The studio, near Northside Drive and 17th Street, has been a go-to for marquee names including Whitney Houston, Justin Bieber and Elton John. The creative facility impacted millions of records, as well as TV and film projects. Even its original name maintained some mystique.
“It was about keeping things tight knit,” said Carter, joking that even though T.I. changed the moniker, the “SSS” abbreviation still applies.
The history of Silent Sound began in 1996, when songwriter/producer Daryl Simmons, known for his collaborations with L.A. Reid and Babyface during the LaFace Records era, bought the recording house. Simmons’ longtime engineer, Thom “TK” Kidd, purchased the studio in 2006 and continued to run it until last fall, when he decided to focus on engineering.
Chief Engineer Elliot Carter says he thinks Super Sound Studios is one of the best in the country. Photo: Contributed
Enter T.I. and Carter, his trusted collaborator.
“We were in the right time and right place. Tip wanted to keep the studio a studio. It’s 25 years of history. He didn’t want it to leave,” Carter said.
Super Sound Studios includes two large rooms, including an upstairs suite where T.I. will primarily record. There is also a mixing suite (the studio is equipped with a 4000 G/64 channel console) and, soon to be finished, a podcast room.
“This is my favorite (studio), not only in Atlanta, but top three in the country,” said Carter. “Most engineers would probably agree. The quality of the room, the quality of the equipment…it’s 25 years old and sounds brand new. It’s just this space. No one builds these anymore.”
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