estonia dan and the fatlady

2015 model

dan warren from estonia just got back after getting to know his new fatlady for a bit.

hey! 

This thing is very aptly named – while it’s fatter than hell, it is still elegantly transparent and full spectrum, no “rolled-off” anything here – which is fine by me, I’ll roll it off myself thanks.  Actually this is one of the most striking revelations from this until – I no longer need 90% of the EQ I’ve grown so accustomed to using.  I had the exact same experience with the kaimaitron channel – it’s a selective view of reality – it makes a nasally voice interesting rather than obnoxious, it reveals emotion in a lazy delivery.  3D, 4D, it reads your good intentions. 

Lady: It sounds down to earth and organic – I would not say that there’s a lot of glamorous, glossy shine here – it sparkles in its own way.  Pure and transparent but you can get tons of grit and edge.  That’s what happens when you rinse with grain alcohol instead of water.  The squeeze itself is magic – the presence is a self-contained world, living in its own space, super thick, and nothing to do with hype, brightness, or tizzy excitedness. 

Fat: it is a weighty, weighty signal that comes out.   It adds like a full lower octave to bass – again, EQ is out of that chain now, which blows my mind.  I’ve been running electric guitar through it with no limiting just to get the saturation – which, speaking of saturation, I’ve been trying to find a deal on a good tube reel to reel for some time but now I’m thinking the drive knob on this compressor may have rendered that whole search moot.  The saturation I get with the drive has the same grit and bounciness as tape; even the subtle noise floor from cranked drive settings is tape-like to my ears.  So that could save me like 4 thousand bucks and all the pain in the ass of dealing with a reel to reel – and that’s always nice!  Pretty soon I’m going to record a baritone sax – I cannot wait for the meeting of this box and that sax. 

Can’t thank you enough for your creation.  I do have a question though: under the meter there’s a Zero knob and at the bottom left there’s a V1 knob – what are they?  

ah haaa… yes.. that’s cunning stunt method to fine align the balance of the twin push pull varimu gain cell. 2 of EF83.  1. mute input signal. 2. select V1 and V2  by  rotating the meter select switch. that comparison of v1 v2 will show on the meter .3. fine tune V1 measurement with the V1 fine gain control (below the meter switch). adjust V1 as  necessary to make reading within bees dick bang on  .  of v2 reading. . this fine adjustment reduces the amount of signal distortion in the limiting state. 

the ’0′ position on the meter switch will deactivate the limiting dynamic control function and render the fat lady as a beautiful fat juicey line amplifier.

the ‘lim’ position turns the limiting control to GO of course.

thanks for the  review dan.  great writing.

 

new building alfredo mixing desk

alfredo2

 

been working on this  klangenschmitt alfredo console for a crazy cool jazz musician from wellington. after several months exhaustive designing and planning.  today i got the first two channels completely going and sounding really beautiful. these channels are all tube mic/di/line/two way eq/pultec MB1 line output – preamps.    with neever transistor console mixer stage amps. thick – warm  -  hot in fact . clear and FAT!. this  console is 8 mono channels and 8 stereo channels. 3 stereo buses including stereo AFL complete control room. 4 auxiliary sends per channel -  pre/post fader.  bloody hell a lot of wiring yet to do.

 

mini-fenkner made of wood

minifenk5

mini fenkner control room monitor controller  – MADE OF  WOOD  !

http://www.captainukuleles.co.nz/Wood.html

bevan galbraith of CAPTAIN UKELELES made this from lovely native new zealand timbers with his excellent luthier skills. the laser engraving looks so deliciously slightly wonky. the thing is filled up with ekadek neever transistor amplifiers.

new ekadek neever fenkner brenda

victor fresh

fresh fenkner brenda. 4 channels fat  2 stage transistor mic/di/line neever amplifiers. onboard  insert-able germanium stages.tricky switchey fenkner control room listen machine . simple stereo brenda monitor mixer –  clean clear headphone amp.  all transistor  – no chips.

ekadek neever fenkner brenda

ekadek neever fenkner brenda

 

just in time for christmas.  3250  nz$ ono.

** twin’ neever’ mic/direct/line amplifiers.

**control room section.

**selects to listen to mics  / lines E1/ E2 / E3 or blenda circuit.

** line output selection for three monitor speaker pairs.**stereo / reverse stereo / mono/ left-right solo.

**phaze test function – switches one channel out of phase .. and then with mono selection as well … will monitor the difference between left and right channels. useful for mastering.

**blenda function – mixes E1 (computer monitor return) and mic amp channels to allow zero latency ‘alive’ overdubbing.

**phones amplifier – monitor the listen selection or the blenda mix. all 1970′s transistor amplifiers. fat and clear – miles of headroom. low low self noise. built expertly into the character 1960′s tolex covered plywood cabinet.

kaimaitron

kaimaitron

 

“gidday! How are you? Just wanted to let you know the kaimaitron is going strong. Really getting to know my way around it now. It’s really amazing how many different tones come out of this thing from clean and clear to fat and warm to fizzy and aggressive. I’d still like to get the germanium stage up and running but even without it this thing has become a centerpiece and I’ve done everything on the new album through it. Apart from the beautiful quality of sound in itself, it’s also a very unique sound. What’s the latest?”

many thanks to  ruban from U.M.O  for those words.