Watch: Historic gear uncovered at the iconic Blackbird Studio, Nashville

In Rare Finds this time, we uncover former Motown gear, a storied Neve recording console and some one-of-a-kind mics.

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John McBride Blackbird Studio owner/founder for MusicTech Rare Finds

Blackbird Studio in Nashville is trusted by artists ranging from Taylor Swift to John Mayer, Kings of Leon to Beck, and with good reason. It’s home to some of the finest recording rooms in the world and also has a jaw-dropping collection of recording gear and instruments.

Blackbird Studio was conceived by founder and owner John McBride as a place where musicians could show up and record without even bringing their own instruments. But beyond their dedication to providing everything a musician could need, they also embody excellence in recording technology.

In this episode of Rare Finds, discover some of John’s gear gems, from prototype, one-of-a-kind microphones to an EQ with an incredible heritage. Also, learn the history behind Studio A’s heavily modded Neve 8078 recording console, which is now available in plug-in form, meticulously modelled by KIT Plugins as the BB N105. (Keep an eye out for a review soon)

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