History of the Beatles Recording Techniques
w/ Ken Scott
History of the Beatles Recording Techniques
6 h 6 min • 2022
On Wednesday, June 6th, 1962, four young musicians entered Studio 2 of EMI Recording Studios, known today as Abbey Road, for the first time. Little did they know that those sessions would forever change the history of recorded music and pop culture.
For the next eight years, Abbey Road became The Beatles' creative home, bringing the world some of its most cherished music to date. Over 11 albums, they would collaborate with a handful of engineers and producers, with the goal of changing the sound every time they entered the room.
In this Puremix exclusive, engineer/producer Fab Dupont heads to Abbey Road with one of the most iconic engineers in music history, Ken Scott, to learn the history of The Beatles recording techniques.
Joining Fab and Ken are "The Fab Faux." Revered as one of the most accurate tribute bands of The Beatles music, they are the perfect talent to call upon to recreate the sound of the four different eras. Their knowledge of the music, equipment, and history is second to none.
For the music, The Fab Faux have penned multiple songs, true to each era, to perform as a base for Ken to recreate the sound using the same microphones, the same consoles, and the same room that The Beatles called home for so many years.
Join Ken, Fab, and The Fab Faux as they journey back to discover and pass on the recording techniques that changed it all.
simman •Thursday, September 28, 2023
Awesome series. Sound of my youth. There is magic in that there building!
robingriffiths1970 •Saturday, September 16, 2023
I love this and I binge watched it! But why did most of the 'songs' not have vocals?? They're not songs without and vocals/harmonies were the bedrock of the Beatles. The 'tracks' became very well played and produced pastiches. And I know you can't include everything from the catalogue (e.g. full orchestras) but what about guitar effects pedals, I know there weren't many but it would have been ace to see an old Vox wah, Vox tone bender or Fuzz Face. So many missed opportunities!
Diego Hernández •Wednesday, September 13, 2023
Great series! Thank Fab and Mr. Ken Scott
Lucas Tencer •Wednesday, September 13, 2023
jasonkohls •Monday, September 4, 2023
What a great series... I do think the drums are too loud in the mix compared to Please Please Me, the ride cymbal's transients are still too peaky even with the tape helping to tame them. But all in all, pretty amazing and thanks for doing this!
This is a MUST for any producer or audio engineer. So much education here!
guglielmo.n •Tuesday, June 13, 2023
I read Ken's book about hits career this Summer and it's Amazing to listen to his explanation and see him works on the gears. Great great serie.
crtg12345 •Saturday, May 13, 2023
Very impressive. This is worth the entire price of Puremix!
Stormwarner •Sunday, May 7, 2023
Thanks again, Puremix! :)
filipwil •Sunday, May 7, 2023
Maybe my favorite series so far. Thanks for putting this together, learned a ton!
stingerrecords •Saturday, May 6, 2023
Thank you lots for this level of content, this inspired me to create some music using this techniques in my studio, now I'm even considering the use of one empty room in my house as an echo chamber lol, thank you so much Fab and Mr. Scott, greetins from Peru!
MarcoPolo •Saturday, May 6, 2023
Enjoyed this series. Thanks to Ken, Fab, the “band,” and staff!
Magnetopore •Friday, May 5, 2023
Maravillosa, emocionante, interesante e instructiva serie. Gracias a Ken y sobre todo al creador del contenido Fab.
Me ha parecido un documento de mucho nivel¡ Felicidades sinceras
Highlands Recording Arts •Friday, April 21, 2023
Imagine working this magic with only the REDD desk, a Fairchild and an Altec. I COME from this era - the lads were just a bit older - I was born in 1948, I saw them live at Olympia Stadium in Detroit (I think it was 35 - 40 minute set. We screamed , John told us to shut up! And then gave a us a cheeky grin. (it did not help shutting us up _ Beatlemania was very real). I first SAW the lads on Ed Sullivan (screamed at the TV in black and white (terrible little speaker) ) - which made my nasty brothers laugh at me! I bought my first Beatles album with baby sitting money - 25 cents an hour - (Meet the Beatles), played on my AWFUL record player! and REALLY heard them (more or less) on a Hard Days Night at the Dearborn theater (screamed some more - you had to be there). Our high school had an Altec limiter and I was a young and burgeoning sound engineer but didn't know it yet - I was already fascinated!. I have almost all of the guitars used with the exception of the Ric 12 - even though cantankerous - I still want one. This series shows what can be done with talent and dedication, both in the booth and on the floor. AND we owe it to PureMix!! (Thank you Fab!) Do we really need 50 plugins on Pro Tools? Do we really? Less can be more - a lot more. I would LOVE to have the wav files for this session so I can attempt my own mix. I attempt to use as LITTLE as possible with my own mixes, and as analog a signal chain as possible, and ONLY add as necessary when necessary. Listen to this series multiple times - take notes (on paper of course) - learn the lessons that less really IS more. THANK you Ken and Fab and everyone! It not only takes me back BUT its lessons are rich indeed. Bless you all - "I've got blistah's on my fingah's!" --- BEATLES forever! - and thanks again Fab! Still love you John!