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What if...
Old 8th June 2006
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What if...

What if someone was to design/build, from the ground up, a channel strip aimed specifically for RAP and Hip Hop vocals?

What features would it have?

How would it sound?

And what would you be prepared to pay for such a device?

Cheers
Tim.
Old 8th June 2006
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Neve style pre and a distressor style comp for simplicity.

If I had to choose a comp over eq on the strip I would definitely choose the comp but have inserts for whatever EQ.

Additional wants but not necessary: a two channel DA, like the Focusrite 430 has with the inserts going to SPDIF and a tape emulation like on the Crane Song Hedd.
Old 8th June 2006
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A shiny faceplate
Old 8th June 2006
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spinning rims on the gain dials, phat yet crips sound (pun intended)

ok ok, I'll lay off......I've never done hiphop so I'd be interested to hear what features it would have that strays from regular strips.....
Old 8th June 2006
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Brilliant!!
Old 8th June 2006
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humm? can it be done successfully? I has to look good and sound good.

a pre: cross between a Neve and API flavor sound

a good compressor would be needed. Something fast enough for rap vox, drum samples.....but also smooth enough for laid back r&b ballets.

a smooth EQ(4 band if possible)

a DI or I I (inst. input)...with some color.
...........buy 2 strips and record drum machines & keyboards.

as far as looks go.......nothing looks better than Avalon gear, hands down(IMO). even though they are not as colored soundwise as other gear. The silver look and the rounded knobs are sweet.

something cool?
maybe an option to have different color LED's. (special order, green, blue, red, purple ) "I ordered the purple", "I ordered the red"


Tim, i love the rear panel I/O options on the ARC1.1 real nice.
Old 8th June 2006
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Hi Tim,

I definitely appreciate your interest in trying to cater to hip-hop specifically, but I can't help but feel that anytime an audio product (or any product) is directed towards an urban market, it falls short because it isn't being made by someone with real insight into that market. I realize this is the reason you are here asking the question. I think Buzz makes some great products already, and I've been lucky enough to get to use some of them on my Hip Hop tracks recently. Your bass compressor has done wonders for our low end. I'm definitely gonna get some of your elixir pre's for my api rack, can't wait for the compressor. I say, stick to what you're doing, cause you're doing it right!
Old 8th June 2006
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P.S. Price would be a major factor too.

..so follow me, I'm dreaming.heh

I never saw a "single channel" add-on channel strip. For a base price you get the pre. then you can add the Compress and/or the EQ or vise versa
........think API 500 series , but in a single channel version
and cheaper

did i mention Price is a major factor?
Old 8th June 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by nukmusic
I never saw a "single channel" add-on channel strip. For a base price you get the pre. then you can add the Compress and/or the EQ or vise versa
........think API 500 series , but in a single channel version
ADT has this already rather a while: http://www.audio-net.org/ToolModProAudioGear.html
Old 8th June 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tengu
Neve style pre and a distressor style comp for simplicity.

If I had to choose a comp over eq on the strip I would definitely choose the comp but have inserts for whatever EQ.

Additional wants but not necessary: a two channel DA, like the Focusrite 430 has with the inserts going to SPDIF and a tape emulation like on the Crane Song Hedd.
I second this
Old 8th June 2006
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Buzz ARC with gold knobs.

The ARC realy is close to be perfect for rap vocals.
It could use a Urei L22 flaver comp though.
For raps I tend to use a fast comp like the L22 rather than a opto.

NO AD please!
Converters are the flaver of the month for me and get dated rather quick.
The analog part of the unit will be nice in 20 years, but the AD will be dated in a year or less.

Also no API flaver for me please!

The focus of the sound should be smooth, silk, articulated.
Old 8th June 2006
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Quote:
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A shiny faceplate
You mean an icy grill

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