Studio news for the new year!

Last week in the studio we had Nashville native Kristina Murray tracking with us!kristina-murray

Kristina is a Country/Americana artist with southern roots. We love getting to track with local artists! Check out her Facebook Page for info on her local shows!

You may have seen on our Facebook page that we’ve had some changes up our sleeve at Welcome to 1979. Construction is about to start on our brand new office spaces and new Mara Machines tech shop! What happened to our old offices?? We converted the space into a large artists lounge!


Anyone involved on the day’s session will use the front door, while all other guests will use our new side entrance! This makes the 7,500 square feet of studio space ultra private for the band and company. Want to check out our new spaces? Come on in for a tour! Email or give us a call at 844-679-1979 ext. 104 to book a studio tour today!

Did you know…

Getting the analog recording experience often comes with analog price. Here at Welcome to 1979, we understand that tape can be expensive. Did you know that when you track with us the tape is free?! That’s right – when you record at Welcome to 1979, our tape is free for you to use!

Our tape is gently used, but if you’d like to buy and keep your reels, we’ll order some new ones for you! And a digital transfer is included in the daily rate! It’s the best of both worlds!

If you are interested in booking time with us or learning more about our rates, shoot us an email at or give our studio manager, Lindsay, a call at 844-679-1979 ext. 104.


This Week at 1979 – Tracking and Construction!

We’ve got a 10 day session in the studio this week! We’re tracking a new album with North Carolina native Boo Ray. Noah Shain is engineering the session. We’re excited to have them both in the studio!

Although Boo Ray hails from the mountains of Western North Carolina, he now spends his days in equal parts between Nashville, TN, Los Angeles, CA, and Athens, GA. His smooth southern sounds have been filling the studio all week and we don’t mind a bit!


In other studio news, we are changing up our floor plan! Our downstairs offices have been converted into a comfortable and friendly artist lounge! Whether taking a break from recording or meeting pre-session to pass out charts and jam, the new lounge is the perfect spot!

Now you might be wondering… Where are our offices?! Well, construction pictures will be coming soon! Or you’ll just have to come in and see for yourself ;-) At Welcome to 1979, we are always trying to make the studio a better place for our clients, employees, and friends. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the studio, come on in for a tour! For info, email or give us a call at 844-679-1979.

The Importance of Tape Transfers

Check out this awesome article about our friends over at Capital Records and what they do to keep music history alive and well! We do our part as well here at Welcome to 1979. Transferring and archiving original sessions from the 1940s on is an important part of preserving beautiful works of music history. Tape was the main form of recording in the mid-1900s, and is still used today for an analog quality that isn’t quite tangible in modern digital recording. However, in comparison to digital recording, analog recording requires proper care to be taken with the original masters. If they are not stored correctly, the tapes can absorb moisture requiring some work to be put in to restore them to their original quality. Tapes often need to be baked at 120 degrees for 6 hours in a convection oven in order to dry out the moisture and remove the gummy residue from sticky shed syndrome.

We recently did tape transfers of some Allen Toussiant records. Transferring tape is a way to ensure the proper preservation of original masters like those of Allen Toussaint. There are quite a few studios and other businesses that offer tape transferring services! If you or someone you know has tape recovered from original sessions that you are looking to transfer to other formats, contact us at Welcome to 1979! Give us a call at 844-679-1979 or shoot us an email at

Happy Thanksgiving from Welcome to 1979!


We at Welcome to 1979 want to wish you all a happy and warm Thanksgiving! Safe travels to those who are headed out for the Holidays. We will be enjoying Turkey Day in good ol’ Nashville with friends and loved ones. After the holidays, it’s back to work for us! The line up is pretty thick for the rest of 2016. We are looking forward to the upcoming sessions in the next few weeks and are putting in a lot of work on tape machine restoration. A reminder that if you put your deposit down on a Mara Machine before the end of this year, you will lock in your machine at it’s current price before our 2017 price increase! If you have been thinking about a Mara Machine, now is the time! Prices will not be this low again, so take the plunge! Find more info here and check out our Square store here.

Looking to release a new record in 2017? Get started now! Book the studio for early 2017 to get a head start on your new release. Check out our rates here or email for more information.

Speaking of friends and loved ones, a huge congratulations to our very own mastering engineer, Cameron Henry, on becoming a father yesterday! We are thankful for Cameron and his healthy baby girl!

Stay tuned for more studio news from Welcome to 1979!

Big News at Welcome to 1979!

We just received huge news today at Welcome to 1979! We are officially a Grammy award winning studio! Last night at the Latin Grammy Award show, the late Juan Gabriel won two Grammys: album of the year and best vocal pop traditional album for “Los Duo 2″. Some of this album was tracked right here at Welcome to 1979 by engineer Dan Moore and our very own Justin Burba assisting the session! We are ecstatic to be a part of this great honor and to have had the opportunity to work on an album for the late and great Juan Gabriel.

Other 1979 news!

Last week in the studio we laid down some background vocals and did some mixing for the new Brian Pounds record! It is sounding awesome! Keep an eye out for this record!

Frank Foster recently released his newest album, Good Country Music – recorded here at Welcome to 1979! Our Studio Manager, Lindsay, got to check out one of his latest shows! Be sure to pick up this album!

This week we are in the studio tracking a new record with Liz Cooper & The Stampede! Liz Cooper, Ky Baker, and Grant Prettyman make up this psychedelic folk/rock band with influences ranging from 60’s-70’s sounds like The Grateful Dead and The Band, to the more modern Fleet Foxes. Their awesome sound and Liz’s killer voice make them a band you definitely want to keep on your radar!

Stay tuned for more studio news.


Recording Summit Highlights and plans for 2017!

A big thank you to all who made it to our 8th Annual Recording Summit- attendees and panelists alike! Overall, we hope that the Summit was a blast for you and that you learned something new! For those who missed Friday night’s direct-to-disc recording session, we had the pleasure of tracking a record with Jason Isbell! It turned out great! Congrats to the few who had the opportunity to purchase this unique record! We are proud to say our hotdog stand fundraiser will be benefiting both the Malala Fund and the local food pantry with $75 each!



If you enjoyed this year’s Summit, or if you missed this year’s Summit, we’ve got good news for you! Registration for next year’s Summit is already open! It is scheduled for November 10-12, 2017. Reserve your spot now to be sure you won’t miss out on this exciting and fun-filled weekend! Sign up here, or contact us with any questions!

Are you looking to learn more about analog recording?? Next up on our Welcome to 1979 to-do list is 2017’s first Tape Camp! Tape Camp is a weekend of ultra hands on analog recording and networking for recording enthusiasts of all ages. Tape Camp is scheduled for February 18-20, 2017. Learn more about Tape Camp here, and sign up for Tape Camp here. Spots are extremely limited, so to reserve yours register as soon as possible!

Again, thank you to all of the attendees and panelists at this year’s Recording Summit for making this Summit such a special one. We hope to see all of you again next year along with more new faces!

Looking to Purchase a Mara Machine?

If you’ve been considering a Mara Machine, now is the time to take the plunge! Come January 1, 2017, Mara Machines will be administering a price increase. If you get your deposit down by the end of 2016 you can lock in your Mara Machine at its current price! All of the current prices can be found on the Mara Machines Square Store here.


Who is gonna be the lucky new owner of this bad boy? This JH110 is restored and ready to be shipped!

If you are interested in this machine or any other, please visit our online store or contact us with any questions regarding restoration, shipping, or pick up. Pick your poison! Now is the time! Get your deposit in by the end of 2016 because prices are not going to be this low again!!

Email with any questions or call 844-679-1979!

One Week Until The Recording Summit

We are counting down the days to our 8th Annual Recording Summit here at Welcome to 1979! We hope those who are attending this year are as excited as we are! Here is an update and some last minute info before next week rolls around:

First off, thank you to those who registered for this year’s producer/engineer summit! We know that you all will have a great time and learn a lot in the process!

Want to check out the full schedule for the weekend? Find it here.

The tours taking place Friday afternoon will be on your own (not a studio group activity) and prior to official registration – and they are half price ($12.50)! If you are interested in one of these tours, just show up at the Musician’s Hall of Fame and let them know you are with the 1979 Recording Summit! Registration begins Friday at 7 pm! Please  do not arrive any earlier as we will be busy all day preparing for the weekend! If you are looking for something to do, check out these local restaurants to grab dinner and drink before heading over to the studio! The Centennial and House. You must complete registration before heading upstairs to the kick-off party. We have a surprise guest artist coming in for the direct-to-disc party Friday night and trust us, you are not going to want to miss it! Make sure to hit up early registration because our front door will LOCK at 8:30pm and the needle will drop! Any guests arriving after 8:30 pm will be escorted in through the back of the building. The party is BYOB and finger food will be provided by our generous sponsor, Telefunken. All events, including parties, are for registered attendees only. If a friend or spouse would like to attend the parties with you, guest passes are available for $50. Email to reserve one! For those who missed it Friday night, registration will begin Saturday at 8:30am. If you plan on participating in Put Your Mix to the Test on Saturday morning, you can bring your music in on a CD, thumb drive, or on your phone. An on-site hotdog stand will be available for lunch on Saturday and Sunday! Get 2 hot dogs, a bag of chips, and a drink for $5! (no a la carte) CASH ONLY and all proceeds will be donated to the local food bank and the Malala Fund!

**Both parties are BYOB
**Breakfast and coffee are provided each morning (thanks to Millikin University and Wave Distribution)
**Lunch and dinner are on your own – on site hot dog stand (lunch only)
**Please bring any drinks you want throughout the day
**Green Room available to panelists only

Questions or concerns? Shoot us an email at or give us a call at 844-679-1979.

Costume Contest Prize Announced!

The Welcome to 1979 Halloween Party is THIS Friday, and you are not going to want to miss it! We have finally decided on a prize for winning the costume contest and it is worth dressing up for! The employees of Welcome to 1979 will be judging the contest and the winner will receive $600 credit towards a 2+ day recording session! That’s right! If you book the studio for one day or more, you will get $600 towards another consecutive day! Questions? Email for answers!

The party starts at 8 p.m. this Friday, October 28, 2016! BYOB and come ready to party! Click here to RSVP!

***Recording session credit valid for 6 months, comes with assistant engineer. No cash value, non transferrable***