Author: David Taylor

Early RUPERT NEVE consoles and their stories | PART ONE: 1959-1962 | The valve mixers

Researched and written by DAVID TAYLOR With information and photographs by JOHN TURNER Much of the information available on the internet concerning Rupert Neve and his mixing consoles isn’t wholly accurate, so with the help of John Turner, the longest serving employee of ‘Neve’ – in its various guises, we will try in this series…

By David Taylor 2022-01-04 0

Early RUPERT NEVE consoles and their stories | PART TWO: 1962 – 1968 ‘A REVOLUTION HAS OCCURRED’ | Transistors make the ‘modern mixing console’ possible

Researched and written by DAVID TAYLORWith information and photographs by JOHN TURNER Typical of the early Neve’s finished in the ‘shiny black’ that Rupert used at that time. This 1967 mixer was seen again by Rupert on a visit to Singapore in 2003. Amazingly it was last recorded, still in use 45 years later in…

By David Taylor 2022-01-04 0

1970 – THE CHANGING FACE OF MUSIC AT London Weekend TV | A look at ‘THE WORLD OF MAYNARD FERGUSON’.

Contents: Making the music on TV sound better And making the ‘Light Entertainment’ shows better What to do about ‘a house band’? ‘The World Of Maynard Ferguson’ TV Special Video excerpt one – the opening and first band number: Video excerpt two – keep the singers moving: The others in the show The sound rig…

By David Taylor 2021-10-27 0

1949 to 1967 – PYE BROADCAST AUDIO CONSOLES | THE OB SCANNERS PART ONE

PART ONE CONTENTS: The early scanners with valve mixers:1949 – BBC MCR3 and 6 1951 and 1952 – BBC MCR11 and 12 Video excerpt one: 1953 – Pye scanners go InternationalThe Aussies restore their very first scanner1955 – ITV arrives and starts buying scannersThe ’60’s with the first germanium transistorised mixers:1962 to 1967 – BBC…

By David Taylor 2021-06-30 0

1965 to Early ’80’s – PYE BROADCAST AUDIO CONSOLES | THE OB SCANNERS PART TWO

PART TWO CONTENTS: SCANNERS GET BIGGER – WITH SEPARATED VISION, PRODUCTION and SOUND The Colour Demonstration Unit The ’70’s with the silicon transistorised mixers BBC CMCR13 1968-1970 BBC CMCR TYPE 2 SCANNERS The BBC version of the Pye transistorised console of the 1970Video excerpt one: Smaller Pye desks were still to be found ATV‘s BIG…

By David Taylor 2021-06-23 2

1950’s – PYE BROADCAST AUDIO CONSOLES | PART THREE | THE VALVE STUDIO MIXERS

Contents: 1950’s – THE VALVE STUDIO MIXERS Typical 1950’s Installations Anglia TV’s Pye desk Granada’s Studio 10 at The Chelsea Palace The Duke at The Palace Replacing The Valves THE FIRST IN THE FOUR ARTICLES ABOUT THE HISTORY OF PYE’s AUDIO CONSOLES IS HEREA .PDF FILE OF THIS ARTICLE CAN BE DOWNLOADED (1Mb) with this…

By David Taylor 2021-06-14 0

1960’s – PYE BROADCAST AUDIO CONSOLES | PART FOUR | THE INNOVATIVE PYE TRANSISTOR TV STUDIO MIXER

CONTENTS:THE FIRST MODULAR BROADCAST STUDIO MIXER ATV’s four 34-channel consoles for Elstree The modular ‘cassettes’ Enough ‘Drama’ for the Gram Op ‘The Plane Makers’ being recorded in September 1963 Video excerpt one: The last of the Elstree Pye’s Pye’s for other clients The BBC equip with even bigger desks The biggest UK broadcast desk The…

By David Taylor 2021-06-13 0

1969 to 1972 – DAVID FROST AT LONDON WEEKEND

CONTENTS: Video excerpt one: The Savundra interview A change-round in ITV New studios….new staff? Frost gets a show…every weekend evening London Weekend starts of with a ‘strike’ Busking the first Frost On Sunday onto ‘Air LWT ratings were crashing and so was the company A look at sound coverage on the Frost Shows A ‘Radio…

By David Taylor 2020-12-19 0

1967 – ‘OUR WORLD’ | THE ‘ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE’ O.B. AT ABBEY ROAD WITH THE BEATLES

PART TWO: ‘ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE’ For ‘PART ONE: 1967 – ‘OUR WORLD’ Live TV links ‘THE WORLD’….HOW IT WAS MADE AND PRESENTED’….start HERE. THE IDEA FOR THE BEATLES SEGMENT The decision to make a Beatles recording session part of the ‘Our World’ programme, might have come from either the producer Aubrey Singer or…

By David Taylor 2020-09-03 0