"Notes don’t make music until you learn to insert silence between them.” ~ Ben Folds
Grand Victor Sound Nashville is home to one of the largest and most historic recording spaces in Nashville. The studio, built at the request of Chet Atkins, first opened its doors in 1965 and was known as RCA Victor Nashville Sound Studios, part of the RCA record label's Nashville division. The studio's client list, past and present, reads as a "Who's Who" of music legends. The Monkees, Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton, Tony Bennett, George Strait, The Beach Boys, Amanda Palmer, William Shatner, George Jones, Brian Setzer, Hunter Hayes, Kacey Musgraves, Jewel and Willie Nelson are just a few of the many talented artists who have recorded in this room over the years. After almost a decade of dedicated private use, Grand Victor Sound Nashville has re-opened to the recording community for commercial sessions.
Whether you are looking for the convenience of a modern ProTools recording session or the classic 2" analog recording experience, we have who and what you need to make it happen. Our vintage API console sounds amazing on any recording, whether it is a single day or month long tracking session. Have instruments? Great! Want to try what we have? Feel free! We have a plethora of pianos, keyboards, drums, cymbals, basses, and guitars that are yours for the tinkering while you're here.
Many studios can offer "world class services," but we can offer those same services without the price or hassle - and with the best vibe in town! It's is all about how you feel when you walk through our doors. Come be part of the history at Grand Victor Sound.
A WORD FROM BEN...
"I moved into the historic RCA Studio A in 2003 for the express purpose of making my own records. I was not interested in making it into a business - my record budgets covered all costs. We started with a few mics in this huge recording space and each time I produced or recorded a new record we added equipment. I’ve made and mixed all my records since 2003 in this studio along with a handful of other projects from William Shatner's 'Has Been' to Amanda Palmer's 'Who Killed Amanda Palmer.'
I'm spoiled now because when I record in other studios we have to spend loads of time placing mics and EQ-ing and I’m used to just setting up and recording in my studio. We’ve done live videos in this space with full film crew, band and live audience with room to spare. We've recorded full orchestras with ease, as this was what the studio was designed for. There’s a lot of air around the sound without the annoying Men’s Room reverb you normally get in a studio that size. In other words, its very well designed. I looked around and realized most of the other studios of this size and quality have disappeared. Especially the kind of studios set up for large ensembles and live recording. As rare of a studio as it is, I wouldn’t feel right if it wasn’t available to those who need this kind of classic recording space during the times that I’m on tour and not using the space.”