we want you to get your machine at our current low price! If you make a deposit on a Mara Machine before April 15th, you will lock in your machine at it’s current price! Use that tax return and save hundreds or even thousands!









Each one of our machines comes with a 6 month warranty. Before any of our machines go out the door, we test each one to make sure it meets our strict standards for making kick ass music! You could save $1,000 on a JH110 1/2″ 4 track or a 1/4″ 2 track just by getting your deposit in by April 15, 2017! Save $750 on a 1/2″ 2 track or a JH24 2″ 24 track! Now that you’ve been inspired, don’t miss out on your opportunity to live the dream! Check out our website to learn more about Mara Machines or our showroom with current prices.

Analog Anywhere!

Looking to get that warm tape sound on your digitally recorded mixes? Have you heard about our Analog Anywhere service? Send us your digital mixes, we record them to tape and send them back to you. We normally have a 3 song minimum, but we’re running a special this week, so you can send us just one song to try it out!

Click here to upload your digital files. We’ll import them into Pro Tools, run them through the console, then to tape, and then back into Pro Tools! We’ll send you back your “taped” files through a secure downloadable link.

Our services are affordable, and well worth it to get that tape sound! We work efficiently without sacrificing quality! Want to learn more? Check out our website here.

Questions or concerns? Email!


Americana Charts

The Americana Top Charts this week feature a few artists with a connection to Welcome to 1979! We did the vinyl mastering for 3 out of the top 18 artists on the charts! Band of Heathens is featured at number 2 on the charts with their new album Duende. At number 7 on the charts in Infamous Stringdusters with their album Laws of Gravity. For Better, or Worse, the most recent album by John Prine is featured at number 18!

We were glad to have had the opportunity to work on these awesome records! If you haven’t had the chance yet, make sure to check them out! Check out the rest of the Americana Charts here!



john prine