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Amek "Channel in a Box"

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by Mindsender, Aug 7, 2001.

  1. Mindsender

    Mindsender Guest

    Anyone had a hands on with this unit? Fletcher, your comments on the 9098i where so complimentary, I wonder how much this supposedly "identical" front end to that board has much to do with the overall flavor you so appreciated? Was it the boards inputs you used, or where you using a different front end on the sessions you had? Thanks Paul
    By the way, I spoke to Jay about this unit, said you were out of stock (except for the signed versioin) and would get back with me.
     
  2. RandomGuest

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    I'll be hooking up with Rupert in a month or so for a meeting, if you could have him sign a few pieces of gear what would be your "perfect piece" and NO I dont have a 9098 laying around to be signed hehe...
     
  3. RandomGuest

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    I've found the CIB to sound and work identically to the channel strip with the exception of having a 'hardware' compressor as opposed to the 'software driven VCA dynamics' [virtual dynamics].

    As much as I prefer to mix on 9098i's over damn near everything else, I don't always have that luxury. By bringing a couple of the CIB's with me, they've saved my ass on several occasions, both in tracking as well as mixing.

    It is a really well made tool, the equalizer is too die for sonically and functionally.

    Your mileage probably won't vary a whole hell of a lot from that... ;)
     
  4. Mindsender

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    Thanks. Very reassuring. Paul
     
  5. gie

    gie Guest

    Originally posted by Fletcher:
    I've found the CIB to sound and work identically to the channel strip with the exception of having a 'hardware' compressor as opposed to the 'software driven VCA dynamics' [virtual dynamics].

    By bringing a couple of the CIB's with me, they've saved my ass on several occasions, both in tracking as well as mixing.


    Wich aspect of the CIB saved your ass???
    I mean: what could it do, that the other tools were not capable of doing??

    Just tried the 9098 racked dual-pre and EQ-pre yesterday for the first time... I was really inpressed.
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    but I definitely put a 9098 EQ/PRE on top of my list!
    The funny thing was that the guy from the studio did not like it as much as I did. He liked his Focusrite Red EQ's and PRE's more... (and I've never been a big fan of those...)
    I asked him about the GLOW and the SHEEN buttons in the EQ section of the 9098, but he could not tell me what they did, because he never used them.
    So I did... and I did like it alot...
    I don't know what these buttons do, but I like what they do :D
    He didn't seem to care :confused:

    Thanx (as always in advance)
     
  6. MMazurek

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    Taken from the Amek 9098 manual:
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    Glow: The normal mode for the equaliser provides steep sided curves allowing powerful tonal changes. Glow changes the curve shape to provide greater or less "warmth", altering the overall sound without changing its character.

    Sheen: The normal mode for the equaliser provides steep sided curves allowing powerful tonal changes. Sheen is the mirror image of glow and provides a gentle curve over a wide frequency range. The sheen curve provides an alternative balance which can alter the overall sound without changing its character.
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    The rest of the manual is VERY useful/helpful also. I love when a good gear manufacturer explains how things work and WHY. :c:
     
  7. gie

    gie Guest

    azurek:
    the Amek 9098 manual is VERY useful/helpful also. I love when a good gear manufacturer explains how things work and WHY.

    ThanX for the INFO.... could/should have found that myself :(

    Remember the studio-owner I told you guys about...
    He called me to ask if I want to buy his Amek 9098 Pre/EQ...
    He wants 1250 dollars for it... Seems like a good price to me... Is it??

    ThanX
     
  8. RandomGuest

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    Originally posted by gie:


    Wich aspect of the CIB saved your ass???
    I mean: what could it do, that the other tools were not capable of doing??



    Mostly the equalizer, but the compression has come in very handy on several occasions. The 'MM' button [Much More] can actually give it a wonderfully aggressive edge when combined with the equalizer. The side chain capabilities of the EQ to the compressor have been damned helpful, and the equalizer alone is just ^#$%ing awesome. I think the CIB sounds more like the 9098i desk than the 9098 rackmount units [confusing ain't it]...but if you can nail a 9098 outboard unit for $1,250...I'd have to say 'jump on it'.

    Best of luck.
     
  9. gie

    gie Guest

    Originally posted by Fletcher:
    I think the CIB sounds more like the 9098i desk than the 9098 rackmount units [confusing ain't it]...but if you can nail a 9098 outboard unit for $1,250...I'd have to say 'jump on it'.
    Best of luck.


    ThanX for all you help!
    I'll try to jump on it ;)

    (so the coloured NEVE stuff, we talked about in the other Thread has to wait for now... It's gonne be on that ever growing list :s: )
     
  10. Punchmo

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    gie,

    I have 2 9098 EQ/Mic Pre's. The first one I bought new for about $1,750 USD. I liked the EQ so much I wanted another :) and was able to find a used one out of a Mastering Studio for $1,350 and thought that was a hell of a deal. I would definitely jump on the unit for $1,250. Oh, and the Mic Pre will pass the signal faithfully. Let us know if you pick it up>

    Steve
     

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