Pictured are (kneeling) Paul Orofino, Millbrook Sound Studios owner; (front row, l-r) Ken McKim, Allaire Studios head tech, Frank Moscowitz, Mumble Sound studio tech, Anthony DeMaria, ADL Laboratories, producer/engineer Eddie Kramer, musician Eddie Seville, Larry DeVivo, Silvertone Mastering; (back row, l-r) Dave Kean (curator for the Audities Foundation), Joe DeMaio of Shorefire Studios, Dave Amels of Bomb Factory and Amels Audio, Scott Benson of Syborg Studios, and musicians Norman DelTufo, John Valenti and Albert Carey. Millbrook, NY (September 4, 2007)–Millbrook Sound Studios and Silvertone Mastering co-hosted a recent gathering of industry professionals for an evaluation of vintage Helios modules along with the Helios remake and Universal Audio’s Type 69 EQ plug-in, based on what is considered the most “musical” version of the revered console.
“The Great Helios Listening Party” was also co-hosted by the Audities Foundation of Alberta, Canada, which provided several of the Helios modules.
Select Helios modules from famous consoles (Island Records, the Manor Studios, Leon Russell) were auditioned by a group of industry veterans in an attempt to hear and determine what made Helios consoles special and how they differed from one another.
A highlight of the event, says Silvertone Mastering’s Larry DeVivo, was Eddie Kramer’s manning of the controls while telling stories and showing pictures of renowned sessions done on Helios consoles.
Participants included Eddie Kramer, Bomb Factory’s Dave Amels, Anthony DeMaria of Anthony DeMaria Labs and David Kean of the Audities Collection as well as techs such as Ken McKim of Allaire Studios and Frank Moscowitz of Nevessa Studios. Also involved in the listening test was the Tony Arnold, who purchased the original company and refurbishes Helios consoles. Several studio owners/engineers, several of whom own Helios consoles, were also in attendance.