Helios 28 x 16 x 24
Sonic Circus is proudly offering this Helios 28 x 16 x 24 Studio Console. This is the original Talent Studios Oslo Norway console. The console was responsible for the beautiful sonic character of dozens of ECM Jazz records produced by Manfred Eicher between 1974-1979.
Eicher’s ECM (Edition of Contemporary Music) recordings we considered unconventional for Jazz because they incorporated close mic’ing with the addition of outboard reverb, as opposed to the traditional ambient mic’ing heard on Blue Note, Verve and other prestiges Jazz Record Labels. What is un-deniable is the sonic texture of these recordings. His artist roster included, Chick Corea, Pat Methany, John Abercrombie, Ralph Towner, Drum Master Jack Dejonette, Gary Burton, Keith Jarrett and others.
The Albums according to chief engineer Jan Erik Kongshaug were always completed in 3 days. 2 Days for tracking and final mixing on the 3rd day.
The console is lush and rich with discrete transistors and Sowter Transformers. (The same transformers used in the Classic Trident A-Range Consoles) Sonically this console has an unmistakeable bell like quality to the pre-amp and line section. The equalizers are without limitation. They are fully parametric with 4 Band’s with both hi and lo pass filters
Just a few of these later Helios Consoles produced by Dick Swettenham had the benefit of 36 volt power rails. (A modification that was performed on some of the earlier original 24 volt consoles) This console is also unique as all of the input, monitor and EQ modules include shielded electronics. It also has full 24 track split monitor facilities that also assign to the mix bus.
If you are interested in acquiring a recording console that is truly a historic piece of both Vintage Professional Audio and Jazz music feel free to contact us to arrange a demo at our shop. Serious inquiries only please.
- 28 Type 78 (3102) 4 Band EQ 4 Band EQ’ with H/L Filters.
- The EQ utilizes a 3 transistor class A amplifier.
- 24 Monitor
- 4 ADR700 Compressors
- Modified to accept 4 x Neve 2254 Compressors (Not currently included)
- EMT Meter
- NTP 2 Bus Meter
- 16 Multitrack Bus
- 4 Sends
- 2 Foldback
- Selectable Quad Panning
- Sowter Transformers
- Shielded electronics for improved noise floor and RF rejection. (rare feature)
- Balanced electronics
- Mid 70’s 36V power rails
- Acopian Power Supplies
- Patchbays and harnessing