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Old 2nd June 2002
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fav gear

What is your favourite gear by a small manufacturer. Anything you can not live without?

Mine is the PCP distro and the IBP from LittleLabs.
Old 2nd June 2002
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Telefunken V76ssmokin
Old 2nd June 2002
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Cranesong Hedd

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Old 2nd June 2002
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SPL Transient Designer.
Old 2nd June 2002
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Dang! I gota get me one of those!

grudge

Do you have the 4 way version or the 2 way Drew?

Please tell us what it gets used for...
Old 2nd June 2002
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I've got the 2. I was introduced to it by David Bottrill, he had 2 of the 4ch units. I use it on overheads, rooms, snares. Haven't had luck on other instruments, it's mainly a drum processor for me anyway. Also, it works best if you split the signal and mix it back in. Which has caused some issue since I bought the DMX with the delays that are introduced. Also, the build quality is kind of ****ty, which is a surprise considering it's German and it's not cheap.
drew
Old 2nd June 2002
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Fuggit, I gotta get one!

Old 2nd June 2002
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Re: fav gear

Tube Tech CL-1B's. I've got three and could use a couple of more.
Old 2nd June 2002
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Dave . . . must admit I am happy with all my Tube Tech stuff as you are. The compressors are great. I bought a lot of Tube Tech stuff when they first came out, many people were asking me . . . . "why in the world would you buy a bunch of old tube ****?" lol . . . . it's all paid off many times over. I understand many of the players where you are have them in their racks.

I have a question for some of you. I need some really good closed headphones. The new room here is REALLY loud and lively and we are finding that the cans can not compensate for the volume of the drums. We want to keep it loud and lively but we need some cans that will allow the guys to be in the room with drummer but here foldback mix.

We have closed AKGs and closed Audio Technicas but we need better cans for keeping out the drum leakage. The Beyer DT150s were recommended but have not heard them. They are over $200 a piece which doesn't thrill me as we need many. They seem as though they are service-able with removable cords, etc. which is great.

Curious if anyone has found a great set of closed cans that will play loudly yet cleanly and close out external volume? Or if you have experience with Beyers? Seems as though the Beyers are not in the States as much.
Old 2nd June 2002
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Quote:
I have a question for some of you. I need some really good closed headphones. The new room here is REALLY loud and lively and we are finding that the cans can not compensate for the volume of the drums. We want to keep it loud and lively but we need some cans that will allow the guys to be in the room with drummer but here foldback mix.

We have closed AKGs and closed Audio Technicas but we need better cans for keeping out the drum leakage. The Beyer DT150s were recommended but have not heard them. They are over $200 a piece which doesn't thrill me as we need many. They seem as though they are service-able with removable cords, etc. which is great.

Curious if anyone has found a great set of closed cans that will play loudly yet cleanly and close out external volume? Or if you have experience with Beyers? Seems as though the Beyers are not in the States as much.
Knox

try this:

http://www.GK-MUSIC.com

I just bought a pair of their ULTRA phones. They work great. Not cheap, though, about 220.00 a pair. But they have cheaper models that might work fine for you.
Old 2nd June 2002
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Absolutely! I've got a pair of the Superphones that we use for things like tracking acoustic guitars without click bleed, and I'll also take them out to sessions as part of my bass rig whenever I'm sitting in the room with the drummer.

One of my regular drummers has a set of the Ultraphones - he likes them even better than the Superphones, but he tells me that they're less comfortable if you wear glasses.

Understand that they don't sound absolutely fabulous (I find the Superphones to be a bit muddy, at least comparted to 7506's), but that's not what you buy them for.
Old 2nd June 2002
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Michael . . . that's perfect. Thanks. Will order 4 or 5 of the Ultras in the morning to check them out. That's so much better . . . I felt like I was killing the guys in the room with volume.
Old 3rd June 2002
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Studio Kans, although not the 'best' sounding, are loud as all hell with a great reduction of headphone bleed. Great for drummers & rappers.
Old 3rd June 2002
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🎧 15 years
I tried the Little Labs IBP. I wanted to like it a lot but it didn't do a damn thing for me. Everytime I thought I had something cool I'd hit bypass and prefer the sound of that. Ah well. It was cool, but not $500 cool, I'm too much of a bottom feeder.

I love my Daking 52770 pre/EQ's. While the preamp isn't amazing a lot it's usable and the EQ is totally killer. Plus, the customer service is great. The Blue Baby Bottle is also a must have around here. Great as a room mic on drums or electric guitar amps. It's like a ribbon mic with gain.
Old 3rd June 2002
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Quote:
Originally posted by Knox

I have a question for some of you. I need some really good closed headphones. The new room here is REALLY loud and lively and we are finding that the cans can not compensate for the volume of the drums. We want to keep it loud and lively but we need some cans that will allow the guys to be in the room with drummer but here foldback mix.

We have closed AKGs and closed Audio Technicas but we need better cans for keeping out the drum leakage. The Beyer DT150s were recommended but have not heard them. They are over $200 a piece which doesn't thrill me as we need many. They seem as though they are service-able with removable cords, etc. which is great.

Curious if anyone has found a great set of closed cans that will play loudly yet cleanly and close out external volume? Or if you have experience with Beyers? Seems as though the Beyers are not in the States as much. [/B]
Hi Knox!
I am a drummer/engineer myself and I recomend Sonys (yes Sonys!) for example CDR 550 . Cheap, cheerfull, loud, comfortable, closed and good sounding !
Check CDR 450 , 650...also
Hope you solve your problem

Robert
Z Noise Studio/ London
Old 3rd June 2002
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Crane Song STC-8M

Sontec Mastering EQ
Old 3rd June 2002
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Quote:
Originally posted by Jay Kahrs


I love my Daking 52770 pre/EQ's. While the preamp isn't amazing a lot it's usable and the EQ is totally killer.
My dakings have been my default kick and snare preamps since about a month after I got them. And I use the Daking limiters when tracking kick and snare, too. I like 'em a lot. Both also work great for me on miked guitar amps.
Old 3rd June 2002
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While tracking I usually have a two mics on the kick and I use a 1272 on the inside mic. The outside mic goes through the Daking so I can EQ it a bit. I also love the Daking on snare, the 1272 is nice but I like the crack from the Daking. The Daking compressors are cool as hell. I'd like to get one someday. I don't know what I'd use a pair of them on because when I tried them the only thing I really liked them on was snare and sometimes bass. Ever try using them on the 2-mix?
Old 3rd June 2002
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definately my favourite "cheap" piece of gear is the A.R.T. Pro MPA dual tube Pre. It's cheap and DAMN good. I've used it for recording almost everything and although it isn't exactly my first choice when I record a voice or an instrument ... every now and then ... I'll look at it and go ... hey ... let's try it ...

I find it very amusing and worthwile to try out different pre's when tranferring midi tracks into audio. I know a lot of people think it's a waste of time but I just cannot mix midi and audio together. I ALLWAYS go to audio at some point. Take the output of a sampler or whatever module and plug it into a pre ... the ART pre is allways on the list ...
Old 5th June 2002
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My latest thang... are my Shep SN8 modules...

Whilst i thought i would never tunr my back on the all mighty 1073's that i have come to love so much.. i thought i would go out on a limb and try these babies for a change... cos it is as good as a holiday sometimes..

Well they are made by REAL ex-neve crew, have original marinairre transformers and best of all they sound as good if not better than most 1073 becuase they have new switches whicha re the real elna rotary switches and capacitors etc..

They also have added EQ points and additonal mid band that is so ever handy for thos extra frewuencies that you wished the 1073 had but never did!, it also has hi Q like the 1081, except with a complete Class A output instead of the A/B like the 1081.

Sounds great on nearly everything i have tracked through it recently.... even the hunble 58 sounds great! have kept so many vocals done with it as guides etc..
The only downer is that they are not exactly colour matched with teh original Neve RAF blue colour so when i slotted them into the 8024 it did kinda silly with these silver and red modules bobbing about on the high seas of RAF blue..

so give them a whirl.... they sound great are moire flexible and are cheape tha the real thing


ROCK ON!!!!!!!!!

PEACE
Wiggy okk
Old 5th June 2002
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Hi Wiggy,

Hows the little Neves.
My fav is still my Buzz Audio Pre.
Doesn't sound bad on anything I have tried.
Old 6th June 2002
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A short list of some gear I couldn't imagine to part with:

Focusrite Blue 300 Mastering Controller (with accompanying D/A, Blue 260)

Friend-Chip programmable digital patch/matrix

My Westlake's

Crane Song STC-8

Radar II

Alesis Masterlink

Our new alarm system (aka peace of mind)

The Coffee machine

Rimage Color Prism CD-Printer

Automated CD-R duplicator


/Mats
Old 7th June 2002
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Quote:
Originally posted by Mats Olsson

Our new alarm system (aka peace of mind)


gimme the code ... you can PM it to me heh heh

oh ... are those westlakes heavy ??? maybe I should bring an extra person ...

don't worry .... I'll leave your coffee machine alone ... allready have one ...yell yell
Old 7th June 2002
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Pendulum Audio MDP-1

Phoenix Audio DR2146 (pre-production model for the DRS-2)

Royer R121

Blue Baby Bottle (Gotta agree with Jay on this one... I really enjoy this mic)

And of course... my RNC's!

Old 7th June 2002
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Quote:
Originally posted by Jay Kahrs
The Daking compressors are cool as hell. I'd like to get one someday. I don't know what I'd use a pair of them on because when I tried them the only thing I really liked them on was snare and sometimes bass. Ever try using them on the 2-mix?
I don't think I ever did. They live on kick and snare when I track, and I've had some really good luck mixing with them on electric guitars and occassionaly a synth pad that I need to screw with.
Old 7th June 2002
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Well, if you think of it I'd like to know how they are on the 2-mix. Fletcher said he likes them there at times and someone else I talked to said they were cool for that.
Old 7th June 2002
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Hi there!

I used to work a bit with a local engineer here in Australia that became a Daking convert when he went over to the U.S for a few jobs.

I can say they are indeed fine stereo compressors that sounds fantastic and definatley different from your regular suspects like Al smarts and variable mu's and avalons etc.

Something nice an dcrunchy and transformer sounding that i liek about them. Apart from being fantastic tracking/mxing compressors i would not hesitate to strap them across the stereo buss i could have acces or afford some of them..... WiCkId!!!!!!okk

Daniel_C if you are sniffing around u will know who i matalking about...

PEACE
Wiggy
Old 7th June 2002
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my crane song flamingo.

my soundeluxes.

my royer.

my moogerfoogers.



but nothing i own i could live without.
Old 11th June 2002
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Distressor. Versatile.
Old 12th June 2002
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Stuff

The coolest thing recently is:

Blue Bottle/Voxbox

Just used a distressor on nuke on bongos last week. Probably my favorite track of the week.


can't live without my
My La-3a's


rich
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