RCA Studio B, Nashville

RCA Studio B, Nashville (must see)

RCA Studio B is a noted recording studio situated at 1611 Roy Acuff Place and originally known simply as RCA Studios. It became famous in the 1960s for being a part of what many refer to as the Nashville Sound. Built by Dan Maddox in 1956, it was constructed at the request of Chet Atkins and Steve Sholes to facilitate the needs of RCA Victor Records and other record labels. According to Chet Atkins, the plans for the studio were drawn up on a napkin by Bill Miltenburg, RCA's chief engineer and recording manager.

The recording studio is a single-story building with offices occupying the front but the area of the studio and control room has a second story that contains an echo chamber. The studio itself measures 42.5' by 27' by 13'. In 1960 and 1961 an addition was built to provide office space and rooms for tape mastering and a lacquer mastering lab.

A larger studio was built on 17th avenue in 1964 that became known as Studio A; the existing studio was referred to as Studio B from that point on. In 1977 the studio was made available to the Country Music Hall of Fame for tours, and in 1992 it was donated to the Country Music Hall of Fame by the late Dan Maddox. Until 2001, it was operated as an attraction when the new home for the Hall of Fame was built in downtown Nashville.

Why You Should Visit:
This is a really cool guided tour (about as good as it gets) you can add on to your visit at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
See the piano that Elvis recorded on, and antique recording equipment... has a unique aura about it.
Obviously, you can also learn the process of recording live music and producing records.

Tip:
Tours sell out quickly so make an online reservation early or go first thing in the morning to get a tour time.
Remember to use the facilities inside the Country Music Hall of Fame because you won't find a bathroom at the studio.

Tour Hours:
Daily: 10:30am-2:30pm
Tours depart hourly from the Country Music Hall of Fame
Sight description based on wikipedia

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RCA Studio B on Map

Sight Name: RCA Studio B
Sight Location: Nashville, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk I   Music City Landmarks  

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