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Patrik T

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For the HEDDs
« on: January 15, 2011, 02:40:52 am »

Simple question:

Have you found the processing options so valuable for your work, that you know your "grand total" outcome would be "less stellar" if you hadn't the HEDD available?


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lowland

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Re: For the HEDDs
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2011, 06:39:29 am »

For me the HEDD is first and foremost a great set of converters, with digital processing as a useful extra.

I use the processing less and less as time goes by, at the moment it's on roughly 10% of material. I'm glad I have the processing, after all it can be useful to impart analogue-like mojo on all-digital chains, but if you took it away from me tomorrow it wouldn't be the end of the world. Not so the converters...
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Re: For the HEDDs
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2011, 08:02:22 am »

It's rare for me to use the processing - I think I used it on one track in the last year - but the converters are why I have the box. Still haven't found an ADC I like better...
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Re: For the HEDDs
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2011, 08:39:51 am »

I am also very partial to the HEDD convertors. The processing options always depend on project. I never auto pop them in like when I first started using the hedd

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Re: For the HEDDs
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2011, 09:09:28 am »

I, too, use the HEDD for it's converters, however, I use the processing on probably 90% of the material I master. It may be just a little bit of only one process or all three.

I don't have as much outboard gear as a lot of other folks so the HEDD becomes a bigger part of getting "that sound", especially the "tape".
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Re: For the HEDDs
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2011, 09:13:31 am »

The converters sound great all the way to the top, which is not always the case. Almost never use the process. When I do it's a touch of Pentode.

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Ed Littman

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Re: For the HEDDs
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2011, 11:19:25 am »

Patrik T wrote on Sat, 15 January 2011 02:40

Simple question:

Have you found the processing options so valuable for your work, that you know your "grand total" outcome would be "less stellar" if you hadn't the HEDD available?


Best Regards
Patrik


I try not to depend on any of my gear to that length. With that said, I do use the triode, pentode often & feed my chain with the DAC.

Ed
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Re: For the HEDDs
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2011, 01:27:49 pm »

My unit primarily serves as a transfer A-D-A converter, but the processing does come in handy as a complement to EQ. Mostly Pentode and Tape flavours here, although the Tape algorithm chokes the top end when driven hard - just as a tape machine would Wink

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Re: For the HEDDs
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2011, 03:39:45 pm »



i am the only person i know that dislikes the HEDD.

the version i had, the AD started distorting about -3dBFS.
below that, it did sound pretty good.

i also did not like the DAC.  
i had the DAC in the avocet as my DAC for a while, and was happy to see it go.

why am i so weird (please dont answer that)

but i did like the processing on the HEDD
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Re: For the HEDDs
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2011, 04:11:54 pm »

jdg wrote on Sat, 15 January 2011 14:39



i am the only person i know that dislikes the HEDD.

the version i had, the AD started distorting about -3dBFS.
below that, it did sound pretty good.

You should try another one, something was wrong with that one - the HEDD's ADC can get level like few other boxes (if you're so inclined)...
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Re: For the HEDDs
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2011, 04:25:41 pm »

jdg wrote on Sat, 15 January 2011 15:39



i am the only person i know that dislikes the HEDD.

the version i had, the AD started distorting about -3dBFS.
below that, it did sound pretty good.

i also did not like the DAC.  
i had the DAC in the avocet as my DAC for a while, and was happy to see it go.

why am i so weird (please dont answer that)

but i did like the processing on the HEDD


I have the current version of the hedd & I felt when the adc is hit hard it folded especially on heavy sustained guitars. Not as drastic as your experience but it prompted me to upgrade to a lavry gold. I do like the dac very much.

Brad...maybe mine has got trouble too.

John...you never sent me those cookies you kooky.

Ed
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Re: For the HEDDs
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2011, 04:38:37 pm »

bblackwood wrote on Sat, 15 January 2011 21:11

the HEDD's ADC can get level like few other boxes (if you're so inclined)...

I don't know many other boxes (haven't heard the Lavry Gold ADC, for example) but the HEDD does it for me in that department, to the point where I haven't so far felt a strong need to look around. Mind you, in the scheme of things my particular unit is sort of 'intermediate' in the development path, a few years old but with upgraded converters, and it's interesting that a couple of people seem to be saying that newer units didn't work for them - certainly I've had no sense of the ADC distorting at -3dBFS or otherwise folding.
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Re: For the HEDDs
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2011, 04:45:40 pm »

hummm....I should also rephrase my claim. ...not say hit hard but pushed cause on certain material like sustained distorted guitars would create artifacts before the adc was clipped.

Ed
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Re: For the HEDDs
« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2011, 05:24:27 pm »

jdg wrote on Sat, 15 January 2011 15:39



i am the only person i know that dislikes the HEDD.


why am i so weird (please dont answer that)





So maybe I would think the g14 sounds good too?
and that the 5500 is good with the op amps and the 550m's are overated? Cool

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Re: For the HEDDs
« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2011, 05:38:08 pm »

Ed Littman wrote on Sat, 15 January 2011 16:45

hummm....I should also rephrase my claim. ...not say hit hard but pushed cause on certain material like sustained distorted guitars would create artifacts before the adc was clipped.

Ed


Where as in my tests you can clip a good bit into Lavry Gold and Burl B2 even with sustained distorted guitars and still end up with music without noticeable crackling.  Have never used the HEDD though!  (thinking of a converter upgrade sometime later this year - but for some reason Cranesong has never been part of my shortlist as I really don't need the extra bells and whistles).

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Steve Berson
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