Vinyl Camp 2017 Announced!

We’ve just set dates for Vinyl Camp 2017 and we are stoked! Join us at Welcome to 1979 May 6 & 7, 2017 for a vinyl packed weekend like no other! Are you a vinyl enthusiast looking to learn more about the vinyl process? Want to know everything that goes into making a record? Vinyl Camp is the place for you!

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 lacquer-cutting 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. Reserve your spot now! Click here to register via our online store. Questions? Email or give her a call at           844-679-1979 ext. 102.


Direct to Disc at 1979

We’ve got a direct to disc session today and we are PUMPED. Direct to disc sessions are high energy and loads of fun. Thieves of Sunrise are in the studio today to record their newest single direct to vinyl.


Welcome to 1979 is one of the few studios in the world that can record directly to a vinyl master. It is an exciting way to experience recording in a whole new light and an amazing way to capture the energy of a live performance. Although it can be a tedious process, it’s a blast and the final product is worth it!

Check out this video of a direct to disc session we did at our 2015 Recording Summit!

Want to learn more about direct to disc at Welcome to 1979? Email to ask about rates!

Chris Canterbury at Welcome to 1979

We’ve got Chris Canterbury in the studio this week recording his next album! Chris is a Country/Americana artist based in Nashville, TN. Chris Mara is engineering the session with Justin Burba assisting. Keep an eye out for this record because it is sounding awesome!

chris canterbury

In other studio news, Tape Camp is right around the corner! Tape Camp begins in just over a week and there is still ONE OPEN SPOT! If you want an inside look at what we do here at Welcome to 1979, then sign up for Tape Camp and get a hands-on analog recording experience like no other! Whether you are just starting out or have been doing it for years, Tape Camp is the prime analog recording learning experience and networking opportunity for recording enthusiasts of all ages! It only comes twice a year and you don’t want to miss it! Join Chris Mara and the gang at Welcome to 1979 February 18-20, 2017. Read more about Tape Camp here. Link to purchase here.

Take a Virtual Tour of the Studio!

We recently had the pleasure of working with 360 Nashville to create a virtual tour of Welcome to 1979! If you follow the page below, you’ll be able to virtually walk through all of our studio space. Starting in the control room you’ll be able to check out our game room, echo chamber, and vocal booths, then head downstairs to check out the live room, the kitchen, and our lacquer cutting suite! Check out the tour on your computer or phone!

Like what you see? Come see us in person! To schedule a tour, give us a call at 844-679-1979. Or shoot us an email at

Why cutting at welcome to 1979 is different

You’ve put tedious amounts time, energy, and research into your record-making decisions. You’ve chosen session players, an engineer, and a producer. You’ve worked hard to record and mix your album & everyone involved was on the same creative page. At the vinyl mastering stage it’s important to know who’s on your team.

You can keep creative control of this important step by speaking with us directly. Have a conversation with our cutting engineer, understand your options, make informed decisions, and ensure your music will be optimized for the vinyl format. We want your record to be great just as much as you do!

Interested in the work we do? Check out some of our vinyl projects! We’ve done vinyl mastering for Jason Isbell, The Rolling Stones, John Prine, Pete Townshend, Sturgill Simpson, Elvis Presley, and so many more!

Check out our rates here!

Have questions? We are here for you! Email us at or give us a call at 844-679-1979 ext. 102


See who’s tracking this week!

This week at Welcome to 1979 the studio is packed with people, food, and talent! We’ve got Nashville band The Hardin Draw in the studio tracking with us for the rest of this week. The Hardin Draw are a local Folk/Americana band that first got together in 2011. Their eclectic but complimenting group of musicians allows them to celebrate their unique style and think outside of the traditional Folk/Americana box. Morgan Jahnig is engineering the session.

The Hardin Draw

Pictured above is The Hardin Draw dialing in some sound in our live room at Welcome to 1979. Haven’t had the chance yet to check out our studio space? Call or email us to schedule a tour! Come check out what we’ve got going on and what makes us different. Contact us at or 844-679-1979 ext. 104.

Tape Camp filling up quickly!

The first Tape Camp of 2017 is just around the corner… and spots are filling up quickly! The workshop is limited to 10 people and there are a couple spots left. Tape Camp is a weekend full of ultra hands-on analog recording experience. Do you want to learn and network alongside other analog enthusiasts and experts? Tape Camp is just the place! Interested in buying a Mara Machine but want to take a test drive? Tape Camp is just the place! Don’t know a thing about analog recording but it’s something that you want to learn more about? Tape Camp is just the place!

Tape Camp is February 18-20, 2017 at Welcome to 1979 in Nashville, TN. The 18th and 19th consist of the two day Tape Camp workshop while Monday’s activities are limited to 5 attendees and focus solely on tape machine alignment. For more info on what will be going on each day, read about it here.

Tape Camp only comes twice a year! Join Chris Mara and the gang at Welcome to 1979 for an unrivaled analog experience. Gain knowledge and experience and meet some cool people along the way. Spots will fill up soon, and you don’t want to miss this! For purchasing info, visit our square store here.

Questions or concerns? Email us at or give us a call at 844-679-1979

Tape Camp


Did you know…

Did you know that we offer digital mastering?? Our goal is to offer mastering for artists that is second to none in terms of quality, thoughtfulness, and of course, affordability. We take care of all the technical details, so you can stay focused on all the other important things you need to be doing as your project nears completion. Our rates are super simple. Only $75/song! Add an additional format for only $20/song! Read more about our mastering services here. Ready to get started? Cool! Send us your files with our Hightail link, or mail us a CD/DVD.

Shoot us an email at or give us a call at
844-679-1979 ext. 104!

digital mastering

This week at Welcome to 1979

In the studio today, engineer Chris Mara is mixing an EP for Minnesota-based artist Lena Elizabeth. Lena has been at Welcome to 1979 the last few days tracking this EP and it is sounding killer! Her style effortlessly blends genres like folk, soul, and blues and her voice is out of this world. We’re so glad Lena and her band made the trip down to Nashville to track with us! Be on the look out for this EP release!


In other studio news…

Tape Camp is just around the corner! If you have not yet signed up for our upcoming Tape Camp, there is still time! But spots are filling up quickly – so reserve yours now! Tape camp is a great opportunity to learn more about analog recording or Mara Machines. It’s open to audio enthusiasts of all ages – it doesn’t matter if you’ve been recording for 40 years or if you’re just starting out! There is something for everyone at Tape Camp and it offers a great opportunity to meet other analog lovers and network. Tape Camp only comes twice a year and is limited to 10 attendees! You don’t want to miss it!

Did you know…

Did you know that we are experts at analog tape restoration? We treat every project with the utmost care, from Allen Toussaint to you Grandmother’s keepsakes! Let us help you archive your audio history. We do almost every tape transfer format. We’ll even bake your tapes if necessary to restore original quality! Our rates are $25/song for stereo and $50/song for multitrack. Contact us about a tape transfer today!

Email us at or give us a call at 844-679-1979 ext. 104.