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What is inside the Distressor and FATSO?
Old 21st July 2007
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Wink What is inside the Distressor and FATSO?

Hi everybody,

I was wondering if anyone has a picture of inside the "Distressor" and "FATSO" units or know what they have inside. I have seen inside the Rupert Neve tape uni in the latest Sound on Sound issue. I am just curious.

Cheers,

-Farshad
Old 21st July 2007
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Well, I do have a screwdriver and a Distressor right here... but no, I can't bring myself to do it. Sometimes it's best not to know. I mean, what if you opened it up and there was an Alesis 3630 in there?
Old 21st July 2007
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Well, I do have a screwdriver and a Distressor right here... but no, I can't bring myself to do it. Sometimes it's best not to know. I mean, what if you opened it up and there was an Alesis 3630 in there?
LOL heh That was funny ... or even worse: a behringer state of the art composer PRO! but seriously: can you please take a high-res pic and let us see? very interested.

Thanks
Old 21st July 2007
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magic elves
Old 21st July 2007
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magic elves
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Old 21st July 2007
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stuff...

m
Old 21st July 2007
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magic elves
Please! They prefer to be called little magical people.
Old 21st July 2007
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Please! They prefer to be called little magical people.
Sorry...it's never happen again. But I didn't say dwarves...I think they like that even less
Old 21st July 2007
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no pictures over the internet? I am very interested.

Cheers
Old 22nd July 2007
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stuff...

m
I think it might possibly both dark chocolate AND nougat.




seriously - i have both units here, but no time to unrack them, snap pics, and upload.

sorry

Old 22nd July 2007
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Seven hamsters, some magnetic 2" tape, food and water for the hamsters for 12 years, a micro computer that routes the incoming signal to the hamsters brains and a 2nd micro computer that routes the signal (corrected to what the hamster thinks sounds better) from the hamsters brains to another micro computer that blends the signals coming from the 7 hamsters brains to a physical output.

Do NOT open the thing. It is hermatically sealed so the feces from the hamsters won't cause an odor in your studio.

Hope this helps...

p.s. It's all hamsters these days... it's the only way to get a vintage sound with modern components.
Old 22nd July 2007
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"Guts and Black stuff"
Old 22nd July 2007
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Well... opened up the Fatso once..... ICs ICs ICs ICs ICs ICs ICs ICs.... and also some ICs... thumbsup
Old 22nd July 2007
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Well... opened up the Fatso once..... ICs ICs ICs ICs ICs ICs ICs ICs.... and also some ICs... thumbsup

ahhh, i see.....

(running and ducking)
Old 22nd July 2007
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Well... opened up the Fatso once..... ICs ICs ICs ICs ICs ICs ICs ICs.... and also some ICs... thumbsup
So it is done by chips? No tranny? Anything special?
Old 22nd July 2007
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Be careful. Th Distressor runs on magic smoke. If you ever see the magic smoke coming out of the unit, you can be sure that it won't run anymore.
Old 22nd July 2007
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There is a picture of the inside of one of these in "The Guts" sticky thread over in the "Geekslutz" subforum:

https://www.gearslutz.com/board/geeks...0401-guts.html

Post #19.

DP
Old 22nd July 2007
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There is a picture of the inside of one of these in "The Guts" sticky thread over in the "Geekslutz" subforum:

https://www.gearslutz.com/board/geeks...0401-guts.html

Post #19.

DP
Fantastic! Thanks a lot thumbsup
Old 22nd July 2007
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Tons of chips? Tons of op-amps?
Old 22nd July 2007
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Tons of chips? Tons of op-amps?

Yep! *S* and very well done imho.

Kind regards

Peter
Old 22nd July 2007
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So it is done by chips? No tranny? Anything special?
Oh sorry, yeah... there is a tranny in there also
Old 22nd July 2007
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Oh sorry, yeah... there is a tranny in there also
Hi

Well, the chips are full of transistors but sometimes folk seem to forget this...

Old 22nd July 2007
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I like that fact that the identification number on most ICs have been erased to prevent cloning the unit
Old 22nd July 2007
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Hi

Well, the chips are full of transistors but sometimes folk seem to forget this...

shyyy Geoff,heh

Please dont reveal all the secrets. Some people might not know how to handle it?heh

Kind regards

Peter
Old 22nd July 2007
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shyyy Geoff,heh

Please dont reveal all the secrets. Some people might not know how to handle it?heh

Kind regards

Peter
LOL! that is what I was wondering!

Cheers
Old 23rd July 2007
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There is a little man sitting at a micro-neve-board in it.
Don't open the box ,he is kinda agressive.


But for real:
Fatso is a bit expensive for a few chips.... *hiding*
I heard there is an embedded processor in this thing...there is also a memory backup battery in there.
Old 23rd July 2007
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There is a little man sitting at a micro-neve-board in it.
Don't open the box ,he is kinda agressive.


But for real:
Fatso is a bit expensive for a few chips.... *hiding*
I heard there is an embedded processor in this thing...there is also a memory backup battery in there.
So from what I understand, it is all about DSP, correct?

From Sound On Sound Website about Neve Portico 5042: "Of course, there is no real tape inside this little box, but there is a very clever emulation of the relevant parts of a real tape machine's electronics, including the constant current drive to the tape heads (inductively coupled coils are employed to replicate their key attributes), and the replay equalisation. The result is a complex non-linear circuit that introduces considerable amounts of low-frequency distortion (predominantly third harmonic), compresses progressively with high-level signals, and introduces subtle frequency-response anomalies such as a 'bulge' around 300Hz and some characteristic high-frequency (HF) ringing."

Does this mean that the Protico sound should be closer to the real deal? I am just curious.

Cheers
Old 23rd July 2007
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I think they use software to emulate parts of the tape sound.
I don't know it ,can't prove it but that would be the cheapest solution....guess the memory backup battery in it is a a hint for software. lol I got almost no clue about analog hardware but I know something about Hardware programming...so maybe what I write makes any sense to you.
Hehe
Old 23rd July 2007
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I think they use software to emulate parts of the tape sound.
I don't know it ,can't prove it but that would be the cheapest solution....guess the memory backup battery in it is a a hint for software.
It makes sense. Given the popularity of the FATSO, I really want to get a better picture before that much money. I have heard that it sounds great and have no doubt but want to know if I can get a similar sound or even better with a cheaper unit (in this case the Neve Portico).

Cheers
Old 23rd July 2007
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What you mean with better?
More like tape?

Well I used the fatso a couple of times (I really liked the low-end ) ,but I never used a Tape-Machine so I really can`t judge if it sounds like tape or not.
My friend got 2 Studers and some Telefunken Tape-Machines ,maybe he could do a shoot-out.

I never used the Neve so I can`t say much about it.

Greets,
Frederik
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