Arpangel wrote:Sony Oxford? The BBC bought a lot of those...
No, they really didn't... I'm not sure anyone did buy any, actually! A few studios were given one to play with for a while, but I'm not sure if anyone actually parted money for one, and it was, sadly, a commercial failure.
I remember seeing one for the first time in the BBC control room of the Wigmore Hall, we used it to rest our home-made mixer on! We could have used it if we had wanted, but it was way too daunting, if it was a conventional desk, say, a Neve or some other brilliant analogue desk we definitly would have used it, and it would have been instantly familiar.
Are you thinking of the Sony DMX-R100?
That was a really lovely little desk, and surprisingly popular with classic recording types (including the BBC).
But......big analogue desks are redundant these days...
Broadly true... and yes, compact digital desks can offer many more facilities in a much smaller space. And yet I find I enjoy using my Calrec Minimix2 far more than my Yamaha DM1000!