Soundcraft Electronics, Ltd.

reel to reel tape recorders

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1986 Soundcraft ad for their Soundcraft Series TS24 mixing console in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection
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Soundcraft Electronics, Ltd.

sound engineer Phil Dudderidge and electronics designer Graham BlythSoundcraft is a British manufacturer of mixing consoles and other professional audio equipment, and is a subsidiary of Harman International Industries. It was founded by sound engineer Phil Dudderidge and electronics designer Graham Blyth in 1973.

Phil Dudderidge (born 6 February 1949 in Watford) is an English sound engineer. He is a notable figure in the professional audio industry, having w1977 Soundcraft Series 2 mixing console ad in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collectionorked as Led Zeppelin's first dedicated live soundman, and later co-founding Soundcraft Electronics before serving as Chairman of Focusrite Audio Engineering, Ltd.

Graham Blyth is an English audio engineer who is known for designing mixing consoles. He is a co-founder of Soundcraft, a manufacturer which Blyth helped form into a world leader in sound reinforcement and recording mixers, establishing the "British sound". After succeeding in electrical engineering he became a professional organist, performing on pipe organs around the world. Blyth is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and the Audio Engineering Society (AES) In 2012 he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in science from the University of Hertfordshire.

History

Soundcraft first made its mark with the launch of the Series 1, the first mixing console built into a flight-case. It was available in 12 or 16 input channels. It featured 4 outputs, Main stereo plus a post-fader ‘echo’ send and pre-fader foldback. Each channel had 4-band fixed-frequency EQ. The Series 1 also included a multi-pin connector that integrated with a multi-channel microphone snake to route signals from and to the stage from a mix position in the audience.

The Series 1S was introduced in 1975 as an upgraded Series 1. The Series 1S introduced the classic Soundcraft 4-band EQ with 2 sweepable mid-range sections. In addition to

The Series 1S added a second foldback send and was available in a 20 channel version.[2]

1979 Soundcraft SCM 381-8 tape recorder photo in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collectionIn 1975 the Series 2 console was introduced as a live/recording console. The Series 2 began to build Soundcraft's reputation for great-sounding desks with the classic 'British Sound'. The Series 2 was introduced as a 4 bus console and was later available in an 8 bus version.[3] It was initially offered in 12 and 16 channel versions, and a 24 channel version was later added. The design used a semi-modular approach with individual channels in separate modules. The master section was made up of echo return, group output, cue master and monitoring modules. The input channels were available in fixed-frequency EQ standard channel and swept EQ versions. The swept EQ version also allowed switching between microphone input and line input which was typically attached to a multi-track recorder output. All channels provided stereo pan as well as 4 cue send buses that could be configured as pre- or post-fader and allowed individual monitoring via a pre-fade listen (PFL) function. Each channel could be routed directly to the L/R mix bus or to odd/even pairs of sub-mix buses[4]

 

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1983 Soundcraft ad for their Soundcraft Series 2400 mixing console in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection1983 Soundcraft ad for their Soundcraft Series 1600 mixing console in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection 1984 Soundcraft ad for their Soundcraft Series 400B mixing console in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection 1985 Soundcraft ad for their Soundcraft Series TS24 mixing console in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1986 Soundcraft ad for their Soundcraft Series TS24 mixing console in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1987 Soundcraft ad for their Soundcraft Series TS12 mixing console in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection1987 Soundcraft ad for their Soundcraft Series 800B mixing console in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1988 Soundcraft ad for their Soundcraft Series 6000 mixing console in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

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