Mercury 66 = Fairchild 660?

miketholen

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Originally posted by Julian Standen:
Mike you and Jay can put away your violins!

I have been using these for about 4 years and have been very satisfied with their performance! (I just boost the output a little with a compressor so - no input distortion)

Groundcontrol - thanks for the tip on the out's, I will look into having the output stage revamped when I can get round to it...

Meanwhile they performed flawlessly on Toms this weekend.
also GC posted:
The great tone of these pres and passive eq's is well worth the little investment and hassle to have them perform at their best in a wider range of situations.

hmmm...if these were up to par then maybe you'd use them on kick-snr-oh's-gtrs-vocals-bass-...just about anything you'd use a neve for...
toms?
I choose the Helios pre's over my Neve for most stuff.
and if I need to mic a tom, I'll grab for a neve!
are there any Helios consoles around your neck of the woods? If so I suggest you wander over there sometime with your neves and just check it out...who knows...your 4 Helios modules will probably blow away your 1073's if they were setup right. ;)
:w:
 

stedel

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Isn't that often just dust? That you can get rid of by using a rubber air-sac lens cleaner and a fine sable haired water colour brush...
Either that or the pot needs replacing.
Erk. More surgery.
I've just had this problem fixed on me trusty Roland
SRE Tape echo. One of the pots needed replacing. It was 21 years old, so I guess I can't complain too much. Ps Mike. If you ever want to sell...don't tell me!!! I owe too much money already!!!! :cool:
Kind regards
stedel
 

groundcontrol

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Jules, the input gain is not a pot, it's an Elma-type switch like the one in a Neve. It probably needs some cleaning. John Klett over at PSW has shared his prefered products for cleaning those components some time ago. You should check it out. A little time spent in an ultrasonic tank bath is useful also. I know my Neve's are gonna get the treatment soon! I find the Helios pres have a nice tight and forward quality that is a really nice complement/option to the 1073's. High quality trannnies will add to them a nice and subtle smoothness and dimentionality. Either way, they ARE great units! :D :w:
 

miketholen

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Originally posted by Julian Standen:
So what to do about crackle in a mic pre gain pot?
blowing and brushing won't do it.
check into what Klett's using.
I haven't had to do much cleaning to my console as it was installed at a radio station in Canada for all it's life till I gotta' hold of it, now it's being worked to death.
when I got it, it had small, very bright flourescent stickers on a few select channels that said things like-'do no touch!, -1, -3,+2...
and across four channels there was a piece of o-l-d-a-s-s tape that read something like-Jimmy, Jan, Donald, and Rick and directly under thier names it said-DO NOT TOUCH!!!
all the other faders seemed to be relativly untouched. needless to say I got the console in amazing shape with alot of scratchy pots but it was because they hadn't been moved in years!
quite a bit of 'exercising' later and the console is near new.
now that each and every channel get's used it seems to be getting even tighter!
I really suggest that you get someone to look at your rack, as I think your missing a great thing.
:w:
 

Ultra left and right

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Mike Tholen and Julian!

So what do you prefer on vocals, Helios or Neve?
 

miketholen

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I do prefer the Helios pre.
they seem to be a bit more 'forward' sounding, just more in yer face.

Jules needs to get his looked at maybe...
speaking of that stuff, does anyone here know how to get a hold of Tony Arnold, the Helios guru? I've been trying to get him for a while now.
cheers, Mike
 
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