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vortex valve spring reverb

all valve amplifiers.  the vortex is designed to be used in a control room situation.   fed from an aux send and equalizer -  either outboard or ITB -  so as to tailor the signal that hits the spring . and then the vortex output should feed another eq to feed the reverb back into the mix.  with THAT set up u can really get in there and create specific characters for different purposes. you can make a vast and bassey booming atmosphere on a bass guitar or synth or vocal. or you can make a splashey little fat crack under a snare drum. or make a very fantastic-realistic room sound drum and bass section. or add a single magical distortion to a guitar.

the spring tank is mounted out of the chassis. so as  to ‘ adjust ‘ it.    place bits of soft cloth or sheepskin ontop  the springs to damp the reverb time down. then drive the spring a bit harder ..   and wow. its pretty much there into lee perry land. some smart tweaking on the send and return eqs . to clean and refine the energies and wow wow its amazing.  the kind of depth and delicious fullness of a fat refined reverb can do.  yummy experimentation.

the vortex also features a very beaut switched internal speaker.   the function is there partly to test the signal that is hitting the spring. check for too much level -  distortion -  and the signal’s balance. very useful for getting the verb sound clean of  noises or too much bottom end. or whatever. the spring is very sensitive to it.

because the speaker and amp is  EF86. EL84 A-class hi fi and pretty fat sounding for its size – u can use the  vortex as an auxillary mini monitor. it is definitely good enough to be your ‘radio sound’. the speaker has a clear valvey tone that can fill a room.  the speaker has a pretty fat bottom end.

price is 1450nz$ .   inclusive of gst (in NZ)

there’s  an iceypole’s chance in hell -  that  software emulations can build that organic authentic sound – that feels so alive – like this real electromechanical device.

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.

going down the reverb road

igor and i have been souping up my old home made plate reverb. getting it working again now that it’s  plywood home slash export crate is finished .  checking the plate tension. and refitting the pickup and driver units. my hotted up general radio amp serves as the new low distortion driver stage.  Ive piggybacked a balancing transformer to the pickup amp so that it can run a long way into a control room microphone amp .  ace3 is a quick test jammed track with the plate all over it.  now we’ve found a big 40mm slab of polystyrene to fit as a baffler. and as i type igor is beavering away on making the  baffle adjustment device. the bafflerator . sure to baffle. the plate is very natural sounding – if by natural you mean stuck down a 500ft rock pit.  moving the dampening polystyrene board up closer to the plate (but not touching) dramaticly changes the reverb time. bump that block right up onto the plate to physically damp it. .. and the sound is amazing. bonking and  baffing and plonking. . its a whole freaking new genre.  the plate is being used next week at york st studios in auckland for a live to half inch half track valve tape recording machine (ekadek’s tube  ampex) session with nathan haines and band. completely wild out there sparking jazz. should be a great day.