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***

Get your Music on Vinyl for SXSW

South by Southwest is only 5 short months away. SXSW is a great opportunity to market, connect, and get your record into listener’s hands! Are you planning on selling copies of your vinyl records at next year’s SXSW? Don’t procrastinate! Start the process now!

The average turn around time at most pressing plants is about 3 months. If you send us your mixes, we’ll do your vinyl mastering, electroplating, and then send your metal parts off to the pressing plant of your choice! We can also take care of your digital mastering! If you want your records ready to go by March 2017 now is the time! Check out our rates here.


Looking for more info or have questions? Email us at or give us a call at 844-679-1979.

Winter Booking

We are now booking studio time for the winter months! Studio time can make a great Christmas gift for yourself, or for someone else if you’re feeling a bit more giving. ;-)

Planning a tour for next spring? Winter is the best time to get into the studio and record your spring releases before upcoming tours!

Looking to record a Holiday album/single? Get in the studio ASAP to be sure your release is ready! We’ve already finished one Christmas mixing session, so don’t procrastinate!

Our rates can be found on our website here. Be sure to check out the video below to learn all about our Frequency Rewards club! Don’t waste any time and book now to ensure you can get all the days you need!

Questions or looking for more info? Email booking@welcometo1979 or call 844-679-1979!

News this Week at Welcome to 1979

In the studio this week we’ve got Aaron DaCorte tracking a new album with engineer Cameron Henry. DaCorte is the guitarist and vocalist for the band Iron Horse with his twin brother.

Chris Mara is mixing a new EP for the band The Triplets who are based out of Kentucky. Let’s just say Christmas is coming a little early at Welcome to 1979!

We recently had the honor of doing tape transfers of some Allen Toussaint records!

The Recording Summit for 2016 has officially been sold out! If you missed the opportunity to sign up, make sure to sign up early next year! You can also keep an eye out for next years’ Tape Camps and Vinyl Camps and sign up for those early as well!

If you are signed up for the Recording Summit, we still have some spots open for our Lacquer Cutting and Electroplating Demos! These events are for those who have pre-registered only! Sign up here!

Don’t forget to come by for the Welcome to 1979 Halloween Party Friday, October 28, 2016! It will be a party you do not want to miss!


It’s Halloween at Welcome to 1979!


We want you to come celebrate Halloween with us! Come out to Welcome to 1979 at 8 pm on Friday, October 28, 2016 for a Halloween party that will be to die for! Put on your best costume and get ready for a night full of spooky fun! We’ve got a killer Halloween playlist lined up! Got some wicked records lying around? Bring them on out! The evening will feature a costume contest so come dressed to impress!! Put on your drinking shoes, BYOB, and get ready for an evening of Booze and Boos!! RSVP below or email with any questions!

Click here to RSVP!


New Gear in the Studio!

We’ve just installed some exciting new gear in the control room! Our console was starting to feel a bit small when it came to larger tracking sessions… Now we’re up to 42 inputs and you can choose between MCI preamps, API preamps or Trident preamps.img_5026-2

All recent additions to Welcome to 1979 include:
-10 CH Trident 80 series sidecar
-16 CH headphone system
-Matched pair of flea M49s
-Foot switch talk-back
-Handmade wooden rack for outboard gear
-Quieter vocal booth







Looking to come by and check out the new setup?? Contact our Studio Manager, Lindsay Johns, to set up a studio tour!! Give us a call at 844-679-1979 or shoot her an email at

Tracking with Brian Pounds!

This week at Welcome to 1979 we are tracking a new album with singer/songwriter Brian Pounds! Brian is an Americana artist from Austin, TX who released his EP, Strikes and Gutters, in September of 2014. Prior to that came his first full-length album, After You’re Gone, in 2010. We are glad he chose to come to us for his next full-length! He’ll be in the studio tracking the rest of this week!


We had a successful Tape Camp the week before last and hope all the campers had a great time! Next on the list is our 8th Annual Recording Summit! Reserve your spot now before the last 10 spots fill up! Click here to check out the exciting schedule of events and panels for this years Summit.

Stay tuned for more studio news!