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kaimaitron in new york

kaimai in NY1

en route to new orleans. made in the countryside of new zealand.

klankalooper and the listenator

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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.

 

new design: phonozoopa

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ekadek PHONOZOOPA
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.

klangenschmitt mixer in new york

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“”  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

 

new klangensplautta stagebox

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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.

the listenator

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been fooling around with this listenator design. a wooden meter bridge will be luxurious. yes .

functionality.
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

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.

 

mini-fenkner made of wood

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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

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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

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“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.

 

 

bagnall hill stack of ekadek

bevans trinity2

bevan from bagnall hill studio in country te pahu has just completed his trinity rack. contains three choice ekadek builds . on top is the dual channel 535 neever mic di amp .has original neve 535 twin channel awesome transistor amplifiers. in the middle is roger all tube dual channel mic di equalising amp. and down below is the four channel all transistor neever commando mic di amp. bevan has a  big recording space out in the country side that he built himself. genius.  he also makes guitars and ukeleles out of juicy native timbers. boom! double genius. check out his CAPTAIN brand. http://www.captainukuleles.co.nz/home.html

phonoekagraph

phonoekagraph

 

riaa phono magnetic  head preamp. super accurate. super fat and clear. high tube gain with low Z transistor amplifier output.

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neever city

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here’s a  layout  before i drill and stamp a panel.  8 channels in 3 rack units with a headphone monitoring function. the mic amps are 3 stage neevers. the first stage is two controlled amps in series. so – given a soft instrument requiring a big gain – there’s a mile of fat juicey level with low low background noise and low low distortion.. loads of headroom.  tested this neever design against other high end mic amps and reckon this one sounded the best. the most real and clear and lifelike.

 

neevertron

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ekadek neevatron. here’s a drawing for a new six channel microphone.direct amplifier .
the guts of it is three of the last (in the world) five NEVE B535 dual line output amplifiers – n.o.s original right out of  the 1970s – another world.

the neevertron features real simple functionality.  mic pad – phantom power – phase changer -  fantastic clear sound.
there is a negative feedback stage gain adjusting control which allows to set how hard the preamp works on the input signal.
the output signal volume control  chooses off a good proportion of that and feeds the totally juicey B535 line output amp.
an uber fat lo lo Z isolated balanced output is fresh made.

thornophon 8 – 2 mixer

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 thornophon mixer build 

 8 channel stereo mixer.
line level input  with fader.go.pan.
+      echo send
+     4 other stereo inputs

- also a single neever microphone/di  recording amplifier.

- also  a 5 stereo input control room monitor section with stereo.reverse.mono.left solo.right solo.speaker a.b.c.

all up a pretty powerful tool made to last .with all   transistor amplifiers for maximum fatness with minimum puss. a big clean sound. and  in a beaut portable cabinet. it’s made to be configured as a studio mixer and controller. to receive and mix a sound card’s multi-track outputs,  and mix  into a perfect new stereo thing.

it’s a smart little bug!r .   can listen to and switch compare all the musical stereo sound outputs u know u need to.

select  the  MIX output OR external stereo inputs (sound card monitor outputs) E1 & E2,  OR  check/listen to the neever mic amp or the echo send.  throw the sound around to check stereo – reverse- mono. left right solo. and then control 3 pairs of monitoring speakers in a studio.

manual mixing with a panel of sliders and pans  is the best method to balance a mixture of sounds. when u can move two or three faders at ONE time .. u can find , and then fine tune resonances in the harmonic structures of the sounds. extracting more peaks and valleys. adding life.  finding those parts gets to the spark between the instruments. the distance between things locks in and the depth expands.

a computer mouse  can  move one fader or click one button at a time. what the hell use is that?  ok . so  u have a computer fader panels.. good choice.  ..but then ur still just inside the box.  

so further more  i reckon the mixing  sounds better done outside in a real amplifier  mixer with faders , and outboard special fx and  maybe even a room mic. give a poor computer smacked up thing more oomph -  driven  energy.

 

 

roger eq off to big smoke

off to the big smoke tomorrow . this new roger 3 ways very  flash all transistor dual channel eq. features
neve 1081 style 5 frequency high  and  low frequency control stages.  very  fat and sharp . for a deep deep sound. teamed with a freaked out sweeping midrange stage. boost or cut   200hz – 6Khz he has double series band pass filters for a  tightest Q potential. with  selectable band pass gain effects .
1.  normal      NICE and clean
2.  sharper q     Q.TIGHT
3.  turbo sharp     INSANE
hook this baby to a mad playable keyboard and a echo box and u could have a mother of a synthesizer sound. learn to play it like one thing and freaking shit. thats a real  human electric direct sound! right there. one take.  the circuit board  contains cards of electronics arranged as two in line channels. left to right . treble – midrange – bass – output. each stage contains perfectly simple fat A-class inverting amplifiers made of just four transistors. no chips. plus.  quite a bit of  specified frequency selective boosting cutting circuitry is in there on the mother too. . it’s the prototype to a unit that can make a few of. or maybe a more largess thing  for DJs .. that item would need preset-able fitments and lets make it  xfade-able thru a delay effect loop. to create some very far out transitions. the all transistor circuits make it clear and fat and low low noises with richness and real balls.

kaimaitron 4 channel amplifire

custom kaimaitron 4 channel  mic/instrument amplifier with internal /external source control room or headphone monitor section. built all of  transistor amps into a 1960s brown leatherete portable case . also features an insert-able   germanium amp stage which can be sweet or stinging.

phono roger eq one

ive been experimenting with a valve mag phono stage for a while and have at last nailed it. the mysterious circuit had suspicious boobitraps and ommisions, pfff.   i think by marrying it with the fabulous roger eq one …  your record player can  now drive a truck!   so fat and powerful.  u can pop your boat and caravan on there too. i’ll make this one into a beaut thorn  mk12 tape recorder cabinet over the summer . that  understated grey vinyl covering is a perfect foil for the bright electric valve sound about to be transplanted in.

new product . ROJER EQ1

here’s a new twin channel rojer eq .  a drawing for a new build for an old client .   the 2 way valve eq design was inspired by an american rogers hi fi amplifier that i repaired years ago.   sounded  ahhmazing .. such a really clear sweet hi freq and fat low tight bottom end. and with some ekadek tweaqs and refinements – even better.  the size of the sound adjustment  is impressive. a vast tone and body control. go subtle and careful with a mix  or slash and bash a single sound input to pieces. the output stage is the  big pultec MB1 . all in all an eight tube box. kind of extravagant?  you betcha squealing piggy banks its extravagant. roger is completely worth the 3500 nz$ – every buck. he can build  or bust mountains. sort the trash and make cream buns and make glass shatter . he’ll do the dishes and never answer back. and who doesnt want that in their crew.

commando design preamp

the commando is a naked preamp with no annoying reach around issues.  read on.  its inputs and outputs and controls are all all right there up front.  .  perfect. theres no reach around issues.  its actually a  lot  easier  and efficient to assemble all the components of this multichannel  preamp on one surface. then u can build a chassis with a power supply in the corner  -  totally prewire a whole amplifier circuit unit of pretested channels.  -  pre assemble the control and interface parts onto the  clean conductive panel  -  stop for  lunch -  make the grounding  sheilding conductivity of the panel / chassis / cabinet.   – trim and attach all the wireing to the controls and switches . and boom. turn it on .   almost dinner time. (i wish) but actually very efficient.  very easy to be super tidy.  all the wireing at the inputs is as short and direct as possible. more like a point to point style construction.  more robust too.  nothing  flimsy – just  strong hardwired connections. the amplifiers themselves are the sexchanger transistor designs.  simple tough hi fidelity amps from the late seventies.  yes they are quiet running and super fat gain cells. big and clean, and yes .  they can distort if you push them. there is a fine cross adjustment between level in. amp stage gain , and pickup amp volume. well worth the journey. the quad unit contain  two stage amps. im considering a three stage design – for super clean super full on 80 db gain. or beastly extra fucked up distortion. extra squared square with your square.

gyrator ten8tor tested


David Chechelashvili is one of the tutors at SAE sound recording college branch here in auckland. he spent time at ekadek mastering an album for ‘battle circus’ last year  and just recently took a luxury gyrator ten8tor home for a try out.  his words.

“This EQ is something very special. It seems to penetrate the sound fundamentally and rebuild it rather than add on top of what’s already there. It never sounds hyped or fake even at extreme settings! I tried it on several instruments like drums, guitars, vocals and bass and it sounded great on all of them. However, I found it to be most effective (amazing really) on richer, pad-like sounds like strings, piano, organ, synth, etc. on these instruments it really shines. Sweeping the hi-mid frequencies while applying generous amounts of gain produces a truly magical result – adding depth and lushness of sound only a top quality analogue EQ can provide. Well done Mr. Ekadek! Another uncompromisingly organic piece of kit.  Dave “

thanks dave. ek.

mini fenkner. the control room monitor c.r.m dog

control room stations are one of my favorite things to make.  these little guys can be fashioned to be your best friend. with really nice individual character. loyal and hardworking and never complain. they are not just fake arse bells and whistles cheap shit with chips crappy plastic rubbish. (take a pill ek)  …..   gear that you always suspect doesnt really give you the real thing.
the folks that have my custom  fenkner control room stations all say that they never never have heard so much sound in their music . boom! . seriously tho. the ekadek’s  genius kept secrets  have made  a life changing improvement to the clarity of the sound of their sound.    yes .

the transparency of the audio. at all volumes is the most important thing.  never cloudy.
the clarity and completely open fatness of our simple sweet transistor driver amp.
utterly flat frequency response. low low impedance output. simple class a transistor tech.
headroom you can drive a truck with.
and quietness. no buzzes. hums. harsh crackly hissing. etc etc.
just a very hushed quiet smooth stable friendly quiet quiet black background.

they really are lovely to control and admire  to touch and  flick the switches. and they sound like the sexiest voice you ever heard.

now that that is that sorted  . another best thing is  ..  they are so easy and loyal.  they dont go on strike. they dont  run off with the family silver.   they are a decent fair price of  only 1200$nz   (check your  currency calculator for that one)  for a beautiful new zealand handmade thing  .   for  a minifenk1 . ( freight to be arranged).  gets basic stereo 3 line input 3 output transistor amp  active monitor control room dog.  with stereo-reverse .stereo-mono. solo left. solo right .   knobs and metering  and options are available  for discuss.

new sweet lady eq

i already make fat ladys so why not ? but i reckon the product is just so cute and friendly.  not so little at 3ru this single (or stereo) channel line equalizer features  a trafo balanced input .  tube driver . bass -  treble frequency switchable shelving eq with and a fat two tube MB1 balanced output stage.  one sweet fine lady .

one pretty new mother

this custom motherboard has enough muscle and brains to activate 8 input channels and pick up 2 stereo busses and make some vu meters move to the music. its made from our neever all transistor operational amplifiers.this mother is the amplifying mind of the small mixer build on the bench this week getting loomed up ready for chassis insertion. i’m letter stamping a drilled up panel today while waiting for the last of the parts to arrive. the simple mixer design has 8 mono panorama abled channels and 2 further stereo inputs. the master gain is fine trim able and has a switchable external fx/eq/limiter inserting function. the mixer also has a bus interruptor function which splits the first 6 channels away to an alternate stereo buss amp which can be driven off to some other external processor,  and then  back to the main mix via one of the stereo inputs.

the killer rig

this stack of shiny junk is the killer rig  to kill all other so-called killer rigs.  fat as  pultec-ish MB1 stereo mike/di/line preamp. 4 tube chassis. the FAT LADY 5670 stereo limiting amplifier. 8 tube chassis. and the TEN8TOR GYRATOR stereo eq. about two bazillion transistor chassis. the most extreme channel strips you’re ever likely to see.  amazing sounding. so gutsy and so quiet!.  the sweet sweet clean fat MB1 valve preamp amping up . the totally sexy fat lady gain control freak limiting amplifier holding back . and the  sophisticated ten8tor gyrator equalizer being the ultra cool frequencies outputting amp with its devastating signal shaping powers.  i’ve been playing everything thru the killer rig last couple of days and am astounded at the improvement-of-everything-isation   power of it.

monoman lives!

this whole package is ready and banging. so im looking forward to plugging the bugger into the big 100KW pa system. ive been playing records thru it . and distributing  out into the radios and grams and monitor amps ive got around this room. sounds awesome to change the focus of parts and flavours of audio and seemingly fill up a space with very delicate shifting tones. dont get me started. im all about that shit. i’ll put a little thin eq and a slow echo in one speaker way over in the corner – and a bassey round tone with a phazey squeal in  a speaker over the other side. fill in with the mantle radio left reverb and blaster for the right flat flat  … and hell. youve got a hell over a flavourfull sound.  you can pop the vocal out of the 8″ woofer or the 1″ tweeter.   good for much more trickery pokery than that gay sounding example . OR just easy-peasy-by-ear  sweet sweetening of the classic 4 way stack.  i need another beer.  given the bar space i could tweak the surround sound of music into the eeriest experiential ….  altering state happening.  something to really turn the ears on.

new ekadekatron model

the ultimate & uber non portable 16 channel valve amplifier. after a fair while drilling every holey hole – it took only a day to final construct these 2 basic chassis skeletons. milled & cut & folded 2mm aluminium custom rack mount trays-  32 valve sockets – 16 tag strips – eight threesomes of hi voltage caps -  saddles of input & output connectors – 16 of  MB1  16k/600 output mofo trafos – and  obtusely massive  power connectorators .  this build is well underway now . it was a good day.

chunky fenkner. control room monitor

this  small chunky control room monitor console is built for extreme flexibility and control and accuracy.  it uses a neveish transistor control room amplifier with stereo/reverse/mono/soloL/soloR/spk A.B.C.switch/VU meters with adjustable calibration and a best quality headphone amplifier. fed from a 4 X stereo input listen select switch – mix/daw/aux1/aux2. the ‘mix’ selection to monitor an outboard summing mixer of  4 ( easily eight) stereo inputs fed from a multitrack soundcard. the passive mixer circuit and mix preamp could  be housed in an outboard  unit  along with a power supply and all the input/output terminations  . the mixed stereo signal flys back to the fenkner chunk pair of stepped level controls and feeds a neve 535 line output stage and a germanium output stage and mixes the two  for  double slamming sidechain action . a double power hunk’o'chunk.  stop me! the final  output signal would feed the mix output sockets as well as the ‘mix’ listen select position. other features are to be switched inserts across the mix preamp and the line outputs for external processors.  there’s a pair of mic/di amps in the rack unit too , just to make it a complete studio in a chunk. they have outputs that can be routed permanently to a pair of soundcard inputs as well as having independent level/panned/(or muted) outputs – lets call them mixer inputs 17-18 … punching direct into the multitrack sum for zero-latency monitoring. thus the system is uber functional. the most versatile chunk of gutsy electronics ever.  the rack unit is something like this. the bride of chunky.

i’m not kidding. they a complex multisexual beast. does it all.  simpler versions can easily be quoted of course. these other two fenkners have control room functions and mic/di amps. valve ones. pultec MB1 style amplifiers.

klangenschmitt gogo2 soak testing

at last the frame paint is dry enough to soak test this beast. so close to delivery. i’m rapt with the sound of this klangenschmitt. really fat clean bottom end. so powerful with so much headroom. the functionality is extreme with busses and inserts everywhere. 99% integrated circuit-free for that super expanded fabulous unsubdued sound.  the small angled rack will be tony’s outboard machine. i actually had made 66% of that rack’o'gear for diogo in portugal. the deal came full back round south – all good for diogo tho. and tony and ekadek.  its a dam gutsy processor, with a tube mic amp and tube limiter amp, a transistor 3 way sweeping/filtering eq, a small shure mixer, and a stereo germanium line amplifier.

klang – first round knockout

this biggest single thing ive ever made just blew my client away by the sounds of it.  heres his first words after the first blasting with a brand new klangenschmitt gogo model. “KLANG IS HERE! I have been non-stop Klanging it up all afternoon ( btw: thanks for an amazing packing job.  it would have survived Armageddon in that crate). btw: The Ekadek wrestling cape is the best! I’m only now just resurfacing to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I admit I was lost lost lost for a while with its army of options – but I slowly had one a-ha moment after the other as I got to grips with it.  I haven’t been sleeping well since I knew it was in town – as excited as a little kid. She is more beautiful and nicely made than any photo could show – takes the light well from every angle and the power supply is like a diving bell had a fight with 20’s radio. matches the style of the meters. that hot rod touch came out really well with the hooded meters blinking away. build quality its universally superb. all the knobs have a strong feel and all the right ones are detented. the preamps too sound really strong – I’m still sussing the various gain stages sounds but they’re clear and clean with just the right amount of over the top as the pedal hits the metal.  Our singer had a test and was loving them for her voice. The Klangenschmitt  just makes music sound exciting – I hear all kinds of intricate details from my speakers that I wasn’t getting before. gutsy too – like just the amount of gravy is always there on ..err..tap J.   Its like a transformer ( the robot kind ) has just collapsed into my room with the mission of making my stuff sound better and giving me a better way of working. You completely went to town and I’m humbled by this beast of a thing –  so many other things to mention – the busses had me mega confused until I realized that you’d pulled them off without them actually ‘using up’ a channel – sort of as assignable as a digital system – its genius! plus with each able to run 2 ( or 3 with the d.i ) channels – it makes a/b-ing a cinch. it does the boogaloo with options to the point where I can’t really see running out of channels for anything –   Its so original and inspired. it just takes everything and suggests really interesting ways of working. monitoring is uncannily easy – the ‘monitor mode’ is a really nice idea with the A buss taking control . same too with all the soloing and isolating options, the comprehensive right/left/mono/dim controls. plus the cool talkback button. the monitoring options are so slick – love those little silver buttons there too.   I haven’t had zero latency before and this whole step up to a console at the heart of the sound rather than the computer is a big deal for me. I have absolutely zero niggles with it –  it just completely blitzes anything I’ve ever seen on the market and it’s the sort of desk that could spawn a music style!  it has a timewarped vibe but the ideas are so fresh. thankyou again for thinking of everything and making it possible.  You totally aced it.  Its more powerful that I could have imagined and its perfect. love it. every last daleky , Russian spaceship and uber-audio bit of it. speak to you soon. yours extremely gratefully .ronan. thankyou ronan. for courageously going ahead with this whole project. a real mission (and an expensive one) and im dam pleased and proud of  the result. heres the last of my nz photos of my klangenschmitt  gogo (thats me in the blue shirt smiling and waving). on with the next projects now. im making a valve limiter/mic amp AND a custom format discrete silicon and germanium transistor mic amp – for a Portuguese client. and another console! for a nz client.