Las Vegas, NV (October 20, 2004)–TransAudio Group has been appointed to handle all the sales, marketing, and distribution in the U.S. for Hayward, CA-based, Mercury Recording Equipment Co. The custom manufacturing company was established by David Marquette of new, used, and vintage recording equipment specialists Marquette Audio Labs to recreate the sonic characteristics, performance, and features of some of the more sought after classic recording gear in brand new, handmade units.
With classic audio processors such as those originally made by Fairchild, Pultec, and Telefunken/Siemens now difficult to find, expensive to buy, and costly to maintain, Mercury Recording Equipment Co. is dedicated to bringing the sonic and aesthetic character of those devices to new generations through an expanding line of hand-crafted classic recreations. Incorporating similar circuitry, tubes, custom transformers, and design ideas to the originals, all Mercury Recording Equipment products are hand-wired using silver solder, are fully transformer balanced, and feature a distinctive vintage look with powder coating or baked enamel finish with engraved lettering.
The first units initially introduced by Mercury Recording Equipment, which have all recently been updated, include the Mercury 66, a variable bias-style all-tube, all-transformer compressor similar to the Fairchild 660, and the Mercury EQ-H and EQ-P all-tube, all-transformer equalizers, which pay tribute to early tube EQs such as those made by Pultec. The company has now turned its attention to recreating the classic Telefunken/Siemens studio microphone amplifier modules with the Mercury M72s and the newly introduced M76m.
Marquette has teamed-up with two veteran engineers intimately familiar with vintage analog audio designs in order to produce brand new units that authentically replicate the features, appearance, layout, functionality, and build quality of these revered classics. David Bock, known not only for his great work with Soundelux Microphones but also with in-studio maintenance of vintage audio gear, and John Hinson, an authority on Telefunken/Siemens modules, Urei/Universal Audio products and original “Beatles” Recording Equipment, have helped maintain the Mercury Recording Equipment Co. vision of building superior recording equipment with quality craftsmanship through to the finished product.
TransAudio Group will be showcasing the complete line of Mercury Recording Equipment Co. products at the AES Convention in San Francisco in October at Booth #602. Unlike previous years in which the distributors products were each individually showcased under the Audio Underground banner, TransAudio Group and president, Brad Lunde, will feature the full line of brands in a single large booth featuring manufacturing company representatives and guest audio engineers.