PMI Audio is saddened by the loss of Norman Sheffield, one of the original founders of Trident Audio. Norman, along with his brother Barry, formed Trident Audio Recording Studios in 1968. Trident Audio was the first studio in Europe to offer 8 Track recording, which led to formation of Trident Audio Developments. Out of TAD, the A-Range console became a reality, and was used on many hits that are still selling today, and what drew the Beatles to move from Abbey Road to Trident to record many of their hits.
Norman eventually became the manager for Queen, and was responsible for Queen's huge success. Trident Audio had many famous producers and engineers work magic for many well known artists. Roy Thomas Baker, Tony Visconti, Ken Scott and Gus Dudgeon. In fact, Trident under PMI Audio UK actively participates every year in the Gus Dudgeon's J.A.M.E.S. Summer sessions. PMI Audio provides equipment for the student's use. "We enjoy seeing students further their education under Gus's name," said Alan Hyatt. "We will continue to provide and support the Gus Dudgeon Foundation."
Norman recently wrote and published a book called Life On Two Legs. It was published under the Trident Publishing name. "I felt that allowing Norman to use the Trident name and logo to publish his book was something that was deserved," said PMI Audio's Alan Hyatt, "I had a few meetings with Norman and using the company name he started and now owned by PMI Audio was very important to him. "The book was a very interesting read, and I enjoyed discussing it with Norman at several dinner meetings."
PMI Audio acquired the rights to Trident Audio Developments in 2006. Norman Sheffield was 74 at the time of his death. Norman passed away on June 20th. Our condolences go out to Norman's family.
PMI made a donation to the Cancer Research Instute in the memory of Norman Sheffield.