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Offline TotalSonic

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Re: For the HEDDs
« Reply #15 on: January 15, 2011, 05:40:07 pm »
dietrich wrote on Sat, 15 January 2011 17:24

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



You might (I'm very happy with my 5500 - although certainly don't use it on everything).  Got to agree with John that the Shadow Hills Mastering Comp is an ergonomic nightmare once you get over the initial cool steam punk look of it though.

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Steve Berson

Offline Greg Reierson

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Re: For the HEDDs
« Reply #16 on: January 15, 2011, 05:55:01 pm »
lowland wrote on Sat, 15 January 2011 15:38

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.



I have an older upgraded unit too and it's very clean right up to the top and even a bit beyond. When it was in the shop I borrowed a Prism and found I couldn't get anywhere close to the same level. I have an analog meter running parallel with the input of the HEDD and it can take +2 easy, sometimes +3 or +4.

There are so many versions and revisions. Maybe I have the lucky combination.


GR

Offline bblackwood

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Re: For the HEDDs
« Reply #17 on: January 15, 2011, 05:59:34 pm »
Greg Reierson wrote on Sat, 15 January 2011 16:55

There are so many versions and revisions. Maybe I have the lucky combination.

I'm fairly certain the latest-greatest is v6, which is what I have here. Very, very good.
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Offline jdg

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Re: For the HEDDs
« Reply #18 on: January 15, 2011, 06:04:09 pm »
Ed Littman wrote on Sat, 15 January 2011 13:25



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

Ed


i know!

i haven't sent out any... xmas was a nightmare with multiple sickness and travel.
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Offline bigaudioblowhard

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Re: For the HEDDs
« Reply #19 on: January 15, 2011, 06:08:21 pm »
I will never get over the Nazi Submarine look of the SHMC, and its a dream to operate.
I don't even look at it. I keep my head up in the soundfield. Its laid out perfectly and I always know which controls I'm holding onto. Those big knobs and switches just feel so good and solid as I smoothly click...click...click 'em.

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Re: For the HEDDs
« Reply #20 on: January 15, 2011, 06:09:04 pm »
bigaudioblowhard wrote on Sat, 15 January 2011 17:08

I will never get over the Nazi Submarine look of the SHMC, and its a dream to operate.
I don't even look at it. I keep my head up in the soundfield. Its laid out perfectly and I always know which ones my hands are on. Those big knobs and switches just feel so good and solid as I smoothly click...click...click 'em.

"Herr Capitain, fir limitschwein zulage!"

bab

Was this intended for another thread or are you tired of talking about the HEDD?
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Offline bigaudioblowhard

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Re: For the HEDDs
« Reply #21 on: January 15, 2011, 06:10:46 pm »
I was trying to defend the SHMC against Steve's blood libel.

(am I going too far? please delete my OT remarks)

bab

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Re: For the HEDDs
« Reply #22 on: January 15, 2011, 06:48:14 pm »
bigaudioblowhard wrote on Sat, 15 January 2011 17:10

I was trying to defend the SHMC against Steve's blood libel.

(am I going too far? please delete my OT remarks)

bab

Haha, no, I missed that reply earlier. Carry on!
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Offline Allen Corneau

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Re: For the HEDDs
« Reply #23 on: January 15, 2011, 07:11:31 pm »
jdg wrote on Sat, 15 January 2011 14:39


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



Do you remember if you were processing on the AD side or the DA side?

when I first got the HEDD I was processing on the AD side and found that it started to get a little crunchy if I pushed it too much. Now I use it o the DA side and it's much better.
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Offline TotalSonic

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Re: For the HEDDs
« Reply #24 on: January 15, 2011, 09:53:56 pm »
bigaudioblowhard wrote on Sat, 15 January 2011 18:08

I will never get over the Nazi Submarine look of the SHMC, and its a dream to operate.
I don't even look at it. I keep my head up in the soundfield. Its laid out perfectly and I always know which controls I'm holding onto. Those big knobs and switches just feel so good and solid as I smoothly click...click...click 'em.

"Herr Capitain, fir limitschwein zulage!"

bab


Mark -
Sorry to seemingly bad mouth your baby - but sounds to me like you've been watching "Das Boot" a bit too much.  Guess the Hebrew in me feels much more sympathy with something like the flashy British sports car finish of my Focusrite Blue more than say, "German submarine."

Anyway - to be much more fair about it my time spent with the SHMC has been very limited and just at a couple of AES's (which is obviously not a good place to make an evaluation beyond superficialities).  But after initially going ooh and aah at it's steam-punk vibe as soon as I started grabbing knobs and trying to get some sounds I felt pretty disoriented - it just didn't feel intuitive to me at all.  I kind of prefer things much more straight forward and without steeper learning curves (i.e. a reason why I rarely use things like the Flux Limiter either).  Coupled with longer wait times to get one, steeper pricing than I usually like (everything here is either 2nd hand or offers excellent bang for buck), along with occasional reports of problems with the build or obtaining quick service - has made me definitely shy away with it.  

Anyway - I was just noting that John - who has seemingly owned nearly every model of mastering comp at one point or another - had one for a while but then sold it (and seems to have ended up with the Maselec and Foote Designs comps instead).  However - if you are getting great use out of yours and in fact hold it dear then obviously other folks can end up with completely opposite opinions!!

And to everyone else -
Sorry for my small kidnap of this thread!

Best regards,
Steve Berson

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Re: For the HEDDs
« Reply #25 on: January 15, 2011, 11:46:33 pm »
Very happy with my Hedd since August, 2008.
I love Crane.
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Re: For the HEDDs
« Reply #26 on: January 16, 2011, 03:35:53 am »
bblackwood wrote on Sat, 15 January 2011 22:59

I'm fairly certain the latest-greatest is v6, which is what I have here. Very, very good.

So have you had more than one unit over time, Brad?
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Re: For the HEDDs
« Reply #27 on: January 16, 2011, 07:18:28 am »
lowland wrote on Sun, 16 January 2011 02:35

bblackwood wrote on Sat, 15 January 2011 22:59

I'm fairly certain the latest-greatest is v6, which is what I have here. Very, very good.

So have you had more than one unit over time, Brad?

Sorta - I had one at Ardent (those were early HEDD converters, as I left Ardent in '03), but I've also had mine upgraded.
Brad Blackwood
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Re: For the HEDDs
« Reply #28 on: January 16, 2011, 07:23:52 am »
I love my HEDD. Great set of converters - and I liked the HEDD converters the least in the GS converter tests. Somehow I still manage to cope with them..

I do use the processing, just a touch of Pentode at times, or perhaps a touch of Tape. I think they're invaluable and have truly saved my ass a couple of times.

I recently found out mine is equipped with the latest set of converters after all, so no need to upgrade here.
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Re: For the HEDDs
« Reply #29 on: January 16, 2011, 09:18:45 am »
jdg wrote on Sat, 15 January 2011 14:39




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)



Not entirely weird - I hope! I had the Avocet for a while and though I didn't actively dislike it, I tended to use it only as an controller with an external dCS DAC. That dCS now feeds the analogue path and I use the very nice Crookwood DAC in the console for monitoring (and sometimes, for the hell of it, vice versa).

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