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John Pickford traces the history of the iconic EMI REDD series console and mic preamplifier, and explains how you can recreate their sound today…

Most classic pieces of kit earned their reputation through the acclaim of countless engineers who used them. In the case of the EMI-designed REDD mixing consoles, which were operated by only a few EMI-employed engineers, it’s the recordings that were made on them which have given them legendary status.

The EMI-designed REDD consoles were installed in various EMI-owned studios worldwide. However, it’s the recordings produced at the company’s Abbey Road Studios (as it’s now officially known) between 1964 and1968, which have sealed the reputation of these classic mixing desks. During this period, EMI produced many world-class classical recordings alongside countless outstanding pop hits, including the majority of The Beatles’ pioneering work. Groundbreaking albums, such as Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and their eponymous 1968 opus known as ‘The White Album’, were recorded with the EMI REDD.51 console.

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