Monthly Archive for December, 2011

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.

ten8tor gyrator 100% love

heres the word from mastering engineer and serato minion wrangler -  zebulon bult .

Hi Greg,
thanks for lending me the TEN8TOR, I got excellent results out of it & I really can’t praise this EQ enough, it sounds wonderful!
Here is some feedback from my experience with it.
EKADEK GYRATOR TEN8TOR
I used the EQ in two different ways, tracking mono & stereo drum sounds/instruments. I did this from an MPC 3000, into an Apogee Duet 2.
I also recorded several stereo mixes through the TEN8TOR, I did this from an Apogee Duet 1 into an RME FF800 & also from an RME ADI 8 into a FF800.
Tracking
The results I got from tracking the drums were good. It was easy to add presence to all sounds, even if subtractive EQ’ing was necessary in some circumstances. I found it noticeably worthwhile to just track through it without gaining or reducing any particular frequency range, because it added warmth & presence. The filters sound smooth & rich but also clean & open, very musical.
Mix Bus
The mixes I was recording were coming straight out of Logic 9 & in this workflow, it really shined. It became clear to me that this EQ was nothing less than mastering grade & it had a special character. I did not use it in conjunction with my summing mixer, pultec EQ or compressor/limiter. I went straight from a stereo D/A, into the EQ, then back into the A/D. I found I was very quick in finding a no compromise mix adjustment. The TEN8TOR can add a subtle brilliance to a good mix but it also has the ability to make a rough mix sound more punchy & defined, also polished, without the obvious issue of major compromise. It’s obviously not intended to be a transparent fix your mix tool, but was surprising ly good at dealing with less than satisfactory material. The best possible scenario for this EQ is obviously a flat, well mixed track that allows you room to push it. It was a pleasure to use the TEN8TOR & I would love to have one permanently in my studio.
Pro’s:
Sections & their parameters are well spaced out with plenty of room to move.
Top quality switches and pots, large knobs that feel great to use
Thick and warm tone that is musical all the way through it’s range.
Low noise, even with hi gain, especially when you take into account that it’s unbalanced.
Total bypass and band bypass
Peak and Shelf Equalization

Con’s:  (ekadek : fair enuff that zeb didnt like some stuff. thats ok . but its my blog so i’ll chime in  if i want.) The back panel lacks rigidity when connecting & removing cable jacks.  (fixed that.one screw – thanks for pointing that out :) Stepped pots for filters restrict the ability to make real time filter changes  (yes – the steps mite sound a bit odd. the special filter electronics are such fine tuned up resistor sets. u cant make a 6 gang pot that does the 6 different values and curves for under about a bazzillion $ each )  Unbalanced, more susceptible to noise.( transformer balanced is good . transformers just make it cost more) Low to Hi frequencies from right to left, this took a little while to get use too.  (fair enough – i like it that way tho -  when u turn it on its side, it becomes a perfect XXL extra huge large format console channelstrip . 4 – 8 – even 16 of these babies in a big desk. so cool and expensive. my fantastic console dream .  and it encourages/requires a different intell approach – method – style – what have you. its fresh. )

thanks zeb. the gyrator ten8tor has gotten 100% raving reviews so far. we are in love. theres just one left for sale now.  and we are  in prep  for a second limited run version two after christmas.

nathan haines. jazz at york street studios

it was nathan’s  jazz dream.  to make a great record in one  weekend.   wild jazz quartet music recorded thoroughly old jazz school. big fat nuemann mikes all up the place. single mike on the drums. love that. fat 3/4 bass. stinking big steinway concert grand for gods sake. and sax. just … such a good sound. so expansive and expensive. recorded live mixed on york streets  neve direct to my ampex 300/351  1/2″ stereo tape deck .   the 300 was made to have a robot human stand in front of it pushing the buttons.  so i was tape op.  i didnt have a close monitor at all and have dreamt/drawn up this ultimate rebuild for my mr ampex. the massiveman.

reverb with the bafflelator

there is a reason i’ve got so much ‘junk’ . boxes and cabinets and suitcases full of all sorts of crap. in the house  – under the house – behind the house. bits and pieces of mechanisms from houses – appliances – cars – bikes  -  wheelchairs – furniture -  kitchen sinks  -  radio – test equipment – tape recorders.
and then  a funky issue requires an innovative solution – we wallow in that soup til the screamingly obvious thing smacks us in between the eyes.  powerful shit actually.  then igor has let loose and made this bafflelator mechanism. out of a twirly screw thingy from a edwardian window adjustor and a chopped off corner of 70s turntable. the mechanism moves the whole  40mm polystyrene baffle from quite distance away – to hard up against it. interesting. so the plate is totally a winner now. can do very natural dirty realistic warm reverberation in many dimensions. he also has a very searing short short delay setting . phazing almost. hard as a nail direct across the plate. a freakingly dynamic effect. – a welcome addition at the coalface. i’ll add some good soundfiles to this post asap.  it really sounds awesome.