Login / Register
 
Higher end Gear you've hated?
New Reply
Subscribe
Baz
#481
24th December 2011
Old 24th December 2011
  #481
Baz
Lives for gear
 
Baz's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2006
Location: Vancouver BC, Canada
Posts: 1,752

Baz is online now
Quote:
Originally Posted by boedoconstrictor View Post
Avalon's (Crap) ~-U5. Love

Focusrite Red's (dfegad)

Drawmer's (WTF?)

Millenia's Pres (Boring) ~ True

CLONES!!!!! ~ rofl. I love pompous generalizing
#482
24th December 2011
Old 24th December 2011
  #482
Gear maniac
 
Joined: Mar 2006
Posts: 151

mherrane is offline
+1 for Genelecs...The day I got rid of mine felt like I finally understood how to mix ...Great for listening music though, everything sounds good, even all the crappy demos.

-- Mikko
#483
24th December 2011
Old 24th December 2011
  #483
Gear nut
 
Hammy Havoc's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Location: Liverpool, United Kingdom

Send a message via MSN to Hammy Havoc Send a message via Skype™ to Hammy Havoc
Hammy Havoc is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by alooker View Post
distressors, avalon ad2055 and ultimation!
I was contemplating picking up a Distressor after hearing them mentioned so frequently on Gearslutz, what don't you like about them?
#484
24th December 2011
Old 24th December 2011
  #484
Lives for gear
 
beau_mckee's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2006
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 1,168

beau_mckee is offline
If everyone unanimously agreed on everything, our world would be boring. It would also be peaceful, but so painfully boring!
__________________



www.BeauMckeeRecordings.com
#485
24th December 2011
Old 24th December 2011
  #485
Lives for gear
 
Beyersound's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2007
Location: Vegas, Norcal
Posts: 3,728

Beyersound is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hammy Havoc View Post
I was contemplating picking up a Distressor after hearing them mentioned so frequently on Gearslutz, what don't you like about them?
They don't create breakfast or coffee/tea for you in the morning!
#486
24th December 2011
Old 24th December 2011
  #486
Lives for gear
 
camus's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2005
Posts: 1,082

camus is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by Telefunk View Post
I mixed with Neve 88r and my mix sounded like sh't, so i got few U47's and re-recorded & re-mixed. Still sounded like sh't. Well, got some 1176's, La2a's, EMT140's etc and it STILL sounded like sh't.

I think all that gear is so over-rated, man. My friend suggested that it might be because the music was sh't and that i cant mix, but i don't think so.
Maybe you should have listened to what the hell you were doing when you "grabbed those U47s" and re-recorded the shit.
__________________
"There are two kinds of fools,
One says-this is old and therefore good.
The other says-this is new and therefore better."
-Bob's Mom
#487
24th December 2011
Old 24th December 2011
  #487
Lives for gear
 
Telefunk's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2008
Location: EU
Posts: 647

Telefunk is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by camus View Post
Maybe you should have listened to what the hell you were doing when you "grabbed those U47s" and re-recorded the shit.
Or maybe you should not take everything so seriously.
#488
24th December 2011
Old 24th December 2011
  #488
Lives for gear
 
_Ludovico's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2009
Posts: 1,120

_Ludovico is offline
I was underwhelmed by the U87ai and the SSL Alpha Channel used together.

The u87ai had this high mid bump that was freakin' ugly on my voice. The SSL, well... First of all, it looks like cheap gear, and it's sound is too clean for my taste. It's all about taste afterall...Maybe the combination was the key here, but while the u87ai might sound better through a different mic pre, it's character will not change. It's a no no for me...

If this mic is one of the most popular mics around, we're probably not talking about the ai version (I have never heard older versions but general consensus seems to be that they're "warmer") because I can't see how this mic would fit the bill for an all around mic in a studio. This high mid bump is really nasty! Especially if you have a high pitched voice like me!

But you know, while we're at it, I really don't like the appearance of SSL gear in general, feels cheap. It's not, I know, but it looks so. It matters to me so I guess I'm superficial, but when you have the choice...

On the TLM103,

I have found the TLM 103 to be very bright and nice for THAT kind of acoustic guitars but I would not use it on my voice and on anything really unless I have no choice. (actually, the u87ai was also nice for acoustic guitars for this reason)

I can understand why it sells though. It's neumann and it's bright, so people who have never played with real high end mics will instantly think their stuff sounds better, especially in this world of extreme stratospheres of high frequencies. BUT. I don't see it as incredibly bad for a first mic, when bought used at reasonable price...
#489
4th January 2012
Old 4th January 2012
  #489
Lives for gear
 
Anghello's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2010
Location: CZECH REP.

Anghello is offline
003 Pro tools (telephone sounds better)

I guess thats it.
#490
4th January 2012
Old 4th January 2012
  #490
Lives for gear
 
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 3,881

Duardo is offline
Quote:
Honestly, I would have paid double for it to have Focusrite build it correctly.
Unfortunately, not too many people felt that way...which is why they stopped making the Red stuff as I understand it.
#491
19th January 2012
Old 19th January 2012
  #491
Gear nut
 
alooker's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2010
Location: London
Posts: 109

alooker is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hammy Havoc View Post
I was contemplating picking up a Distressor after hearing them mentioned so frequently on Gearslutz, what don't you like about them?
I've always wanted to like them but whenever I've used them there's been something else better in the rack...

Take everything you hear on GS with a pinch of salt, including my opinion!
__________________
"yeah, he's got it all, he wrote the song, played all the instruments, produced, engineered, mixed, mastered and put the record out on his own label all from his shed. He's what we in the industry call a complete package"
#492
19th January 2012
Old 19th January 2012
  #492
Gear nut
 
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: in my home
Posts: 90

Send a message via MSN to ahmz
ahmz is offline
nas
#493
19th January 2012
Old 19th January 2012
  #493
nas
Lives for gear
 
nas's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2008
Location: Jordan
Posts: 1,011

nas is offline
#494
19th January 2012
Old 19th January 2012
  #494
Gear interested
 
Joined: Sep 2011
Posts: 4

overeasy is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by henryrobinett View Post
Distressor (British Mode) I know. I'm the only one!
No you're not! I love the Distressor, but never find myself leaving the British Mode engaged. What is that button supposed to be emulating/in-the-spirit-of?

Last edited by overeasy; 19th January 2012 at 06:46 PM.. Reason: incorrect tense
#495
19th January 2012
Old 19th January 2012
  #495
Lives for gear
 
Joined: Aug 2009
Posts: 928

10 ton splash is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by narcoman View Post
API2500!!

Got one. Hate it.

Never use it!!
Why? Im interested in buying one. What do you use now?
#496
19th January 2012
Old 19th January 2012
  #496
Lives for gear
 
baskervils's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2010
Location: New York
Posts: 1,603
My Recordings/Credits

baskervils is offline
I sold my Neve Portico 5043, not because I hated it, but because I wanted something with color and character. The 5043 seemed to be a fairly clean, musical gain box.
#497
19th January 2012
Old 19th January 2012
  #497
Gear addict
 
AudioGaff's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 489

AudioGaff is offline
AMEK Neve Pure Path CIB - nothing special about the mic pre, compressor was far below expectations, and the while the Eq was good and clean, not enough to justify keeping it just for that.

Avalon 737 - nothing special about the mic pre and the compressor was crap

Summit Audio MPC-100A - Decent and clean mic pre, but no mojo. And the compressor was utter crap. After I got my first API 512C, I dumped the MPC-!00A on ebay the next day.

Eventide DSP4500 - While I still have and use it on every project, I had much higher expectations for it's DSP performance.

Tube-Tech CL2A - Bought it years ago on the hype and assurance it was a dual channel CL1B . Nope. Has very little to no mojo that I was expecting out of it. Need to make room for some other stuff so it will be up for sale soon.

dbx 160X - Ok, not really high end gear per say, and while it can still be mildly useful, they way it cuts off the high end was always a disappointment and meat it had to go.
__________________
- AudioGaff -
#498
20th January 2012
Old 20th January 2012
  #498
Lives for gear
 
Rob Coates's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 1,140

Rob Coates is online now
#499
20th January 2012
Old 20th January 2012
  #499
Gear addict
 
syntheticrhyme's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2006
Posts: 487

syntheticrhyme is offline
the avalon vt747 stereo compressor/eq, what a waste of money that was.
#500
20th January 2012
Old 20th January 2012
  #500
Lives for gear
 
krheatman's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2007
Location: Motorcity
Posts: 2,874

krheatman is offline
One man's junk is another man's treasure.I have owned stuff that I sold that I never even tried.I bought
it to fill a gap in my mouse trap,and sold it to upgrade before I got to use it.I get good deals on gear in this forum from people who think,if I only had this or that my mixes would be better,because of something they read on here.
20-30 years ago most of the equipment being discussed would have been awesome to own.

When I read a post where someone was complaining about Neve 88 series that about took the cake.

I was a single digit handicap golfer for years,and while I did have good equipment,I was not always changing my gear to improve my game.After I had the gear that was right for me,very few changes after that for years.
But I was always seeing others who would.Not saying I didn't upgrade stuff when new technology surpassed the old,like maybe a new driver or putter,but practice and playing all the time is what kept my game,not the gear.Enough said.

Sent from my PC36100 using Gearslutz.com
#501
20th January 2012
Old 20th January 2012
  #501
Gear Head
 
Knob Tweak's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2008
Location: Austin
Posts: 68

Knob Tweak is offline
Portico preamps.. Yuck
#502
20th January 2012
Old 20th January 2012
  #502
Gear nut
 
ac55's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2007
Location: about to fall into the pacific
Posts: 133

ac55 is offline
The one thing mentioned more than anything in this entire thread is the "dfegad". I therefore will not be purchasing one!

(if only I knew what it is.........) ahhhh old age
#503
20th January 2012
Old 20th January 2012
  #503
Lives for gear
 
Joined: Dec 2004
Location: mexico
Posts: 5,066

raal is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rob Coates View Post
Vitalizer
Drawmer 1960
Summit EQs
though i like Drawmer products in general, i must agree with the 1960.

Don't mind Summit EQs at all though, and we have a several well kept Pultecs in the same rack. cheers.
#504
20th January 2012
Old 20th January 2012
  #504
Gear Head
 
kkalnasy's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2010
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 34

kkalnasy is offline
Not high end, but the Adam A7X, before the bass port fix. They sounded like I had an airplane propeller in there somewhere. I thought I would like the folded ribbon tweeter, but I found the speakers muddy and lacking mid-range clarity. Replaced them with the Focal CMS 65 and I've never looked back. I've got some serious love for the Focals.

Last edited by kkalnasy; 20th January 2012 at 06:52 AM.. Reason: grammer
#505
20th January 2012
Old 20th January 2012
  #505
Lives for gear
 
deft_bonz's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2003
Location: Switzerland
Posts: 4,527
My Recordings/Credits

deft_bonz is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by AnalogBob View Post
.... vive la difference.
hell yeah
#506
20th January 2012
Old 20th January 2012
  #506
Lives for gear
 
Joined: Oct 2007
Posts: 1,095

waldie wave is offline
Manley VoxBox - The EQ and the compression isn't my thing. Still have the unit.
Lexicon PCM 96 - It is like a toy. Reverbs are lackluster.
#507
20th January 2012
Old 20th January 2012
  #507
Gear Guru
 
Joined: Feb 2004
Posts: 10,252
My Recordings/Credits

Jim Williams is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by nas View Post
Avalon 737
ADAM monitors - instant migraine
I listened to some of those at Namm yesterday. They had the whole line up in a stack. Low end seemed punchy, but there is something about the top end that said "glassy power amp".

Then I realized these were all self powered monitors, and that explained it.

The Avalon booth was empty.


There are a sh*tload of cheapo chi-com mics this year, it's the year of cheap mics. Last year it was guitar pedals. Maybe karaoke will come back next year?

Otherwise, same movie, different cast.
#508
20th January 2012
Old 20th January 2012
  #508
Gear maniac
 
brightshine's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 253

brightshine is offline
[QUOTE

I was a single digit handicap golfer for years,and while I did have good equipment,I was not always changing my gear to improve my game.After I had the gear that was right for me,very few changes after that for years.
But I was always seeing others who would.Not saying I didn't upgrade stuff when new technology surpassed the old,like maybe a new driver or putter,but practice and playing all the time is what kept my game,not the gear.Enough said.



]I understand completely. You can't buy a game I played for over thirty years in many tournaments, amatuer and pro level, and loved watching guys with their "Great Big Whatever" hit it all over the planet. Forged blades and lots of practice here Nothing beat putting in the time. Just like mixing. Put the time in and create a great mix!
#509
21st January 2012
Old 21st January 2012
  #509
Gear interested
 
Joined: May 2011
Location: Silver Spring, Maryland US
Posts: 6

Pinball Wizard is offline
API 525 compressors. I normally like API gear. I have purchased 2 consoles & built up systems with their cards back in the 1970s, but I just don't get the 525. Maybe I didn't give it a fair chance as the only thing I used it in was voice but it seemed to either do nothing or squish the sound like an AM radio station....nothing i between.

I also have had poor results with the Spectrasonics Compliter. Mine failed several times and didn't sound that good when it was working.
#510
21st January 2012
Old 21st January 2012
  #510
Lives for gear
 
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 593

jruberto is offline
Focal CMS50. Had a pair for a few days. Not good. Weird phony 3d sound, I felt like a stereo enhancer was always engaged. User has to install some crappy little piece of plastic in the tweeter? I was a little scared that I'd push it right through the tweeter. Also the little "tool" they provide for removing the protective covers... scary. Curious design. People sure seem to like the 65s tho!

U87ai. Just not a high end sound. Disappointing. I have cheap condensers that sound as good or better.

Yamaha M7CL. I actually love everything about it except... the way it sounds. (And no I haven't tried it with a good clock. I would hope that a $20k console wouldn't need upgrades right out of the gate to sound good.)
__________________
Jim Ruberto
Engineer, Producer, Bassist, Human (maybe Cylon), Threadkiller
Denver, CO
jimruberto.com

use last.fm? join the Gearslutz group!
New Reply Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook  Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter  Submit Thread to LinkedIn LinkedIn  Submit Thread to Google+ Google+ 
 
Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter / Forum
Replies
smiling_cynic / Low End Theory
9
CorkyTart / So much gear, so little time!
20
chikkenguy / So much gear, so little time!
23

Forum Jump

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.