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Title: Weird Vintage Limiter
Post by: Zephyr on May 05, 2006, 10:34:40 PM
Hi, I posted this on the Tapeop forums. I'm posting here too, as Fletcher and the people who view this board have used a wide range of audio gear. Perhaps one of you will know about this thing:

I spotted an 80's stereo limiter on-line, and grabbed it (for 50 bucks) because I had never heard of it.

It's called an ADS PL5000s Limiter. ADS stands for Analog Digital Systems.

The seller said he didn't know much about it, other than they were made in Florida in the 80's, and a handful of them were sold in Memphis.

The unit was shopped around Memphis by a dealer who also sold Altec, Ampex and Electrodyne equipment.

What it looks like: Silver face with with 80's computer like text. One knob on for each channel for input level, and an in/out switch for the box. Also, each channel has 2 leds (1 is listed as "normal", other is "limit").

The thing is obviously a small production unit (The guy said it was made by a start up company)... the power cable is 3 prong, but the ground prong has been cut away to the base. Also, serial number on this unit is #1 (The other one the guy had was #2).

http://thunder-room.com/adspl5000s1.jpg

http://thunder-room.com/adspl5000s2.jpg


So, does anyone know anything about this unit?

Thanks
Title: Re: Weird Vintage Limiter
Post by: AO-28 on May 06, 2006, 01:20:00 PM
Are the 1980's "vintage" already?! I felt old when the 80's became "retro"!
Title: Re: Weird Vintage Limiter
Post by: Zephyr on May 06, 2006, 03:03:30 PM
Stuff from the 70's durring the 90's was considered vintage. It's been 16 years since then, so unless 80's is a special case decade and doesnt age like the others... Laughing

Late 80's doesnt apply... too close to the 90's

But yeah, I think this comes up to personal taste right now.
Title: Re: Weird Vintage Limiter
Post by: aerophone on May 15, 2006, 10:17:48 AM
So... how does it sound?
Title: Re: Weird Vintage Limiter
Post by: Buzz on May 15, 2006, 01:51:30 PM
And what the hell is IN the BOX !!!

LAter
Buzz
Title: Re: Weird Vintage Limiter
Post by: Tidewater on May 16, 2006, 02:44:55 AM
aerophone wrote on Mon, 15 May 2006 10:17

So... how does it sound?



Like SSL.

It was the 80s.

M
Title: Re: Weird Vintage Limiter
Post by: maxdimario on May 28, 2006, 11:20:25 AM
open up the lid and take a photo!
it's probably a vca limiter with opamps..
Title: Re: Weird Vintage Limiter
Post by: Fletcher on May 28, 2006, 01:18:07 PM
Wow!!  Cool find.

I think I remember seeing some of those in the late 70's mostly in "reinforcement" use... but it's been a lot of miles since then and I really can't be sure.
Title: Re: Weird Vintage Limiter
Post by: MI on May 30, 2006, 10:23:54 AM
Fletcher wrote on Sun, 28 May 2006 13:18


but it's been a lot of miles since then and I really can't be sure.


On you or the machine? Wink

Sorry Fletcher, couldn't resist!

Mario