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AES UK announces classic console lecture

The AES UK Section’s February lecture will be given by Brian Gibson, who will describe the history and restoration of the iconic REDD51 mixing console – the first to be manufactured entirely in-house by EMI.

The AES UK Section’s February lecture will be given by Brian Gibson, who will describe the history and restoration of the iconic REDD51 mixing console – the first to be manufactured entirely in-house by EMI.

Although designed primarily for stereo classical music recordings using coincident microphone pairs, the REDD51 was also used extensively to record pop music, most notably the majority of The Beatles’ sessions from 1964 onwards.

Gibson began his career as an electronics apprentice at EMI Hayes in 1962 before moving to the technical department at Abbey Road Studios in 1967, where two REDD51s were installed. His lecture will cover the evolution of the console from its predecessors, the REDD17 and REDD37, and its use at Abbey Road and other EMI studios worldwide.

In 2004 a surviving example of the REDD51 was discovered in Italy. This was returned to the UK and restored by Gibson during 2004/5 before being installed at Mark Knopfler’s renowned British Grove Studios in London.

“Brian has numerous pictures illustrating the various stages of the restoration project and he will also show some historical photos of the REDD51 during its EMI era,” Bill Foster, chairman of the AES UK Section, tells PSNE. “Anyone with an interest in the history of the British recording industry should not miss what promises to be a very interesting evening.”

The lecture will take place on Tuesday 8 February at the Royal Academy of Engineering, 3-4 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5DG, commencing at 6.30pm.

For further information, please visit the AES website: www.aes-uk.org/event/restoring-the-emi-redd51-mixing-console/

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