Trident Series 80 ex Trident Studios London For Sale with optional 16 Trident 80B sidecar

This is the original console upstairs in the remix Studio B at Trident Studios off Oxford Street.
Built in the late 70’s, it features a steel frame/chassis & contains 32 input channels with full 24 output monitor section down to full stereo output.
Its successor the 80b featured an aluminium frame & 30 input channels.
It has a low serial number 835 & started life in Trident studios studio B remix room.
Bought by Jimmy Page & moved to his manor house at Plumpton East Sussex- it was sold to another studio in the eighties & then part exchanged at Trident for a new 80c in 1989.
It was used in a residential 24track studio until a year ago.
It had one day a month service/ repair & has been kept fully running for all that time. It has now been fully restored chassis/frame wise & all components cleaned & checked completely.
It has not been fully recapped but POM checked over the console to correct anything that needed fixing.
Everything that plugged into it – loom wise – is available too including
  • 32-way mic boxes
  • 24 track input and output looms
  • 5 racks worth off outboard looms
  • full fold back system
  • 5 x little lites (40 bantam patch chords)
  • spiked full length speaker plank fully isolated
  • plus a box of spares
  • extender card
  • full factory owners manual
The desk is on a full dolly ready to securely move to it’s new home.
The desk features 32 input channels of wonderful Trident components.
From the top is a full 24 tape assignment routing buttons 1-23 odd numbers on the left & 2-24 even numbers on the right.
A remix button for either in remix or off for monitoring.
Pan control with on switch, separate gain controls for mic or line & a switch for either input.
Then the legendary EQ section:
  • Hi pass filter switch
  • 4 band EQ with sweepable parametric on hi & lo
  • A low pass filter switch
  • 50hz bass roll off switch
  • Phase in/out switch
  • EQ on/off switch.
  • 5 aux sends
  • 1, 2 & 3 mono
  • 4 & 5 stereo with its own pan used for fold back
All have afl/pfl switches.
Each channel finishes with a solo button, a master mute button, an afl/pfl toggle switch and a channel mute button.
The faders are original Audiofad faders.
Each input channel contains a 48 volt phantom power switch for powering mics/di boxes.
The subgroup/ monitor section come as 6 modules each containing 4 monitor channels & 24 separate faders.
The desk is a split design with separate input section & separated monitor sections.
The desk has a mod fitted turning it into an inline console by switching the monitor into the remix section.
Each monitor comes with mute & gain control, solo button & an overdub button which allows the monitor to be in input mode for recording instead of tape output.
All 5 aux sends & afl/pfl buttons plus a pan control.
2 master control channels provide aux master gains with solo buttons a full spec oscillator with a slate to send to all groups for tape alignment and separate studio playback section for sending playback to studio old school style as well as control room-afl/pfl master gain & master mute on/off switch.
3 x 2 track on off sends a master mono switch to check if phase is used on an input channel.
Master lit desk switches include a remix on monitor off a master mute overdub switch used on monitor section & a tape & mixer buttons mixer for vi’s to show desk out to tape & tape for vi’s to show tape returns.
Aux master channel has 4 echo return channels to run outboard fx – they include 2 sweepable EQs, a gain & pan control switch to send to aux 4 & 5 and switch to monitor section plus afl/pfl toggle switch & a mute; ending with controller switching to send the built in talkback mic to all subgroups aux’s & studio playback.
The console comes with a full patch bay using bantam chords.
It allows every function to be patched including mic channel moves line input channel sends & returns to outboard equipment channel direct outputs group sends and returns to outboard group outs & monitor line ins multitrack ins & outs 64 tie lines & 48 external equipment ins & outs.
Full stereo buss sends returns outputs studio play options 3x 2 track IPs& ops monitor amp sends returns input & pre fade 16 multi inputs to double or triple an input.
Aux sends echo returns delay device outputs & foldbackamp input & left & right plus oscillator out.
Desk multipin connectors are tuchal 9 x connection on bottom panel for mic boxes -tape ip & op – monitoring & 2 tracks tie lines outboard.
2 power units power the desk one +&-20 volt for main desk power & a +&-5 volt for VU & desk mute/eq lights etc.
The sidecar (left) is not included in the price, but it is available as a separate negotiation.
The sidecar was added in 1993. Shepperton Film Studios were redeveloping one of their rooms and had workmen in to start preparing the new space. The old Trident 80B console they had was available for sale and the owner agreed a price, but by the time he arrived the workmen – ignorant to what it was – cut it in half using an angle grinder……!
The idea was originally added so that fx returns could have EQ & routing when remixing 24 track recordings but also came in handy for the arrival of ProTools allowing the digital system to be in on things during recording for transfers & remix.
It features 16 channels of 80b modules with space for 2more.
Differences include a remix button labelled Key FX but works as remix the routing is labelled differently with 1-12 down the left & 13-24 down the right but these behave & route like the main desk.
This was a vision mixer for cutting visual scenes together used on all movies in the eighties including James Bond & Star Wars to name but a few.
Because of its use the faders run hot 0vu comes up at -5db not nought.
This is actually beneficial for digital inputs and outputs as they seem to need a bit more level.
A separate patch bay is installed to link up these channels to the main desk they have full use including routing to main desk EQ aux’s all active but have no mic inputs wired in.
The desk is located south of London and can be inspected anytime by appointment.
Here follows the General Overview page text from the Trident Manual that accompanies this console:
The Series 80 console has been designed as a compact multi-track recording console offering extreme ease of operation combined with a great deal of flexibility and sophistication.
One of the main contributors to the Series 80’s ease of operation is the separate monitor section.
Our many years of design and operation of complex recording consoles has proven to us that this method of operation not only makes the console very logical and easy to understand but also allows a large amount of flexibility in terms of operation. The need for complex status changes and overrides is overcome, as is the need for function sharing, which can greatly lessen the flexibility of the system/
All the console electronics are housed within the four main modules that comprise the Series 80 so that the mainframe is effectively a ‘passive’ component containing wiring only so the maintenance engineer’s job is therefore greatly simplified should a fault occur.
Each module contains all necessary circuitry relevant to the functions it controls and the very latest generation of low noise integrated circuits are employed around proprietary circuit designs. No relays are employed in the Series 80 as all multiple switching functions are carried out by solid state circuitry thereby eliminating the contact bounce and mechanical problems associated with conventional relays.
All components are mounted on a high quality printed circuit board and are clearly identified. A unique feature of all Series 80 circuit boards – (including the power supplies) is that each complete circuit is shown within dotted lines so that even on a fairly complex printed circuit board a circuit ‘block’ can be easily identified and located.
Another useful feature of all modules that comprise the Series 80 system is that the front panels are anodised and employ anodised lettering which is actually etched into the front panel surface as part of the anodising process. This means that unlike normal paint-sprayed and silk screened panels, the lettering will never wear off so the console will still look like new even after many years hard usage.
The Series 80 employs a fully modular patchbay, which was first developed on our larger T.S.M. Series consoles. By this method maintenance of the patchbay is greatly simplified as all that is necessary to gain access to the circuit cards that comprise the patchbay is the removal of six. screws. Each patchbay card can then be removed as a self contained module and can be cleaned or an individual jack socket replaced merely by de-soldering.
This system also allows the user to ‘re-programme’ the patchbay if required.
Because each jack socket is connected via printed circuit track to the printed circuit board edge connector, the tracks can be interrupted or wire linked across to other tracks (and therefore to other jack sockets) making it extremely easy for example to connect a favourite Limiter/Compressor across a particular input modules insertion points as a semi-permanent feature, eliminating unsightly and unnecessary patch cords.

Wiring of the Series 80 mainframe is kept to a minimum owing to the employment of printed circuit ‘motherboards’ and flat ribbon cable where possible, in place of conventional wiring techniques. This means that the internal wiring of the Series 80 mainframe is. extremely uncluttered and easy to follow.

All internal power distribution for audio voltage, logic voltage etc. is carried out by means of distribution blocks making it easy to isolate power to individual sections of the desk for either fault finding or modification.

The mainframe itself is constructed from alloy sheet profiles connected together by custom made aluminium extrusions.

The whole mainframe is further strengthened by two box section steel tubes which run the entire length of the frame.

All this combines to give the console a rigid construction combined with light weight. The finish of the mainframe is further enhanced by a cladding of English ash sealed in its natural light colour which will do justice to any control room setting.