Through these doors: step into the Muscle Shoals sound
Among those in the know, it’s called the “hit recording capital of the world.” For over 60 years, FAME Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, has produced an endless stream of iconic hits powered by a sound that simply can’t be found anywhere else in the world.
Above the door hangs the famous sign: “Through these doors walk the finest Musicians, Songwriters, Artists and Producers in the World.” Now, T-RackS FAME Studio Reverb lets you step inside the magic as well, capturing the sonic mojo of this world-changing studio’s live rooms, iso booths, plate reverb and - for the first time in decades - their newly restored chamber.
It’s as close as you can get to adding this little town’s big sound to your recordings.
The sound of music history
Producer Rick Hall built FAME (Florence Alabama Music Enterprises) studios in 1960. Funded in part by Rick’s first production, Arthur Alexander’s “You Better Move On,” the first sessions in the new studio produced Jimmy Hughes hit “Steal Away,” the Tams’ “What Kind of Fool” and Tommy Roe’s “Everybody.” Major labels were shocked to see a small-town studio produce such a stream of Top 40 hits, and the world quickly took notice.
By the mid-1960s, FAME had established itself as a unique destination for artists of all genres. Backed by the now-famous “Swampers” and “Fame Gang” house bands along with FAME’s legendary lead guitarists Duane Allman, Eddie Hinton, Reggie Young and Travis Wammack, FAME delivered hits for Etta James, Clarence Carter, Wilson Pickett, Lou Rawls, Little Richard and Aretha Franklin, cementing the Muscle Shoals Sound and FAME’s reputation for sonic excellence.
By the 1970s, FAME had established Muscle Shoals as an international draw, attracting artists from around the world. And FAME has stayed strong ever since, hosting talent like Alison Krauss, Demi Lovato, The Raconteurs, Steven Tyler, Ann Wilson, the Revivalists and countless more.
Iconic consoles for iconic spaces
Beyond using FAME’s extensive vintage mic locker, IK took care to capture each studio’s unique sonic signature.
Studio A boasts a Neve 8232 console, while Studio B, recently renovated and restored by Rodney and GRAMMY award-winning producer Glenn Rosenstein, offers an SSL 6056 E formerly loved by Stevie Ray Vaughan and used on his most successful albums.
Or, for a more vintage sound, you can switch either studio to use FAME’s original Universal Audio 610 console, hand-built for FAME, to precisely capture the vibes of FAME’s earliest decades.
Convenient tone shaping
T-RackS FAME Studio Reverb offers all the necessary controls to shape your spaces including reverb time, width and frequency controls, microphone controls (left, right, or both) and accurate leveling/monitoring of the mixed signals.
To offer even more realism, when using the two studio’s live rooms, FAME Studio Reverb offers two faders for mono room ambience, which can be mixed into the stereo signal or used alone, just as you could if recording at FAME itself.
The power of T-RackS
Like all T-RackS plug-ins, T-RackS FAME Studio Reverb offers you two ways to work: as a single plug-in, or inside the T-RackS 5 shell.
The T-RackS shell offers a unique, modular system with up to 16-processor chains, series & parallel routing, easy A/B/C/D comparison, up to 192 kHz / 32-bit floating-point processing and much more, in both a plug-in and stand-alone mastering application.
- Captures the sound and vibe of the iconic FAME Studios
- Includes both studios with iso booths, chamber and plate reverb
- Includes FAME’s newly restored original echo chamber
- Dedicated mic positions per instrument deliver unmatched authenticity
- Console preamp modeling lets you add the vintage sound of FAME’s original console to each studio space
- Newly improved, proprietary VRM™ technology delivers the most realistic sound spaces ever
- Pre-delay & Decay Time controls, EQ and mic options
- Dry and Wet signal level controls with solo buttons
- Works as a single plug-in or inside T-Racks 5
- Works within the T-RackS CS Standalone application and as plug-in
- High-quality oversampling
- High-precision and high-transparency digital processors
- Accurately analog-modeled vintage classic devices
- Full-latency compensation support
- Supports sampling rates up to 192 kHz
- DSM™ and SCC™ proprietary IK technologies for extremely accurate digital models of analog hardware devices
- Native compatibility with 64-bit applications and operating systems
T-RackS 5 is a 64-bit application and requires a 64 bit CPU and Operating System.
- Minimal: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo, 4 GB of RAM (8 GB suggested), macOS 10.10 or later.
- Supported Plug-in formats (64-bit): Audio Units, VST 2, VST 3, AAX.
- Minimal: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2, 4 GB of RAM (8 GB suggested), Windows® 7, Windows® 8 or Windows® 10. Requires an ASIO compatible sound card.
- Supported Plug-in formats (64-bit): VST 2, VST 3, AAX.
NOTE: EQual processor requires an OpenGL 2 compatible graphics adapter.