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Studer A779 / Revox C279 Mixers (Analog)
Old 4th February 2006
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Talking Studer A779 / Revox C279

Does anybody know one of these small mixers? I've read that the preamps are the same as in Studer 169, but AFAIK the latter was build in the 70's and the A779 in the 80's so I'm a bit confused...
Plus who knows about the difference between Studer A779 and Revox C279?
Last but not least: How do they SOUND? Are they much better as A&H or Soudcraft? Do they get THE sound? (I'm recording mainly acoustic jazz)

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Old 26th October 2007
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Revox C279

Revox C279 is the same console as Studer A779, they looks identical and the only difference is probably the name. The A779s are standard equipment in professional broadcast studios. They have 6 stereo channels, great sounding mic preamps with phantom power, VCA faders and very flexible input configuration (mono/stereo lines). I bought nice Swiss made C279 and just going to try THE sound. Sure both consoles are excellent choice for spoken word, acoustic jazz or classical music recording (analog or digital). Forget Soundcraft and another crap :-)
Old 26th October 2007
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The Studer A779 has balanced I/O and was supposed to be a more pro broadcastmixer than the Revox C279 in terms of build quality and pro I/O. Rest is the same.

I have the C279 and a Studer 169 and the 169 sounds better than the C279 for me. Though the C279 isn't bad at allheh.

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Old 26th October 2007
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The Revox C279, which I have, has balanced XLR ins and outs as well.
I like its sound very much, but haven't compared with Studer

best regards
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Old 26th October 2007
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Old 26th October 2007
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Thank you guys to give your opinion 18 month later!!! heh
In between I bought a Studer 169 which I find fantastic! Real high end with that vintage yet clean sound, yep! It is less portable (25kg w/o flycase) than a c279 though...
Old 18th November 2007
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Revox c279

I have been checking out this mixer all day... it looks... perfect for me. I Have a 6 track tape machine that this would mate perfectly with. Sure, it would be nice to have a couple more channels for other things but I still think the board would be a useful purchase for me.

A couple things are still unclear to me, so can anyone with information help me out:

Can I use the 6 pres on the board to track into each one of my 6 tracks, or is this exclusively a 6 into 2 board?

Does anybody have a little clip or something that was recorded using this board?

Thanks!
Old 18th November 2007
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The C279 has on each input channel an unbalanced (RCA or cinch) pre- and after fader output. There under the unbalanced stereo input pair.

Henk
Old 18th November 2007
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Looking at the pictures, I see what you're saying now.

Do you use the Revox C279 in your main recording rig?
Old 21st April 2008
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Pres?

Does anybody know how the C279 sounds? I already have a desk that I like (TAC Scorpion) but am looking for good analog pres, Cheers.
Old 4th September 2011
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Old 4th September 2011
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What is "fader start", and what type of plug goes into these holes anyway?
Faderstart gives a puls when you raise the corresponding fader in order to start a track of e.g. CD-player or to record. Mostly use in broadcasting and DJ's.
I have a C279 so the tiny 'holes' of the A779 I only know by the picture. It looks like mini-jacks to me but I'm not certain.
Old 5th September 2011
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Does anybody know how the C279 sounds? I already have a desk that I like (TAC Scorpion) but am looking for good analog pres, Cheers.
Hi there! I have a C279. The pres and the mixer itself sound very good. I would say clean and neutral.
I've used the pres (with their direct ins/outs) for classical strings and keyboards.
Old 7th September 2011
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What would you like to know about the consoles?

i can tell you anything you want to know about them.

with thanks,

Plush
Old 7th September 2011
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What would you like to know about the consoles?

i can tell you anything you want to know about them.

with thanks,

Plush
Mr. Plush sir,

Not a A779/C279 question, but semi-related. I need a couple of what I have heard called "mickey bars" for my 961. These would be the plastic dealies used to bridge adjacent fader pairs, i.e. the masters or 2 of the inputs. Even before Harmon killed Studer, years ago the parts guy in Northridge (JBL campus) told me they were not available. I have seen them on a couple of eBay consoles over the years, but the sellers would not separate them. I have tried the ones for P & G's, they don't fit. Any ideas?

John
Old 13th December 2011
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i can tell you anything you want to know about them.
So Plush, what about the sound of the 779 if one compares to a 169?
Old 13th December 2011
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Mr. Plush sir,

Not a A779/C279 question, but semi-related. I need a couple of what I have heard called "mickey bars" for my 961. These would be the plastic dealies used to bridge adjacent fader pairs, i.e. the masters or 2 of the inputs. Even before Harmon killed Studer, years ago the parts guy in Northridge (JBL campus) told me they were not available. I have seen them on a couple of eBay consoles over the years, but the sellers would not separate them. I have tried the ones for P & G's, they don't fit. Any ideas?

John
Try Penny and Giles, OR

Use 20mm plumbing clips.
Old 14th December 2011
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So Plush, what about the sound of the 779 if one compares to a 169?
The sound is quite comparable. This is evident once one knows that the mic pre-amp on the two are the same.
Old 14th December 2011
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The sound is quite comparable. This is evident once one knows that the mic pre-amp on the two are the same.
the 069 I got from you has Germanium pres,some of the best...Bruce Breckenfeld really gave it a once over...

Happy Holidays
Old 15th December 2011
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INCredible, Doc! You da mang.

I miss seeing you for sure.

That sound on that Studer console was PHAT, wasn't it? Niiiiiiiiiiisssche.
Old 15th December 2011
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I no longer own the C279.
Absolutely excellent, gorgeous sounding mic preamps and musical, minimalist eq.
A wonderful piece of gear.
Only thing, stereo separation is its worst spec (I think -65dB or so). This is quite audible, depending on applications. The Studer 961, based on detailed info I gathered at the time, fares 15-20dB better!

best regards
Massimo
Old 16th December 2011
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Use 20mm plumbing clips.
This must be a UK thing, I work in construction and have never seen these in the US.
Old 16th December 2011
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INCredible, Doc! You da mang.

I miss seeing you for sure.

That sound on that Studer console was PHAT, wasn't it? Niiiiiiiiiiisssche.
it ain't wasn't it, it still is...the blue box on floor is a mod Bruce and I did for direct outs on four channels,a little tap job!

it rides along side a MCI 1 inch 8 track when "the sound" is dejour..

Happy Holidays!
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Old 16th December 2011
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Lovely! Thanks for posting. Merry Christmas to ALL.
Old 2nd July 2013
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could you or someone else elaborate the stereo seperation please ?

Nobody mentioning the mr-8 which seems to be another comparable console ?

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I no longer own the C279.
Absolutely excellent, gorgeous sounding mic preamps and musical, minimalist eq.
A wonderful piece of gear.
Only thing, stereo separation is its worst spec (I think -65dB or so). This is quite audible, depending on applications. The Studer 961, based on detailed info I gathered at the time, fares 15-20dB better!

best regards
Massimo
Old 3rd July 2013
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Looks like mr-8 is a Revox C-279 variant.
So this means an expanded 279.
Look up C279 to see specs.
Old 3rd July 2013
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Does anybody know one of these small mixers? I've read that the preamps are the same as in Studer 169, but AFAIK the latter was build in the 70's and the A779 in the 80's so I'm a bit confused...
Plus who knows about the difference between Studer A779 and Revox C279?
Last but not least: How do they SOUND? Are they much better as A&H or Soudcraft? Do they get THE sound? (I'm recording mainly acoustic jazz)
If you use Google translation, you'll get a lot of info esp. from member Phonomax on this forum: Das STUDER und ReVox Forum - Revox C279/Studer A779 / Studer 169/269 preamps

On the homepage you can give in the language you want to use.
Old 1st January 2015
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What would you like to know about the consoles?

i can tell you anything you want to know about them.

with thanks,

Plush
Hi Plush. Can you (or anyone else) tell me how phantom power works on the revox? Is it selectable by channel or just across the desk?
Old 1st January 2015
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Also, does it have send and returns for a reverb unit?
Old 1st January 2015
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Hello patrickcrisp,

Thank you for your C279 questions. Phantom on the console is switched globally and not on a per channel basis. So phantom is either off or on for all channels.

Only with the C279 expansion chassis which sits on the bottom of the console does the C279 offer aux send / return.

On the standard console you can tap into an after-fader unbalanced channel output on a RCA connector. This could be returned from a reverb unit into two channels of the console for reverb return.

The return would also be unbalanced on RCA inputs.

Studer A779 console offers full console functionality with auxes, tape monitor return, studio monitor output etc.
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