Tag Archive for 'control room monitor section'

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 klangenschmitt brooklyn model

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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.

the listenator

listenator51

listenator50

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

new building alfredo mixing desk

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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

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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

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.

 

 

klangenschmitt spitfire

klangen

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ekadek klangenschmitt spitfire console design.10 channel transistor mixer with stereo bus and echo bus.
stereo valve eq. stereo varimu tube limiter  stereo tube mix bus amplifier. 4 stereo returns. control room section has 3 speaker amp outputs – headphone send selection and volume , talkback function. an onboard p.a small fat hifi speaker is on board also. and big meters. 23000nz$ ballpark.

 

cambridge electronic workshop console

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rebuilding this cambridge electronic workshop console.
it will be 14 channels into 2 stereo mixes with 2 pre/post aux sends. there is talkback facility to aux 1. there is a small speaker p.a amp on board. there is a complete control section. her he is all taken apart with new and old circuit boards arranged onto mothers – almost all ready to be reassembled and wired . next weeks task.
i rescued this desk in melbourne about 1996 from the infamous RAY EMERY – he was a sound guy of years and years who had a house in the sticks piled high with old tech of all sorts. he was an awesome guy who was very generous with parts and infos and rum. the other desk i could afford at the time was a mackie style . i hated those measley thin heaps with zero headroom and bad eq. i.e no fun.

so i bort the cambridge and a heap of other bits off ray and slowly remade it work and have used it ever since in my studios.

the cambridge is all transistor from around 1975. just before chip amps became normal to use in consoles . i.e the burying the good clean audio signal with multiple multiple stages of chips each with a gazzillion transistors each. those cheap mass produced consoles are major electronic bullshit.
ive never found anyone who has ever heard of the cambridge audio workshop. so this must have been a prototype – originally designed to be a special functional theatre console.
the cambridge transistor operational amps are very neve ish .. 1070 thru 1080 like. the similarity is bonkers. they utilise different sex power supplies and opposite polarity bi polar transistors .. and yet they can live on the same circuit board. it’s a mystery wraped in enigma

cam11

cam12

 

rolaphon mixer box

rolaphon8

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stereo recording mixer build.  8 mono channel input – two further stereo inputs.  pair of mike  amps and a pair of germainium preamplifiers .  two fx sends per channel with individual go switches for extra play-ability.  a pair of mono subgroups and a stereo mix bus of course. a full control room section enables complete studio and mixer monitoring . and processor insert abilities over all the inputs and outputs conveniently arranged in one row of top panel socketry . this ‘ rolaphon ‘  contains 38 transistor neve-ish amps and will fits  into an  old ROLA 66 tape recorder cabinet. the rolaphon opens up like a chest. plenty of expensive goodies in there.

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.

 

 

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.

cat visconti arriving

the cat visconti channel is almost gasp. complete.  just waiting now for a final bit of metal worked rear ass covering solution . sounding perfect . it’s made to be a best quality mono recording channel with mic/di/line stages and 4 way eq and filters with processor insertabilty. the output of that can mix (or not) with two stereo line inputs. the listenator function runs either the alone channel or the mixture of the alone channel with the stereo inputs -  into one of two selected pairs of speakers.  alla fenkner functionality.

new mini fenk

a new minifenkner contol room monitor ‘special’ dog. .  this little guy has been borned  inside a  pretty tight upgrade budget   so i found a suitable sized hammond industries cut folded & spotwelded chassis .. costs way less than my first   ‘built like a hummer’  styling. .   this  little bugger still has the same super clear and fat  transistor electronics as the luxury model of course  .   and…   two.   stereo  headphone amps .    all transistor superbness and very desirable functionality. get a  little mini fenk so to hear everything!   in your signal and throw it easily around your speaker systems -  to test your balances and ease your mind.

spooning catvisconti trident totally ekadeked

mind altering breakaway holiday? no freaking way.  the wiring is set and a power supply is made and its been running perfectly hot! . after sorting a couple of easy sorted  errs.  (its kind of difficult thing to photograph cos it lies on it’s side.  spooning).  really does work well tho. set  to try it out in karaoke session with the family over next few days. the mic amp sound is so fat and quiet with  mountain ranges of gain. the eq with its new backwards and flipped out order is richer and precise and more equalizer power full. …..    and YEP  i have indeed made a most awesome karoke mixer . hooked up my old grampian  spring reverb to the cats fx send and return, and wow. so good. theres at least a couple of jammed albums in this rig .

catvisconti’s big toe

i’ve been designing a piece of wood today . a big toe to go at the front below the faders of the cat visconti gogo five’s boot shaped sound shaper slash recording monitoring channeling. hope-ing the photos do this project justice. the electronics has been fitted commando style to a frame connected behind to the upright eq/control-room face. cat visconti’s boot will be ready for final assembly and wireing next week after mr anodizer does his magic.

inside the cat visconti

the cat visconti gogo prototype channel is completely rocking. but it looks a bit strange.  it is just the  test bed of amps so far. even with its all unshielded looopey connecting wires and floating switches,  the sound is crystal clear and clean of noises or interferences.  the trident tsm 4 way -with filters eq  design is turned backwards and inside out.  now the H.F  has new mojo from coming first on top.  the L.F needed  utter lobotomy. the old chip band pass sweeping eq is changed out for a simple tough and tight 5 freq shelf eq. (neve 1080)  much better bass control with no lumps.

the  all transistor channel amplifiers are on this motherboard along with the jensen input and output trafos (ex of other parts of the trident console) . theres two gain controlled amps in series as the mic/line amp.  the series gain controlled preamps push the signal so long far forward with no noise – effortless big gain.  and then a fader and  post fader amp. theres also  an amp for the extra input section to feed the extra stereo output buss. so many extras. and then one other dual amp board that creates an isolated clean monitor send for a headphones system and a meter feeder..to . ah. feed the meter. the other mother  (r.h)- board is a stereo twin inverting stage buss amp and control room amps and stereo line buffer amps  designed to be a recording and monitoring unit for andrew’s loungeroom desktop computer set up. more pictures to come.

minifenking

been in the lab making a new minifenk today.and first had to fashion a special support ring to fit under the oversize top panel pilot lite hole.  so as to capture a magnifier glass up there. so as then looking into the spooky innards of said minifenk and bask in the golden LED glow becomes actually quite trip inducing. these  friendly little guys will always playback your sounds most truthfully tho. flat response dc to daylight and very open clearness from the simple best quality honest transistor amplifier.

minifenk in zebs world

zebulon wrote me the day after he picked up his new minifenk control room monitor station.
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 that range. The low end seems to be
more defined, so frequencies in the upper low range sound less boomy, low lows sound
tight & thick. The high frequencies sound less fatigued & cloudy. In a nutshell, it
sounds like I have removed a kind of hifi emulation in my signal path.
I love this thing, it sounds fantastic, thank you very much. Zeb.

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.

postcard from klangboy

ronan charles lives in the beautiful west australian hills around perth. he rolls with the ekadek klangenschmitt gogo 1 . klangboy 2009.
he’s been busy developing his studio enviroment. and klang had a  problem with a switch. it got banged or something. he decided to fix it himself and i had just mailed him to say – hi – how’d it go? . his reply was my monday heart starter. brilliant.


I’m good thanks Eke.
Happy Father’s Day (Klang asked me to pass that along…)

Yes I did manage to get it in, beaded brow like a bomb defuser and full of
admiration for the absolute gazillion of more complicated wirings that you
performed inside this beauty. Attached are a couple of pics of the Klang
desk I built around him. I hope you aren’t too offended but I figured that I
may as well build him his own house and make it nice and sturdy and
permanent-like. Its all built around him like a wooden glove, without
removing any part so he could roll out of there when necessary. You can’t
see it in the murk but there are 2 little holes to get at the headphones
from the front.
It was joyful to finally plug him in again and hear just how outrageously good he
makes everything sound . Phenomenal thing this is.
In a way its been the touchstone of quality – it’s the reason I’m going to
so much care over the building of the place he lives in.
Oh btw: there are 2 black wires coming off the klang. Are they earths? I’ve
got 2 earth wires ready to connect to them if they are.
No problem with noise. I was nervous as hell plugging it in to speakers for
the first time. But its all rock solid. Thanks so much for the electrical advice and
assistance. Really helped me.


At the moment I’ve finished the control room, bass traps and all, and am
currently moved onto finishing of the live room. building a huge 20m2 wall
of diffusers to tame the reflections coming off the brick walls I built in
the big live room… Its gonna look great but will take a few more weeks.
Its been absolutely ages in the works, this place, but I figure I may as
well go gangbusters and head off some of the problems that I know are there
before I start rolling tape again. ahhh… what a dream…

hope everything is going great with you.
Can’t wait till I can bang on your door again for some more ekadek sound
manglers.
Cheers
Ronan


anritsu electric company

this old pilot oscillator unit is useless. i got it from an auction with some other treasure and boat anchors.  it’s perfect for a mixer. 8 channels. volume. pan. mute.  the neve b535 board will be the pick up amp. its going to be  very simple. fat & clear. the all transistor neve boards are stunning. i’ll add a control room monitor section and  twin microphone/instrument preamp. quite  the complete juicy front and back end in one beaut box. the two upper photos are of a mock layout and of the new panel ready for clear coating.