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  John Vestman's first 8-track Recording Studio  

Featured in the leading recording industry magazine at the time: Recording Engineer Producer (REP)
Before the days of Mix Magazine! The Beginning of a continuous legacy of recording excellence.

LONG BEACH, California - December 1975 R.E.P. Magazine - John Vestman and Kraig Black run Worldwide Audio in Long Beach [The upper right hand corner of the REP cover is where the studio is pictured]. It's another 8-track studio specifically dedicated to the music aspect of recording, and like the others of the same purpose reflects the previous musical activity of its owners. However, the relationship between the studio's avowed purpose and its equipment sets it distinctly apart from the other [studios discussed in the article].

Worldwide seems to come as close as any to being the only one of these studios that competes head-on with Hollywood. Each of the other studios is basically equipped with TEAC/TASCAM 8-track gear: either model 5 or model 10 mixers, and 8-track, 1/2-inch recorders (either series 70 or 80-8 machines). To further qualify all of these operations, they are each what might be described as first generation studios. That is, their current major equipment components have remained basically the same since each began professional operation.

However, Worldwide has been equipped from the start with a Soundcraft (England) 12 x 4, full function recording console and an Otari 8-track, one inch, 15-30 ips. recorder. Their choice of this equipment level is explained by John Vestman. "We have been exclusively into music recording, (maybe only because since we've been open we haven't had time to go out and seek the other markets.)"

"Our appeal to our client is that when a band wants to make a demo, you don't make them a demo; you make them a master tape. . . and the master is the demo. They are going to have a master quality demo at an inexpensive price. In my opinion no 8-track is good enough for super demos, unless you are doing a three piece combo, that just wants stereo drums, a guitar, a bass and a voice. Definitely 16-track is a must to step up into doing masters, and that's our goal."

"With the equipment we have (which we think is already a step-up over what demo places usually have), we can produce a really quality product, pretty much for just an increased tape cost. We run the Otari at 30 ips, the frequency response is excellent, the signal-to-noise is fantastic, and that's really our main selling point.

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