Wednesday, July 27, 2011

UREI 546 Dual Parametric EQ

I've got a tender spot for UREI recording stuff. There are so many different units that serve different purposes. They all seem to lie in the same function/availability/price category as well - they are certainly capable, they're always surfacing as used items for sale, and they tend to stay under the thousand mark.

Anyway, this one is the UREI 546 Dual Parametric Equalizer. On each channel, you've got low and high cut filters, variable bandwidth controls for each band (Low, Low-Mid, High-Mid, High - also, pull out the bandwidth knob and you've bypassed that band), detent frequency selection and stepped boost or cut control. This thing looks almost good enough for mix bus or mastering! Functionality reminiscent of a certain Manley piece? Sure, but very different guts. Cheap on eBay!
UREI 546 Dual Parametric EQ

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ursa Major Space Station SST-282

This thing LOVES dub. Onboard, it features a LF CUT/HF CUT equalization section, four individual volume controls for 4 pairs of delay "taps" (make the third "tap" repeat louder than the second, quieter than the fourth, for example), and even a echo feedback control. This unit, which is the first revision of the design, also doubles as a reverb with a single push-button. It's amazing how cheap this particular one is going for so far on eBay.
Ursa Major Space Station SST-282

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Klemt Echolette

Get hip to this thing, its got tons of character! They usually need some love to get back to perfect condition, but the way it saturates is great. Also check that if it has only the weirdo Din connector, you get a cable to go to something you can use in your studio.


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Korg VC10 Vocoder

this thing looks like a lot of fun. Sure there are cheaper and simpler ways to do vocoding now a days, but this still seems more fun.


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Make your OWN records...

This looks amazing. Could be the perfect way to get vintage sounds. If it really, really, really does work, this could be awesome.

"Tabletop" vinyl cutting lathe!!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Inovonics 250 Multiband Compressor

A recent fascination with multiband compression in hardware form led a dotted line to an X in the U.K. (via eBay) that is an Inovonics 250 stereo multiband compressor. Of course, designed for implementation in broadcast, this unit is fully programmable. As described in its manual, it combines slow gain-riding A.G.C., multiband compression, graphic equalization, and a final stage of peak limiting. The manual gets intense, appropriately geared to the piece of gear it pertains to. Alone, it's a good read, and at some point while reading it, I guarantee you'll nod approvingly and think to yourself, ".. that's a pretty good idea."
Check out the auction and decide whether you're cruel enough to tell me you've won it:
eBay: Inovonics 250 FM Stereo Multiband Compressor

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Upcoming interviews

Hoping to have a few more interviews up soon!!! Stay tuned!

Custom Vintage API 24 Channel Console

Modern API configurations actually make getting a 24 channel impossible, so this is even more rare than one might imagine at first glance. At $60,000, a pretty amazing deal.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Lawo V970 Pre Amp

I've passed over this auction several times and thought nothing of it at first, but now I keep coming back to it. I'm not sure if it's the fully discrete circuit that intrigues me, or the Haufe transformers it boasts. Perhaps more than anything, it's that it comes in a single space, extremely portable, module swappable 500 series enclosure. Oh, the price is very reasonable, too: Lawo V970 Pre in 500 Series Box

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Rack (Box) of Melcor Gear

Three Melcor GME-20 EQ's. They have great points for electric guitar. They're also extremely hard to find. Included in this rack is a Melcor compressor, which I am completely unfamiliar with - possibly a CL-20? Who knows, but it's probably awesome.
Bid on them here: Melcor EQ's and Compressor

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Western Electric 630a

This "8-Ball" mic is brilliantly innovative. It is easily one of my favorite microphone designs. Production on these spherical, omnidirectional dynamics started in 1931, and I've wanted one ever since. One became available as advertised on Craigslist NYC, going for way less than I'd ever expect: Western Electric 630a

Look at this!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Expensive stuff again. however it is a classic one.

Pultec MEQ-5

Vintage Kenwood Recording Rig

Vintage Kenwood Full-On Analog Recording Rig

Following my obsession with the home electronics of my youth (that'd be the pre-digital 70s/early 80s), I stumbled on this incredible beast. I've decided to live without it, but someone is going to make some very singular recordings with this thing. It will take four inputs and has on-board drum machine and spring reverb! I imagine this, a reel-to-reel and some bean-bag chairs.

LOMO 19A19

Found this morning on Craigslist Brooklyn, a LOMO 19A19 tube cardioid condenser with power supply and cable for $1500. Steve Albini has been seen shooting Martians with this mic. For more pictures and to contact the seller: LOMO 19A19

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Arcade Button MIDI Controller

Keeping in the spirit of Francisco's ChipTune post, this Instructable shows you how to make a MIDI controller that looks way cooler than an MPC - and for just under $100. I've used a PlayStation controller with Ableton Live once before, but this simply blows it away:

Friday, May 13, 2011

Cheap, vintage, discrete spring reverbs.

I almost hate to do this because this seems like one of the few things left to discover, but back in the late 60s, Pioneer and Sansui were making spring reverb units for home stereos. I just snagged one of the Pioneer SR202s for $40, and have a bid in on a Sansui (so don't bid, yo!). This era of home audio gear is typically more robust than much of the pro-sumer stuff out today, and there's just a great vibe about it all. Search youtube to hear some rad stuff, and you'll see how cool and inexpensive these are.

ChipTune NES

Yup, its the classic 1986 NES, with a cartridge so you can use it to program 8bit sounds via midi.

First time I had seen mods like these was a friend who used 2 gameboys for programming. pretty fun sounds.
check it out here

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Interview: Gregory Lomayesva of Drip Electronics

I found the Drip Electronics stuff through talking with some cool pals that are slightly more DIY than I am these days, and after I checked out the website I really wanted to know more about who was behind this stuff.As it turns out, Gregory Llomayesva is a totally amazing character, right in line with what I had hoped was the personality behind these killer designs.

Who the heck are you?
     Well .... I am: A Hopi Indian artist, musician and love-torn individual, with a stand-alone complex and obsessive compulsive behaviors. I'm pretty much a human pattern recognition system.

How did you get started with DRIP?
     Years ago, I had a recording studio stocked from floor to ceiling with Avalons, Manleys and every major piece of recording equipment in between that I had collected over the years. Seven years ago, in a bad turn of events, I had to let all of that go.

...Insert love gone wrong story 'here'...

     After that, I couldn't afford any of the equipment I once had, but finishing the album I started was still a high priority in my life. I became interested the possibility of 'DIY' equipment. Necessity was the beginning of DRIP.
     I got my start in a forum for audio circuits. The folks there gave me some great support, and the haters provided great insight in understanding the similarity between electronics design and the art world I was already familiar with. That's when I realized that I could really succeed at producing these designs. I never let jerks keep me from trying out an idea. After a few years in that forum, I'd gained a following and felt it was time to move on and start my own  gig. And there was born

Your PC boards look incredible. Did someone design them or did you find the technology on a captured spaceship that you don't want us to know about?
     I design everything myself with good old pencil and paper and an expensive CAD program. I’m proud to say I have everything manufactured here in the USA using aerospace firms, and the highest grade materials I can get my hands on. I tend to memorize the things I draw, so it makes working with the designs and schematics easier. I feel that in order to excel, one must practice constantly. I design, listen to my design, accept that I make mistakes, correct, repeat, etc., until I can no longer distinguish any anomalies.
     I've seen many circuit boards inside some of the major companies' products. Hell, I used to own them all. The components on top tend to look very nice, but when you flip the board over, you discover how freakin’ messy the wiring really is. Most tend to look like a drunken spider designed them.
    As an artist, this revolted me! I was shocked such high end companies would dare put a $4K plus price on those 'designs'. It was like someone said, 'Hey Bob, I have all these nice parts, let’s just crap out a pcb and stick it in a nice case, put some glow tubes in front and add some nice aluminum meter guards! No one will ever know how much time we didn't spend on it!'
     I thought to myself, 'No wonder point to point wiring is said to sound better than a pcb; folks are designing circuit boards that look like shit!' So I hypothesized that the reason audio sucks on most pcbs is that the sound is going through zigzagged, sharp corners. An effect called 'ringing' or ' reflection' occurs on these sharp corners, and audiophiles believe you can hear this. Organic layouts function better. I take an example from nature, and use order, spacing, smooth corners, and elegance. (I keep the Fibonacci ratio when I design) It's a fact, the more simple a circuit is, the better the result.
     For myself, pcb design is an art form, and this is where my abilities flourish. I have yet to see a design that cannot be created with elegance. I've found that the more elegant a design, the shorter the connections, and the higher the performance. Thus, my designs are safer, more efficient, and quieter. I never use auto-routing (never, ever, ever), and I never use more than one layer. This isn't a fucking iPhone, it’s a high voltage recording device, and it needs to be perfect!
     Over the years I've gained quite a following of people - both famous and underground – who not only appreciate but rely on this high quality and the beautiful tone of my work. I'm very proud to give all my customers the best of the best.

Which thing you make is the most popular? Which do YOU think is the coolest and why?
     My most popular design: My version of the LA-2A compressor design (the Drip opto 4) is a great starter, and the pcb has shorter connections than the original, but is still identical in circuit and provides an amazing performance. This is the one most folks get their feet wet with. It’s not terribly difficult to build, and I've seen many successful builders who had never touched a soldering iron before. The LA-2A is just such a great all around compressor. It’s like the universal 'Give that track some balls!' machine. The Drip one can be built for between $500 and $800. Folks that have used the famous Sowter audio transformers, say that it kicks the shit out of some of the major companies designs costing four times as much. Some even say it's better than the original (but I use that statement lightly, 'thou shall not blaspheme')

As for what i think is cool ...

     The Drip 670 compressor pcb is my hands-down favorite! It was just so damn hard to pull off! Hell, it was a joke that I was just musing with. At first, I thought it couldn't be done in two dimensions (Which means I couldn't do it, with my 'only one layer' rule). That design took about a year of full, eight-hour days, not to mention almost losing my house twice, trying to fund my research. I didn't want to have to charge $20,000, like some of the current re-issue models on the market. My goal was to make a 670 - identical to the original circuit - that performs just as good, if not better, that you can build for less than a fifth of that price. And I pulled it off. It is the most beautiful design work that I have done to date, and it performs as well as it looks. A few builders have just finished the first Drip 670 builds, and I'm so happy for them!

Do you think jail is really an answer to crime prevention?  
     At fourteen, I made some 'home made fireworks' and blew someone's mail box up. Then, at fifteen, I made a 'home made flamethrower' (after seeing 'Alien ,' the movie) and proceeded to torch things. (Didn't know that a flame thrower needs blow back control ... Oops.) At sixteen, I stole a few cars and was finally handcuffed in front of my mother at the police station, and read my Miranda Rights. "You have the right to remain silent.... " echoed in my ears. The idea of jail has kept me on the right side of the law since. (Those Mercedes were freakin’ awesome though!) So yes, I think the threat of jail is a very good way to prevent crime. I, for one, would never want to put my family through that process again.

If you could be the leader of any country in the world for a month, which one would you choose and why? 
     I haven't had a vacation in four years, so i would say Bora Bora (French Polynesia). I think I might have to run all of France, since they own Bora Bora. Anyway, I'd say "Sorry, honey. I have to go to Bora Bora this week for some 'drinks' ... I mean 'meetings' ... I mean diplomatic support."

What's next for Drip?  
Fortunately, the future of Drip is yet undefined. However...
  • STA-level / STA-level stereo
  • UA 175b / 175b stereo
  • Drip opto 5 (LA-2A) mastering compressor (with 3 T4Bs per channel (fast, med, slow) and a fully tubed power supply (no chips)
  • REDD47 pre-amp - 3 pack version of the Drip fourseven
  • MEQ5
  • Pultec EQP1A stereo - beginner version / mono unit
  • Drip recording channel - REDD47 (Drip fourseven) pre (or v72) to LA-2A (or variable MU compressor) to EQP1A, all in 1 unit. 
  • A special top secret hybrid unit TBA.
     These designs are either complete, or almost complete, and in the prototyping phase. They will all be coming out this year.
     I would [also] love to go into manufacturing sometime in the next two years. Plenty of folks would like to use my designs, but are unable or unwilling to build one themselves. I think this would be
the next logical step for Drip. I want to do both boutique styles for the 'pimps of audio', and economy models (still pimp) for the folks on a budget.

Would you rather ride a unicorn through the desert, or ride a manatee with an eye patch and a bent crown around the Atlantic Ocean? Why?   
     Definitely a unicorn. I'd eBay his ass if he got sassy. Local pick-up only.

Gregory Lomayesva

Gregory: thank you for making good recording stuff, and thanks for being the type of person that makes gear and the recording world fun to exist in. I look forward to getting a couple of your kits into Studio G Brooklyn, and I would urge anyone to look into your stuff!!!

Visit Drip Electronics on the Interwebs
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Monday, May 9, 2011

This RCA could be awesome, or not.

This RCA mic looks like a 44 but might be a paperweight. This will be an interesting auction to watch... to see who gambles and then see if they win or lose.
    thats if you like RCA 44's in the first place, and if this turns out to be one.

Neumann CMV 563

This is a Great Microphone, and a perfect item as a first vintage Neumann for your collection since it won't make you completely broke or force you to sell a kidney to get it. The CMV 563 is fantastic on Vocals (since you can get an M7 Bayonet capsule for it) Its also amazing on acoustic guitars, as a Drum Room mic and Vibraphone. Yes, Vibraphone.

we do not endorse this sale in particular, we just have a couple of these and they are fantastic mics.

CMV 563

Thursday, May 5, 2011

UREI / Universal Audio 509 EQs

This pair of UREI / Universal Audio 509 EQ's were, as the eBay description states, designed with the UREI 1109 pre in mind. They were originally incorporated into the preamp's design via a feedback loop with the 1109's amplifier. Two-band, general purpose equalizers with boosts or cuts at 50, 70, 100, 400 Hz and 2.5, 5, 7, 10 kHz with LF (100Hz) and HF (10kHz) roll-offs. Rack them up as passive EQ's, or better yet, throw amplifiers of your choice after them to make the most of them:
UREI / UA 509 Pair

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Seems like it will take a little work to get it back to its true form, but none the less, this is such a great unit, I wish I could afford it.


Monday, May 2, 2011

Roland SRE-555

Roland SRE-555 tape dealy, chorus and spring reverb. Coveted these as a kid.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Maxon UE-700

This thing looks like some serious fun. It looks like it could be a real winner in a studio's effects rack, especially if you find a way to rack up the controller, or better yet, redesign the "pedal board" in a mountable housing that is more finger friendly.
Make an offer on it here:

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Neumann M49b

This is a mic that makes you happy when recording, especially for Female vocals and strings. great for drum overheads and rooms too. who ever grabs this is going to be a very, very happy engineer.

Neumann M49b