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So what board is in your basement?
Old 5th June 2002
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So what board is in your basement?

Or spare bedroom, in my case. Since I assume we don't have Neve's, API's, Amek 9098's and such in this demographic, care to tell us what you have and why? What did you need it to do and how is it measuring up? Do you have an upgrade path in mind from here? If you could change one thing about your board, what would it be? (I'm working in analog, but it'd be interesting to hear what the digital guys use, need, and want.)

I have an Allen & Heath CMC-24, an inline 16 channel 8 bus board with computer controlled mutes and routing (no comodore 64 to go in depth with the stuff). I wanted a flexible board with a lot of capability so I wouldn't be limited using my Otari 1/2" 8 track (I think 8 extra channels is a nice amount of wiggle room to do stuff like mults and add midi controlled tracks if I wanted to rig that). It has so much aux capability that I don't remember how many auxes it has, and never use it. Nor have I used two paths at once on any of the channel strips for extra tracks at mixdown. I don't see needing more than this capability *ever*. The board was $650 used, so it came in handily cheaper than compact Mackies that have not even close to the capability, besides which, it looks like a big board compared to such runts. If I actually had paying clients, I'd benefit from the view that size matters.

Problems: The console pres have low headroom, so my Shure variable pads get a lot of use (no outboard pres yet), it's a bit noisy, and the summing is kind of weak. I got it knowing channel 16 was futzed up, still haven't fixed it (haven't needed to). Probably time to recap (it's 15 years old or more) and Caig the faders, pots, and contacts. I want to upgrade the power supply, rechip it (the stock TLO-72's don't have much output drive), but I'm not sure I want to go the full monty with Stephen Paul's recomended mod of 990 opamps for the suming stages (he must have devised some sort of subchasis to mount them in, as there is no space between those boards to put them), and improve the grounding. But after the parts and effort I put in, it should still be a pretty good board for what's gone into it.

What's your story?

Bear
Old 6th June 2002
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Re: So what board is in your basement?

Quote:
Originally posted by Gone Fission
...., Amek 9098's ....
Bear

I have 2 mic/eq pre's .... and the com/limiter .... that makes 2 channels of a 9098 .... does that count ???yell yell
Old 6th June 2002
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I'm currently hooking up my new trident 70. So far its been a pain. The people that had it before me changed a bunch of the wiring around and didnt bother documenting it. So, instead of fixing a ton of the wiring im going to get a couple extra TT patchbays, and not bother using the outboard gear or multitrack send connections on the console.

So right now the board isnt getting a whole lot of use, since my recorder is a digi001. Im planning on picking up a radar project by september though, so the board will get plenty of use by that time. For now, im just using the board for pres and eq's while tracking... they're the same as the 80 series, minus selectable high and low shelves.

I really cant wait till the whole thing is installed and I have my radar so i can use the whole board and not mouse around on the computer anymore. Itll be really cool to feel like im RECORDING, instead of playing some game or searching the web.
Old 6th June 2002
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I have an MCI 428b.....

It has more headroom than most neves... read 32dBU!!!

FAT preamps... EQ with inductors in it!

Big tranformers with a big fat and punchy sound that is so warmu could wrap a baby in it!
and 24 busses ina ncie and compact frame with TT patch...

seriously these consoles are piece of US Rock history and sound of the 70's, anmd are even more seriosuly undervalued..

other MCI desks really did suck dogs nuts.. but you cant go wrong with this series!

Check it out if you cant afford a Neve or API!!!!

PEACE
Wiggy
Old 6th June 2002
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Hi Wiggy ,

you finally made it.

Yoda... good choice.
Old 6th June 2002
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I have an oold, oold Tascam 2524... 24 ch 8 bus... it´s ok I guess...
Ooops, is it supposed to be in my basement?!
Old 6th June 2002
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Mine is in what used to be a garage. Luckily everyone from one side of my family are all carpenters, so they make anything look good. They took the garage doors out, put up two layers of sheetrock seperated by resilent channels, patched up a bunch of holes, installed a couple A/C ducts, painted, and carpeted it in about 2 and a half days. Now if i sit down with my alton everest book and figure out some plans for a bunch of diffusors I'll have those built for me as well.
Oh yeah, and my stepdad just refinished all the wood on my trident, and it looks better then new. Rock \m/
Old 6th June 2002
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I don't have a console in my basement anymore. For a while I had a Mackie 24x8 then the Trident for about a week before I moved into my new (at that time) space. Right now my basement is storage and an office.
Old 7th June 2002
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Seriously,

I have a Peavey 701R, 7ch rack space mixer with xlr / 1/4" in, inserts, aux & efx sends, Sub A & B + SUM...XLR outs, ch 6 & 7 also have phono in....works like a champ....


NYC Drew
Old 7th June 2002
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Ahh memories... I bought a 701R back in '86 for my basement. Even mixed SNFU down at the Elks lodge with it once. And so it was that I discovered the Peavey tone, and dumped it shortly thereafter.
Old 8th June 2002
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I have 2 analog mixers in my place, one is a Pultec 4 into 1 (mono) mixer.
The other is a fixed, no fader 2U 16 into 2 mixer - The Dangerous 2 Bus.
Old 8th June 2002
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Mine is in my room, which feels like a basement and works like a closet. I use to have the Mackie 32/4 buss. as well as the piss 1604 pissed madd yell evileye sleep heh .

I now have a Trident -65.okk
Old 8th June 2002
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I recently got a D&R Dayner, which seems to garner a collective "Huh? What's that?" from anyone I tell about my new console. While it may not be the most popular desk in the world, I can't say enough good things about the sound quality.

- Jon
Old 8th June 2002
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I know D&R. They make good consoles, quiet and clean. Not as well known as MCI, Trident or Amek but definatly in the same ballpark.
Old 8th June 2002
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i got some 2x4's, 1x3's, 2x10's... couple sheets of plywood.
Old 8th June 2002
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I used to work at a place that had a big Brown D&R.. sounded real good.. have no idea what model..

I remember it becaude the owner ( money guy) always tried to impress people by saying he had a great R&D console!

way funny.. if you think people dont recognise the name D&R...
Old 8th June 2002
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I did a few sessions at this one studio that's now out of business. The owner came in once to give a tour while I was tracking. He was in the control room and spread his hands out over the SSL and said "See this, it's all connected". Yup, they're gone now.
Old 11th December 2009
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So what board is in your basement?

Behringer Eurodesk.
Old 11th December 2009
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Some old Electrodyne, Langevin, Flickinger and Sphere consoles... you know, the old useless junk...
Old 11th December 2009
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I kinda took the topic as "What mixer you have laying around unused waiting for something to happen"...
As a console I have an Alesis x2. And laying around waiting for something to happen is Soundtracs Topaz Macro 14/2. Needs a couple of opamps changed after which I will give it away on the free stuff - thread.
Old 11th December 2009
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JoaT View Post
I kinda took the topic as "What mixer you have laying around unused waiting for something to happen"...
As a console I have an Alesis x2. And laying around waiting for something to happen is Soundtracs Topaz Macro 14/2. Needs a couple of opamps changed after which I will give it away on the free stuff - thread.
'atta boy JoaT!
Old 11th December 2009
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I am not in the basement but in the attic, so it has been pretty hard to get my Soundtracs Megas Studio 32/16/2 up there (63 kg live weight).
Old 11th December 2009
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I'm using a Soundcraft Delta which we just put together a new psu for and what a difference. The master section went off to Jim Williams yesterday to be modded.

My original intention was more to use it for monitoring during sessions. For me it's so much easier for cue mixes etc....you want more verb?..bam turn up a knob and your done. I'm really enjoying not thinking about the computer as much. I use my Api, SCA and Sytek pres so I don't need the pres on the console.

As far as ITB/OTB I haven't quite figured out where I want to take OTB but I've had a lot of low track sessions lately so I've been doing it all otb I mean barely any plugins and my hardware and am really really enjoying it. It's funny how much I retained from the old days, things like manually riding multiple faders which is kind of hard to do with my Alphatrack

It's taken me 5 years and 4 consoles to find the right fit but in all honesty to my tastes, my preferences and my clients most things I do sound better through the console.
Old 11th December 2009
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Fostex model 820 mostly used to have extra pre's. I got it for next to nothing, traded 2 AT2020's for it.

Last edited by RTFMPleez; 11th December 2009 at 04:39 PM.. Reason: Typo
Old 11th December 2009
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80 Moving Fader Otari Concept One. We just installed it in September, here's a thread about getting this sucker down there
New Console Installation at The Music Lab
Old 11th December 2009
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WOW, this thread is pushing eight years old.....amazing!!

Looks like GS disabled some of the smilees's!!
Old 11th December 2009
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Ironing board. *sigh*
Old 11th December 2009
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soundcraft m8...
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