Want to learn about recording and vinyl records? This is the place! We'll start by taking an in-depth tour of our 7,000 square foot 70s themed recording studio and answer questions about the recording process. I specialize in analog recording but are also well versed in digital recording too. l'll discuss industry trends and how my business formed and has grown into other areas of the music industry. Then we'll stop into our vinyl mastering suite to learn about the first step of how vinyl records are made. We'll get super nerdy and look at grooves under a microscope and talk about the interesting world of vinyl records. We'll also talk about the "Live To Vinyl" recordings I do, which is an ultra-rare way to record music. Our next stop will be into our 3,500 square foot Vinyl Electroplating facility where you will learn all about the second step of making vinyl records. This is super behind the scenes and rarely seen by people outside of the music industry. Our last stop will be in Mara Machines, the world's largest analog tape machine restoration company. You'll see analog tape machines scattered around in various states of restoration and talk about why this company has grown and become so sought after.
I'm Chris! My wife Yoli and I own one of the largest recording studios in Nashville called Welcome To 1979. I've been a recording engineer for over 20 years and have recorded some of the biggest artists alive. I specialize in "old school" recording techniques, the making of vinyl records, and restoring vintage reel to reel recorders. Yoli and I have traveled the world teaching people about these vintage passions of ours, so we decided to open the doors of our 14,000 square foot facility in Nashville for a fun and exciting look into the music industry and all things vinyl!
Each guest will receive a limited edition vinyl record that was recorded right here at Welcome To 1979. (A $35 value!)
Welcome To 1979 is one of Nashville's largest recording studios with a very unique vibe and awesome 1970s themed furniture and lighting. Our vinyl mastering suite is one of the premier mastering suites in the US with spectacularly rare recording equipment. Welcome To 1979 Industries is the nation's leading vinyl electroplating facilities. Mara Machines is the world's largest analog tape restoration companies with clients all over the world.
Please use our side entrance as there may be a recording session at the time of the tour. Comfortable shoes are a plus, but not required. Photos are welcome, except in a couple areas which will be pointed out.
Learn how music & vinyl records are made