What would you buy, and your favorite piece of gear? Survey:

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by Ben Godin, Nov 18, 2004.

  1. Ben Godin

    Ben Godin Active Member

    We are in need of a new "fun" topic so here it goes: :D

    these questions are seperate of each other

    1. What is the next piece of gear that you intend to buy?

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    2. What is your favorite plugin and favorite hardware piece in categories: preamp (plugins not included in this one), EQ, and COMP, and of course converter (again plugs not included in this one). Lastly what is your favourite Dither. I guess we should include monitors or loudspeakers too.

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    3. Is the piece of gear that you intend to buy on that list?

    Just something new for those who want to see what people like and are using.

    I'll start:

    1. I intend to buy a new set of B&W loudspeakers to replace my Mackies. I ordered them yesterday.
    2. My favorite
    a. Plugins..
    EQ: Sonalksis EQ, UAD-1 Pultec
    Comp: Oxford Comp. , UAD-1 Fairchild, Sonalksis Comp
    Dither: Pow-r, UV22
    b. Outboard...
    EQ: (this is hard).... Manley Massive Passive, Prism Sound MEA- 2, Manley Pultec
    Comp: Manley Vari-Mu, Manley Slam, GML 8900
    Pre: All Manley Tube pres, and ANYTHING Great River
    Converters: Crane Song Hedd, Apogee D/A, A/D
    Dither: Waves L2 with dither, UV22 Box
    Monitors: Those Adam Mastering series (11,000 a monitor :!: )
    3. No! I can't afford those Adams and won't be able to for the forseeable future, but i'll settle for the B&Ws.
     
  2. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    Are you independently wealthy or is this a wish list?

    A new sequoia system is on my list.
     
  3. golli

    golli Active Member

    I would like to get my hands on a Big Ben, but have lowered my expectations on an aardsync. :roll:
     
  4. Ammitsboel

    Ammitsboel Member

    Re: What would you buy, and your favorite piece of gear? Sur

    hmm... an ADC that actually works, I'm sick and tired of trying out ADC's that all have very big drawbacks!!

    Favorite speakers... the ones i have(Audio Note ANE SEC Signature)
    Plugin... dunno!?
    Hardware... don't know yet.

    Note: i wouldn't even think about putting those ADAMS in a Mastering studio, have you heard them?

    Best Regards,
     
  5. Ben Godin

    Ben Godin Active Member

    Well i have some good gear at the recording studio, but my mastering gearlist is stil not up to where i want it. I'm looking to make investments once my mastering studio is making more money. BTW (of course it is a wishlist, thats why i titled it favorite gear)

    YES! I have heard the adams. I went to a local recording store here in charlotte and they had a pair on display. All i can say is they are gods of loudspekers and they ARE the wholy gail of listening. :D
     
  6. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    Maybe I should listen to those adam's again, last time I listened to them I almost threw up.
     
  7. TrilliumSound

    TrilliumSound Active Member

    1st - A new chair !! I can't stand the one that I have anymore. :evil:

    2nd - Outboard: A decent A/D, I don't know which one yet, still shopping ! :?

    3rd - Plugs: Nothing for the moment.

    Richard
     
  8. Ben Godin

    Ben Godin Active Member

    No no no, i meant what is your favorite gear, not what you have or are planning to get. I don't have almost any of the gear on my dream list. But it is my dream list.
     
  9. TrilliumSound

    TrilliumSound Active Member

    Ben,

    You said "What is the next piece of gear that you intend to buy?" ?? :?
     
  10. Which studio in Charlotte has the MP1's??? I wonder if they'd let me take a listen. I'd like to hear them in a decent acoutic environment, they sounded kind of strange in the AES demo room. Similar voicing to the smaller ones, which I don't personally care for.
     
  11. Ben Godin

    Ben Godin Active Member

    Hey Dave, it wasn't a studio, it was a shop in union that sold various series of Loudspeakers, it was last year so chances are they don't have them anymore.
     
  12. Ammitsboel

    Ammitsboel Member

    ...and what is your reference? Have your ever heard a pair of Audio Notes?
    What are you listening to in the performence when you audition speakers?

    I know that some mix engineers like the ADAMS but their are some clear reasons why ADAMS is not suited for mastering monitors fx. the ribbon units don't play together with the woofers resulting in a very unhomogenic speaker.
    There is altso examples of mix engineers that makes rather difuse and weak mixes in the top range as a result of the ADAMS.

    Best Regards,
     
  13. Ben Godin

    Ben Godin Active Member

    Henrik, we are not talking about the ADAM monitors, we are talking about the ADAM PM1-A, a set of loudspeakers developed by ADAM FOR mastering. They cost 11,000 a speaker, and honestly, to those who can afford them, are like a wholy grail. Sorry if you got mixed up.

    When i audition speakers i listen to the warmth and "sound" of the speaker itself. I should be able to listen to the speaker at high volume for a long period of time without getting annoyed. Also i like it when the speakers translate well on other systems.
     
  14. iznogood

    iznogood Guest

    maybe i should give the mp's a listen....

    we borrowed them for a listen..... didn't have the energy to try them out.......but i must say that every adam speaker i have heard so far sounds like crap......

    heard the one with a 6.5 inch and ribbon.... sounded like a ns10!!!!

    in my opinion ribbon speakers and electrostatics are really not suited for mastering..... and yes i've heard and owned electrostatics
     
  15. Ben Godin

    Ben Godin Active Member

  16. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    yep, those are the ones. Have to say, wasn't impressed. If you are going to spend 20 grand on a pair of monitors I want them to get me drunk and take me out. I believe these also have the passive side radiator on them. Why do you find that you like these?
     
  17. Do they really only weigh 80 lbs. each? That's $137.50/lb.

    The most important piece of kit I'm saving up for is a Simpsons pinball machine for the lounge. Much better price to weight ratio.
     
  18. Do they really only weigh 80 lbs. each? That's $137.50/lb.

    The most important piece of kit I'm saving up for is a Simpsons pinball machine for the lounge. Much better price to weight ratio.
     
  19. Ammitsboel

    Ammitsboel Member

    Yes it's exactly those I'm talking about!! Not suitable for mastering IMO.

    I think you will get better result by comparing speakers by contrast and not by reference, otherwise you might end up with something that may sound nice* but is totally useless.

    *I don't think the ADAMS sounds nice... more like plastic or a multiband compressor.

    Hope this helps.

    Best Regards,
     
  20. BobYordan

    BobYordan Guest

    If I had the money I would buy this one. :)

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    Cheers
    Bob
    :roll:
     

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