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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Tech Talk with Jaja
« on: June 15, 2017, 04:37:34 PM »
Jana, what a beautiful open space.....the light is wonderful.  You like your monitors very wide apart or did the panoramic photo stretch the perspective? :)

Thanks Julio :)

Yes the monitors indeed have much space. You see all right :) We really like to have the sounds expanding in the whole room, and especially for my music it is even necessary.

Of course...that makes sense.  Do you listen from a more central position in the middle of the room..... auditioning music when at your iMac would have you hearing a lot more of the right channel.

Perhaps in such a beautiful space you may walk a little while you audition your compositions, so the more established studio methods are not so important for you.

 
 

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Tech Talk with Jaja
« on: June 15, 2017, 06:48:47 AM »
Jana, what a beautiful open space.....the light is wonderful.  You like your monitors very wide apart or did the panoramic photo stretch the perspective? :)


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: June 15, 2017, 06:29:17 AM »
Julio, is your headphone amp already fixed? This would be great.
For your headphones I am sorry, no way to effort this pair twice. Wish you luck!

Btw: I must check my audio interface today, maybe an output is not function.
I do not hope so but I have 3 years guarantee, so it would not be a problem.

Hi Jana......Good News, The SPL Phonitor Amp is fixed and arrives back to me today.  No Charge!  They said they would be gentle as possible regard the cost to fix.  I was not expecting for free after the warranty expired 5 months ago.

I feel this has something to do with the high quality of production and care that goes in to German manufacturing. Theres a certain pride that when something goes wrong whether it be the customers fault or not.  With in reason. It is not acceptable and is fixed at the manufacturers expense.  That and maybe the fact that SPL's amp killed my headphones. 

I have a Leica M9 digital camera the I broke 3 times from dropping it and other stupid events and one time the sensor malfunctioned.  I bought it used but through the Leica store here in Miami, Florida, with no warranty.  Each time it was fixed for free and the sensor was fixed "good will" was on the recipe with no charge.

Both German high end electronics manufacturers.....Coincidence.....I think not.

Hope you Interface is OK.

 

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Moog Factory Tour.
« on: June 15, 2017, 06:00:00 AM »
Hey! I was in Asheville and the Moog Factory in May too! I was there playing the Asheville Electro-Music Festival in Black Mountain, and stopped in to have my Voyager tuned up.

Hi Paul....I was in Asheville the last week of May.  Is Black Mountain the famous Collage?  I did not know they had a Electronic music festival but it makes sense.

Make Noise Eurorack Modular is also in Asheville but did not get to visit them.....Tony Rolando, the man behind Make Noise worked at Moog for I while I believe.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Moog Factory Tour.
« on: June 13, 2017, 02:01:30 PM »
Went to Asheville, North Carolina in May for some mountains & trees but did not know that Bob Moog had setup shop in Asheville. I have owned my Minimoog Voyager synthesizer for a year or so. The tour was the the highlight of the trip. The tour is free and lasts about an hour.

The Moog factory is right in downtown Asheville which struck my as similar to Greenwich Village, NYC in appearance and vibe.






The Moog Mother 32 (Eurorack) Synthesizer assembly line.....The "Mother" boards arrive already soldered so completing a Mother takes about an hour and a half.

The gentleman in blue is the tour guide who was full of interesting stories such as how the original Minimoog Model D was so powerful and deep that it was capable of inducing labor which is what happened when Geddy Lee's wife was very pregnant and happened to be at a Rush concert sound check when Mr Lee fired off his minimoog. Ambulance was called and their first child was born shortly after......Great story!








The Moog Sub 37 assembly line.....apparently their best sell synth.





The Minimoog Model D assembly line.....The lady at the back installs all the electronics, the man sitting works on just the mod wheel and pitch bend, apparently it is quiet involved to get right and the standing fellow finishes the synth. This is obviously the recreation of the original Model D and is the only minimoog in production as the Moog Voyage is not made anymore.

The Model D is made with about 95% sourced US materials....the birch wood comes from Tennessee, a good deal of the electronics are made locally in Asheville. Bob Moog established an electronics engineering course at a local Asheville college that a large amount of Moog employees have come through.







Minimoog burn in bench......All Minis are turned on for 24 hours and tested to be properly functioning.




The Moog Modular Synthesizer production line.....creation of these are slow. These two guys install and connect all the modules into their cases. The modules are built in another building. One modular was having a spring reverb installed as we came through and what appeared to be an small ordinary guitar amp was turned up......have to say I have never heard anything like it. It was not that the sound was loud it was that the sound penetrated everything and filled the factory with a sonic presence beyond description.







This building is where the Moog Modular Modules are made and custom work. It also houses the Moog Sound Lab Studios......graphic on the window is Keith Emerson's Modular.






Just outside the Sound Lab and the Lab itself. This was the end of the tour and where we could ask questions......I had many like was Moog going to make Eurorack versions of their big Modular but only asked one. "What was the chance of Moog making a polyphonic instrument like the Memorymoog?"
the answer....."There is always a chance."

We did not get to see the R&D departments where sixteen engineers work on the future of Moog instruments.......top secret.







On my way out I saw this little...shrine I guess.......can you recognized the people in the photographs?






It was an emotion experience and just such a cool place......there were many good pictures to be had but I would have missed much.  Their current philosophy seems to be taking the best of Moogs past and bring it into the present.....

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: June 13, 2017, 04:55:42 AM »


Came across these Sennheiser HD700....did not know they existed......at about half the cost of its big brother the HD800 puts these cans and type of sonic quality within reach of many more people.

Review from Headphone.com below.

The Sennheiser HD700 is an audiophile dynamic headphone with acoustic performance and price perfectly perched between the HD800 and HD650 model. Although not quite as expansively detailed, listeners familiar with the flagship HD800 can expect richer bass response and a fuller low-end presentation in the HD700 with very solid bedrock textures. It's definitely a less stringent sound and one which may appeal to listeners who enjoy the HD650's smooth tone but seek better midrange focus and upper treble extension. Detachable HD700 cable employs mono 'mini' 3.5mm Y-plugs into each earcup. Sorry, Sennheiser HD700 can only ship within USA due to manufacturer restrictions.

What We Think:
HeadRoom had an early opportunity to spend ear time with the Sennheiser HD700 headphones at CES in Vegas back in January 2012 and later when one of our favorite Senn big-wigs dropped by our Montana shop with them secretly in tow for our store. After enjoying extended quality listening time, our impression is the Sennheiser R&D team may have struck yet again with one of the most musically dynamic and lively headphones we've heard from their high-end audiophile arsenal. Delivering an audibly more textural, rollicking low-bass presence versus its big brother, the claimed 'King Of Headphones' HD800, the somewhat similarly-sized HD700 offers welcome 'corrections' for those listeners turned off by the relentless analytical precision of the HD800's lightning transient accuracy. Significantly easier to power (150 Ohms vs. the HD800 rating @ 300 Ohms) and sporting a new ventilated magnet system said to improve signal response time and 'airy' timbral transparency, the HD700 indeed sound like a mid-way approximation between the classically smooth, warm-toned Sennheiser HD650 approach and the highly critical, uber-revealing resolution delivered by the reference HD800 presentation. We hear it as almost a 'light-years better' improvement on the heavily lauded [now-discontinued] HD595 presentation with the same lively sense of acoustic immediacy. So expect a slightly more forgiving overall sound but without completely trading away the engaging presence of its pricier brethren. We don't think the HD700 has the same soundstage openness or massive dynamics but those who may have thought the HD800 perhaps too lean in bottom-end bass punch will be appreciative of the HD700's effortless vigor into the lower bass and low-midrange frequencies.

The Sennheiser HD700 are full-size, open-back circumaural ('around the ear') headphones with zero isolation or noise-blocking ability, so they're not well-geared for mobile or portable use in situations where others will hear your cans 'leaking out' your beauteous music to the world. The ergonomic fit proved equally as comfortable for all our testers as the excellent HD800 design, if perhaps even a bit lighter-feeling on the head. The HD700 headphone cord is a unique, owner-detachable 'Y-cord' design featuring monophonic male mini [3.5mm] plugs into each left / right earcup. Free premium 2-year Sennheiser manufacturer's warranty with your HeadRoom authorized dealer purchase receipt!/i]

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: June 05, 2017, 07:43:54 AM »
A little Grado History


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: June 05, 2017, 05:25:42 AM »
Stay away from these for Grado Headphones.....these are what I meant by "Fluffy"  They are comfortable but kill the sound on my Grado SR325's



Amazon link for reference.....https://www.amazon.com/EarZonk-Long-Life-Leatherette-Cushions-Headphones/dp/B00OM21W1I/ref=pd_lpo_vtph_23_bs_img_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=78X3HPN97BQYKN3K1VKK

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: June 05, 2017, 05:14:05 AM »
Seren these are what original came with my Grado Prestige SR 325's and what I recently got to replace the fluffier on ear ones.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006GCCO0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

These are uncomfortable, being over ear,  the headphone mechanics so to speak does make contact with the ear and after long periods, for me about an hour or so I begin to notice it.  Grado users seem to put up with this because the sound quality is worth it.
Mine has the newer g cushion shape and debating which to get - and do I get cheaper versions available on the internet?


I see the G cushion is much bigger than the L.....and twice the price.  I might have to try those G's.if they offer more comfort.   Appears they do cover the ear completely.  Did those G cushions come with your headphones?  It looks like they were designed for the Grado Professional line.....http://www.4ourears.net/Grado_G_cushions_p/4e-gcush.htm

Heres a picture of the PS1000e that has G cushions.


I would go for cushions made by Grado...usually is the best approach though can be more expensive.  The L cushion I got through amazon are Grado made.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: June 04, 2017, 05:23:30 AM »
Really sorry to hear the bad news.   :-\  That must be devastating, Julio.
I hope you get some good recompense for the failure.


As a side note, I always use much less expensive headphones ... so that if I tread on them
or the dog chews them to shreds I have little concern about simply buying another pair.   :)

I'm in the market for a new pair (wasn't the dog this time), and currently use, and am happy
with,  AKG. So interesting to see your post, Jaja, about your AKGs. Will have to audition them.

Hi Anthony.....its got a definite sting to it.

I feel quality headphones are very important generally but perhaps even more so for our genre while creating to give the music a unique space that headphones give and naturally for pleasurable listening.

Those AKG K702 headphones that Jana uses are fine cans as are Paul's selection....theres a lot to choose from and it seems you do get what you pay for.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: June 03, 2017, 07:56:40 AM »
Julio, that's a bugger !

I get pretty hacked off when gear fails - I expect it to work for ever :) It must be particularly galling as it wasn't the usual wear and tear / drivers failing etc. I've had more phones fail on me over the years than anything else.
My ancient Shure E500 IEMs died recently, they were held together with hot glue and nail varnish, but I kept them as I find them invaluable for mastering. Fortunately, a good friend sold me on his unwanted Shure SE535s , so I'm covered again.

Hey Pete,

Yeah, new gear as in a few years that dies prematurely is definitely annoying.....and quality equipment built to last.  When one pays a lot of coin longevity is part of the sum.  In my case the Headphones were victims of the pre amp so can't fault them.

Did not know nail varnish had build applications... :)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: June 02, 2017, 12:03:22 PM »
Seren these are what original came with my Grado Prestige SR 325's and what I recently got to replace the fluffier on ear ones.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006GCCO0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

These are uncomfortable, being over ear,  the headphone mechanics so to speak does make contact with the ear and after long periods, for me about an hour or so I begin to notice it.  Grado users seem to put up with this because the sound quality is worth it.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: June 02, 2017, 05:21:47 AM »
oo...sorry to hear about that - not nice.

I lost my previous Beyers when I got a feedback loop and had to choose what to turn down first - VS2480 or headphones....

I still have the beyers, but they buzz on one side if the bass frequencies hits a certain note or presence or tone.

Hope you get the amp fixed and replace the headphones with something that excites you.






had these 2 years now - still think they are fantastic. Though those Focals look very, very nice Julio

and still using them......though may need to get replacement foam pads - 25.


Yup, the Grado's are really good headphones....Im happy to still have them.  I put a softer ear cups on them, not grade brand and it killed the higher frequency so best to replace the cups with what grado make for them which I just did a few days ago.

I find myself in what I call "The leasing a Porsche Syndrome"  Here in America there was a Porsche that could be leased for under $500 a month, something that was manageable for some until that first service and a complete tire change at $500 plus a tire......thats sort of where Im at with the HD800 headphones.  Its a lot of cash to come up with to fix them but I will get to it because they are that good.

Good to hear that your able to record again in a happy enviroment Seren!

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: June 01, 2017, 07:03:09 PM »
Its been so quiet around here of late so I thought I would spice it up with some smoke and fire.... :o

My SPL Phonitor 2 headphone amps right channel died the other day and while it did so it sent a load signal to the right channel of my Sennheiser HD800 headphones......what an indescribable sound.....shattering paper thin carbide sheets under blackhole pressure, ok its describable.  Whats not describable  are my thoughts, well actually not printable. Think of words to describe $3400 of beautiful designed dead metal and the sweetest sounding headphones gone.

Within seconds came the cremated electronic smell that permeated the studio.....more non printable words.

Warranty on both amp and cans ran out in December 2016.....almost printable  F..K!

I contacted Zen Pro Audio where I got the SPL Phonitor 2 and the owner Warren jump into action to see what could be done...within an hour or so I had the sales rep for SPL, followed by the service manager for SPL in contact with me...impressive.  I think once I had explained how the amp had absolutely crush and destroyed my HD 800 cans some sympathy or empathy at least was given......their words were "we will be gentle with you"....lets see.

Now the Sennhesier HD800....firstly you can't talk to them, Sennheiser that is.  No warranty, click here on the website....type model number here.....flat service fee $585. 
A lot more words not fit to be printed here....but what gets one thinking is what sort of great headphones can you get $585, right.  Certainly the HD800's are truly wonderful with the right amp. Like nothing Ive ever heard before.  Much to think about.

The amp will be fixed but not for the headphones.  The one other paramount aspect of the Phonitor 2 amp is that it also drives my studio monitors, well they are power monitors but the signal that goes to the cans also goes to the monitors through the Phonitor....listening as I have to now with my system reconfigured it is sonically lacking without the Phonitor 2 amp to drive those monitors.

The Sennhesier HD800 sit in their box like a silk laced funeral casket while I decide how to approach this and Im enjoying my old Grado SR 325 cans, the ones in the first post in this thread.

I hope this comes across as me having some fun with these  bizarre events. :)

 

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: April 23, 2017, 08:57:16 PM »
APK posted in the "currently listening" r Beny's, Full Blossom of the Evening...a mostly eurorack modular recording so I thought id post some of his modular video performances here.







There are quite a few more videos that you can track through youtube.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: April 22, 2017, 08:46:43 PM »
Yes, I read about the Audio Damage Eos Reverb -- 
a $45 reverb plugin (a nice one too), becomes a $500 eurorack module !!!   :o

Compare that to Behringer coming out with a complete 3 osc Model D synth clone in eurorack format for around $400.

Yeah things do get more expensive once you put on a nice suit and tie....Sean Costello of Valhalla DSP is the coder for the Eos soft verb for Audio Damage. Not sure if there was any new coding for the eurorack module.  Halls of Valhalla dsp card for the $500 Tiptop audio Z-DSP FX module was $75 and Shimmer was $75. I have had them. 

Generally Im not that fond of reverb within the eurorack format....but this seems a lot more focused.

As to the Behringer Model D....from what I have seen it sounds very good but a Moog model D....No. Better to have the Moog Mother 32. I sense this is Berhringer trying to prove some sort of point.

Hopefully this might spark Moog to enter the eurorack market and do it right.


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: April 22, 2017, 06:47:14 AM »
A few interesting modules from Superbooth 2017 in Berlin

4MS 6 Oscillator Wavetable Module






Audio Damage recreation of their Eos Reverb plugin into eurorack




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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: April 22, 2017, 05:58:16 AM »

The Bitbox is a 24bit 48k stereo sampler for eurorack.

Damn, I was waiting for the Rossum sampler module but this may be better for live use. I'll be checking this one out soon.

Dave Rossum showed his sample at Superbooth in Berlin.  Seems it maybe more powerful for sound manipulation.  Loren I do think for live performance the Bitbox maybe it.  Im using the Bitbox more like a Daw but it would be so straight forward to record parts of a set prior to a performance and trigger those sounds live as well as the unit has 12 presets available so that actually is 12 x16=192 possible sounds depending on micro sd memory.


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: April 22, 2017, 05:46:44 AM »
That is a gorgeous looking box of tricks you have there, Julio.  8)

I sense that eurorack is becoming more and more digital.

Hi Anthony.....It is becoming more digital. My system is about 50 /50 analog and digital.  The most exciting modules do seem to be coming from the digital side, oscillators, processors and Fx. An analog oscillator will be just that and much needed but a digital oscillator does not have to operated by analogs guidelines that still have not really changed over the years both in design and circuitry.  Perhaps electricity has its limits.

Even though my system is half of its former size it is still very capable and with the addition of the Bitbox sampler now has actually more potential than when it was a larger system.  :) 8)


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: April 15, 2017, 06:59:44 AM »
And while Im at it, here's my eurorack system now......consolidated to about half of its former size.


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