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Higher end Gear you've hated?
Old 6th August 2006
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Higher end Gear you've hated?

Seems like all the questions have been asked, except this one. (As far as I have read) Are there any higher end gear, pres, mics,comps,lims, EQ's, that have just stunk to the trolls, especially given the cost?? Lets say cost per "thing" is 800 bux and up...to... more $$$$$$$$
Old 6th August 2006
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TLM 103
BLUE Blueberry
Dramwer 1960

RND Protico Preamp, not "hate" though, more like "why?"
Old 6th August 2006
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Have to agree with the 103...

That rhymes!!!

I are gonna work that to be into a rap tune!!
Old 6th August 2006
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TC Finalizers
Focusrite Red pre's
Sony DASH recorders

Best regards,
Steve Berson
Old 6th August 2006
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Monster cables. Not quite $800, but still too expensive for their quality.
Old 6th August 2006
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U87. It's a standard in many studios but I've tried them a few times and could never learn to like its sound. No thanks...

And Focusrite Red from the mid-90s. Uninteresting to me. Keep it...

AKG 414. I used to like them and used them every day but using one now is very unsatisfying.
Old 6th August 2006
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Almost everything newer than 50's tube gear annoys me.
Old 6th August 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Acoustic Cloud
Have to agree with the 103...

That rhymes!!!

I are gonna work that to be into a rap tune!!

Put the tlm 103 on djembe / hand drum / toms ( especially floor )

IT IS ABOUT THE WHOLE CHAIN THOUGH RIGHT ???

I remember one post where homeboy was dissing 414's ........ he had it plugged into a tascam 8-track cassette recorder with a 1/4" adapter .........

LOL

the mic wasn't the problem !!

Know what I'm saying ???

Then again I bought my 103's for $700 ea ( years ago )
Old 6th August 2006
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gotta agree with the TLM 103. Way too much sizzle. World away from my AEA
R84. That said, I bet the TLM 103 would make a good mic for a rapper. It's got presence up the wazooo.
Old 6th August 2006
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DAV-BG1.
I bought into all the Hype on this for once. It had a dull sounding top end and the transient response was not up to par. Although it did sound decent on slow melodic instruments, organ, sax etc..
The piano was where it really showed its weakness. Solo acoustic Martin was not very pleasing at all. Again the plucking transients were weak.

Jim williams mod is supposed to help with these weaknesses from what I read here.

dfegad on the hype guys.
Old 6th August 2006
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Almost everything newer than 50's tube gear annoys me.
heh heh heh heh heh
Old 6th August 2006
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Pro Tools 192. I remember someone saying, "it's better".

Neve 80 series consoles. One big fuzztone, aural exciter all rolled into one.

Neumann TLM mics, oh what Sennheiser has done to this company!

I'm sure to be real popular with these selections.

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Old 6th August 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jacobq View Post
DAV-BG1.
I bought into all the Hype on this for once. It had a dull sounding top end and the transient response was not up to par. Although it did sound decent on slow melodic instruments, organ, sax etc..
The piano was where it really showed its weakness. Solo acoustic Martin was not very pleasing at all. Again the plucking transients were weak.

Jim williams mod is supposed to help with these weaknesses from what I read here.

dfegad on the hype guys.
Don't like dav's? Oh man I love it. But if it's not working for you, then I will have my birthday soon )).
Ok, hate almost every "new" neumann (agreed that sennheiser did wrong thing with that company). Toooo much overpriced and overhyped, but sonically they are so so.
Second is Protools.
Regards Tamas Dragon
Old 6th August 2006
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Pro Tools
Some UA re-issues
Monster Cables
Avalon 737 and 747
Old 6th August 2006
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The Shadow Hills mic pre's. They're nothing but API's with older looking knobs a severe dissapointment. I was hoping they would sound like they look, creamy and round but they didnt.
Hi Moogy,
Let me start by saying, if you are disappointed with your Gama, I'm sure that we can make arrangements with Vintage King to get you into something else, with no hassels. We want you to be completely satisfied. I've just got to add, that the Gama is not an api clone, imitation, or knock off of any kind. It's not a tube mic pre, maybe that is what you were expecting. Both the API and the Gama are discrete mic pres, as are Helios, Neve, Quad Eight, and Calrec. Our mic pres have three switchable output transformer modes, one of them being transformerless. It is designed from scratch, made with our custom opamps and custom wound transformers.
Best Regards,
Peter Reardon
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Old 6th August 2006
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Disappointing gear, hmmmm:

Protools untill HD
Most Focusrite gear I've used/ owned
AKG 460s
Manley ELOP compressor
Newer Neumann Mics
Old 6th August 2006
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can't beat it with a stick

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Hi Moogy,
Let me start by saying, if you are disappointed with your Gama, I'm sure that we can make arrangements with Vintage King to get you into something else, with no hassels. We want you to be completely satisfied. I've just got to add, that the Gama is not an api clone, imitation, or knock off of any kind. It's not a tube mic pre, maybe that is what you were expecting. Both the API and the Gama are discrete mic pres, as are Helios, Neve, Quad Eight, and Calrec. Our mic pres have three switchable output transformer modes, one of them being transformerless. It is designed from scratch, made with our custom opamps and custom wound transformers.
Best Regards,
Peter Reardon
(818) 951-6092
Old 6th August 2006
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ProTools software since OSX.
Focusrite Red mic amps.
Drawmer 1960
Drawmer 1961
Raindirk (Series III?) Desk
Harrison Desk
All the Joe Meek stuff I've ever seen
Focusrite Platinums
Focusrtie... actually all of it apart from the Green and ISA series, and Red comp is OK too!
Mackie monitors
Flying Faders
Hell... loads more I'm sure- I'm a whinging git after all!heh
Old 6th August 2006
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Audient SUMO.
Old 6th August 2006
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I kinda sorta agree with the Blue Blueberry, I think its great on acoustic guitars, but recently had a barotone singer with a very raspy voice.....ouch....sounded horrible.....went stright for the good ol SM58....


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TLM 103
BLUE Blueberry
Dramwer 1960

RND Protico Preamp, not "hate" though, more like "why?"
Old 6th August 2006
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Distressor (British Mode) I know. I'm the only one!
U-67 (I've tried three and just don't get it).
Avalon 737sp
Old 6th August 2006
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Focusrite Liquid Channel. YECHH!

Any AKG 414 made after 1989. ESPECIALLY the current version! What is Harman thinking? Sheesh.

Neve Capricorn (sorry!) from the scribble strips to the crappy dynamics to the wonky fade algorthms.

I think the first six months of TLM 103 production mics were great, the last two years sound harsh in comparison. Anyone know if they were tooled differently or outsourced to a third world country?

Henry, any idea if the 67's you worked with were in good condition, or recently checked/tuned? When they're right, they are stunning. When they are in mediocre condition, they're only a doorstop. Sorry you have only found doorstops!
Old 6th August 2006
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Re 67 - That's what I've heard. I believe one of them had recently been worked on. But I can't tell what. Each time there was a mid range honk I found uncomfortable.
Old 6th August 2006
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TLM 103 -- sold mine

KM 184's -- want to sell them

Avalon 2022, 737 (but i like the 747)

to me, these seem like nouveau high end pieces ... not really high end at all... funny, they were all really bright!
Old 6th August 2006
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Distressors.

The high end of Massive Passive.


ruudman
Old 6th August 2006
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Distressors.
Wow! Someone else!
Old 6th August 2006
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Avalon 737 fuuck fuuck tutt
Old 6th August 2006
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Neve 80 series consoles. One big fuzztone, aural exciter all rolled into one.
I'm sure to be real popular with these selections.
Get him!
Old 6th August 2006
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new neumann's, and the api line mixer.
Old 6th August 2006
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Wow! Someone else!
thumbsup

Have you played with C. Peacock?

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