Tagged: Chris Hewitt

Re-Creating Pink Floyd's Mixing Desk in 2024

Pink Floyd’s Quad Sound Mixer Recreated

CH Vintage Audio’s Chris Hewitt, and Allen and Heath co founder Andy Bereza, have been busy recreating a sound mixing desk that Pink Floyd used from Pompeii in 1971 through the Dark Side of the Moon tour. The mixing desk is the piece of equipment that all the microphones and instruments plug into to blend and change the sounds with effects and EQ for example. That then plugs into the amplifiers and out through the WEM PA System. The PA systems of Pink Floyd are covered in great detail in the three books that Chris has released. Chris told NPF, “It’s a working  re creation  built by me and guided by Andy Bereza who designed and built the original which ( no longer exists ) was used between 1971 and 1974 so spanned Pompeii through Dark Side of The Moon and drove both of The Floyd PA systems  I own ie the WEM...

Storm Thorgerson and David Gilmour [Pic: Jill Furmanovsky]

The Development of Pink Floyd’s Large Rock Sound Systems: Volume 3 Out Now

Chris Hewitt from Cheshire, England, has the UK’s largest collection of Vintage audio equipment has has been documenting his experience with the development of large rock sound systems over the past few years in a 3 volume set of books. This includes the various stages of development of Pink Floyd’s sound systems. Pink Floyd set up their own sound hire company Britannia Row where you can rent professional equipment. When he it not too busy running CH Vintage Audio, doing things like providing equipment to the Elton John Rocket man Movie for example, he is working on the 4th volume. You can order the 3rd volume which is out now from here. The Need for Loud! In the olden days, there was no amplification as there was no electricity! But pretty soon, following the invention of the drum kit in the USA (side note: watch Stuart Copeland BBC documentary on...

Pink Floyd WEM Speakers Pompeii

Live at Pompeii: Recreated in Cheshire by Chris Hewitt using WEM Equipment

The equipment used by Pink Floyd during their Live at Pompeii film recording has been recreated in a field in Northern England as part of the promotional work for a forthcoming book. The book details the large PA speaker system setups at concerts using WEM speakers and the book, of course, features Pink Floyd. They used WEM. There are 500 copies of the book being released so, if you want one, get involved. The band played One of These Days which you can watch below. You can also enjoy an interview too looking at the equipment. Pink Floyd of course were well known for their use of lots of equipment over the years. This could range from the ‘azimuth coordinator’ that Rick used to throw sound around every corner of a room, the ‘Binson Ecorec’ which was an early mechanical reverb machine, not to mention stage production technology. Roger Waters...