John McBride & Blackbird Studio pt.1
John McBride is an audio industry legend with an equally strong footing in the live sound world and the studio business. Growing up lower-middle class Wichita, Kansas, in the late '70s, he earned his stripes mixing local bands at live shows. Eventually, John ended up as production manager for Garth Brooks' live show and spent the next two decades building his live sound business until he sold it to Clair Brothers. In 2001, he and his wife Martina McBride founded Blackbird Studios in Nashville, TN. Together they have created one of the world's top recording studios comprising eight different rooms with a one-of-a-kind collection of musical instruments and recording gear, a dedicated studio equipment rental business, and a recording school, Blackbird Academy. The studios have been the creative home for artists such as Taylor Swift, Chris Stapleton, Amos Lee, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kings of Leon, and much, much more.
In this inspirational first segment of the three-part interview we did with John, he explains his motivation to build Blackbird Studios. He also shares his philosophy in running the studio and his approach as an engineer and studio owner. Blackbird Studios own several AEA ribbon microphones and preamps like the R84, R88 mk2, R92, and RPQ preamps.