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DDA Profile with Saturn 24tr @ Prism Studios

Prism Studios Saturn Desk

Sony award winning producer Shaun Lowe gives us some great feedback.

Prism Studios first acquired a DDA Profile 56 channel recording console from us and then returned recently to snap up a Soundcraft Saturn 24 track analogue tape recorder.

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Helios Console / Strawberry Studios in Stockport

Helios console

Here's another iconic component of UK music history..

This custom built Helios console was bought from Strawberry Studios in Stockport by Don Larking for re-sale in the early 1980's. It was commissioned specially for Strawberry and was one of the UK's first ever "wrap around" console designs.

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Helios Number #1

Helios Console

A Brief History of Helios Serial Number 001

The story begins in 1969 at Olympic Studios, 117 Church Road, Barnes in London. At this time Olympic were using custom built recording consoles designed in-house by Dick Swettenham, these consoles were responsible for producing many a hit record and so the decision was taken to make them commercially available under the brand name of "Helios"

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Focusrite Recording Console

Focusrite Recording Console

Focusrite 72 Input Recording Console exported to "Powertone Studios" in Belgium.
This one is a 72 input FOCUSRITE Studio Console, designed by Rupert Neve and 1 of only 9 in use in the world. This console was sold to top Belgian producer and mixer Wouter Van Belle of Powertone NV.

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Neve 8069 Recording Console

Neve 8069 Recording Console

In January 2011 Larkings list supplied an Avid ICON Protools controller to Toy Town studios in Stockholm Sweden and purchased a NEVE 8069 from Toy Town which was sold to a US company who specialise in refurbishing classic consoles.

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