Otari Sound Workshop
Old 18th February 2004
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Otari Sound Workshop

I have been offered to buy a Otari sound workshop 34 console, the layout and specifications seem to fit my studio, but I haven't had a chance to try it.

Anyone have any experience with this kind of console ?
Old 18th February 2004
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The Soundworkshop series 34 was a nice sounding board. I had a series 30 and worked on series 34s with great success.

I hope this helped.
Old 18th February 2004
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These are decent mid priced deska that can sound decent. However tehy are pretty easy to do some 'hot rod mods' to them to increase the buss headroom, PSU and noise floor to make teh beast a bit quieter. Any tech wroth half his salt should be bale to workthis out with raising a sweat as the IC's were rather common and far superior versions are now available with much better specs..

Nathan has a sereis 30 that got modded with great success.. perhaps shoot him an emaila nd see what he has to say?

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Old 18th February 2004
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The suggested price is 20.000 SEK (about 2700 USD) ... is this resonable ?

The consoles is said to be in perfect working ordet (32 frame loaded with 28 channels).
Old 18th February 2004
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That's a decent deal, if the board is in good (or better shape). I got almost the same configuration for $2200 and it was trashed. Tech work was another $3K or so. Still have some mods to go, mainly on the master section which will pretty much be replaced.
Old 19th February 2004
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What kind of modifications do you recommend ?
Old 20th February 2004
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We have a 34 series - we recapped the board and replaced all the channel faders (using audio faders instead), as the stock ones significantly degraded the signal. We also ripped out the automation, which never reliably worked. I like the console - a lot of headroom, but short on aux sends and the 24-buss feature is kind of useless.

BTW, anyone know where to find replacement plasma meters for these boards? We have 2 broken ones and haven't found replacements available...
Old 20th February 2004
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What kind of automation is there on the series 34 ? Are there VCA faders ? what more is automated ?

The console I am shopping for is the model with the plasma meters ... and I think there are some spare parts ... I'll check it out.
Old 20th February 2004
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It required a large external computer (for some reason I'm thinking it was an Atari ST?), had its own separate automation power supply... mainly faders, if I recall. If it comes with automation, rip it out!
Old 22nd February 2004
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most came with diskmix, either vca or p+g moving faders, some with eagle
i have a 54c with the p+g rig love it!!
Old 22nd February 2004
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I guess so with P+G moving faders my oh my!
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