been working on these new standard simple products. the klankalooper is a transistor mic/di amp with a controlled fx send and return/ mixer . and the (lower) listenator is a 3 input 3 output monitoring controller with two headphone amplifiers with makkie big knob style functionality but none of the big knobs hardness. listenator is all fat clean and clear simple transistor amps.
tube and transistor super HIFI PHONO / line preamp mixer.
with MIC amp, EQ amplifier. FX loop. 2 band XOVER output.
can play a record sound the biggest and richest it can be.
clear and fat! an expansive widescreen sound
right back into the depth of the recording.
dynamic and frequency response sounds thru the roof.
has no chips or cheap fake miniature components.
just two sweet double triodes
and proper fat 1970s simple neve-ish all transistor amps.
panel is 675mm x 360mm. contained in a transportable suitcase sized object with detachable legs!
” I am listening to your phono stage now. It really is something very very special. I thought my !@#$ was good but yours just blows it out of the ballpark”. ..(nathan haines is auckland/london based jazz musician/composer)
a turntable (MM cartridge) plugs into the phono inputs and a computer/cd/tape/mixer/whatever can plug into the line inputs. there are adjustable gain stages for the phono amp channels – so to pick a gain factor that suits the level of the record. some records need less gain to get in focus – some need a bit more.
there is a smooth rotary cross fader control to select between the phono or line to mixture into the EQ amps, master output amps, and xover . plug a good mike or synth or any instrument into the studio preamp – lay an effect in it with it’s insert function and mix it with the phono or line input.
also send the mike/di and the phono/line sound out to an effect processor – bring it back – mix it in.
wear headphones 1/2 on to look cool . and to 1/2 listen to any sound selected audio source in order to sort a cue point or check an incoming level. also set the meters to your preference – maybe even turn them off – go commando.
this preamp is set up to play directly into a power amplifier-speakers/powered monitors – set those to go loud and then use the phonozoopa master to set your room level.
i’ve not been audiophiliac / minimal with this design. there’s all sorts of adjustability going on. because. every record has been made up – played – recorded – mixed – mastered – cut and sold up by THE craziest obsessive bunch of mother!@#ers ever . u know it. so the phonographa (1080 neve-ish) eq can help sort it out . taming a potentially scratchy top ended so as to tune up some to feel the sound fill a room without harshness that will kill your concentration. sometimes a record might love a mid top end 3khz shelvey kicker . or a 12 khz sizzler. and hell . the bottom end might need some deal of massage too . the 50hz and150hz shelves can save a thin record from itself. the wide low middle end adjustment is like a heater warm&friendly setting. the very careful listener adjustment of the two controls and two switches is definitely worthwhile. yes.. the production of LP records – and big fat hifi sound tone adjustable systems were made for each other . so ive made an eq that can peak for the clear listen and experience – only so to enjoy it even more.
“” GREG. Seriously, what the hell?! This thing sounds amazing. So fat, silky, smooth, and versatile. She’s all routed in and just sounding freaking sweet. Every channel rings clear and gorgeous. So many options now. Like so many. The gain on these channels is endearing. You seriously blew right past my hopes and dreams on this one. Nice job.
I’ll keep the updates coming. – Christian
klangenschmitt brooklyn model . 18 channel console . all fat neever transistor amplifiers (40 of the little buggers!) . includes two mic amps – 4 stereo inputs – 3 system output monitor controller – master and channel inserts – 12 channel direct outputs. and each channel has it’s own separate fx send. to facilitate a ‘normal’ fx bus there’s a four input fx mixer with an inphase /outphase bus output – for some extra freaking signal processing.
klankafanga stagebox mic/instrument amplifier. still working on that name – all transistor . no chips or flab . with a full function fx looper. so.. there’s an fx send level control and fx return volume control . the fine tuned mixture of dry and wet is proper mix/picked up and output amplifier properly .. the klankazuppa is functional and playable as !@#K . sounds rich and fat and clear. the BEST version of you ,your mic , and your fx.
been fooling around with this listenator design. a wooden meter bridge will be luxurious. yes .
this listenator has 3 stereo inputs.
3 stereo outputs. (1st output has 70hz splitta)
2 stereo headphone output channels. c.room & artist.
VU meters . variable level controlled
1 mic input for talkback into artist phones.
operates dimmer across monitoring.
stereo/reverse/mono/solo left/solo right control switcher functions
in phase / phase diff .
..is switch to hear the difference between left and right channels.
its twists one channel out of phase and mixes the two channels mono -
hence the result is ‘only the audio that is different about left and right’
iow … left minus right.
raving . the onboard TALKBACK mic preamp injects producer speak into the dedicated artist headphone mixer. the engine ear producer can anytime directly monitor (into the crm phones ) exactly what the artist is hearing – so as to fine fine balance between talkback comm and music that the artist is play/ing with. when the talkback is GO! (either momentarily ‘talk’ or set latched ‘more talk’ ) – the control room monitors dim so as not to howlaround of course. dimmed to a user variable preset volume level.
the switched ‘go’ talkback signal can also feed an external power amp/speaker out in the studio. for a voice of god vibe.
i know u can buy controllers – plenty of choices .
but. what’s in there? . a bunch of 2$ ICs is what.
ekadek controllers contain NO CHIPS
.. only have ekadek’s own sweet neve ish transistor amplifiers.
the result is just clear clear fat sound.
no superfluous b.s electronics.
zebulon Bult wrote me about his minifenk - (same transistor amplifiers as the listenator) he was chucking a mackie big knob out. . Hi Greg. the fenk sounds great, I listened to music for a couple of hours last night. I instantly noticed the mid range was not smeary, snare drums sounded tighter & overall it sounded like there was more space & depth. …. In a nutshell, it sounds like I have removed a kind of hifi emulation from my signal path. I love this thing, it sounds fantastic, thank you very much. Zeb. please read all ekadek testimonies. http://ekadek.com/?cat=48