Destin, Florida, already a destination getaway, is now even better thanks to the efforts of Ocean Reef Resorts owner and recording artist Chris Taylor, who recently added a private studio to the Miramar Beach location.
He and his wife, Gileah, wanted a place to record music and experiment with sound without leaving their beach-side home and they knew API could help them create such a unique space. The idea was especially attractive because it eliminated the need for them to travel to Nashville or Los Angeles as they had in the past to achieve high-quality recordings.
The new studio is set apart not only because of its location, but also because the Taylors want it to remain private for as long as possible.
“The resort is a family-owned business but this is just going to be for me and my wife. Hopefully it won’t ever have to become a commercial space,” explains Taylor.
Instead, Taylor hopes that if others come to use the studio, they will find it relaxing and rejuvenating. “We’d like to host writers’ retreats for specific people down at the beach. It’s really, really cool to just hang out, and it’s beautiful inside.”
The space is currently unnamed, though the Taylors unofficially refer to it as “War Horse Studio”.
Taylor started considering the API 1608 for himself around 2007. “I was tracking a record of my own at EMI in Nashville and Allen Salmon had a lunchbox and some of the [API] EQs. I thought it was really powerful and from then on I started noticing API everywhere!”
By the time Taylor tested the 1608 at Vintage King’s demo facility in Nashville, he knew he’d need one of his own.
“The time frame and the footprint on the 1608 impressed me more than others I was considering, but it was really as simple as using one. It’s easy to work with and that’s the whole goal!” The 1608 is not Taylor’s only piece of API gear; he also has an 8-slot lunchbox and a JDK R22 compressor, and he says ease-of-use is a shared trait among his API equipment. “With the lunchbox, I have EQs and compressors loaded in, and recording is as easy as just turning it on.” He adds, “You can tell the 1608 is a solidly built piece of gear. It’s like having a Range Rover parked out front.”