stardustmedia studio upgrade
Old 29th November 2011
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cable installation

We had a rough'n'tough weekend. Roland Kupferschmied (our pro cable solding specialist) finished the cables last friday. He did an awesome job. We went to him to pick them up saturday.

Here are some impressions of our 3 x 14 hours days


Started to connecting the last cables into the patchbays. Some snakes were spread onto different patchbays, thus Roland couldn't prepare them at his place, because transportation would have been a big issue. I couldn't afford another 1 or 2 patchbays, so I had to connect the patchbays like this.





Meanwhile my studio mate (I lovingly call him intern ) is connecting the computer with the Apogee converters.





Connecting the 3rd patchbay...





Here you can see two split cables for sidechain send and receive.





That's not how a "intern" should work





Much better





The last (5th) patchbay connected.





What a huge pile of cables *phew*





Having a break, gathering energy...





Let's install'em...





Patchbays installed, looks sexy





Not so sexy at the back though tutt





Rearranged the snakes and stripped them together.





Snakes straightened up





I like it this way better





Rear view from under the Argosy console: ES-8, 2500, Distressors and 1178





Another rear view: SSL Xpanda





Roland the cable master fixing the patchbay. SSL made a mistake in their install guide. The DB25 specification noted that the master out are on pin 1 & 2 and the master send on pin 3 & 4. The same for the external in and master return. In fact it was the other way

Old 2nd December 2011
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Received the last package today. Just right in time before tomorrows grand reopening :-D



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Last edited by deft_bonz; 4th December 2011 at 02:38 PM.. Reason: added the picture, that wasn't uploaded by phone
Old 4th December 2011
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Some first impression from my upgraded studio. Better pictures will follow next year, when every little detail is finished for sure

Old 4th December 2011
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Beautiful!! Masterpiece!!!
Old 5th December 2011
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I'm in awe. Magnificent effort. I'm keen to hear what those SSL consoles sound like. Let us know when you've tracked some sounds

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Old 5th December 2011
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First impression was quite surprising. Sounded cleanish in a different way. You can drive it pretty hot and the mix bus still takes it

The change from ITB to OTB is hard, felt strange the first time twiddeling with faders and knobs again. It was also pretty hard to get the mix right with the hardware reverb, although Bricasti just sounds so huge.

After the first processing with the new EQs, I must say that the Great River 32EQ are the most musical ones. The EM-PEQ fulfilled my Pultec dreams and the LilPEQr has just a nice "dirty vintage" touch (just tried it yet on a clap). Lachapelle, V14 and Little Devil are nice work horses.

First downer I had with most of the EQs: The boost/cut pot aren't detended at zero. It's not a big thing, though I'd like to have that.
Old 7th December 2011
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Here a first (bad) pic of my "home" studio almost finished. Still some details to do, but audio is running fine already

Old 29th December 2011
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Impressive! You guys did an awesome job! Congrats on the baby girl!

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Here a first (bad) pic of my "home" studio almost finished. Still some details to do, but audio is running fine already

Old 30th December 2011
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Some first impression from my upgraded studio. Better pictures will follow next year, when every little detail is finished for sure

Very nice place, but why did you put the patchbays at the bottom of the rack?
Old 30th December 2011
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Very nice place, but why did you put the patchbays at the bottom of the rack?
First thought was that the cables won't get before the gear... second thought (more out of an error) that the cables are too short

I didn't have the budget to buy any more cables

It's in deed not that bad. Because the patchbay will be only used during mixdown, so there is no need to crawl all the time on the floor

At the next bigger upgrade I'll change that for sure
Old 1st January 2012
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Great thread man Where are you from in CH?
Old 1st January 2012
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Very nice place, but why did you put the patchbays at the bottom of the rack?
That was my first thought too. Bending down to read those tiny labels will get old very quickly. Your place looks great though! Congrats.
Old 2nd January 2012
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Great thread man Where are you from in CH?
Thanks. I grew up in Solothurn, now I live in Zurich. If you like, drop by and visit my studio.
Old 19th January 2012
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Thanks. I grew up in Solothurn, now I live in Zurich. If you like, drop by and visit my studio.
Sweet man! My family is from Zurich although I now live in nyc, will take you up on that one day for sure
Old 19th January 2012
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I'm always glad to meet GS members

BTW: Today my last gear arrived, FINALLY! Ordered 3rd of October, arrived 18th January: Two Rupert Neve Designs 5033... took a very long time... I'd expect a faster shipping from a high end company.

Last weekend we put up the remaining curtains. Here a small bad mobile phone pic




Still some things to do, but the studio is running and sounding very fine
Old 19th January 2012
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VEry nice studio indeed. I'm interested how you like the Alesis 3632 comps?
Old 19th January 2012
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VEry nice studio indeed. I'm interested how you like the Alesis 3632 comps?
Couldn't test them yet, because they run on 110V and you CAN NOT easily change them with a switch or internally with a jumper Or I haven't seen one Will let them be checked out soon
Old 20th January 2012
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Installed the remaining 2 EQs yesterday. After 4 (!!) months of waiting, finally the 2 RND 5033 arrived...




I think they look sexy




Ran some first easy'n'fast tests with a male voice. They sound very sweet and soft. Pretty musical. Can't wait to implement them in my next mixdown
Old 20th January 2012
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Installed the remaining 2 EQs yesterday. After 4 (!!) months of waiting, finally the 2 RND 5033 arrived...




I think they look sexy




Ran some first easy'n'fast tests with a male voice. They sound very sweet and soft. Pretty musical. Can't wait to implement them in my next mixdown
Wow man!! Your living the dream!!
Your getting all the sexy gear..!!
Did you do room treatment aswell yet !!
Old 20th January 2012
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Wow man!! Your living the dream!!
Your getting all the sexy gear..!!
Did you do room treatment aswell yet !!
Thanks. I really feel like my dream came true. It's been a good feeling sitting in my studio, now it got even better. And the customers like it like it like it

Yes room treatment is made. Check pics above. WSDG did measurement and the planning. Most of the modules we bought ready, built by their specifics: 4 absorbers and the ceiling. The bass trap above the booth we made ourselves. But that was a easy task.
Old 20th January 2012
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Thanks. I really feel like my dream came true. It's been a good feeling sitting in my studio, now it got even better. And the customers like it like it like it

Yes room treatment is made. Check pics above. WSDG did measurement and the planning. Most of the modules we bought ready, built by their specifics: 4 absorbers and the ceiling. The bass trap above the booth we made ourselves. But that was a easy task.
Your NS10's are placed a little higher (on top of your 003's), how does that sound, good? I have a situation where I might have to do that.
Anyhow, nice!!!!!!!!!! Love the new EQ's..
Old 20th January 2012
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It's okay. It's anyway just meant for rechecking the mix, not to work with them. They sound very harsh compared to the K&H though, but that gives a good picture of what's going on the middle.
Old 20th January 2012
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It's okay. It's anyway just meant for rechecking the mix, not to work with them. They sound very harsh compared to the K&H though, but that gives a good picture of what's going on the middle.
I use them the other way around!! LOL!!! Cool brother. Have a great weekend!!
Old 20th January 2012
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I use them the other way around!! LOL!!! Cool brother. Have a great weekend!!


Everything's a matter of taste, isn't it?

Great weekend you too
Old 26th January 2012
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I finally finished the patchbay labels. Thought I could do it with Excel *eeeeepic fail*

My advise: DO NOT attempt to do patch labels with Excel. I thought I could be more flexible and would have more option. Excel gives you all of that, but no WYSIWYG. I couldn't match the print to the actual patch points

So I went back to Neutrik patch label software, which has a PITA user interface, but the printing works like a charm. Print it, cut it and put it in. Finished!

Old 26th January 2012
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Excel is perfect for Labels, I do it all the time. Print your layout, measure the distance of lets say ten fields (not too small areas, therefore ten or more) and compare it to the required size.

In the Layout section of the print menu you can then vary the size in percents - you just have to do a simple calculation to get the right size. I note that print percentage in every excel sheet, so I dont have to think about it later.

The editing and the layout of the color scheme is much easier in Excel than in the (very poor) Neutrik software.
Old 26th January 2012
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The problem was, that each pair of patchpoints were a bit further, like this

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Although Excel would give more options, after several trials and errors I gave it up
Old 6th February 2012
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Last weekend I was finally able to get the 8 Alesis 3632 up and running. They were made for running with 110V, because I ordered them in the USA and forgot to tell the salesman that I need them with 240V. I read at the Alesis webpage that they work from 110-240V, so during ordering I didn't bother

But simply exchanging the fuse didn't work. And there is no switch, externally and internally I asked my techguy. He needed to unsolder a cable from the transformer (I think it was the transformer) and solder another one onto the PCB.

So here we are. Up and running. Of course I couldn't resist to check them out briefly They're task will be most of the time just for sidechain ducking and for this they work like a charm.

They are built cheap. A couple ot pots aren't turning well. Most of the buttons are very fiddly to use. It's hard to read the values from the pots, because they just engraved a faint line on them without color. All this is something you expect at this price point, so it's not a downer.

I like the feature, that in stereo mode, even the in and out level gain is controlled by only the left side. That's pretty convenient.

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