Author: David Taylor

1965 to Early ’80’s – PYE BROADCAST AUDIO CONSOLES | PART TWO: BIGGER ‘SCANNERS’

PART TWO CONTENTS: SCANNERS GET BIGGER – WITH SEPARATED VISION, PRODUCTION and SOUND The Colour Demonstration Unit The ’70s with the silicon transistorised mixers 1| BBC CMCR13 2| 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…

By David Taylor 2021-06-23 2

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

UPDATED ARTICLE: A NEW HIGH-RESOLUTION PHOTO OF A PYE 16-CHANNEL MIXER HAS ALLOWED ME TO EXPLORE MORE DETAILS OF THESE VALVE CONSOLES FROM OVER 60 YEARS AGO. Contents: 1| 1950s: THE PYE VALVE STUDIO MIXERS Typical 1950s Installations 2| 1957-59: A Typical Pye Valve Mixer (Type 2948F) In Detail Film of the GTV9 Pye 16-channel…

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 1| 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 Pyes 2| Pyes for other clients 3| The BBC equip with even bigger desks The biggest UK…

By David Taylor 2021-06-13 0

1969 to 1972 – DAVID FROST AT LONDON WEEKEND

BY DAVID TAYLOR 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…

By David Taylor 2020-12-19 0

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

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 the TV director Derek Burrell-Davis but both…

By David Taylor 2020-09-03 Off

1967 – ‘OUR WORLD’ | LIVE TV LINKS ‘THE WORLD’ | PART ONE: HOW IT WAS MADE AND PRESENTED

By David Taylor Part One: An in-depth look at how this worldwide live programme was put together, and with lots of video excerpts, will hopefully explain the finished programme.Part Two: How both the recording teams that worked with the Beatles and the television crew that set up in EMI Studio 1 all together made something…

By David Taylor 2020-09-03 4

1970 – BERNSTEIN’s VERDI REQUIEM | BOB AUGER’S CBS RECORDING AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL

BY DAVID TAYLOR PART TWO OF TWO: (Do start with my previous post, about the St.Paul’s concert: HERE) CONTENTS: CBS DO A ‘CLASSICAL QUADRAPHONIC’ RECORDING BOB AUGER – THE UK’s MOST EXPERIENCED ‘FREELANCE’ CLASSICAL ENGINEER THE CBS PRODUCTION TEAM THE CONTROL ROOM SET-UP THE ORCHESTRA AND MIC LAYOUT BOB AUGER’S NEVE CONSOLES THE ORCHESTRA, CHOIR…

By David Taylor 2020-08-21 7

1970 – BERNSTEIN’s VERDI REQUIEM – ST.PAUL’S CONCERT | 50 years later – the recovered stereo mix

BY DAVID TAYLOR PART ONE OF TWO (Part Two covers the parallel CBS Records recording done by Bob Auger at The Royal Albert Hall.) CONTENTS: BIG MUSIC IN A BIG ROOM BERNSTEIN LEAVES A POLITICAL PROBLEM BEHIND AN ‘INSANE SCHEDULE’ “TALE OF 3 TENORS AND A CONDUCTOR” LWT GOES INTO ‘CO-PRODUCTION’ HUMPHREY BURTON’S MEMORIES MIKING…

By David Taylor 2020-08-05 2