how to hot-rod a CBS audimax 411 limiter?

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by mig27, Apr 9, 2002.

  1. mig27

    mig27 Active Member

    Feb 15, 2002
    Berlin, Germany
    Hi everyone,

    I just won the auction on a CBS volumax limiter (model 411) over at eBay.

    Do you know any resources on how to hot-rod these units? I'd be happy enough if I could dial in attack, release and threshold. Any hints are warmly welcome.

    To Audimax owners: Are there tasks where the Audimax particularly shines at?

    Thanks in advance,

  2. kooz

    kooz Active Member

    Apr 10, 2002
    not the beach
    Haven't used one in at least 5 years, but as I recall, they are quite good for printing VERY hot without going over, or clipping....I used 'em on really dynamic vocals, for riding fairly smooth Bass parts, and on one occasion, a room mic - because the guy played on 11 w/ his plugs in, but whispered when it came to communicting with me on the other side of the glass.
    As far as "hotRodding" goes, I'm not qualified to respond to that part of your question, other to point you in the direction of a qualified tech that you trust. One question, though: Why would you choose to modify something that in some circles is considered vintage/classic audio? I would never buy it from you if you were to ever sell it.
  3. mig27

    mig27 Active Member

    Feb 15, 2002
    Berlin, Germany

    thanks for your feedback.

    Looks like I've chosen the wrong term with "hot-rodding". my intention is not to alter the sound but to get additional control - so "modding" seems to be more appropiate.

    For example, I customized my two telefunken U373a compressors to get control over attack time and threshold. It would be quite a waste to touch the transformers or anything else in the audio circuitry...


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