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Quad Eight MM61 pre/eq modules
« on: September 04, 2008, 08:21:06 pm »

I thought I would do a short review on my quad eight MM61 pre/eq modules. Mine are mixed with am-3 and am-4 opamps so techincally they are like MM71s (am-4) and MM61s (am-3) had a baby! They came from the Wally Heider board in San Francisco.

Eq points (2 bands) with +12/-12 of gain:
high 1.5, 3, 5 and 10
low 40, 100

About 71db of gain in the pre

Gliss faders with cherry red knobs. Strips are chocolate brown.

Interestingly enough one of them has all am-3s and the other is mixed. BEFORE I opened them up to see which was which and what was inside, I decided I liked the channel 2, turned out with the AM-3s, better. They were both fully serviced so aging parts play less of a role.

The channel with am-3s has a grittier tone than the other, which I really like. Its subtle but there for sure. Again it could be something other than the opamps but thats the only specific difference between the two channels. And if the EQ is not inline, I still hear it so its not the eqs. Using them as a stereo pair is no problem- they sound great even with a minor difference.

The preamps are thick and round on the bottom ( not as tight as 1073s ) and smooth and slightly dark on top. The EQ is where the overall preamp sound really jumps for me. Push them and push them hard. They bring out the mid and top with a sweetness and natural tone. I really came to the conclusion of "natural" after tracking and reamping enough drum overheads to just fall in love. I like the low eq for 2 db of reduction but push the highs 4db at 5k standard- and I never push 4dbs during tracking... I do now. Sometimes they are a little wide in the Q and a second refining eq is needed.

I have never heard a hihat close with a more beautifull "natural" tone. Takes the edge off but retains a thick tonality. They are undoubtedly the goto for OH mics! Ive also really liked them on vox, acoustic (especially) and electric guitar, and occasionally bass. I haven't had the chance to use them on anything orchestral but bet they would shine on brass and woodwinds!

I did have the outputs balanced with Jensen transformers so Im adding to the mojo but they just kill me time and time again. The other thing I use them for is mastering. They are awesome color pres though I chase them with the GML 8200 to open up the top again. I also boost that magic 5k freq in masters as well. The mm61s to the bus comp to the GML seems to work very well to "undigitize" itb recordings. I even used them to repair a bad master on some old tapes from the 80s where the ME ruined the mixes by over scooping and killing the bottom end. Out of Capitol records surprisingly enough!

Let me say though, I do not call myself a mastering engineer but clients often insist on it since I can get pretty nice results and I get more work than I ever expected mastering tracks. The MM61 being a part of this for sure.

I'd love to hear from other Quad Eight folks! Especially with some of the other models- plus sphere and e-dyne too!

Im probably a little quad eight crazy right now waiting for my 712 master bus eq to get here! And be sure Ill have to write a review of that as well once I get a chance to run it through the paces!
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Re: Quad Eight MM61 pre/eq modules
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2008, 09:21:34 pm »

Quad Eight have always been of excellent quality - I even think the Westrex era was not too bad. Happy they are finally getting more attention. Same as guitars, which were once only "Gibson and Fender" and consoles were only "API and Neve"...
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Re: Quad Eight MM61 pre/eq modules
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2008, 03:36:43 am »

Brain, what do you mean Westrex? I thought Westrex was UK built Western Electric stuff?

I heard George Massenburg  loved MM61, did he do Linda Rondstadt at Capiol A on em? Sorry, I should know this.

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Re: Quad Eight MM61 pre/eq modules
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2008, 06:14:46 am »

I have a pair of AM10 based QE pres that are excellent. I believe they're essentially  the Pacifica pre.  Lots of headroom with a certain amount of character that never gets in the way.
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Re: Quad Eight MM61 pre/eq modules
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2008, 12:04:00 pm »

I think that Brian meant Westar, which was a Misubishi era Quad Eight.

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Re: Quad Eight MM61 pre/eq modules
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2008, 03:46:47 pm »

NelsonL wrote on Fri, 05 September 2008 05:14

I have a pair of AM10 based QE pres that are excellent. I believe they're essentially  the Pacifica pre.  Lots of headroom with a certain amount of character that never gets in the way.


According to Peter Montessi at A-Designs, their P-1 500 form factor preamp is closer in tone to an original QE preamp. Their Pacifica preamp has an extended high end. I bought a pair of P-1s to do overdubs of sessions I tracked on a QE Coronado and compared the P-1 tracks with overdubs using A-Designs' Pacifica preamps and confirmed Peter's guidance. FWIW I think they're both great preamps.
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Re: Quad Eight MM61 pre/eq modules
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2008, 04:28:54 pm »

Galil wrote on Fri, 05 September 2008 08:04

I think that Brian meant Westar, which was a Misubishi era Quad Eight.

Galil


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Re: Quad Eight MM61 pre/eq modules
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2008, 04:32:30 pm »

Steve Hudson wrote on Fri, 05 September 2008 11:46

NelsonL wrote on Fri, 05 September 2008 05:14

I have a pair of AM10 based QE pres that are excellent. I believe they're essentially  the Pacifica pre.  Lots of headroom with a certain amount of character that never gets in the way.


According to Peter Montessi at A-Designs, their P-1 500 form factor preamp is closer in tone to an original QE preamp. Their Pacifica preamp has an extended high end. I bought a pair of P-1s to do overdubs of sessions I tracked on a QE Coronado and compared the P-1 tracks with overdubs using A-Designs' Pacifica preamps and confirmed Peter's guidance. FWIW I think they're both great preamps.


It's confusing to me then, as he used the name "Pacifica" which IS the name of a famous "Coronado-era" console (circa 1978-79). However, the Coronado consoles do not sound as good as the Pacificas, due to the (dBX?) VCA gain stage in the group fader automation. It's not a huge difference, but the preamps are the same AM10 in the two consoles, yet the Pacifica console has less "stuff to run through on each channel. I thought Peter's design WAS based on the Pacifica AM10 preamp? Is it not... then why use the name?
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Re: Quad Eight MM61 pre/eq modules
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2008, 05:02:34 pm »

Brian Kehew wrote on Fri, 05 September 2008 15:32

Steve Hudson wrote on Fri, 05 September 2008 11:46

NelsonL wrote on Fri, 05 September 2008 05:14

I have a pair of AM10 based QE pres that are excellent. I believe they're essentially  the Pacifica pre.  Lots of headroom with a certain amount of character that never gets in the way.


According to Peter Montessi at A-Designs, their P-1 500 form factor preamp is closer in tone to an original QE preamp. Their Pacifica preamp has an extended high end. I bought a pair of P-1s to do overdubs of sessions I tracked on a QE Coronado and compared the P-1 tracks with overdubs using A-Designs' Pacifica preamps and confirmed Peter's guidance. FWIW I think they're both great preamps.


It's confusing to me then, as he used the name "Pacifica" which IS the name of a famous "Coronado-era" console (circa 1978-79). However, the Coronado consoles do not sound as good as the Pacificas, due to the (dBX?) VCA gain stage in the group fader automation. It's not a huge difference, but the preamps are the same AM10 in the two consoles, yet the Pacifica console has less "stuff to run through on each channel. I thought Peter's design WAS based on the Pacifica AM10 preamp? Is it not... then why use the name?


Perhaps Peter meant that the P-1 would be closer to the Coronado preamp than the Pacifica preamp, though I simply asked him which of his two preamps would be closer to a QE, not knowing at the time I asked him that there were several different QE preamps.
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Re: Quad Eight MM61 pre/eq modules
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2008, 05:13:41 pm »

It may also be that outboard preamps (when pulled OUT of an original console strip) often sound quite cleaner and brighter.

Most people agree the older Q8 designs sound best, but there are also trade off's in features that make a later console quite nice over the early ones.
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Re: Quad Eight MM61 pre/eq modules
« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2008, 05:22:56 pm »

Brian Kehew wrote on Fri, 05 September 2008 14:13

... but there are also trade off's in features that make a later console quite nice over the early ones.


Thats definitely the truth! The EQ section on the MM61s is extremely limited relatively speaking. I find its not as much of an issue on the top end since Im in love with the 5k range on these and boost it regularly but there will be ZERO correction/surgery with these eqs. Just not possible. Extremely wide sculpting, but it sounds so good... and its my understanding the Q is relative to the boost so I won't complain any time soon!

My 712 master bus EQ showed up today! Ive been running it for hours on everything and having a blast. Its better than I expected- thats going to be a fun review! But Ive got to wait till the honeymoon is over... And I still want to pair it with my 8200 and see what happens, as well as which should go first most of the time.

I will say the 712 is sweeter than the MM61- a little smoother on top. But again, the 5k just kills me on the MM61s!
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Re: Quad Eight MM61 pre/eq modules
« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2008, 08:05:38 am »

Scott Benson and I did some of the beta testing for Peter when I had the Pacifica console here at Silvertone. The rack unit that Peter was building was spot on to the original except for the top end. Which we found extended and brighter.

In the end we concluded that it was a great pre but different from the originals. In the end Peter sent Scott a free REDDI for helping and I as usual got nothing!

Those Quad Eight MM61's you are talking about were probably built by Electrodyne. They mixed and matched op-amps all the time in different modules. Kind of like Rupert Neve told me when they'd run out of one part they'd just "use what they could get". He even flew his wife to Texas one time to pick up parts he needed it had gotten that bad.

I will say that I think all the op-amps are so close as to be splitting hairs.. The edyne A1000, A2000, AM3, AM4 and later Quad Eight AM4, AM10 but then Mitsubishi killed it with the AM11.

Anyway I have a whole ton of extra AM4 op-amps should anybody need them, just contact me. As well as many Electrodyne Spare parts.

You probably all know that I don't think this gear is very good or worth too much, so please feel free to contact me and unload it at a reasonable price!

btw The Electrodyne site will be launched soon (everything is scanned) and there will be a lot of information and pictures there of Electrodyne built products including Langevin and Quad Eight!

This gear is still the biggest bargain in audio you will find today!
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« Reply #12 on: September 06, 2008, 12:59:40 pm »

Here's a little Electrodyne and Quad Eight eye candy...

Sixteen Tube 201A mic pres (A&R  Studios 4 in rack), MM310's and MM311's (Bearsville and Warner Brothers)...

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« Reply #13 on: September 06, 2008, 01:03:01 pm »

Here's a little more...

Melcor AE20's, Edyne 201A's, MM61's (Hollywood Bowl console) and Q8 Am2B compressors (Oral Roberts console). MM100 mic pre's and 10013 and 10002 Reichenbach transformers, LA 602 Lunch Boxes (Capitol Records studio B console)....

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Re: Quad Eight MM61 pre/eq modules
« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2008, 06:19:52 am »

Steve Hudson wrote on Fri, 05 September 2008 12:46

NelsonL wrote on Fri, 05 September 2008 05:14

I have a pair of AM10 based QE pres that are excellent. I believe they're essentially  the Pacifica pre.  Lots of headroom with a certain amount of character that never gets in the way.


According to Peter Montessi at A-Designs, their P-1 500 form factor preamp is closer in tone to an original QE preamp. Their Pacifica preamp has an extended high end. I bought a pair of P-1s to do overdubs of sessions I tracked on a QE Coronado and compared the P-1 tracks with overdubs using A-Designs' Pacifica preamps and confirmed Peter's guidance. FWIW I think they're both great preamps.


I should have been clearer as I was refering to the console-- the A designs pre wasn't out yet when I bought these, so the Pacifica console has always been my personal reference point.
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Re: Quad Eight MM61 pre/eq modules
« Reply #15 on: September 09, 2008, 02:26:18 pm »

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3149/2774825668_f9e968ff88.jpg     http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3192/2773977105_04f7f7f0ed.jpg    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3116/2774831690_e7324b6efd.jpg    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3121/2774827632_03d32e6b72.jpg

I figured I'd throw in these new ones...a pair of MM310B's that I just got back from Orphan Audio/Quad Eight Electronics.

Now I just gotta find the $$ to get the other ten channels done up like these...
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« Reply #16 on: September 09, 2008, 02:33:14 pm »

NelsonL wrote on Sun, 07 September 2008 05:19

Steve Hudson wrote on Fri, 05 September 2008 12:46

NelsonL wrote on Fri, 05 September 2008 05:14

I have a pair of AM10 based QE pres that are excellent. I believe they're essentially  the Pacifica pre.  Lots of headroom with a certain amount of character that never gets in the way.


According to Peter Montessi at A-Designs, their P-1 500 form factor preamp is closer in tone to an original QE preamp. Their Pacifica preamp has an extended high end. I bought a pair of P-1s to do overdubs of sessions I tracked on a QE Coronado and compared the P-1 tracks with overdubs using A-Designs' Pacifica preamps and confirmed Peter's guidance. FWIW I think they're both great preamps.


I should have been clearer as I was refering to the console-- the A designs pre wasn't out yet when I bought these, so the Pacifica console has always been my personal reference point.


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« Reply #17 on: September 10, 2008, 12:54:17 am »

Having one myself - it's the console I'm most familiar with; yes, the original Pacifica IS a bit darker than most preamps. At least, when running through the channel strips. Racked individually, it may give the brighter character you found on the A-Designs version - that is true for almost any pre racked - slightly cleaner and less colored.

Those modules look great racked like that... and I know they sound even better.
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« Reply #18 on: September 10, 2008, 02:39:18 am »

I was running one of my MM310's today on a voiceover session...it was a screamin' loud car spot that i attenuated down at the output gain (not at the mic input) and realized about halfway through the take that I was obviously running the input in the red, as the waveform was...well...obviously clipping (note: no compressor on this VO as this client prefers their own)...but when I went in and looked at the sections that were leveled out...they weren't even close to square...and what little distortion i heard was pretty gentle to the ear...it almost sounded as if the voice was just straining a little harder and not like the gear went "SPLAT."

The more and more I use these things, the more and more I'm impressed by them.
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« Reply #19 on: September 10, 2008, 09:04:19 am »

iCombs wrote on Wed, 10 September 2008 01:39

I was running one of my MM310's today on a voiceover session...it was a screamin' loud car spot that i attenuated down at the output gain (not at the mic input) and realized about halfway through the take that I was obviously running the input in the red, as the waveform was...well...obviously clipping (note: no compressor on this VO as this client prefers their own)...but when I went in and looked at the sections that were leveled out...they weren't even close to square...and what little distortion i heard was pretty gentle to the ear...it almost sounded as if the voice was just straining a little harder and not like the gear went "SPLAT."

The more and more I use these things, the more and more I'm impressed by them.



Hi Ian,

Nice units. Did Ken supply the vertical face plates?

Same thing happened to me when Danny (McKinney from Requisite Audio) sent me the first 4 Warner Brothers MM310 modules.

I couldn't believe what they sounded like and then once I started using the EQ section... forgettaboutit!!!

I like the "build up" of these on tracks much better then my 1073's. Way less cloudy and way less of a fight in the end when mixing. Eventually I stopped cutting drums though the 1073's and started using these and Electrodyne modules (edyne are my faves for kick and snare).

Now I'm not putting down 1073's at all, I love the sound of them but throughout my life I never wanted to have the same sound as everybody else.  I just came up in a time when bands sounded different from one another and studios sounded different from one another. I've come full circle now... So I have "the best" 1960's studio I can afford. 15x4 Electrodyne console and 12x2 Langevin (built by Electrodyne) tube console and scadds of vintage outboard gear and mics.... now back on track since I'm not suppose to deviate from the subject...

Enjoy those MM310's! They will be getting quite a bit of use I'm sure.
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« Reply #20 on: September 10, 2008, 11:14:22 am »

Silvertone wrote on Wed, 10 September 2008 08:04

iCombs wrote on Wed, 10 September 2008 01:39

I was running one of my MM310's today on a voiceover session...it was a screamin' loud car spot that i attenuated down at the output gain (not at the mic input) and realized about halfway through the take that I was obviously running the input in the red, as the waveform was...well...obviously clipping (note: no compressor on this VO as this client prefers their own)...but when I went in and looked at the sections that were leveled out...they weren't even close to square...and what little distortion i heard was pretty gentle to the ear...it almost sounded as if the voice was just straining a little harder and not like the gear went "SPLAT."

The more and more I use these things, the more and more I'm impressed by them.



Hi Ian,

Nice units. Did Ken supply the vertical face plates?

Same thing happened to me when Danny (McKinney from Requisite Audio) sent me the first 4 Warner Brothers MM310 modules.

I couldn't believe what they sounded like and then once I started using the EQ section... forgettaboutit!!!

I like the "build up" of these on tracks much better then my 1073's. Way less cloudy and way less of a fight in the end when mixing. Eventually I stopped cutting drums though the 1073's and started using these and Electrodyne modules (edyne are my faves for kick and snare).

Now I'm not putting down 1073's at all, I love the sound of them but throughout my life I never wanted to have the same sound as everybody else.  I just came up in a time when bands sounded different from one another and studios sounded different from one another. I've come full circle now... So I have "the best" 1960's studio I can afford. 15x4 Electrodyne console and 12x2 Langevin (built by Electrodyne) tube console and scadds of vintage outboard gear and mics.... now back on track since I'm not suppose to deviate from the subject...

Enjoy those MM310's! They will be getting quite a bit of use I'm sure.


yes, Ken did the new faceplates.  Apparently Ken plans on doing way more 310's and I got some of the first few of the new faceplates.

I don't know if y'all have heard the story, but I got the console these strips came out of for free.  Zip.  Nada.  It came out of a post house that was liquidating due to the owner's very sudden (and really sad) death and had been sitting in storage for almost 20 years.  All I had to do was toss it in a truck (all...puh...me and a buddy did it...coulda used an extra couple guys...that console was HUGE) and drive it home.

Aside from the 12 MM310's, I also culled 13 CA-127's from the console...which, with a little help again from Ken and the crew at Orphan/Q8, will also become mic preamps.  Granted...they won't have these EQ's on them...which is a pity as these are friggin' amazing EQ's, but will still be high in iron...good for a growing boy such as myself.
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Re: Quad Eight MM61 pre/eq modules
« Reply #21 on: September 25, 2008, 08:25:18 pm »

whatever happened to the orel roberts console?
man that thing is beautiful.
did it get cut up and parted out?
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« Reply #22 on: September 26, 2008, 07:31:08 am »

rob s wrote on Thu, 25 September 2008 19:25

whatever happened to the orel roberts console?
man that thing is beautiful.
did it get cut up and parted out?




I believe it did since I have two of the AM2B compressors from that console (there were 8 total in that console).  She sure was beautiful and the largest Q8 ever built.  I have a picture of it somewhere (the guy who sold me the AM2B's sent me the picture).
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« Reply #23 on: September 26, 2008, 06:36:06 pm »

that is very sad.

well i got my 16x4 edyne up and rockin.
its been doin sessions all summer.
love that EQ.
crankin up the hi eq is sweet.
modded two of the busses with modern faster stuff.
responded nicely.
vintage or modern take a pick.
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Re: Quad Eight MM61 pre/eq modules
« Reply #24 on: September 30, 2008, 12:43:57 pm »

FWIW that board from WHR studio A had an API 550a normaled into every single channel insert which was the eq. most of us used in that room.

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Re: Quad Eight MM61 pre/eq modules
« Reply #25 on: October 29, 2008, 03:27:20 pm »

I've got a guy here in LA offering 2 m-310 bl modules (not racked) for $600 per module. Is this reasonable? Also, what can I expect to spend in getting them racked up? Thanks!

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« Reply #26 on: October 29, 2008, 10:27:46 pm »

In the wooden rack that Silvertone showes in his picture, the pumpkin modules are EXACTLY like the ones that were used to dub many BIG (Oscars for best sound) feature films at Goldwyn Sound in the 80's, even down to the Gliss faders with the red knobs.  I decommisioned that console in 84 and don't really know what became of it.  Those modules could very well be from that console.  

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Re: Quad Eight MM61 pre/eq modules
« Reply #27 on: October 30, 2008, 08:01:08 am »

thedoc wrote on Wed, 29 October 2008 21:27

In the wooden rack that Silvertone showes in his picture, the pumpkin modules are EXACTLY like the ones that were used to dub many BIG (Oscars for best sound) feature films at Goldwyn Sound in the 80's, even down to the Gliss faders with the red knobs.  I decommisioned that console in 84 and don't really know what became of it.  Those modules could very well be from that console.  

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Hi Doc,

Those are actually part of the Warner Brothers console that I bought off Danny McKinney from Requisite Audio 10 years ago... he is guy responsible for all this Q8 nonsense that has ensued since then in my life... great console, great modules.

Above those are the Bearsville modules, those have the Bearsville name engraved at the top of them by Q8 (pretty cool).

Many of these consoles (both Q8 and Electrodyne) were used in a lot of the classic films.  Also for live on air broadcast, radio and concert sound.

Care to mention any films you worked on with this console?

best regards,
Larry
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Re: Quad Eight MM61 pre/eq modules
« Reply #28 on: November 01, 2008, 02:18:46 pm »

Well, hmmm, Back then Goldwyn Sound was part of Warner Hollywood Studios, so I think those modules came from that board.  Every Q8 back in those days had a ton of custom modules and layouts and were not stamped out like in later years.  Below every three modules was a rotary pot that worked as a sub for those three faders.  No automation.
The mixers who used the console were:
Bill Varney
Steve Maslow
Gregg Landaker
you can IMDB those guys to get an idea of the movies that I refer to and they won two awards in a row...

I was the maintenance tech.  In the picture, taken during the mix of The Jazz Singer, you can see the back of the Q8 with a Trident set in front of it that was used for music.  That was a temp set-up and we used a ton of 24 track machines as well as 35mm Mag.
Oh yeah, that is me with my arms outstretched.index.php/fa/10267/0/
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Re: Quad Eight MM61 pre/eq modules
« Reply #29 on: November 01, 2008, 05:30:50 pm »

Awesome photo.  So late 70's/early 80's.

I spy the Dolby Cat 43 in the lower left corner on the salad bar.

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Re: Quad Eight MM61 pre/eq modules
« Reply #30 on: November 01, 2008, 07:12:53 pm »

Yes, that is a Cat 43 siting on top of it's 361. It is sitting on the side edge of the console itself actually.  If you look to the right you will see the backside of a wooden rack with XLR's...that was full of old 550A's.

And what reverb do you see in the lower right corner..?
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Re: Quad Eight MM61 pre/eq modules
« Reply #31 on: November 01, 2008, 07:38:09 pm »

Ah right, that is the console.

That reverb is an Elektromesstechnik 250.

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Re: Quad Eight MM61 pre/eq modules
« Reply #32 on: November 02, 2008, 07:12:24 am »

thedoc wrote on Sat, 01 November 2008 18:12

Yes, that is a Cat 43 siting on top of it's 361. It is sitting on the side edge of the console itself actually.  If you look to the right you will see the backside of a wooden rack with XLR's...that was full of old 550A's.

And what reverb do you see in the lower right corner..?



As we use to call them back in the day... that's an "R2D2" in the lower right hand corner!  An EMT 250... there is one for sale on evilbay right now (only 6K!)

What's the custom tube console thingy above R2D2?
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Re: Quad Eight MM61 pre/eq modules
« Reply #33 on: November 02, 2008, 07:32:02 am »

I have absolutely no idea what that tube thang was but I am sure it was not anything cool like a Lang or Pultec though.
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Re: Quad Eight MM61 pre/eq modules
« Reply #34 on: November 02, 2008, 08:50:05 am »

I really wish you had put both your hands to the right to save me from the sex god standing next to you.  Who is that sexy, sexy man?

You, however, may have an infringement suit to file against Weird Al.  

I would have never guessed that was you!

Great pic.

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Re: Quad Eight MM61 pre/eq modules
« Reply #35 on: November 02, 2008, 08:53:38 am »

That was Ed Lever from Canyon Recorders.  Yep, I was thinner and my hair wasn't grey yet.
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Re: Quad Eight MM61 pre/eq modules
« Reply #36 on: November 02, 2008, 09:55:36 am »

Ed Lever... I can see probably half of his 2000 body parts.

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Re: Quad Eight MM61 pre/eq modules
« Reply #37 on: November 02, 2008, 01:50:34 pm »

Coincidentally, The Jazz Singer is on Showtime right now.  The Q8s sound really good!  LOL.
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Re: Quad Eight MM61 pre/eq modules
« Reply #38 on: November 02, 2008, 01:58:36 pm »

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Re: Quad Eight MM61 pre/eq modules
« Reply #39 on: November 02, 2008, 02:46:20 pm »

Doc, what studio were the recording scenes shot in?  Do you know?
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Re: Quad Eight MM61 pre/eq modules
« Reply #40 on: November 02, 2008, 02:53:38 pm »

I think Crystal was used for at least part of it.
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Re: Quad Eight MM61 pre/eq modules
« Reply #41 on: November 02, 2008, 08:11:15 pm »

I knew it!  I saw those joysticks on the console and wondered if it were Crystal.  
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