Nashville Flooding – One Recording Engineer’s Account

Posted: May 10, 2010


Just got this email from my friend Fett in Nashville.  He and his wife Nancy own Azalea Music, and they’re truly great people.  I wanted to re-post this email for those who might be interested in a first-hand account of how they’re coping with the recent flood in Nashville.

Dear Friends of Azalea Studios:

Thanks so much for all of your caring and concern during this very difficult time for Nashville.  Many of you have asked about the status of Azalea Studios, so I thought I’d e-mail everyone with a brief status update to keep you in the loop.

Our studios are currently not operational, by that doesn’t mean we’re closed for business.  For those of you who had projects in progress when the floods hit, rest assured all of your data is safe and we’ll get back to your projects as soon as our facilities are up and running again.  For those of you who were in the process of submitting projects, PLEASE continue to do so.  We can get a lot of logistical work done (charting, pre-production, scheduling of sessions and musicians, etc.) even without functioning recording equipment.  In fact, if you can submit your pending projects ASAP, it will actually help us with the backlog once we’re back up and running (hopefully in the next several days).  If you’ve made a recent inquiry and haven’t heard back from us right away, I promise we’ll get back to you soon!

The specifics of our situation are as follows: we had standing water in all of the control room and equipment room, part of the main recording/drum room, and a small part of my office.  We managed to get almost all of our gear to higher ground and out of harm’s way before the deluge.  The only piece of recording equipment that we definitely lost so far is our main client project recording drive; however, that drive has always been backed up religiously, so only our very last day’s work (a few mixes) was lost.  We’re quite concerned about corrosion, etc. later due to moisture & only time will tell.  In the meantime, we’ve had multiple dehumidifiers and fans running nonstop in several rooms in the studio for the past six days straight, and we’re still removing several gallons of moisture from the air per day.  The main water damage was to the custom acoustic paneling in the control room, which will all have to be torn out and replaced.  For those of you who have been to the studio, I’ve attached a couple of photos showing some of the standing water in the control room (where the recording console used to be) and the drum room.

Despite these setbacks, we’re grateful that the damage wasn’t worse, and all of us (including our studio cats, Fluffy and Susie) are safe and sound.  And compared to many in our community, we’re extremely lucky.  You just can’t begin to imagine the level of devastation here.  Virtually every neighborhood in the Nashville area was hit hard.  Many have lost their homes, personal possessions, automobiles, pets & absolutely everything.  The total loss estimates are already in the billions of dollars, and the assessments aren’t complete yet.  Authorities estimate that this is the worst flood the area has seen in more than 1,000 years, and that it’s the most costly and destructive non-hurricane natural disaster in U.S. history.  Please keep Nashville and its music community in your thoughts and prayers in the weeks and months to come.  Realistically, the recovery will take years to be completed.

Azalea Studios is down, but certainly not out.  We’ll be back up and running full steam as soon as humanly possible, so please keep those projects coming!  And many thanks again to everyone for all of your kindness and concern.  I wish I could thank each of you individually.  Hopefully in time I’ll be able to.



Independent Producer/Engineer
Music Technology Consultant
Azalea Music Group, Nashville

If you’re looking for a great studio/producer/engineer in Nashville, I highly recommend checking out Fett’s studio.

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