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February 2023 Meeting Notice: Restoration of Vintage Studer A80s - for a new life in a new century

Meeting Notice


The next online meeting of the AES Melbourne Section will be held on Monday 13th February 2023 at 7:30pm – via Zoom.

Former Studios 301 Engineering Manager and local AES Section Committee Member David Hudson will present on the topic of:

Restoration of Vintage Studer A80s –

for a new life in a new century


Increasing interest in analogue tape recording and vinyl records is driving the demand for vintage tape recorders.

photo of two Studer A80s and one Studer A810


Uses include outboard processing to add the classic “tape effect” sound, as well as originating recordings in which case a modern DAW often runs in parallel with tape.

David’s presentation opens with his early interest in electronics, tape recording and music, leading to an engineering career in Vancouver and Sydney recording studios.
David describes his adventure in restoring and format converting his two Studer A80 VU MK IV recorders as a labour of love in ‘retirement’, both of which now have a new home at a new analogue studio.

About David Hudson:

photo of presenter David Hudson

David’s careers span over 50 years with telecom carriers, multinational vendors, recording studios, IT and consulting and audio/video digital migration. David is a graduate of UBC Vancouver with a first class Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering 1973, and an MBA with Distinction from Southern Cross University 1994.

Currently, AES Life Member and AES Melbourne Section committee member, in 1988 David co-founded the AES Sydney Section and co-authored JAES V46 N1-2 1998 Jan-Feb article: “The Growth of AES in Australia” sponsored by the late Neville Thiele. Other memberships include Engineers Australia ITEE College, CPEng (Ret), ARSC, IASA and Telsoc. Experience includes general management, partnering, strategic alliances, business development, sales, marketing, projects, engineering and NBN design management.

In the 1970s David was a BCTel radio engineering task force member planning mf/hf and cellular networks. His Vancouver folk group performed in Vancouver and Los Angeles, recorded singles and was broadcast on CBC Radio & TV.
David joined the legendary Little Mountain Sound studios in 1974 and helped build, maintain and operate this leading facility. A 1977 one-year world adventure landed him in Sydney in 1978 where he joined the team rebuilding EMI Studios 301 and was engineering manager 1979 to 1988. David has lived and worked in Australia, USA and Canada. Interests in “retirement” include restoring vintage pro audio gear.

Visitors and guests are welcome.

This will be a free Zoom Meeting session, but bookings are required so that the Zoom session details can be distributed to attendees.

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