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Overstayer Ampeq-02
Old 2nd April 2014
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Overstayer Ampeq-02

Anyone have one of these? I can't find any feedback on this pre. Any advice appreciated, especially how this compares to similarly priced pre's (Slate Fox, Juggernaut). I'm looking for something for the mix buss post-Pullet. I really dig the 2-band eq on this.. would love to know what users think. Or similar options for under $2k.

AMPEQ-02 — OVERSTAYER Recording Equipment, Inc.
Old 2nd April 2014
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yes and no.

I have one of the custom nt-01 units that has the same pre coupled with a stereo fet compressor. Pre is killer for sure and the unit is a swiss army knife in my room. I think you be hard pressed to find a better stereo pre with it's features for under $2k.

ej
Old 2nd April 2014
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Thanks for your feedback! It seems that great quality is an Overstayer thing. Love the features on this, I'll take it for a test run from VK. Still, there are so many amazing quality options these days that I'm floored. This is where a $2k cap helps
Old 24th March 2015
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Overstayer test run

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Thanks for your feedback! It seems that great quality is an Overstayer thing. Love the features on this, I'll take it for a test run from VK. Still, there are so many amazing quality options these days that I'm floored. This is where a $2k cap helps
Really curious as to whether or not you bought the unit because it interests me now.
What were your impressions and your final decision?
Old 24th March 2015
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Hi! I ended up finding a great deal on a Phoenix DRS4Q and grabbed it. I had the OS unit for a few days on loan from Jeff (who is totally great) when my phoenix went down, but i fixed it fast and was too happy with that sound to do an A/B. I did try it briefly, sounded great. But i was already smitten with the phoenix and needed more EQ points (has 4). And detented pots on them. Plus it was only a loan, if Jeff lived farther away than 3000 miles, I would've kept it!

I have the OS SVCA right now and man o man, can that do a lot. I keep reaching for it to do all kinds of stuff. It's a slamming compressor, but the saturation + other features are great too. I'm sure these saturation circuit in the Ampeq is similar? Maybe. I know he put a lot of thought into his latest pieces though, and they rock. I want all of them..
Old 5th April 2015
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Hey golds, thanks for sharing so much information about your experience, cause it tells a lot.
Gonna take another look at the Overstayer stuff, especially the SVCA, which really looks unique.
Old 6th April 2015
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+1 for the Overstayer Stereo Voltage Control (SVC) unit.

Listened to it at NAMM on stems I brought with, now I own one for the studio- really impressive at providing versatile strokes to a 2 buss anything... it can do some really cool things to a mix, too, if you seek that- color or subtle, smooth or punch - I really like this unit.

Had I not seen it at the show, I'm not sure this would have hit my radar... a short review only scratches the surface but a short time with it made it a very easy decision to get. It was one of the really impactful pieces I saw that week.

The Ampeq-02 was also pretty cool- I am flush with pres and was leaning toward compressor + coloring. I can see the Ampeq-02 providing multiple duties. Really nice blend of features.

Last edited by dzb; 6th April 2015 at 02:50 PM.. Reason: Added note related to OP
Old 8th April 2015
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Stems

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+1 for the Overstayer Stereo Voltage Control (SVC) unit.

Listened to it at NAMM on stems I brought with, now I own one for the studio- really impressive at providing versatile strokes to a 2 buss anything... it can do some really cool things to a mix, too, if you seek that- color or subtle, smooth or punch - I really like this unit.

Had I not seen it at the show, I'm not sure this would have hit my radar... a short review only scratches the surface but a short time with it made it a very easy decision to get. It was one of the really impactful pieces I saw that week.

The Ampeq-02 was also pretty cool- I am flush with pres and was leaning toward compressor + coloring. I can see the Ampeq-02 providing multiple duties. Really nice blend of features.
Another great post!

You brought stems along and has them processed? That was a smart idea.

Just curious. What format did you bring them in?
Old 10th April 2015
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You brought stems along and has them processed? That was a smart idea.

Just curious. What format did you bring them in?
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Listened to it {SVC} at NAMM on stems I brought with, now I own one...
It was via an Olympus LS-10 hi-res recorder (does up to 192Khz) but I used the actual recorded 24/48 stereo wav files from sessions - also dumbed them down to "hi-res {320 kbs) Mp3's" (if there is such a thing) as a back-up on another device just in case. I had few different cables and adapters so I could plug in to different units that I would come by. A selection of some straight up drum tracks, drum stem, vocal solo'd, guitar bus, rough and completed mixes - material I knew. It made it great to just plug in to many units there - and most booths were super accommodating (and many were glad I thought to bring cables to quickly connect to my unit)... I even brought the tracks on USB which was the only way to get it rolling on one high end vendor's booth that was running their demo solely through their computer & interfaces.

I had never been to NAMM before so I wanted to be prepared. The main purpose of attending was to thoroughly see, hear, and touch one new specific analog console and figure out if it would fit my need/workflow--- or, alternatively try to figure out if I was going to continue my hybrid modular/summing approach... I landed on expanding my modular desk in my new studio build - based in part because of a few products I saw, vendor connections, a couple units already acquired, and a couple others that are slated to be available by the time I complete my new studio build. I'll probably start a thread on those related topics at some point.

Last edited by dzb; 13th April 2015 at 04:06 PM.. Reason: typo, phrasing fix.
Old 12th April 2015
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Very good way to roll. Looking forward to hearing how it works out and thanks for sharing that information.
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