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Re: Virtalähde Mastering, Finland - the build thread
« Reply #105 on: January 04, 2011, 12:40:19 pm »

compasspnt wrote on Mon, 03 January 2011 17:43

Looking great, congrats!

Maybe be careful of the rusty saw (encapsulate or seal it?). Is rust contagious?




If you need a coffee table you could put the saw in the middle of a clear resin block. It would look sweet.
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Re: Virtalähde Mastering, Finland - the build thread
« Reply #106 on: January 04, 2011, 05:12:13 pm »

Looks great Jaakko. Bet you cant wait to get set up in the new space.

compasspnt wrote on Mon, 03 January 2011 22:43

Looking great, congrats!

Maybe be careful of the rusty saw (encapsulate or seal it?). Is rust contagious?


No, but tetanous....

Paul's idea of a resin coffee table with the saw embedded sounds pretty cool

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Re: Virtalähde Mastering, Finland - the build thread
« Reply #107 on: January 05, 2011, 08:58:41 am »

Gold wrote on Tue, 04 January 2011 09:40

compasspnt wrote on Mon, 03 January 2011 17:43

Looking great, congrats!

Maybe be careful of the rusty saw (encapsulate or seal it?). Is rust contagious?




If you need a coffee table you could put the saw in the middle of a clear resin block. It would look sweet.


This is the actual machine that I did my first paying sessions on, I like that it has a second life as a useful object:

http://www.readymade.com/file_uploads/6340/reel-to-reel-coffee-table__large.jpg
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Re: Virtalähde Mastering, Finland - the build thread
« Reply #108 on: January 07, 2011, 08:29:26 am »

PS, Jaakko your build out looks amazing-- I've been (quietly) enjoying the updates a good deal.

I hope my coffee table image isn't killing the thread vibe.

Best,

Liam
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Re: Virtalähde Mastering, Finland - the build thread
« Reply #109 on: January 09, 2011, 05:03:17 pm »

I wouldn't worry about the saw too much. I might aswell not hang it anywhere, or hang it somewhere out of reach.

Yesterday I disassembled my old room and moved everything in. Plenty of work to do, first sessions booked for the last week of January (well, actually I have two albums for 3rd, unofficially that is), but I should be fine. I'll finish the front end first, put all of the stuff in place and the finish the rest.

I might put my DAW in the room first, the machine room needs some work too.

Anyhow, now that I'm in no hurry and going nowhere from my little ranch, I believe I'll be much more efficient in finishing this.
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Re: Virtalähde Mastering, Finland - the build thread
« Reply #110 on: January 12, 2011, 03:44:42 pm »

http://www.virtalahde.com/1201_testi.jpg

Just one picture for teasing.

I wanted to have a first listen at the room and just tossed a few things together, temporarily. All I can say is that the room sounds extremely good, and the first impression is that it does what asked for in the first place.

I am going to tell you more about the speakers later on, but right now I tell you it's a 12" ATC bass + ATC mid with a Morel tweeter in a 100L closed cabinet, active crossover and a 3-way Hypex amplifier (the big black chunk behind the console).

My playback system gives me a big picture, a sound I can step into and that engages me the right way. I don't think the mental adaptation is going to be that tricky at all. The bass sounds extremely tight, and a quick sweep proved there's good response down to 35Hz. Only minor dips somewhere above 60Hz and 150Hz, nothing big.

The stands are a temporary mock-off, just to experiment with the height and positioning. I think I'm going to just bite it and order a pair of Sound Anchors stands. The height is probably going to be 23", these things sound the best when I'm ever-so-slightly above the center of the mid dome.

As you can see, my desk came back from modifications. Now it's perfect and I'm a happy man.

The work continues..
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Re: Virtalähde Mastering, Finland - the build thread
« Reply #111 on: January 12, 2011, 04:06:22 pm »

Looks and feels GREAT, Jaakko! Congrats!
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Re: Virtalähde Mastering, Finland - the build thread
« Reply #112 on: January 12, 2011, 04:54:23 pm »

a m a z i n g
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Re: Virtalähde Mastering, Finland - the build thread
« Reply #113 on: January 20, 2011, 05:59:47 pm »

What about the comb filtering at the monitoring position Jaako?

I do not like your choice of wall paper, you should have kept it neutral colours like me,(beige/cream) it will date quickly (already looks like 1977) and be tricky to remove with the wood on top.

Good luck though, yawn.

I owed you one, we can all take a joke, can't we?

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Re: Virtalähde Mastering, Finland - the build thread
« Reply #114 on: January 21, 2011, 12:28:50 am »

Awesome work Jaako!!!  Looks beautiful - I'm seriously envious.

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Re: Virtalähde Mastering, Finland - the build thread
« Reply #115 on: January 21, 2011, 03:21:59 am »

I took some measurements yesterday and also tweaked the crossovers for best L/R uniformity, and a slightly better tonal balance. Now they sound extremely accurate. I might keep the old ATC crossover after all, just needs a recap and I'll also get rid of the pots when I've determined the crossover is done.

The waterfall plots of the room look extremely good, and exactly like what I'm hearing. Very uniform decay, nothing surprising going on. The bass is dry and deep, and while the calculated response of the speakers should be at -3dB/70Hz (with a 12dB/oct rolloff), the positioning against the wall gives me a good response down to 35Hz.

The desk of course gives its own problems, but a compromise has to be made because I could not work any other way. The new desk is much smaller than the previous one.

I'm off to buying some chairs today. Thanks for the nice words! My calendar has been filling up fast, and I'm surprised to get new customers who want to drive 2,5 hours to see the place.
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Re: Virtalähde Mastering, Finland - the build thread
« Reply #116 on: January 21, 2011, 07:55:50 am »

Looking great there Jaakko,  congrats!
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Re: Virtalähde Mastering, Finland - the build thread
« Reply #117 on: January 21, 2011, 09:28:20 am »

The space does look very "tight", have you got enough distance from
the monitors for the drivers to integrate at monitoring position? Very big speakers for a very small space.

Just observations on the outcome.

I wish you well.
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Re: Virtalähde Mastering, Finland - the build thread
« Reply #118 on: January 21, 2011, 09:53:37 am »

SafeandSound wrote on Fri, 21 January 2011 08:28

The space does look very "tight", have you got enough distance from
the monitors for the drivers to integrate at monitoring position? Very big speakers for a very small space.

Just observations on the outcome.

I wish you well.

You can tell that from these pics?

I mean, we can't all have palatial spaces like you, but c'mon...
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Re: Virtalähde Mastering, Finland - the build thread
« Reply #119 on: January 21, 2011, 12:25:22 pm »

Lol,you are right Brad my studio is a decent size for the job at hand, though I would not call it palacial, it's optimal.

I am just suggesting that I am glad my speakers not cramped in which in the photo it does indeed look to be as anyone can see for their very own eyes. Amazing how a space turns into a small box when the treatment has been installed. (been there before)

People should not expect graces (lets call them jokes) that are not spared for me is what I am saying. I don't forget things when people have taken the p*ss so when the time is right I return the complement in full.
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