Monthly Archive for March, 2012

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.

new ferralgraffa studio unit

an australian  client has ordered this stereo MB1 chassis  – versus  -  my sweet lady tube 2 way EQ . a great combo  .  he has supplied a beaut old ‘skin’ tolex covered ferrograph tape recorder case for it .  so im going to make this stereo mic/di/eq amplifier into that -  complete with on board 5 watt tube amp and the original 9X6 inch goodmans monitor speaker.   the new dual pultec MB1 tube mic  amp will  have variable input impedance. 30.150.600 ohms . alex has some real old ribbon mics .  and wants extra tonal front end augmentisation capability in general.  the big old meter switches between the two preamp outputs.  as does the EL84 single ended tube P.A. amp.   the 2 way tube equalizer  features as the MB1 alternative input source.  reverse engineered design from an american roberts (or rogers) stereo system. a unit that i repaired once really impressed me. the eq sound was so fat and deep. a very particular circuit built around the feedback of a single valve amplifier stage. ive added a preamp stage to it to enable an  effective rumble filter,  and hi/lo frequency switches to the bass and treble stages  to complete this massive sounding 2 way eq adjustment scope of this ferral graffa transportable 2 channel studio preamp unit .

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.

new LP record from nathan haines.

nathan haines band at york st with ekadek ampex

dressed best DJs in the world

classic set up . 1200s.pioneer mixer. and a monoman running the big mono kick ass speaker stacks.

ruggedtechniques .  hal smith stevens has been visiting me for years now. he is always so enthusiastic and charming. and extremely talented.  and one day we’ll get to work on a major major project together.

my god man !  dont hurt yourself with that contraption.

it might be a crazy musical  technical adventure that is biblical. or  it may even  be a technical musical product thing that is functional AND biblical.

dont worry kind groom.  we are completely trained for all complications.

he got formally hitched to a wonderful girl and threw a very special  party at alberton.  it was an awesome event for hal and kirsty .

yyeeaahh.

everybody had a great time and of course the good djs were impeccable

wot the blighty chaps . we have sullied this LP record surface with our party antics.

toby muir with his big monoman mono pa system out to play.  … sounds  rude actually .. but he was very well mannered about it all.  the monoman unit contains a valve preamp -    4 system output distribution amplifiers -   and a 4 way adjustable speaker amp xover amplifier splitta unit. all transistor circuits . its way expensive so forget about it.  it does so much that we dont know what even to call it other than the monoman.

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.