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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.

 

klangenschmitt mixer in new york

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“”  GREG.  Seriously, what the hell?!  This thing sounds amazing. So fat, silky, smooth, and versatile. She’s all routed in and just sounding freaking sweet.  Every channel rings clear and gorgeous.  So many options now. Like so many. The gain on these channels is endearing.  You seriously blew right past my hopes and dreams on this one. Nice job.
I’ll keep the updates coming.  – Christian

 

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.

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

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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

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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.

 

 

roger eq off to big smoke

off to the big smoke tomorrow . this new roger 3 ways very  flash all transistor dual channel eq. features
neve 1081 style 5 frequency high  and  low frequency control stages.  very  fat and sharp . for a deep deep sound. teamed with a freaked out sweeping midrange stage. boost or cut   200hz – 6Khz he has double series band pass filters for a  tightest Q potential. with  selectable band pass gain effects .
1.  normal      NICE and clean
2.  sharper q     Q.TIGHT
3.  turbo sharp     INSANE
hook this baby to a mad playable keyboard and a echo box and u could have a mother of a synthesizer sound. learn to play it like one thing and freaking shit. thats a real  human electric direct sound! right there. one take.  the circuit board  contains cards of electronics arranged as two in line channels. left to right . treble – midrange – bass – output. each stage contains perfectly simple fat A-class inverting amplifiers made of just four transistors. no chips. plus.  quite a bit of  specified frequency selective boosting cutting circuitry is in there on the mother too. . it’s the prototype to a unit that can make a few of. or maybe a more largess thing  for DJs .. that item would need preset-able fitments and lets make it  xfade-able thru a delay effect loop. to create some very far out transitions. the all transistor circuits make it clear and fat and low low noises with richness and real balls.

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.

skyqueen pultec MB1 tube preamp

this EVER READY SKYQUEEN  is straight out of the 1950s. shes been (tenderly) gutted and had a beaut pultec  MB1 design  two tube mic/direct preamp built into her.
the 1/4″ direct input is a tough sounding hiZ instrument amplifier,
super great for direct bass guitar or keyboards.

the microphone input is balanced low Z  with switched  phantom powering . she uses an american edcor input transformer with custom sheilding.   the  pultec MB1′s custom output transformer is made from the highest quality japanese grain orientated steel. this improves the low low bottom end signal integrity.  xtal clear and solid bottom end gives an amp the big dynamic smack ability.

the stereo 1/4″ input  has a left/mixed/right signal switch.  -  matches from a media player whatsit. ipod or cd payer. sounds awesome – the valve amp gives that signal a very much sweet tweaking.

she also has a tube  P.A  stage to drive the small but fat sounding internal  speaker.  or headphones.  the p.a amp isnt a powerful one, just 1 or 2 watts of valve radiogram style.
the skyqueen has very desireable looks.  with creamy aligator tolex vinyl covering and brassy trim bits. she has a fancy – and so modern perspex handle too.  i hope the photos taken in the lovely matamata early evening light  do the skyqueen some  justice. she really is  unique.  weve been soak testing skyqueen day and night just playing cds thru her. wow . so good.

philip ontop the heap

geez. philip has some fine company there. damian is up to his neck with  united audio la2a. wunder audio and a manley vox box. philip has been in our family along time scrapping it out with the odds and bods around the place. and getting lent out a bit to friends.  the wife and kids will miss this handy little fine strong sounding tube mic di preamp. not to worry . he’s gone to an appreciative home.

Hi Ek,
Sorry about the late reply. I have Philp at home and have given him a good workout.
Wow! Very smooth and quite open sounding, it smoothed out any harsh plucks of my
acoustic and rendered a real balanced smooth tone.
I actually liked it more than my Manley Voxbox in this instance! In the end it was a
hard choice between my Wunder Peq2r and Philip, they both were great in different
ways. Anyway I just want to let you know this preamp represents pure tonal bliss and
at the price I got it for it puts some of my other pre’s to shame ;-)
Damian

scorpion final assemblage

yesterday i picked up the fresh anodized metalwork from tokoroa. marcel from advanced anodizers reckons  he and his crew never have any infections from cuts and scratches. the chemicals have fried all the germs. i wanna take a bath in that stuff. cos i have so many cuts and grazes. i also bort some awesome records from the methodist op shop there.  linda ronstadt – heart like a wheel. mint, echo and the bunnymen  45rpm the cutter , cat stevens – tea for the tillaman, roxy music – flesh and blood, and john barry – conducting an orchestra playing his most famous film soundtrack themes. fantastic. im always struck by the number of ray coniff.englebert humperdink. james last, accordion party hits,  moog meets pop records, and harry freaking seacombe christmas albums . i guess i was too late for the really good old shit. my turntable has worked overtime today. my neices are staying atm . they love saturday nite fever and abba. im glad to oblige cos thats (embarrassing?) is the music of of my teen years. what a old fart.
tomorrow i’ll finish  fine wiring  the scorpion chopped up and start him up i reckon. ooh , and we bort an old dishwasher today – heaven – in a most beaut schlubbish way. no more wasted hours a day, just another noisy 20th century machine all up the place.

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.

black lions getting ekadeked

a  client had purchased a heap of black lion audio gear . he has liked the sound from the units – and reckoned they represented quite good ‘sonic trustworthy’ value — except for the build quality and control component (pots) quality and robustness. dam cheap little things. busted and broken after only a bit of use. i discovered that quite alot of them weren’t even soldered in … like  –   at all at all- just sitting there ‘plugged’ into the board – no soldering.  w.t.f.  anyway…  after he’d tried my  gyrator ten8tor luxury stereo eq (loved it’s sound and quality) he decided to have me turn his dual mono black lion gear into stereo control stuff . wow. i did not see that coming.  crazy? yes! dumb? no!  so far i’ve stripped the mono parts off the black lion boards. and prepped some metalwork and collected the strange value stereo pots  and parts.

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.

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.

one pretty new mother

this custom motherboard has enough muscle and brains to activate 8 input channels and pick up 2 stereo busses and make some vu meters move to the music. its made from our neever all transistor operational amplifiers.this mother is the amplifying mind of the small mixer build on the bench this week getting loomed up ready for chassis insertion. i’m letter stamping a drilled up panel today while waiting for the last of the parts to arrive. the simple mixer design has 8 mono panorama abled channels and 2 further stereo inputs. the master gain is fine trim able and has a switchable external fx/eq/limiter inserting function. the mixer also has a bus interruptor function which splits the first 6 channels away to an alternate stereo buss amp which can be driven off to some other external processor,  and then  back to the main mix via one of the stereo inputs.

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.

gyrator ten8tor testimony

i helped chris shelswell of  DREAM CONFIG with the recapping of a TAC mixing console and the get-going of his control room.   he played with our ten8tor prototypes early this year, and  loved them.  he spurred us on with some cash and now a new made one developed up to it’s eyeballs – sits proudly in his studio. and he was kind enough to write these words.

“I really have nothing but positive things to say about the ten8tor. It looks fantastic. Really nice big chunky knobs make it a pleasure to use. It feels like I imagine it would to operate an old russian submarine. Every day I pull the cover off it gives me a smile. Then there’s the sound, I swear simply plugging it in makes things sound better. There’s buckets of gain at the input and the 2 mid range knobs give you a massive degree of control. The high end is sweet and smooth. You can really “over do it” with out ending up with that horrible broken sound you get from lesser eq’s. There’s really a huge amount the ten8tor has to offer. With 4 bands and the high and low filters I wish I had one for every channel on my sound card.

I bought the luxury ten8tor as a mastering equalizer for it’s beautiful stereo sound and control but it’s very much become my main eq. I use it for everything from processing single tracks, overdubbing mono or stereo instruments to completely effecting the sound. The ten8tor is amazing for perfecting a sound subtly,  or to powerfully change it.”

and just about was i to post his testimonial a few days later when he wrote again.

“Just did my first mastering job with the ten8tor – It was really a pleasure. It’s a beautiful eq to use and made an amazing job on the track. I couldn’t ask for a better eq :)

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


teneightor gyrator luxury equalizer prototyping

heres news of the all new ekadek  prototype of this luxury equalizer. igor’s been ages eagle designing and stuffing the operational amps and mothers with the pretty components…  while ive been gathering all the stock and full function experimenting. we’re making enough boards to be for a pair of mono control units and 4 more units of the full stereo control teneightor gyrator luxury model.  full single knob stereo control 6 variable band eq.

the design is a chain of six stages all transistor amplifiers arranged as filters and frequency specific boost cut elements. in circuit order.  low.f filter 27hz.47hz.82hz.150hz.270hz -  hi.f filter 18khz.12khz.8khz.5k6hz.3k9hz – Hi.F eq is  5 treble frequency shelving/peaking  boosting/cutting action  15khz.10khz.6k8hz.4k7hz.3k3hz. first midrange eq is 23 position sweeping type boosting/cutting 70hz thru 1k3hz – second midrange is constant sweeping boosting/cutting gyrator circuit bent with turbo boost switch and resonating hi Q switch. 250hz thru 6khz.  finally the bass eq is low frequency shelving/peaking boosting/cutting action 33hz.56hz.100hz.180hz.330hz. you just dont need more than that.  the whole thing sounds awesome and fat with seemingly miles of headroom and signal adjustment scope . the top end has that gorgeous expensive clear brittle sound . the bottom end is a bodifull  weight and the low low low end is bigbig clean and clear. boost to ridiculous ultra lowness. the two midrange stages are surprising and inspirational with their fine accuracy and schwhooshiness. woof. almost dangerous. all the switching is click/bump free so as to make dubb/dump playing the eq easy and bang free fun. mono units are sold. 2 stereo models are sold. 2 stereo models are for sale.

KLANGENSCHMITT RECORDING CONSOLE

i have a ton of gear making atm. those crazy electric badge dudes have hired me to make this small recording console. so my days are filled with the million details it takes to handmake a thing like this.  12  recording channels/direct outputs (8 with mic amps). two stereo mix busses. 4 aux mix busses. afl/pfl-ed up to the earballs.  thats a 9 x handmade  buss mixer! lo-fi talkback & hi-fi phones amp. big old (ex rca transmitter circa 1942)  vu meters . and a full loaded termination/patching bay connecting ronans entire studio to it .  uses all new old stock neve electronics. b538 as preamps and b535 line poweramps. awesome fatness!  these photos are all about the big picture coming quickly together ready for the deal of intense electro engineering. thanks nalco aluminium for cnc routing the panel up and to ryan @ powersurge metalworks for making the console frame. and to mathew at fabrika building design for the panel drilling co-ordinates.