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Tomas Danko

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Re: Virtalähde Mastering, Finland - the build thread
« Reply #135 on: February 04, 2011, 01:37:48 pm »

Viitalahde wrote on Fri, 04 February 2011 06:59

TotalSonic wrote on Fri, 04 February 2011 01:22

bblackwood wrote on Thu, 03 February 2011 16:02

Awesome update, looks amazing. Love how personal it is.


A very big plus one on all of the above!!


It's nice to hear you're seeing it looking peronal, because that's what I want it to look like. Cool.

Garrett H wrote on Thu, 03 February 2011 23:36

You might be able to dampen the Studer to prevent it from ringing.


Peter Beckmann wrote on Fri, 04 February 2011 00:31

Some thin sorbothane glued to the Studer's panels on the inside should damp it down. I had a rack shelf that used to ring and that's how I stopped that.


Yeah, that's what I need to do. Thin sheets of bitumen are also great for this, appliable with a heat gun. The inner walls of the speakers a treated like this. It was fun to compare the un-treated, but well braced cabinet to the damped one. Now all I get is a stone-like "thuck" as I knock in the cabinets.

Peter Beckmann wrote on Fri, 04 February 2011 00:31

Amazing to look back at the first pictures you posted and see how far you've come.


Indeed! I also like to look at the first pictures and try to remember there's a yard somewhere.

ggidluck wrote on Fri, 04 February 2011 00:51

Did you need to do something to drive the video display from a longer distance?


It's a HDMI connector I used, all digital and coming straight out of the DAW. My older DAW doesn't have a HDMI output, and when I use a 5 metre VGA cable for that, you can clearly see shadows on the picture.

I'm a little dumb with TV's. This is my first flat TV, haven't bought one earlier because my TV waqtching is down to zero, pretty much. But, is the HDMI standard a little slow? The frame rate isn't too good when I scroll through the timeline, and I think it was much better when connected with VGA.

Not that it bothers me, I actually shut down the TV for most of the time, but I'm just curious.



Flatscreen TVs tend to come with quite high latency. On many units there is a special mode for playing games, where it turns off some functionality in order to improve response. Try and see if you can find it.
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Re: Virtalähde Mastering, Finland - the build thread
« Reply #136 on: February 04, 2011, 03:12:25 pm »

A friend was telling me that there are newer tv's coming out that run at a higher clocking rate. And the difference is noticable.

Also LCD's don't update the screen as fast vs plasma displays.

I will likely have to go VGA to HDMI, so probably I can put a box in between that will convert and act as a repeater. This should give a little extra length on the cabling.

I came across some baluns the other day that allow you to use
CAT5 to go however long you need to go. That might be the way to go in a big room.
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Re: Virtalähde Mastering, Finland - the build thread
« Reply #137 on: February 04, 2011, 04:28:36 pm »

my large LCD TV i use in the studio looks terrible for movies and video..
good thing i just do audio Smile
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Re: Virtalähde Mastering, Finland - the build thread
« Reply #138 on: February 06, 2011, 08:35:14 am »

jdg wrote on Fri, 04 February 2011 16:28

my large LCD TV i use in the studio looks terrible for movies and video..
good thing i just do audio Smile

Actually -- how's that working out as a monitor?

As a major-league myope, I squint to read the tiny text and lose the cursor frequently on screens that are much closer.  Is your big-ole screen decently legible at distance?

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Re: Virtalähde Mastering, Finland - the build thread
« Reply #139 on: February 06, 2011, 10:05:46 am »

The studio is looking great Jaako.

The only thing that's throwing me off a bit is the color of the green chair clashing with the marine blue out board piece...other than that..kudo's

Love the console design... who built it?

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Re: Virtalähde Mastering, Finland - the build thread
« Reply #140 on: February 06, 2011, 11:56:58 am »

Waltz Mastering wrote on Sun, 06 February 2011 17:05

The only thing that's throwing me off a bit is the color of the green chair clashing with the marine blue out board piece...other than that..kudo's


I have a feeling that the marine blue thing is not going to be long there. My use for it comes and goes, and now I haven't used it in a long time.

The green chair I bought from an used office supplies store. It's a pretty damned expensive Kinnarps chair, and the green was the only color they had. I decided to take it since it was just so good to sit on. I know it deviates a little from the color scheme, but doesn't look all that bad. Except for the clash, maybe.

It's true that small text on that LCD screen is a little difficult to read. I might experiment with resolution settings a little more to help this. 32" is still pretty much the perfect size, because more always means a larger reflective surface - and it'd look kind of dumb, too.

I placed it pretty low. Feels comfy.
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Re: Virtalähde Mastering, Finland - the build thread
« Reply #141 on: February 06, 2011, 12:15:30 pm »

dave-G wrote on Sun, 06 February 2011 05:35

jdg wrote on Fri, 04 February 2011 16:28

my large LCD TV i use in the studio looks terrible for movies and video..
good thing i just do audio Smile

Actually -- how's that working out as a monitor?

As a major-league myope, I squint to read the tiny text and lose the cursor frequently on screens that are much closer.  Is your big-ole screen decently legible at distance?




its OK for reading email. but i do catch my self leaning forward at times
i say a 50+ incher would be even better. (the LCD i have is 48inches)
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Re: Virtalähde Mastering, Finland - the build thread
« Reply #142 on: February 06, 2011, 12:50:23 pm »

jdg wrote on Sun, 06 February 2011 09:15

i say a 50+ incher would be even better


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgjQbni4ZqE...
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Re: Virtalähde Mastering, Finland - the build thread
« Reply #143 on: February 06, 2011, 02:26:32 pm »

Waltz Mastering wrote on Sun, 06 February 2011 17:05

Love the console design... who built it?


Lauri Vartola: http://lauripoika.fi/

He did a really good job there. The design is mostly mine, gave him most of the dimensions and gave some artistic freedom in few details.

I haven't preached yet enough how big an improvement a small footprint desk really is. My previous desk was designed for both mixing and mastering (in case someone wanted to mix in the same room I used), and it was obviously huge:

http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs239.snc3/22 661_290984058180_278311633180_3587750_5836305_n.jpg

I also only had 2x 4HE in front, and that meant I had most of my stuff on the right and was working off the sweet spot most of the time. Not fun at all.

Now, having everything centralized, things feel just so much easier.
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Re: Virtalähde Mastering, Finland - the build thread
« Reply #144 on: February 06, 2011, 05:30:56 pm »

dave-G wrote on Sun, 06 February 2011 23:35

jdg wrote on Fri, 04 February 2011 16:28

my large LCD TV i use in the studio looks terrible for movies and video..
good thing i just do audio Smile

Actually -- how's that working out as a monitor?

As a major-league myope, I squint to read the tiny text and lose the cursor frequently on screens that are much closer.  Is your big-ole screen decently legible at distance?



same issue here
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Re: Virtalähde Mastering, Finland - the build thread
« Reply #145 on: February 06, 2011, 07:29:05 pm »

Quote:

I'm still negotiating with my wife about that trunk, which belonged to her great grandmother. I believe that's about the right location for it, but she begs to differ.


i hope you prevail. that trunk makes the room!
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Re: Virtalähde Mastering, Finland - the build thread
« Reply #146 on: February 07, 2011, 03:31:09 am »

Very cool of you to take the time to post your progress, really like everything your doing and agree the chest is perfect.

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Re: Virtalähde Mastering, Finland - the build thread
« Reply #147 on: February 08, 2011, 12:17:52 pm »

Viitalahde wrote on Fri, 04 February 2011 07:54

When we started, it was still early autumn and things were pretty green.

http://www.virtalahde.com/0302_talvi1.jpg

http://www.virtalahde.com/0302_talvi2.jpg

Now it's winter.


Seeing this makes me think I'm in the wrong hemisphere, we've just had the typical february heatwave and it was 41 degrees outside...

The room is looking lovely and that curve on the rear of the console looks like a work of art. A great way to dispense with the old problem of a flat reflective surface too. I predict many happy hours safe from the world in your little studio, sometimes I wish I could take such a spartan approach to gear, but there's always some shiny new bauble attracting my attention!

Now I must do some files for Wim, he's been very patient with me.

Good one Jaacko, I salute you.

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Re: Virtalähde Mastering, Finland - the build thread
« Reply #148 on: February 08, 2011, 12:56:58 pm »

I see a couple of chimneys in your house... but how are you heating the studio building?
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Re: Virtalähde Mastering, Finland - the build thread
« Reply #149 on: February 10, 2011, 07:43:20 am »

William Bowden wrote on Tue, 08 February 2011 19:17

Seeing this makes me think I'm in the wrong hemisphere, we've just had the typical february heatwave and it was 41 degrees outside...


Uhh. The comfort side in me likes warm, but not hot. That's hot!

William Bowden:

The room is looking lovely and that curve on the rear of the console looks like a work of art. A great way to dispense with the old problem of a flat reflective surface too.


To tell you the truth, I first specced that curve purely for aesthetical reasons, then figured that it possibly can't be worse than an angled flat surface.

William Bowden:

sometimes I wish I could take such a spartan approach to gear, but there's always some shiny new bauble attracting my attention!


Whatever works for you! I've always liked a minimal approach in just about everything. There's still a few odd pieces coming in, but in terms of EQ and compressin, I could just go on with these for ages.

ggidluck wrote on Tue, 08 February 2011 19:56

I see a couple of chimneys in your house... but how are you heating the studio building?


There's a floor heating system installed in the concrete slab, check out the first two pages of this topic. Has worked well so far! I like to keep the temperature a little below 20 degrees, myself.
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