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 on: July 13, 2017, 05:28:07 pm 
Started by klaus - Last post by FoxFoxFox
Hey Klaus, wondering about buying a 2000's U87. What year were the capsules not sounding right? Thanks.

 on: July 13, 2017, 05:46:54 am 
Started by Dinogi - Last post by Dinogi
Your insight is always of assistance. Even or especially if it's something I don't necessarily want to hear. I will attempt to open a discussion with the one gear-er-dashery in my area that carries the manufacturers I'm curious about as well as several on-line establishments I have a relationship with. In the mean time I'll just have to lash myself to the mast and resist the temptation to buy the Distressor I found on Craigslist! Thx,d

First you will come to the Sirens who enchant all who come near them. If any one unwarily draws in too close and hears the singing of the Sirens, his wife and children will never welcome him home again, for they sit in a green field and warble him to death with the sweetness of their song. There is a great heap of dead men's bones lying all around, with the flesh still rotting off them. Therefore pass these Sirens by, and stop your men's ears with wax that none of them may hear; but if you like you can listen yourself, for you may get the men to bind you as you stand upright on a cross-piece half way up the mast, and they must lash the rope's ends to the mast itself, that you may have the pleasure of listening. If you beg and pray the men to unloose you, then they must bind you faster.

 on: July 10, 2017, 03:26:01 pm 
Started by Mikeyod - Last post by Mikeyod
O.K. I have replaced every Resistor, I.C. , Transistor. All Electrolytic caps, All tantalum caps andR45 potentiometer on board .372 capstan control. The 8 uf motor cap and the rca411 transistor off board, and had the motor rebuilt.

That only leaves the ceramic caps and the poly/film type caps. and R27 5k ohm pot.

It still does it.

 on: July 10, 2017, 01:51:09 pm 
Started by Aaron Clark - Last post by Fletcher
Maybe spamming... maybe not.  I saw the post as it was phrased to be looking for assistance which is why it was not removed [even though this was the first post by the originator of that post - a tell tale sign of spamming]... the other reason it was left up is that this is a frequent question I hear, and perhaps some of the responses will be of assistance to other readers.


 on: July 10, 2017, 01:48:16 pm 
Started by Dinogi - Last post by Fletcher
Dave Hill's plug ins could very well be an excellent starting point... and after that, create a solid relationship with a quality vendor who actually has your best interest at heart [vs. their highest "commission" point at heart].  Believe it or not, its OK to ask a potential vendor if they're working on salary / hourly or commission.  If they're working on commission, then [in my not so humble opinion] they are working for a 'dual master'... you, and them.  If they're working on salary / hourly then they're working for you [yes, I know this is an over simplification].

Back in the day when the mighty analog dinosaurs ruled the earth, the goal was to get everything as clean as possible.  As track counts grew, the various distortions that were so lovely and musical on these original analog beasts began to become something of an impediment as stacking these same distortions upon each other began to create a "haze" to the overall presentation [what was fine for 8 tracks didn't really work at 46 tracks].  From my experience the little distortions caused by some of this hardware can very often assist putting a sound into a neat little hole where it can exist in happiness and be a major contributor to the overall sound of the music at hand... which leads directly to having a balanced and varied hardware pallet from which to paint the sonic picture of the music.

The only way to define that pallet of tools is to audition the hardware you choose, on your schedule, for a good month or so.  In my opinion, you need to find a vendor that is willing to work with you like this... letting you try for a good / serious period before you make your final commitment to the hardware acquisition.  This is where the solid relationship with an excellent vendor comes in... because as you try things, and return things, a good vendor will start to learn where your taste in sonic landscapes leads you, and will hopefully be able to suggest equipment for you to try that takes you in that direction.

I hope this is of some assistance.


 on: July 10, 2017, 01:50:05 am 
Started by Aaron Clark - Last post by Tim Hite
. . . I like to support the little guy until they prove unworthy of support. . .

Yeah, we too, unless they are obviously spamming in a professional forum. . .

 on: July 09, 2017, 08:43:19 am 
Started by Dinogi - Last post by Dinogi
When I last broached this subject, Fletcher gently patted me on the head and basically inferred that I was not in a position to take advantage of a product I was considering. It was good advice, brilliant in fact. When a guy who spent a whole careers worth of time as a recording engineer and then became a gear pimp who also happened to build the Mercenary Audio Methods and Applications Laboratory, offers you an opinion you sort of have to listen. That would have been the end of the story if I weren稚 such a stubborn old twit. The original question is now irrelevant, but the spirit of the question still remains although it has now evolved into something more philosophical in nature. In my work in TV and film style sound there is little emphases on anything other than hot, clean audio getting to where it needs to be. I have used this same approach in my personal music recording by playing it safe, recording as pristine a signal as possible without regard to getting any specific tone or sound. Capturing the performance as it sounded to the best of my ability. This path has worked out swimmingly except for one little bitty thing.
I知 so damn bored of clean I知 ready to chuck it all and learn carpentry just to hear the unbridled anger in the sound of a band saw. I知 finding that my painstakingly methodical, photorealistic approach to recording is just not complementary to certain pieces of music, even the acoustic music I知 doing. I can hear the wonderfully f..壇 up guitar sound in my head but have neither the experience nor apparently the specific tools needed to be dipping my toes into the mysterious pool of euphonic distortion. Terms like 田olored or 努armth have been so overused that they have become meaningless to me. I would rather describe a vocal sound as angry or sad rather than warm.
In light of the fact that I have not actually asked a specific question, I don稚 require a specific answer. I was just wondering about moderately affordable hardware alternatives to recording squeaky clean then trying to use plug-ins to f.. things up which aint working so far.
(Here comes another head pat)

 on: July 05, 2017, 09:58:05 am 
Started by niva - Last post by niva
Hello there!

I am beginning to restore my lovely Yamaha PM-2000. I know there is a lot of fan of that board here.

I am now attacking the esthetic aspect/missing parts.

I made up a list of the parts I need attached below with Yamaha part numbers. If you have any you'd like to sell, let me know.

Top priority part would be the PHONE LEVEL potentiometer.

Thanks A LOT!


 on: July 05, 2017, 07:52:30 am 
Started by mutterd - Last post by klaus
The badge shown in the second picture is the correct one for KM84, but because it was badly fitted, it is not flush with the housing in the center, making it stick out at the edges even more.
(The nipples may not have been properly aligned and seated inside the holes, causing them to bend or compress to the point they won't fit through the holes anymore.)

I would start from scratch: remove the badge and all glue residue from it and its corresponding housing surfaces, reshape the nipples if necessary with an xacto knife, do a trial-fit as outlined in my earlier post, then re-glue.

Done. Alleluia! Time to record!

 on: July 05, 2017, 06:01:59 am 
Started by mutterd - Last post by mutterd
Hey guys,

thing is - I'm pretty sure thats what i have... i got 2 from Tom Onofrio, the other ones came from Sennheiser.

heres some photos - first is the original Black badge, second is the badge in question.

now i know its not much - but its enough to make the 2 that Tom O. glued on fall off in less than a week of handling...

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