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The design of today’s sophisticated recording console is quite complex, due to the multiplicity of devices associated with the mixing network, such as dynamics processing and automation. Many will recall when paralleled battery rheostats were used as mixer controls for broadcasting and motion picture sound recording, and will view the modern console as an outgrowth of the basic principles applied at the time.

With miniaturization, many components are now included in the mixer network, rather than at a remote position. Printed circuit plug-in designed components facilitate replacement in the event of failure. Several different types on analogue solid-state and vacuum tube mixers exist along with solid-state digital mixing desks.

The mixing console can be a complicated piece of equipment but, in its respective fundamental electronic core, its main function is relatively simple. At minimum a mixer consists of a resistive network, which may consist of a passive combining or active combining network, designed to provide a means of combining two or more separate audio sources into one, or more, composite signal(s). The layout of the console may be of either a split design or, the ever popular, in-line design. Below you will discover a variety of diverse, unique and in some cases atypical recording consoles

Foundational text inspired by Howard M. Tremaine's, "Audio Cyclopedia" and "Audio Engineering know it all".

AMEK Console(s)

AMEK 9098i Series Recording Console
AMEK HENDRIX Recording Console

Custom Consoles

Columbia Studios Nashville
Columbia Studios, NY - Studio A Original Desk
Columbia Studios, NY - Remix Console
Custom Console, designed by Gordon Clark
Sound Center Studios New York, NY

Electrodyne Console(s)

Electrodyne ACC1204 Console

Harrison Console(s)

Harrison MPC4-D Film Console

Helios Electronics Consoles

Helios - Oslo Norway Console
Helios - Various Consoles

Langevin Console(s)

Langevin Tube Console

MCI Consoles

MCI JH-400 Series Console
MCI JH-500 Series Console
MCI JH-600 Series Console
MCI-Criteria Studio C Recording Console
MCI Recording Consoles - Prototypes and Custom Recording Consoles

NEVE Consoles

Neve A646 Recording Console
Neve 8068 Recording Console
Neve 8108 Recording Console

Olive Console(s)

Olive Series 2000 Console - at Caribou Ranch

Solid State Logic (SSL) Consoles

Solid State Logic - Avant Plus Film Console
Solid State Logic - Duality Recording Console
Solid State Logic SL 4000 G+
Solid State Logic SL 9000J
Solid State Logic XL 9000K

Trident Consoles

Trident Series 65 Console
Trident Series 80 and 80B Consoles


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