Recording engineer and Abbey Road manager (1974-1995)
. Ken Townsend, born in 1933, joined EMI in 1950, on the very same day as a certain George Martin
. He joined the Abbey Road Studios
staff in 1954, working initially in the the “Amp Room”, the department responsible for the maintenance of the studios’ equipment. Ken and his team were pioneers in the development of recording techniques at Abbey Road and many of his innovations were made in direct response to the needs of The Beatles’ sessions. His inventions include artificial double tracking (ADT) and direct injection (DI) recording. He was present at the original studio test of The Beatles
and worked on many sessions with the group, including those for Rubber Soul, Revolver and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, as well as on significant records by Pink Floyd
, Wings (2)
and Kate Bush
. Ken was awarded the M.B.E. (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 1992.