EMI TG Consoles

Posted by Scott

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Unless you are way into audio production (read: geek) you don’t have any good reason to care what the EMI TG console was (it was essentially a giant mixer for recording music and several were installed at Abbey Road Studios and used on the Beatles album of the same name). Regardless, I’ve posted these images since these consoles have always intrigued me from an aesthetic point of view as well. I really enjoy the industrial design they put into this old equipment, such functional design and usually built to military spec. 

It has always been a dream to have a Neve, API, EMI, or SSL console in my studio but they run around $50,000 – $100,000+ so it’s going to keep being a dream until I find a bag of money at the park like in that one after-school special about being honest minus the honesty part. A company called Chandler now makes clones of these things and they look almost as good. My friend who does the post production work on my music uses a couple Chandler pre-amps and swears by them, but they’re pretty damned expensive too. I currently use a set of Neve clones, but it’s only 2 channels so still not coming anywhere near these massive old consoles.

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drew kora says:

March 4, 2008 at 6:12 am

That first photo, with the band in the background, is amazing. I could look at huge control consoles all day…for me it was all abotu sci-fi though. I’d play with my dad’s stereo as a kid (turned off) pretending it was the control console to a starship or something.

There’s a great control panel group on flickr. Check it out for inspiration.


John Athayde says:

March 4, 2008 at 4:42 pm

I recorded at my producer’s studio on an old Neve from South Africa. Half the controls are labeled that way. Very cool and it sounds amazing. I’ll have to stick with my two 33122 pres and a 3124 to get the tone close until I too can afford a console.

I’ve heard good things about the Toft consoles that are quite affordable. Supposedly some of the Radiohead stuff was recorded or mixed on them. Any thoughts on those?

That is a beautiful piece of machinery tho…