Vintage King Audio recently hosted an immersive demonstration of the new AMS Neve BCM10/2 Mk2 console, which had its worldwide debut at the 139th AES Convention in New York City.
Robin Porter, the lead designer of the console, presented the demo.
Originally created in 1969 and released in 1970, the Neve BCM10 has since become a studio mainstay, thanks to its 'compact form and classic sound.' When making the decision to revive a console from Neve's past catalogue, AMS Neve lead designer Robin Porter eventually decided to bring back the BCM10, while also adding some modern innovations.
Making its debut at AES 139, the console has already made a significant impact in the pro-audio world. Robin Porter explained the effort to bring back a classic desk, the challenges of the process and the unique changes that make this console ready for the studio of today.
"We saw the need for the best musicians and engineers, who love working on the 80-series consoles, to have better access to this legendary recording sound and format," he said. "The BCM10 is effectively a more compact version of the species, and has found great application in recent years as a side-car or main recording console for the smaller studio using DAWs."
Porter also commented on the components of the new console: "We decided to start with the BCM10 as the basic structure, complete with all the 1272 bus amplifiers and classic EQ and mic pre modules," he explained. "Then we added a whole treasure chest of convenience features for today's way of working. And if a larger format is needed, the BCM10/2 Mk2 family is available in 16, 24 and 32 channel strips – giving up to 64 inputs. So it's suited all the way from a home recording set-up with impeccable lineage and status, all the way to a full facility console."
Picture (left to right): Vintage King sales rep Dylan Wood, Robin Porter and Vintage King salesman Jeffrey Ehrenberg. Photo credit: David Goggin