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Campaign launched to save mixing board used by rock icons

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Apr 17, 2014 | 5:40pm EDT

Owners of a Seattle, Washington-based recording studio have launched an online crowdfunding campaign in a bid to repair a mixing board used by the likes Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. The 1973 Neve 8049 console was installed in the iconic London Bridge studio almost 30 years ago, but it is in need of some serious repairs. In an effort to preserve the machine's rich history, the studio owners have taken to IndieGogo.com to ask music fans to help restore the "technical heart" of the studio and keep the board accessible to local musicians. Their goal is to raise $75,000 (£46,875) by Saturday (19Apr14) to completely refurbish the console and keep studio session times affordable, however, only $19,750 (£12,343) has been donated as WENN went to press. The mixing console was used to record albums such as Pearl Jam's Ten, Soundgarden's Louder Than Love, and other records by Alice in Chains, 3 Doors Down, Death Cab for Cutie and Cat Power.

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