|Oral History, Andy Bereza talks about the first mixer he ever made. Interview date April 14, 2011, NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Oral History Library|
After moving to London in his early 20's to study a degree in electronics, he embarked on a notable career as an elecronics engineer. 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 was obliged to recuscitate a loss-making company with the help of "old man Batiste" called Allen & Heath, which to this day still specialises in the manufacture of audio mixing consoles.
In the early 70's, Andy Bereza formed a company called AB Audio.
Andy Bereza's audio engineering career peaked in 1979 with the creation of the Portastudio, finally developed 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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