Andy Bereza

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Andy Bereza was born at Penley Hospital, Wales in 1949[1] where his father was the head doctor. He has a younger brother and sister Stanley and Marysia.[2]

Career[edit]

After moving to London in his early 20's to study a degree in electronics, he embarked on a notable career as an electrical engineer.[3] He built cutting edge audio mixers in partnership with Ivor Taylor for bands such as Pink Floyd, The Who and The Bee Gees. In 1969, he revived a fledgling company with the help of "old man Batiste" called Allen & Heath,[4] which to this day still specializes in the manufacture of audio mixing consoles.

In the early 70's, Andy Bereza formed a company called AB Audio and was responsible for the board used in the live soundtrack recording of the cult movie "A Clockwork Orange".

Portastudio[edit]

Andy Bereza's career culminated in 1979 with the creation of the Portastudio, created by TASCAM. The Portastudio was a device which enabled artists, for the first time, to carry a "portable studio" around with them. Although today, with digital technology, portable recorders are almost ubiquitous; at the time, the Portastudio revolutionized how artists recorded music. It was the first device that had four inputs for microphones and a tape recorder to record four simultaneous tracks. This meant that musicians, for the first time, could record almost studio quality music whenever and wherever they liked.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ BBC - http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/northeast/sites/wrexham/pages/penley2.shtml
  2. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/northeast/sites/wrexham/pages/penley4.shtml
  3. ^ http://google.com/search?q=cache:ljT4iVg9iwQJ:www.bereza.biz/ajb.pdf+andy+bereza&cd=4&hl=en&ct=clnk[dead link]
  4. ^ http://www.performing-musician.com/pm/jun08/articles/pubgenius.htm