I know there's been some wailing and gnashing of teeth over this, but over at our sibling blog Pith in the Wind, Stephen George talks to the bill's sponsor, Metro Council member Mike Jameson, who clarifies:
“When we were drafting this amendment, what got repeated in the ‘prohibited uses’ were a laundry list of the current prohibited uses, and that included recording studios,” [Jameson] says. “That was not intended.”
Jameson tells Pith he’ll amend the final version to make sure home studios, among other things, are protected. He says he met with the Recording Industry Association of America on Monday morning and assured officials there that the bill wouldn’t ultimately affect home studios.
The law as it is currently written makes home recording studios technically illegal, and Jameson says the goal of this new bill is to actually make Nashville's home-occupancy codes less restrictive. So, (literal) house engineers: Go ahead and cue that tape — or, y'know, click on that thing in Pro Tools — your studio is safe.