So what do The Beatles, David Bowie, Elton John, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, The Who and Samtec all have in common?
A) Heavy drug use
B) Associated with people with long police records
C) Worked with a company called Sound Techniques
D) All of the above
Hopefully, you guessed C (the title might have been a little bit of a giveaway). As a fellow music nerd and Samtec associate, I can say with pride that Samtec is thrilled to be sponsoring Sound Techniques at NAMM 2018!
Behind the Sound
Founded in 1964, Sound Techniques built the consoles that were used to record some of the most well-recognized bands and songs in music history. Known for their mixing consoles and desks, Sound Techniques was originally founded in a dairy farm but went on to become a household name in the music industry.
Moving into a new age, the company was recently purchased by PH Naffah and Danny White, an Indiana native. Danny and P.H.’s endeavors with Sound Techniques represents a natural progression for these longtime bandmates and music industry veterans. Their shared enthusiasm for recording technology, their abiding respect for its historical roots, and their finely-honed skills as musical partners dovetail perfectly to make this the ideal pursuit for both of them. And their combined 60 years of experience in the business provides a solid skill set to enable them to move the iconic Sound Techniques marquee forward into the future.
So where does Samtec fit into all of this? This year at NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) 2018, Sound Techniques will be making their comeback and reintroducing a wide array of audio designs and boards based on the original schematics used giving today’s musicians the opportunity to recreate the iconic sounds of the past.
GJC Designs, a UK-based design company assisting on the project, discovered that the DIN connector used in the original schematics proved to be a problem due to the large number of PCB traces needed. During a visit to a local Farnell Supplier Day, GJC found that our MEC2 Series would be a great replacement due to its multiple pin count, high density, surface mount design. Each recording console will use three different MEC2 part numbers, totaling about 45 MEC2’s per console. Other connectors they have employed include SSM and TSS.
Be sure to check out Sound Techniques’ official website and the video below for more information and future products.