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Anyone built any PAIA stuff? Might be a cheap API rack...
Old 3rd June 2002
One with big hooves
Jay Kahrs's Avatar
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Anyone built any PAIA stuff? Might be a cheap API rack...

I've never built any of their projects but I was digging around the website and saw this one.

Looks like a DIY API rack for not a lot of tacos. Which power supply would I have to order or would I need all of them. Or, would I be better off getting a Lambada supply?

Has anyone built anything from them?
Old 5th June 2002
Gear Addict
🎧 15 years
Anyone know the height for standard Telefunken modules? I don't have a tape measure handy.

Old 5th June 2002
One with big hooves
Jay Kahrs's Avatar
🎧 15 years
If you want I could measure my V672's when I get to the studio tomorrow. I also have an OSA preamp in an API rack to compare.
Old 12th June 2002
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🎧 15 years
I built the rack mount "Tube Head" about 7 years ago. As far as the kit was concerned, I thought it was very well planned out, had excellent instructions and basically I had no problems building it (being a novice). The build quality of the rack case was good.

As for the performance: It's no Manley, that’s for sure. It can smooth some overly harsh signals out...and that is what I did use it for at the time. I had some hastily recorded harsh tracks (Mackie>Blackface Adat>Mackie again with some 3630's in get the picture) and since the recording was so bad to begin with, the Tube Head was able to smooth it out and make it less irritating.

I really use it more for an's too dirty for that clean tube sound.

It does have 1 problem: When I turn the "Blend" control all the way to full tube, I get a fairly noticeable 60hz hum. I think it is a design flaw...although I haven't called PAIA to ask them about it.

It was a good learning experience...but none of their stuff is high end. That is what I would really like to see, some super high-end kits (with all the parts + case, etc). I doubt it would come from PAIA though.

Old 23rd September 2004
Gear Maniac
🎧 15 years
If your looking for a nice kit you should try seventh circle audio. They have nice kits that mimic really nice mic pres. That being said, i just ordered a kit from paia to practice my soldering skills before i invest in one from seventh circle. I'v been reading this forum for a few months now and all off the DIY stuff is really tempting me. espeicialy the ssl clone. ahh someday
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