Some background to Amek BC2 and BC3 consoles Following the success of the Angela music recording console in the 1980’s, Amek introduced the BC2 as a small broadcast desk towards the end of the decade. These were made to the client’s requirements, and were not cheap, – typically a 10 or 12-2 would have cost in excess of £10,000. The mic pre was based on the Angela and extremely effective three band eq was provided, offering selectable top and bottom and swept mid, plus filters. Options were offered with either two or four auxilliaries, phase, pfl, solo, channel cut, P+G faders, VCA’s (for fader-start) and extremely versatile centre section (several two track returns, monitoring functions and talkback etc). A BC2 10-4-2 or 12-2 input desk is extremely compact, – around 21 inches wide and not much deeper, – with a meter bridge for a couple of PPM’s.Inserts and direct outputs (pre or post eq, and pre or post fade according to internal selector switches) are provided on D connectors (we can provide break-out looms) and mic and line inputs are on standard XLR’s. Two alternative input modules were available, – mono with mic/line, and stereo with line only. (The stereo inputs can be converted into line only mono at the push of a switch). Typically, the desks we offer have a mixture of both, which is idea for protool’s or home recording, as it is rare for more than two or four mic inputs to be required at the front end, but the facility of having (say) six or eight stereo’s gives a total of 16 to 20 inputs or returns all of very high quality with superb, wide-ranging and musical eq and low noise. Apart from having used one for six years myself as an extremely effective sidecar for my Neve 5306, we have supplied lots to high end protools users, including household names such as Fred Hoover and Ernie Alka-Selzer. These are possibly the ideal, cost effective front and back-end for most digital hard disc recording systems where space, quality and budget are a factor. The BC3 followed on from the success of the BC2 and offered much the same in the way of facilities, but in larger frame sizes, with four auxilliaries as standard and four groups/four PPM meters standard. As with the BC2, they were very expensive and of the highest quality, and today offer the very best value option for compact, high-spec consoles. The demand for large frame versions of both the BC2 and BC3 led to the introduction of the Amek Classic which is effectively an expanded format BC3, but in conventional large-desk format. Sadly, the jump up in size did the series no favours, and whereas the BC2 and BC3 were pretty-well free from many problems (Capacitors, switch problems etc) the Classic tends to have bugs and so should be approached with caution.