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]


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".


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.


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