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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.

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.

ferralgrapha results are in

alex got back just today. he is loving his system i reckon. p.s. The Ferralgrapha is bloody excellent mate! I’ve done two recordings so far and even been trying it out in live situations. It treats everything so beautifully! Been getting some really luscious sounds with it. When i have some mixed examples i’ll write you a proper review for your website – with a link to a recording, so the people in internet-land can hear the magic!
thanks alex.  meanwhile i’ve packed up and moved my tons complete with wife and children to the country. we’ve wanted to do it for ages and have at last made the shift. so ekadek has a new lab  – well , two actually. the end 6 feet of a largish shed overlooking a pretty backyard. and a tall workstation in the living room beside the fire.   far from the agrovated noise and relentless bustle of the big smelly expensive city. everything is so different down here. the air – the vibe – the smiley happy to help locals. a great change for the family and for ekadek to hunker down unhindered by the stinky taxing city and soon to stride out with some awesome new product designs. matamata is a great little place! it is situated in the centre of a large farming district so theres a lot of small efficient industry here.  and a veritable heap of creative folks doing their thing without worrying too much about keeping up with the joneses.  its most famous attraction is the ‘lord of the rings’ hobbiton film set.  it really is beautiful down here – idyllic.  just like the movie.  we are renting a  nice small house within matamata  town for a few months while we settle into work again and take our sweet time to find and purchase a property out  in the countryside proper.

ferralgrapha is building

ive drilled up the panel and letterstamped it. it’s been  bent   to fit the cabinet properly and is getting anodized as i type.  while it is soaking  .  i’ll finish and test  the tube chassis. 8 tubes . 6 signal transformers. my evolved prototype chassis sounds great – really open feeling microphone sound.   the tube amps – the very flavorful equalizing  possibilities -  and the in/external monitoring functionality make the ferralgrapha a complete one machine for studio or live recording sessions.

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.

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.

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.

ekadekatron. fat ladys. 3WAYs.

the ekadekatron. two fat lady vari mu limiting amplifiers. and a two 3 WAYS equalizers. 18 tubes total. goes like stink! adam (empire audio labs) reckons the eq is better and more effective than a pultec eqp1a. and the limiter amps are like a mothers love (?) but hey! enough with the similie. they have their own sound dimension believe me. please send a short sound file to test me.

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