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Anyone here with experience on the Amek 9098?

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by anonymous, Jul 7, 2001.

  1. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Hey all,

    were taking delivery of a couple of Amek 9098i consoles and im not to sure of what to expect.

    Does anyone in these forums have any experience with the 9098 boards? im wondering about the sonic quality as well as how user intuitive is the automation and "virtual dynamics"

    were replacing an old Neve VR with the amek, ive been very depressed over this (been with neve for ages) Anyone have anything good to say about the amek? :)

    Thanks
     
  2. Rick Powell

    Rick Powell Guest

    Private Studios in Champaign, IL has an AMEK Galileo console with virtual dynamics; it's the next step down from a 9098i AFAIK. I've done a fair amount of work in that room, and the sound of the console is excellent (definitely a sonic cut above SSL, etc.). The automation and virtual dynamics work very well and I don't think you will be disappointed with the 9098i.
     
  3. The 9098 mic pre is very nice. Think it's out of the console. Very detailed and warm.
     
  4. atlasproaudio

    atlasproaudio Active Member

    warm
    Really? I didn't notice much harmonic distortion of any type, it sounded pretty clean to my ears. That is what you meant by "warm?" YOMV.

    Regards,
    Nathan Eldred
    Atlas Pro Audio, Inc.
    http://www.atlasproaudio.com
     
  5. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    welp...

    the crates were cracked open today and I got my first look at the buckets of modules...

    physically the surface felt reasonably decent however the damn color scheme has to go...white writing on baby blue buttons!!!! good lord I couldnt read the writing until I was within 12 to 16 inches from the button... I know I know not a big deal once your used to the board, but ugh sheeesh...

    Only thing that felt strange was looking at the internal components it had the appearance of the "assembly line automated console building machine" just looked like stamped out components that were slapped together rather than the older built conoles with that "personal touch" hehe im already whinning

    cant wait to let my ears do some listening

    :)
     
  6. Jon Best

    Jon Best Active Member

    I can see where he gets 'warm'- it seems just a tiny bit rolled off in the top end, or at least lacking hype on top. I liked it.

    Originally posted by atlasproaudio:

    Really? I didn't notice much harmonic distortion of any type, it sounded pretty clean to my ears. That is what you meant by "warm?" YOMV.

    Regards,
    Nathan Eldred
    Atlas Pro Audio, Inc.
    http://www.atlasproaudio.com
     
  7. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Well 'scenaria' in a few days time, when they're up, running and installed...may I suggest having a roll of gaffers tape in the control room when you first use them. That may help you keep your jaw off the floor.

    Aside from the fact that a 'V' series desk, while having the "N" word on the side, is not a 'Neve' desk by any stretch of the imagination.

    The 9098i is without question the best sounding 'large format/does everything but wash windows' console I have ever expereinced, so sonically superior to any of the 'V' series desks it's like comparing an API to a Mackie.

    I usually track on an 8078, or an A-Range (sometimes both). The 9098i is the only 'large format' desk that can come close to keeping up with the full and rich [dare I say 'large'] audio that passes through those desks. An SSL 9000j can't get close on a sonic level, the 'V' series desks can't wipe it's ass.

    The first thing that struck me about the desks, other than the audio, was the ease of use of the automation. With only a 'cheat sheet' and an assistant, I was not only getting into some fairly sophisticated automation moves...but doing "offline" commands and "splices" within 4 hours of first meeting the automation package (which is like record time for me...I still have no idea how to operate the computer on a 9000j and I've logged a bunch of hours on them...the 'track ball' is handy too...far harder to lose than that ^#$%ing 'light pen').

    I have found the 'VD' [virtual dynamics] sound pretty damn good, though I will confess that I tend to overuse the internal 'auto panner'...I guess it's because I can :D

    Get back to us when you've had the chance to play with them a bit. Something tells me you're going to find it a pleasurable experience.
     
  8. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Heh, the J's automation....GOD I spent 2 days with an ssl trainer a few years ago and got nothing out of it, probably bacause I had the flew and all I could concentrate on was blowing my knose and getting some sleep.

    Anyhow, I took a look at the power supplies for this thing today, OH my friggen GOD!!! 3 units per bucket plus one for the meter bridge....we have a total of 17 power supplies between the 2 boards. unbelieveable amount of power....

    definately am excited to hear it....I have a 5 week project booked on it starting in august, should be fun.

    seeya
     
  9. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Originally posted by scenaria:
    I have a 5 week project booked on it starting in august, should be fun.

    I've got a hundred says your hardon won't go down before the beginning of October...it's that good!!
     
  10. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Ive heard nothing but compliments about them, just spent a LONG day helping the techs carry in the buckets. HOLY $*^t they weigh a TON litteraly!

    I just want to go back to placing the simple little LIGHT microphone and using my ears....no more lifting for me heh.

    They were telling me that a 9098 was installed in Japan that carried....now get this.....172 module, yes 172 I/O's heh I was laughing my ass off.

    anyhow im defintaly developing a new found respect for these boards watching them being put together.
     
  11. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    WOW

    Tonight we finally got the mains hooked up, opened up 18 faders and turned the main volume up to MAX. COMPLETELY SILENT!!! good lord, not even a hiss...thought the damn thing was broke at first but evidentaly thats how quiet the mix bus is.....:

    Yes...as I write this I have a big ole grin on my face.... the patchbays should be tied into the outboard $*^t by the end of this week.

    cant wait :)
     
  12. Ang1970

    Ang1970 Well-Known Member

    Congratulations scenaria! :)

    Hey, why don't you put your studio in your profile? Maybe worth a booking or 3 in the future.

    Cheers
     
  13. robdarling

    robdarling Guest

    The 9098i is a remarkable piece of equipment. Your biggest problem with it will be finding something to print to. You will have a large therapy bill trying to reconcile the sense of loss that you feel every time you leave a mix behind. You will never, ever hear it reproduced as it sounds coming off the bus.

    The automation is great. All the bells and whistles of the J, without the hassles of that insane computer. The fact that all your automation parameters live in a simple checkbox along the edge of your automation page instead of being buried way too many lightpen strokes/menus away is the kind of difference that permeates the system. Very powerful but simple and elegant.

    As for the aesthetic. Wait until you sit down and mix for the first time and see how simple it is to get a handle on and keep track of. It is very easy on the eye under long hard workloads.

    From a service/tech perspective, there is nothing to it. Keep the supplies and console well-cooled and you won't have any problems whatsoever. In the early days, the software was very much under development and presented problems, but for the las two years, it's been under control.

    The only thing I don't love is the dynamics- actually just the compression- the gates are fantastic. I would love to see them hire a real dynamics guru to rework it.
     
  14. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    The MTR's are Studer A800 2 inch 16 track machines ( a pair ) and looking at a 1 inch 2 track machine for layback :) maybe one day we'll get a 8 track block for one of the studers and have some fun.


    peace...
     
  15. spookmuzik

    spookmuzik Guest

    Soooo jealous....

    Hey - as a side query, what are you using for your power amps? They must be pretty quiet too.

    TIA
    Julian M

    Originally posted by scenaria:
    WOW

    Tonight we finally got the mains hooked up, opened up 18 faders and turned the main volume up to MAX. COMPLETELY SILENT!!! good lord, not even a hiss...thought the damn thing was broke at first but evidentaly thats how quiet the mix bus is.....:

    Yes...as I write this I have a big ole grin on my face.... the patchbays should be tied into the outboard $*^t by the end of this week.

    cant wait :)
     
  16. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Julian,

    They were nothing unusual...a pair of BM15A's of which I thought I may have liked but after spending some time with them im not feeling very comfortable. Anyone use krk E7's or E8's?
     
  17. spookmuzik

    spookmuzik Guest

    Hi Scenaria,

    Only nearfields? No big mamajammas to deafen the clients with? Now I'm really jealous! The JBLs round here running of Crowns are ... ahem ... loud. (and Just Barely Listenable). Sorry - have not heard the new KRKs just the older ones. Me like Genelecs! Auratones! :D

    Julian

    Originally posted by scenaria:
    Julian,

    They were nothing unusual...a pair of BM15A's of which I thought I may have liked but after spending some time with them im not feeling very comfortable. Anyone use krk E7's or E8's?
     
  18. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    You mean the horrortones?

    :)
     
  19. alphajerk

    alphajerk Active Member

    sceneria, try out the ADAMs for nearfields, it will bust yo nutsack open with the boner youll have with the 9098i. keep a towel nearby. when i heard the 9098, it was like a revelation of mixing boards, when i heard the ADAMs it was that same revelation for speakers. unfortunately i cant afford a 9098 but i can afford the ADAMs. life aint SO bad.
     
  20. JS

    JS Guest

    Some of us here are talking 9098 and others 9098i. I gather these are different pieces of gear, would anyone experienced with both models care to describe the differences?
    Would the racked 9098 range fairly match the console path and the PurePath rack do justice to its origin in the 9098i desk (as described on the Amek site)?
     

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