Blue West, a Los Angeles studio run by producer/musician Bill Jabr and head engineer James Kang, recently invested in an API 2448 recording console to upgrade the facilities it can offer its clients, including Andre 3000, Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, Kiko Cibrian, Wale, Ne-Yo, Pi’erre Bourne and tracks for the late Juice Wrld’s posthumous album.
The proprietors wanted a mid-format console that combined analog character with a modern workflow. “Our API gives us a solidly built, quality analog body that stands on its own,” says Jabr, who points to the 2248’s front-end tracking, monitor section and ease of use. “Together with the convenient direct outs and small fader inserts for more tracks at mixdown, this all gives us the capability to track and mix larger projects in a smaller footprint.
“There is no better sound on guitars and drums than the API sound and the API ‘punch’,” he continues. “When we think of API we think of classic Prince, Radiohead and a rich history of legendary recording artists that have pushed the limits of sonics and fidelity within the craft. It means so much to us to carry on this rich recording legacy and we feel very lucky to get to work on this console every day.”
Jabr started his first facility, the Blue South production room in Atlanta in 2009, with Kang joining as the very first intern. In 2014, the duo branched out west to LA. “We approached breaking into the Los Angeles scene the same way we did with Atlanta, from the ground up,” Jabr recalls. “We put our small setup in the best room we could afford at the time and got to work. Six years later, our Atlanta facility has turned into one of the premier locations of the south east, while in Los Angeles we’ve been fortunate to be a part of countless number one records. We’re excited to be able to buy a classic recording console like the API 2448.”