American artiste-Keri Hilson, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Peter Okoye of P-Square, Young John the Wicked Producer, Praiz, Mike Aremu, Timaya, Kaffy, Falz, General Pype and Skales are among a host of other music stars that have been visiting the ACI studios complex in Lekki Lagos since its launch in Nigeria. The new company seems to be re-inventing the sound of Nigerian music and putting a bit of organization with the establishment of world class recording, rehearsal and dance studios.
Statistics on ACI Entertainment’s Instagram page, @aci234 shows that several popular entertainment personalities have endorsed the state of the art facilities and affirmed the studio as a world class entertainment institution and the first of its kind in Nigeria. This is indeed a welcome development for the continuous development of the entertainment industry.
In one of the videos on ACI’s Instagram page, Peter Okoye said ACI studio is where he records. Aside videos and pictures of him recording in the ACI studios, the singer also endorsed the recording studios with thumps up emojis on his own Instagram page when he shared a picture of him sitting in one of the ACI recording studios. “Work mood…..for quality sound and proper mix and mastering, ACI studios is the place to be and get it done. Trust me, tested and approved”.
Legendary DJ Jimmy Jatt says ACI studio is the best place to get the best productions. “If you are looking around for the best sound production, ACI Studios is the best place to be, for analogue and digital and whatever format you want to record. You will get the best result at ACI studios”.
Dancehall act, General Pype endorsed the ACI recording studio during his visit with a brief song extolling the virtues of the facility. “The baddest sound and don’t know what you are waiting for. Me say, ACI has the baddest and fattest sound, i don’t know what thinking bout…”. Later speaking Jamaican patois, the popular singer said with all seriousness that ACI studios “is the realest, the truth, wicked sound. You don’t understand”.
South Africa artiste, Capso also made music at the ACI studios when he was in Nigeria and shared his opinion. “ACI studio is one of the nicest and dopest studios to work. The vibe is fresh and the people are cool. Big ups to ACI for building this amazing space”.
Popular singer cum rapper, Skales during his visit to the studio also declared it as the number one studio at this time. “ACI studio is world class, world standard and number one”.
Some of Nigeria’s acclaimed producers such as Mastercraft, DJ Coublon, Young John, Fiokee, among others have also visited the studio and likewise endorsed the state of the art set-up. Young John, popularly known as Young John the Wicked Producer said “ACI studio is a top notch for everything in production, mixing and mastering. That dope quality you are looking is right here at ACI studio”.
Findings have however shown that the influx of music enthusiasts into the ACI studios is as a result of the facilities and organisation. ACI has 3 studios- A, B, C and currently building the 4th one, Studio D.
Studio A is world class analogue studio with a 24 track SSL board that can easily double to a 48 track, NS10 monitors, Manley Ref Card, Neve 1073 Mic Pre, the TubeTech CL1B compressor, DW drums & highly graded backline. It also caters for commercial voiceovers, animations or movie soundtracks as well as scoring for movies. The studio also has a fully equipped live room which can record a full live band with state of the art instruments.
Studio B is a standard digital recording studio with a Nuemann U87 vocal microphone, Digi 003, MPC 5000, Allen & Health Mixer, Mac tower and some urbane Virtual Tech music creation studio tools. Studio C is the rehearsal room which caters for a 25+ piece band & dance companies simultaneously whereas Studio D is currently being converted into an artistic room for training producers & songwriters with 8 fully functional work stations. The room will also double as a lecture room to offer master classes for those interested in the business side of music & entertainment.
ACI studios also have facilities to support those who want to improve on their vocals or perfect their usage of musical instruments including rider friendly equipment available for hire.