Auditronics

by Mx. Remy Ann David
(Washington DC)

Auditronics was a manufacturer of recording consoles made in Memphis, Tennessee.


The original premiere console they introduced, the 501 also dubbed " Son of 36 Grand ".

This console utilized all IC chip op amps with buffered transistor outputs, with Dean Jensen Transformers, with an output drive capability of +24 dbM, into a 600 ohm load.

It was a quadraphonic console with 26 inputs, 16 outputs and a quadraphonic mix bus.

Within the console there was also a comprehensive TT patchbay.

There were two versions of the 501. The original and the later version. Though modules could not be swapped between the two versions of the same console.

Later, Auditronics offered up a smaller more compact and lower-cost version dubbed the " Grandson ". It was available in both 18 and 24 input frames. It was the model 110-4. Later in the 110-8 was offered. This was electronically identical to the 501's, with one less knob on the EQ. This version had 3 knobs and 6 frequency selections. The Harris Corporation that build professional broadcast transmitters, also offered the 110 rebranded as a Harris.

As the recording industry waned, numerous broadcast, on-air console's for radio, were offered up. They were quite popular.

As the company began to falter, they were absorbed by Wheatstone of North Carolina.

Tom Scholz of the group Boston, cut the premier album in 1976 on his Auditronics 501 into his 12 track, 1 inch, Bridgeport Scully 280-8.

Mx. Remy Ann David

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Mar 06, 2017
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Worked there
by: David Evers

I started as Engineering Project Manager in 1992, and was VP of Engineering from 1993 to 1995. Worked with Steve Sage, Welton Jetton, Duncan Fuller, Shawn Wilcox, Jerry Puckett, Ben (above), Mike Fulton, Jim Brown, Murray Shields, Mark Cianciola, Dale Davis (mgr of co-owned MFE), Minh Do, and others I can't fully remember now.

It was a great learning experience for me, and I believe I helped usher in a new era for the company in digital electronics and sofware. I was heavily involved in the Destiny 2000 automated console for broadcast; and wrote all of the software for that project.

I understand both Steve Sage and Welton Jetton have passed away. I have fond memories of the company.

David Evers

Sep 10, 2015
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Engineer 95-97
by: Ben Bobbitt

Was an engineer at auditronics right after college. Team of 3 who designed a digital console that... Flopped. Ahead of its time and right at the big radio station consolidation era. Great experience though.

Ben Bobbitt

Jan 27, 2015
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Worked there
by: Jay

I was a QC tech there from 84-91. Welton Jetton and Steve Sage created the company.

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