WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, August 18, 2010 — When it comes to the history of R&B and Urban music, Minneapolis has quite the pedigree, as the home to legends like Prince, Morris Day & The Time and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. Today, breakout producer and composer Andrew Thomas still sees plenty of possibilities in Minneapolis’ hip-hop scene, and he’s upgraded his personal studio as he works on making the scene come alive there once more. Thomas recently purchased a new SSL AWS 900+ SE console from Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, along with an upgrade to his Avid Pro Tools HD 3 rig from a PCI to a PCIe, as well as an Avid 192 I/O audio interface and a new patch bay custom configured for him by GC Pro Sales Associate Joe Ingle.
Thomas is the producer behind hip-hop artist MN Fats, and several of the artist’s standout tracks, including collaborations with Keisha White and Snoop Dogg, the latter of whom performed on a track co-written by Thomas himself. MN Fats’ project is to be released through Sony Music and distributed through Sony’s RED distribution arm. That record will be mixed on the SSL AWS 900+ SE.
Thomas had shopped around but discovered that only GC Pro offered him the combination of price, selection and service that he needed. “GC Pro’s pricing was better than any of the other stores that I checked out,” he says. “I knew what I wanted, they had it at the best prices, and they did the installation, too. It was a painless process.”
Joe Ingle, the GC Pro Sales Associate at the Minneapolis store who guided the sale, says Thomas is incredibly talented and very focused on what he wanted. “It was great being able to come up with exactly what Andy wanted in the patch bay which was one of his main concerns with the upgrade. The new patch bays all terminate to DB25 connectors, which combined with all custom Mogami snakes, make for a simple, clean and effective solution,” says Ingle. “Andy has a great studio and he does really good work. Minneapolis has always had a great music scene, and it’s constantly getting better. I love being a part of it.”
Thomas does indeed envision a time when Minneapolis’ talents will work together to give the city a higher profile in the music business. “What I want to do with this studio is create a place where people can come together and make connections,” he says. “Where we can help the music happen here. We want to make teamwork happen again, and that’s what we got with GC Pro – a team.”
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