Andrew Krivonos, owner and engineer of Brewery Studio in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY got in touch with API recently to tell us how the studio's lunchbox®, two 512cs and two 550bs have helped Brewery "wrap up its best year to date." Most notably, the Brewery just finished up work with Joey Bada$$ on his debut hiphop album "B4.Da.$$", currently number one on the Billboard 200 chart for R&B and Hip-hop.
Krivonos explains how versatile his API gear has been: "API was there along the way with their outboard gear and plugins. We use our lunchbox with the 512c and 550b modules almost every day, as well as the set of API plugins by WAVES. The stereo compressor is very handy controlling unruly instrumentals during tracking sessions."
"Joey Badass worked over several weeks with me on mixing and tracking his debut album," reports Krivonos. "We experimented with adding live bass, keys, and horns over sampled beats and rerecorded replays of sample chops. Flossatradamus' producer Autobot worked with engineer Nick D'Alessandro on recording vocals. The API 512cs and 550bs worked great with their clean sound."
"Hiphop producer Clams Casino worked on his debut album with producer MP and recently recorded rapper Doley Bernays. The 512c and 550b came in handy with their transparency and high s.p.l. capabilities. Jhene Aiko stopped in to record her verse for artist Omarion's track "Post to Be", the first single off his new album. The song is produced by the sizzling DJ Mustard. We plugged Jhene's laptop in right thru our 512cs."
API's "From the Desk of" is a semi-monthly feature covering activity in studios with API gear. If you'd like to have your studio covered please contact Jen Schiller: jschiller [at] apiaudio [dot] com.