Show off your DIY gear!
Old 3rd January 2013
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Show off your DIY gear!

If you're handy with a soldering iron and a schematic, this is a thread to show off your DIY studio gear builds. Compressors, EQs, mic pre's - let's see who knows their Orange Drops from their Thats and Xicons And if you're not too proud, let us know if it's been a hit or a miss project


Unless you're absolutely busting to comment, try keep the commentary to a minimum - a photo says a thousand words afterall


Where are my pics? Coming soon
Old 3rd January 2013
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Really? Nobody has anything to show?
Old 3rd January 2013
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Old 4th January 2013
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Simply wonderful! Inspiration right there
Old 4th January 2013
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I made a thread in the german recording forum with some of my DIY builds:

Forum - Do-It-Yourself (DIY) - Sampas DIY Audio Projekte - RECORDING.de


1176 Rev D Blackface



SSL 4000 Bus Compressor



Sub Kick



Pultec EQP1A


SSL 9000 Preamp


Gyraf G9 Tube Preamp


ADM Channel Strip racking



Sontec Mastering EQ


DBX 160 VU


VU Meter Box


Fairchild 670


EMI Zener Limiter
Could you provide the info on the SSLs? Kits? Where to find 'em?
Old 4th January 2013
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Eye-popping work!
I like how you orient the VUs vertically.
Well done, lad.
Old 4th January 2013
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Eye-popping work!
I like how you orient the VUs vertically.
Well done, lad.
Ditto ! subscribed.

@solar. how did you do the lettering on the cases. Creating silk screens for a one-off sounds like more work than most would want to do.
Old 4th January 2013
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The SSL compressor and preamp pcbs are from pcbgrinder.com, cases are engraved by a friend of mine.

I think there is also a component kit for the SSL compressor available, but the build uses only standard parts which you can get nearly everywhere.

Some of the silkscreened cases (like the pultec and dbx 160) are from collectivecases.com. It would be too expensive to do silkscreen only for a single case.
Old 4th January 2013
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BTW, I wouldn't put this thread in "low end"
Old 4th January 2013
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Koa Tele:



U47 Clone:



Power supply for U47:



RCA BA71 modules "racked" in an old Heathkit enclosure:



Inside:



Two channels of PM1000:



My first LA2A:



My PM670 Fairchildish compressor:



With the lid off:



4 channels of API:



Redone Gates Biamote:



I've got a lot more.

6 - 1176
2 - LA2A
2 - GSSL
2 channels G9 tube pre
1- Night 3DEQ
2 - Pultec EQ
6 - API 312 pres
4 - Langevin AM16 modules racked

I'm sure I'm forgetting some stuff and haven't really included all the old gear I've modded. For my money, you can't beat DIY.

Cheers,
--
Don
Old 4th January 2013
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Awesome work guys.
What would be a good first project to start on for a compressor?

A.
Old 4th January 2013
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Awesome work guys.
What would be a good first project to start on for a compressor?

A.
I think the GSSL or 1176 compressor would be a good project to start, with the nod probably going to the 1176 since it's less involved because it's mono. I actually built a LA2A first, but I had a ton of experience building tube guitar amps before taking that on. The LA2A is actually the easiest, so you could also do one of those, but the voltages are MUCH higher and you need to be careful not to get on the wrong end of a live wire.

If you haven't already, check out the Prodigy DIY forum. There are many wonderful projects over there.

GroupDIY - We break stuff...and occasionally make stuff.

There are also quite a few folks in the business of providing kits these days, so check some of them out as well. I'm sure if you Google the projects by name you'll turn up some of these suppliers. I also think there's a list in the meta section of the Prodigy forum and there are quite a few vendors in the "White Market" section.

Cheers,
--
Don
Old 16th January 2013
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I think the GSSL or 1176 compressor would be a good project to start, with the nod probably going to the 1176 since it's less involved because it's mono. I actually built a LA2A first, but I had a ton of experience building tube guitar amps before taking that on. The LA2A is actually the easiest, so you could also do one of those, but the voltages are MUCH higher and you need to be careful not to get on the wrong end of a live wire.

If you haven't already, check out the Prodigy DIY forum. There are many wonderful projects over there.

GroupDIY - We break stuff...and occasionally make stuff.

There are also quite a few folks in the business of providing kits these days, so check some of them out as well. I'm sure if you Google the projects by name you'll turn up some of these suppliers. I also think there's a list in the meta section of the Prodigy forum and there are quite a few vendors in the "White Market" section.

Cheers,
--
Don
Thanks man
A.
Old 16th January 2013
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GML8200 clone









TG Limiter clone :





Purple MC77/76 Kit's (yeah it was a kit too) with classic Urei Panels:



The Kit included no instructions, you had to work it out yourself


Bloo LA2A

Old 16th January 2013
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GML8200 clone
info on where to find PCBs, BOMs, etc for the GML EQ clone, plz?

edit: VERY nice looking BTW!

Last edited by hymenoptera; 16th January 2013 at 07:54 PM.. Reason: pics, wow!
Old 16th January 2013
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info on where to find PCBs, BOMs, etc for the GML EQ clone, plz?

edit: VERY nice looking BTW!
+1 I'm interested in finding out more about these!
Old 16th January 2013
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info on where to find PCBs, BOMs, etc for the GML EQ clone, plz?

edit: VERY nice looking BTW!
Hi, my friend Frank, did the layout, and all the cards are self etched. The dual concentric pots, had to be custom made. Took a year to complete, and wouldn't attempt it again!!
Actually stopped DIY these days, but it was all a lot of fun, and learnt so much
Old 16th January 2013
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Hi, my friend Frank, did the layout, and all the cards are self etched. The dual concentric pots, had to be custom made. Took a year to complete, and wouldn't attempt it again!!
Actually stopped DIY these days, but it was all a lot of fun, and learnt so much
wow one of kind then nice!
Old 16th January 2013
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wow one of kind then nice!
Yeah, it's completely scratch built one off from ultimately just a schematic, and the last DIY adventure for me
Old 16th January 2013
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A DIY microphone I put together with some help from a friend (no kit, everything came from my house, my friend's house or the hardware store, in case you couldn't tell). Sounds like a Copperphone kind of vibe.
Old 17th January 2013
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A DIY microphone I put together
Looks awesome!

I have some pictures on https://pcbgrinder.com/

But this is a GPeQ1, soon to be put into case and action.

Gustav
Old 17th January 2013
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The dual concentric pots, had to be custom made.
The pots are 2 x 100K Reverse Log, with the third deck being 5K and dual concentric control.. not the sort of thing you can get at Digikey.
Old 21st January 2013
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Can anyone point me to the kit that this fascia is designed to accommodate?

Old 5th February 2013
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Looks like maybe this is from the Group DIY site?
Old 5th February 2013
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Old 6th February 2013
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A DIY microphone I put together with some help from a friend (no kit, everything came from my house, my friend's house or the hardware store, in case you couldn't tell). Sounds like a Copperphone kind of vibe.
Faceplate looks like a plumbing drain cover over aluminum screen, but what is the copper item? I thought it was a mini-speaker when I first looked at it. Glad you explained it's a mic.
Old 6th February 2013
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murdabox

use it when i play out every weekend.. the mother of all lickshots :D
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Old 6th February 2013
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here's my Drip 175b vari mu limiter with some mods:

Old 6th February 2013
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GML8200 clone








Where'd you get the schematic for the GML? Sounds interesting...
Old 7th February 2013
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