This auction is for a very cool vintage ABE custom recording console. This was designed and built in 1974 by Ex head designer of Telefunken Hans Becker after the close of the company. Hans tells me that this was one of only two recording consoles that he built and was made to the highest specification. This one was made for the award winning film composer and Jazz musician ‘Klaus Doldinger’ (Das Boot, Never Ending Story, Air Force One). It was then sold to WEA Germany and spent some time at their studios before coming to the UK.
This console is the centre point of my studio. It has been fully refurbished and is fully functional. It has a very punchy API sound and is extremely versatile. Fat drums, bass and punchy guitars.
This desk has allowed me to track to protools or to my 16 track analogue tape machine or bounce between the two without patching which is very handy if you are using tape to warm up your DAW.
The console has a very comprehensive list of features:
28 main inputs
24 monitor inputs
Mix Bus Compressor/Limiter x2
RTW Plasma meter (L/R)
Ernest Turner PPM Meters (L/R) (ex BBC added by myself)
Full jack patchbay (left side of console)
24 multitrack/tape sends
Stereo master out
Group outx4 with inserts
28 of each of the main inputs feature:
Mic input 80db stepped with 10db fine adjust pot (very punchy API sound) Beyer transformer balanced.
Mix input (from tape/protools)
Tone input (direct from tone generator for line up)
3 band EQ :
3k-16k with 20db cut/boost Pull up the freq sweep knob for tight Q
500hz-8k with 20db cut/boost Pull up the freq sweep knob for tight Q
40hz-600hz with 20db cut/boost Pull up the freq sweep knob for tight Q
80hz/120hz low cut filter
L /R send
4 group sends
4 Aux (aux 3+4 selectable AFL/PFL)
Direct to tape (on ch 1-24)
24 of each of the tape monitor (right hand side) section inputs feature:
I have been using the monitor mixer for protools summing and is the best sounding summing mixer I have heard. Extremely rich and punchy sound-almost like tracking to tape.
The Studio monitoring section:
Phase 180 switch
L/R R/L switch
The console will come literally ‘plug and play’ with every loom (all OFC cable) to connect to your outboard fx/tape machines and protools converters etc!
Circuit diagrams and big box of spares included. You should also note that Hans Becker still holds some spares for this console.
Very compact - Dimentions are: 62 (long) 46 (to top meterbridge) x 35 inches deep
Removes from the stand for transport.
Please note that my telephone and 3m autolocator next to the talkback mic is not included in the sale as belongs to my m79 tape machine. I have the blank panel to go where it currently sits.
Examples of songs recorded and mixed on this console here:
Or listen to the ‘Das Boot’ or ‘Never Ending’ story soundtracks!
Located in Southsea UK