1st September 2010
Joined: May 2006
| | Dear Tony,
Originally Posted by TonyBelmont
This is such a common belief, but I have found it to be mostly incorrect.
I don't think a Type 69 module was EVER used on anything Bob Marley ever tracked.
Almost everything prior to 1975 was tracked in Jamaica at Harry J, except for some overdubbed keyboards. Harry J had a GREEN Helios desk with 4 1176's fitted in the meter bridge.... I have been told there were no Type 69 modules in that desk either.
Just to set the records straight, the consul that was installed at Harry J Studios, was a Helios Consul and it did have Type-69's installed.
The first manufactured Helios Mic/Pre EQ was based on a Lustraphone Transformer, which used a centre tap for the Mic 20dB attenuation, that design was followed by the Beyer Transformer version which did not have a centre tap, so a Resistance Pad was used for the 20dB mic attenuation..
Both of these designs were known as a Type-69 Mic/Pre/EQ Module only, the Grouping, + the Echo & Aux sends were all in a separate module.
To cut costs in Console design Helios followed the then growing trend to join a Mic/Pre/EQ module to the Grouping, + the Echo & Aux sends module into one long module.
So Helios joined their Beyer Type-69 to their Grouping/Aux & Echo Sends module into one long module.
These are what were fitted into Harry J's Helios, thus gave compatibility between Harry J Studios and Chris Blackwell's Island Studios, as these long Helios Type-69 modules were also used in some of the Island Studios.
In other words anything recorded on the Harry J Helios Console was recorded with a Helios Type-69 Mic/Pre
By the way Harry J's Helios was Light Blue not Green
Tony Arnold (Director),
Helios Electronics Ltd,
www.helios electronics.com Harry J's Helios with Type-69 Long Modules Long Type-69 Module Details