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Foote Stereo Germanium ClipSat Special Ef­fects Plugins
Old 6th March 2017
  #1
Foote Stereo Germanium ClipSat

Hi all,
We are preparing to launch our first offering in the new Mastering Suite Editions units, the 1ru Stereo Germanium ClipSat.

Introductory pre-order price will be $1,000.00 USD + shipping.
I expect the first units to ship in around 30 days.

Other MSE offerings will include a Stereo Discrete Baxandall EQ, a transformer color driver like the one in the MTB-1 which offers 3 different transformer colors and more.

Contact me if you are interested.

Best regards,
Roger Foote
Foote Control Systems
Old 7th March 2017
  #2
Nice!!
More info? Pics?

Best!!
Old 7th March 2017
  #3
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sounds interesting for sure. could tell us a little more about it? also approx price range for the transformer color driver?
Old 7th March 2017
  #4
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Originally Posted by scraggs View Post
sounds interesting for sure. could tell us a little more about it? also approx price range for the transformer color driver?
Hi scraggs!

The ClipSat does not use raw overdrive for saturation or clipping.
It uses the natural wave bending tendency of diodes to gently curve the extremes of the waveforms. It is more similar to radio transmitter limiting than overdrive. It has a rotary switch to select hardness between tape like saturation to more of a square wave saturation and several points in between.
It has an input drive control, hardness control, input HPF control and make up gain control. It is going to be around $1,000.

The transformer color driver price will be dependent on transformer availability. So, I will likely price it with modern transformers, and can customize using whatever is available, if any of them are still available that is...

After my transformer purchases yesterday to support the MTB-1 units, 2 of them that we have sold so far, I have doubts about availability of those choice units from UTC or Triad.

Now, it appears that my source of A-20 and HS-66 have dried up as well as the A-67J and A-57J which dried up long ago.
I have access to some Peerless/Altec transformers which I should receive in a week or so. But then I can only get 10 of those from my preferred source.

The Transco box is down the road a little ways yet, more soon.

Best regards,
Roger
Old 7th March 2017
  #5
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thanks roger!
Old 2 weeks ago
  #6
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Any news on this? Are there pictures available?
Old 2 weeks ago
  #7
Hi all,
Sorry for the delay, my family and I are having a really tough time this year.
But the good news is that we have expanded the design of the Clip/Sat.

Now it has:
>HPF
>Drive
>Character
>LPF
>Output level
>Wet/dry mix
>Hard wire bypass

We will release it first as a stereo potentiometer based unit around $1K
We will also do a stereo ganged unit with Elma and Grayhill switches.
Price TBD

I am starting to put the pieces back together after tragedy struck my family in March.
News will be forthcoming as soon as we get one prototyped.

Thank you for your patience!
Roger
Old 2 weeks ago
  #8
Here is a paper mockup of what the Clip/Sat Mix version looks like.
This is the $1K version that uses potentiometers.

The mastering version, the Clip/Sat Master, uses Elma and Grayhill switches

Right now, it looks like the Mix will be done in the next 2 weeks.
We are taking orders now for those who know about this unit and are waiting for release.
I will be pricing the first 10 at a big discount, $800.00 USD + shipping for those early adopters...
Shipping in the continental USA should be around $45, many countries outside the US are usually around $65-$85...

Roger
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Old 2 weeks ago
  #9
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Features and pricing seem great. A few questions -

is HPF pre-clipper and LPF post-clipper (to clean any harsh overtones)?

What are the frequency ranges for high and low pass?

How about the filter slopes and design - is there any resonance/bump near the cutoff frequency?

Are the L and R output trims attenuation only?

Thanks!
Old 2 weeks ago
  #10
Hi Brian,

The HPF before the process is to cut bass obviously.
It is a first order filter with maximum bass cut at full CW.
This is -3 dB at 120Hz, -6 dB at 60Hz or -12 dB at 30Hz

The treble cut (LPF) has just been tested, and it was implemented by ear.
No specs at this time for the LPF as I have not had time to sweep it.

As stated above the filters are first order single pole (6dB/oct)

The output level controls attenuate only and are separate so you can re-balance lopsided material.

Output level control will be implemented this way in the Clip/Sat Master too.

The diodes and critical pre-emphasis and de-emphasis components are made up of Wima 2.5% polystyrene caps, 50 ppm 1% MF resistors and the germanium parts are matched to .1%.

Roger
Old 2 weeks ago
  #11
Forgot to mention that I am ordering the front panels today.
The Clip/Sat circuit is the exact same one as the soon to be released MTB-2, the successor to the MTB-1.

So, the circuit is completely shaken down for bugs already.
Old 1 week ago
  #12
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This looks really interesting. Keen to hear some files or maybe some owners of the MTB can comment.
Old 1 week ago
  #13
Hi,
There is a first tentative buyer, so it will be out in the wild soon!
Maybe that user can comment after they try it out?

Best
Roger
Old 1 week ago
  #14
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Not That tentative!
This is a interesting and unknown beast but you know me and I must try it......
All of your stuff crushes Roger!

I will report to all of my nerds ....
Old 1 week ago
  #15
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Not That tentative!
Hi Michael,
Thanks man! It wouldn't be proper to expose my business contacts publicly.

Well got up early today, 4:30 AM, and have 6 more channels of Clip/Sat boards in production.

Pics soon
Old 1 week ago
  #16
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Originally Posted by B Elgin View Post
Are the L and R output trims attenuation only?

Thanks!
I may have mis-represented the output levels.
They are in front of a gain make up amplifier so they can also amplify.
Attenuate only would not be useful at all in this circuit.

The operating level range is huge.
Old 1 week ago
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intrested too...
shipping in europe?
Old 1 week ago
  #18
Hi andredb,

We are in California, USA and the product will ship from there.
We will ship to Europe by U.S.P.S. Priority Mail International service.
Generally, this costs between $65 and $85 USD
Contact me before making payment to check shipping price.

What I prefer to do is this:
After we check shipping and receive the funds ($800 USD) we will pack it and do paperwork. Then I will bill you for the exact shipping amount by PayPal.

Best
Roger
Old 1 week ago
  #19
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excited to see pictures of that beast.. also from its inside please
Old 1 week ago
  #20
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excited to see pictures of that beast.. also from its inside please
Hi midmost,
I will see what I can do as soon as we get one assembled.
Old 5 days ago
  #21
Hi all,
I finished populating the first set of Clip/Sat boards last night.

Panels will ship tomorrow, and I will see them Tuesday, October 16.

I am really looking forward to this release!

We have a few left at the introductory pricing for those brave early adopters!

Best
Roger
Old 5 days ago
  #22
Gear Maniac
Very tempting. I haven't got a problem using a pot version for mastering. Especially as its stereo ganged and clearly marked. However, I'm concerned that the separate L and R controls for the output would make matching and recall a pain. I very rarely need to rebalance and I have other tools if needed. I don't suppose its possible to have a 1 pot output? Probably not now the boards and panels have been done! I guess I would either need to suck it up or wait for the mastering version.
Old 5 days ago
  #23
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Originally Posted by audiomaster View Post
Very tempting. I haven't got a problem using a pot version for mastering. Especially as its stereo ganged and clearly marked. However, I'm concerned that the separate L and R controls for the output would make matching and recall a pain. I very rarely need to rebalance and I have other tools if needed. I don't suppose its possible to have a 1 pot output? Probably not now the boards and panels have been done! I guess I would either need to suck it up or wait for the mastering version.
Hi audiomaster,

The mastering version is already designed and available for order.
It has dual Elma controls throughout, except the character control which is on a Grayhill series 71 rotary switch.
The mastering version has one output since it is for mastering finished mix product.

The mix version by nature needs L/R separate because it assumes occasional L/R imbalances are part of the mix engineers tasks.

The Mastering version is $1595 USD + shipping.
Lead time is 2 weeks after funds are received.
I am building the ME versions on an order by order basis.

FYI, the panels are a completely different layout since pots and Elmas cant be swapped because they do not mount or display properly in a panel that isn't designed for an Elma switch. The pots have around 270 degree rotation and the Elmas have a 330 degree rotation. (off the top of my head)

And the ME version uses a sub panel to hold the Elma switches which requires totally different mounting.

So yes, a single control on output is already part of the ME version.

Best regards,
Roger

Last edited by RogerFoote; 2 days ago at 01:17 PM.. Reason: Wrong price posted.
Old 2 days ago
  #24
Hi all,
I wanted to post the prices for the 2 Clip/Sat versions.
I posted the wrong price in my response to audiomaster...

Clip/Sat Mix list price is $1250 USD + shipping (Introductory price $800 USD + shipping) 36% off

Clip/Sat Master list price is $1650 USD + shipping (Introductory price $1250 USD + shipping) 24% off

Thanks!
Roger
Old 2 days ago
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how long the intro price will last?
Old 2 days ago
  #26
Subscribed for MTB-2 info
Old 1 day ago
  #27
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Subscribed for MTB-2 info
Hi rollmottle,
MTB-2 is in construction right now, so info to be posted in it's own thread.

Clip/Sat is also under construction right now.

Info soon!
Roger
Old 21 hours ago
  #28
Here are some oscilloscope pics of the Clip/Sat in action:
Foote Control Systems P3EXM "The Monster"

And some samples done with the R880 drum machine.
Foote Control Systems P3EXM "The Monster"

These were posted on the P3EXM The Monster thread, but the Clip/Sat stuff applies across the various products that use it.

If these cross posts are bad, give me a swift kick in the butt and delete this post, please!
Old 19 hours ago
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ordered
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