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Studer 970 - should I buy? 500 Series Dynamics
Old 27th May 2015
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Studer 970 - should I buy?

I have the opportunity to buy a Studer 970 with
16 line-level stereo channels and 4 channels with pre-amps.

As far as I can tell, it has never been recaped.

It is around 5000 Euros.

I would use it mostly for analog summing and a little tracking.
(for the summing task I currently use a Burl B32. Antelope Orion 32 as AD/DA)

Should I stay or should I go ? :-)
Is this a good way to spend my money ?

Thank you for your input !!!

Axel
Old 27th May 2015
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Axel, it is a fine desk, I use it for recording and summing, but for 5K you will probably catch a really nice 963 or 903 which have busses that may come in handy. Even though I have numerous outboard preamps, I find myself using the onboard channel preamps all the time...
Old 27th May 2015
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5K is a reasonable price. Not the lowest, not the highest.
It is indeed a fine desk and I don't think I would hesitate.

Cheers,
Exo.
Old 27th May 2015
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well, I guess I'm spoiled by living in southern Germany where loads of people are using Studer consoles that they got for half that money, but the configuration is not really ideal. 8 preamps and 8 stereo channels would be perfect in my opinion. Does it at least have 4 master modules so that you can have two stereo mix busses?
Old 27th May 2015
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Thank you all for your feedback !!
Yes, it has the 4 masters you speak of :-)

Here is the add (in french):
STUDER 970 (Ile-de-France) - Audiofanzine

I will go and see it friday morning...
What should I look out for?

Thanks again,
Old 27th May 2015
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Oh wow, that is SWEET !

It looks like it belonged to an old lady and it was always parked inside
Old 27th May 2015
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Originally Posted by HomeStudioBlog View Post
Thank you all for your feedback !!
Yes, it has the 4 masters you speak of :-)

Here is the add (in french):
STUDER 970 (Ile-de-France) - Audiofanzine

I will go and see it friday morning...
What should I look out for?

Thanks again,
If it fits your workflow and needs get it.. Studer are great sounding consoles..



Cheu
Old 29th May 2015
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970s are radio broadcast desks. They have the same audiopath as the 96x series but additionally there´s some logic circuit installed which is used in broadcast for switching/muting/dim channels, on-air-lights etc. Make sure that you´re able to take these circuits out of order. Otherwise you´ll get funny surprises. It´s not too difficult and well documented in the manual, but it´s some work to do. No plug and play to be expected. The desk itself sounds stellar, though, and it´s worth the effort if the featureset fits your needs. 5k is a lot of money, though.
Old 30th May 2015
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Thank you for this feedback.

I went to test it today.
Fabien, who is the seller, was very patient with me
I went thru every channel + did some analog summing tests.

For the small but fixable issues,
a good 50% of the EQ mid-range knobs were stuck (impossible to turn the frequency knob seperatly from corresponding +/- gain), one of the channels has a faulty mute, a few lights were out.

Sadly, the more important thing is that I find the summation lacking high-end and crispness (as compared to the Burl B32).
Of course, I will never be able to record a microphone or talkback to the band via the Burl 32... You don't get a Studer 970 just for the summing...
But still, I am disappointed on that account.

That, the glitches and the prospect on a potential recap and other maintenance is making doubt... The price is also a factor.
I best sleep on it :-)

I have a question concerning these boards:
Is there a mute function ?
Neither the current owner nor I could find it...

Best,
Old 30th May 2015
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I have the opportunity to buy a Studer 970 with
16 line-level stereo channels and 4 channels with pre-amps.

As far as I can tell, it has never been recaped.

It is around 5000 Euros.

I would use it mostly for analog summing and a little tracking.
(for the summing task I currently use a Burl B32. Antelope Orion 32 as AD/DA)

Should I stay or should I go ? :-)
Is this a good way to spend my money ?

Thank you for your input !!!

Axel
Way too expensive for that console. There was a 902 with 24 Channels with the 4 Band EQ in the classifieds for 7k just recently.

Studer 902 Studio Konsole Mischpult with Side-Rack

no idea about the condition, but certainly worth fixing up if it needs to be. not so sure if it would be worth to fix up the 970.
Old 30th May 2015
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The studers are great desks.. but the price depends on the condition..(of every studer).
5k with stuck knobs is not what I would pay..

I hope this helps,



Cheu
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