ANALOG STUDIO


For FAT SUMPTUOUS WARM major label sound

THE MAGICAL
VINTAGE HELIOS CONSOLE


In the 60's a gentleman called Dick Swettenham worked as a Service/Design Engineer for Abbey Road Studios. In the early 70's he moved to work for the legendary Olympic Studios, where he was in charge of Design and Maintenance. He approached the owners of Olympic, with the idea that if they allowed him to order the parts, he could build a desk that was far more musically advanced than anything built at that time. He got his green light. And the magic was born.

(My very own Helios console in 1972 at the Helios workshop and in 2004 after restauration and modification)

When the desk was completed it was used by many legendary musicians including the famous "Jimi Hendrix Masters" who started to book time at Olympic. Most top British and even some American recording artists were now also using Olympic Studios, including Chris Blackwell of Island Records Blackwell decided that, instead of using the Helios console in an existing studio, if he built an entire studio a around a Helios Console he would get much better sound as well as saving money and giving him an independent Helios studio.

But Dick Swettenham, the man who built the one and only Helios console, worked for Olympic, and it wasn’t likely Olympic would let Swettenham built another Helios for a competitor. However, where there’s a will, there’s a way. And the way was simple. Blackwell put up the funds and went into business with Swettenham to build Helios consoles. And suddenly, the magic Helios sound was available to everyone.

THE BEST SOUNDING VINTAGE CONSOLE

HELIOS THE MUSICIANS CHOICE OF RECORDING CONSOLES


Seven Helios consoles were originally built for Island Records which included Mobile Studios. At this time Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells" was selling well for Virgin Records, so Richard Branson had Helios build three consoles, one for The Manor Studio, one for The Manor Mobile and one for Townhouse Studios. The "Who" built Ramport Studios around the Helios, The Rolling Stones built the legendary "Stones Mobile". 10cc built Strawberry Studios and so the magic spread; even the Beatles built "Apple Studios" around a green Helios Console.

Helios became known as the Musicians Choice of Recording Consoles.

In 1972 the legendary Hansa Studio Berlin "by the wall", ordered one Helios console. This console recorded David Bowie's "Low" Album, which was the first of the successful trilogy of albums Bowie made in Berlin (Low, Heroes, Lodger). As well as Bowie, other legendary music from Iggy Pop, Brian Eno, Tangerine Dreams, Zarah Leander, Ilse Werner, Eartha Kitt was recorded on Hansa’s Helios console. The magic went on night and day.

(David Bowie, making magic at Hansa Studio in Berlin and original Helios brochure)

Today, Helios consoles are extremely rare, indeed, and very much sought after. There are only few of these magic boards left in the world. Mine - the very one from Hansa Studio in Berlin - is fully discrete and has a unique wide fat and open sound which makes it the envy of every serious Music Mix Master.

After all its faders were cleaned... removing all the cocaine and other memories from the old glory days of Sex, Drugs and Rock ́n Roll, this venerable Helios console was completely rebuilt and modified with tender loving care and meticulous attention to detail by the extremely skilled designer Charly Bohaimid. Now, it is the center point of my studio. And still making magic.

David Bowie and Tony Visconti remember this EXACT console as one of their favorites and both graciously signed it for me in 2004 when I installed this magic Helios console in my studio.

NOTHING SOUNDS LIKE ANALOG TAPE

MORE ANALOG GOODIES


All of my vintage gear is meticulously restored recapped and modified to better than original specs. Nearly all modern commercially manufactured equipment used in my studio is modified to improve their performance. All cabling is upgraded to copperfree Sommer and Monster cables.

MIXING EQUIPMENT

THE INCREDIENTS TO CREATE MAGIC

MODIFICATIONS


All of my vintage gear is meticulously restored recapped and modified to better than original specs. Nearly all modern commercially manufactured equipment used in my studio is modified to improve their performance. All cabling is upgraded to copperfree Sommer and Monster cables.

CONSOLE

Vintage HELIOS discrete console with 40 Olympic style EQs from 1972
32 channels with Mic Pre, 24 Monitor Inputs, 16 Output Busses,
8 Aux Busses,Total of 64 Inputs in Mixdown
RTW Broadcastmonitor
rebuild and modified by Charly Bohaimid

RECORDING

Studer A800 MKIII 2" Tape Machine with 16 Track and 24 Track headstack
Telefunken M15 1/2" Stereo Master Machine
Antelope Audio Studio AD/DA
Burl B2 Bomber ADC
Harisson Mix Bus

OUTBOARD

Vintage API 312 MicPre
API 2500 Legacy Bus Compressor
API 525 Compressor
Audio Design F760 Compressor (8)
Cedar Duo Auto Dehiss
Dangerous Music Bax EQ
Digital Domain DD-2
Earthworks ZDT 1022 Pre-Amps
Foote Control System P3S Compressor (Mastering Edition)
Inward Connections The Brute Compressor
Little Labs VOG (2)
Maselec MXF-1
Pendulum Audio PL-2
Standard Audio Level-Or (2)
Sound Devices MixPre-D
Tech 21 SansAmp PSA 1

EFFECTS

Bricasti M7
Lexicon PCM 42
Lexicon Reflex (2)
Yamaha SPX 990

MONITORING

Lipinski L-707
ASR Emitter 1 Clear Blue
Avantone MixCubes
STAX SR-007MK2
STAX SRM-727II
Sennheiser HD 600

MICROPHONES

Horch RM2J MKII
Neumann KU-100
Coles 4038 matched pair Millenium Edition
AKG C451 EB
Audio Technica AT4033
Beyerdynamic M160 (2)
Beyerdynamic M201
Beyerdynamic M88 NC
Beyerdynamic M67
DPA 4080 Lavalier
Electro Voice RE20
Royer R-121
Roede Lavalier
Sennheiser MD421 (3)
Sennheiser MKH 415 T
Shure SM7 (2)
Shure SM 57 (3)
Shure Beta 91

INSTRUMENTS

Steinway Grand Piano Model O
Wurlitzer 200A Electric Piano
Kawai VPC-1
Vintage Toy Piano
Vintage Gretsch Round Badge Drumset 13",16,20"
14" Vintage Gretsch Round Badge Snare
Native Instruments Machine Micro
Vicente Tatay Tomas Classical Guitar
Fender Stratocaster "STRAT" from 1980
ESP Viper Guitar
ESP VIPER BASS
Fender Deluxe Reverb II (modified)
Marshall JCM 800 Red Tolex (modified)
Mesa Boogie Mini Rectifier
Grossman Recording Cabinet with Celestion Greenback G12 8 Ohm
Lastgasp Art Laboratories Yongo Superfuzz
Diaz Texas Tremodillo (blue)
Maxon OD808 Overdrive
Boss OC-3 (2)
ISP Decimator
Ctalinbread SFT
Palmer Daccapo