SCA pres are amazing!!!!

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by therecordingart, Feb 26, 2006.

  1. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

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    I just finished racking up 2 - N72 modules that I spent the weekend building.

    Holy wow do they sound good!!!

    I have pretty a decent amount of electrical knowledge...enough to put two and two together if a problem arises, and I have a good amount soldering experience. I'd say that for the complete beginner they wouldn't be too hard as long as you practice soldering with a decent iron/solder combination on some perfboard from Radio Shack, and that you are very patient. I devoted an entire weekend to it and took lots of breaks so I didn't feel like I had to rush. When I first looked at the PCB I thought "holy $*^t are those pads tiny" but it was actually quite a breeze...a few tight spots, but nothing difficult if you take your time.

    To those who are afraid to spend the money and screw it up....don't worry...Tim is the f'ing man and was able to answer some concerns of mine really quickly. Also, the N72 wasn't too bad. I've built stompboxes that were harder.

    Two thumbs up...I thought I'd just pass along my experiences for potential SCA patrons.
     
  2. stickers

    stickers Active Member

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    are you using their chassis and power supply?

    if not what are you using. add a link if you got it.
     
  3. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I'm using their chassis and power supply. Combined that is the most expensive part. Once you have the chassis and power supply you get awesome channels for less than the Brick.
     
  4. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

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    now that Tim has other modules to choose from
    it is much easier to lay the money down for the rack and supplies
    especially if you are local to him
     
  5. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, it's a sweet deal. I was pretty surprised that I didn't have any issues other than some minor concerns that turned out to be my own misunderstanding with my meter.

    The only downside (which I don't mind) is that it is very time consuming...for those of us that want stuff done now or yesterday....you'll probably screw up big time trying to rush through the build.

    Next on my list of builds....the 1176, the Pultec, and the SCA A12's.
     
  6. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

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    :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: SCA :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:


    (don't forget the J99's. Smooooth as buttah! You know you can't resist...But yeah, A12's first)

    Cheers
     
  7. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

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    I just might end up with 16 channels of SCA! hahaha
     
  8. Randyman...

    Randyman... Well-Known Member

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    I love mine, too! Something to be said about DIY'ing stuff yourself...

    There is an alternative to the frustrating Molex harness. See this thread from Tims Forum:

    http://seventhcirclestudios.com/SCA/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=305&highlight=molex

    I used these, and the whole 9-None Harness took me less than 1 Hour (more like 20 Minutes).

    I still have 2 slots open, so another pair of N72's will probably fill them up after I pick up a Langevin DVC for some good Vocal Limiting...

    Tim's support is fantastic, too!!!

    :cool:
     
  9. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone have an samples of recordings they've done with SCA? I get to use my on a real recording tomorrow!!!!
     
  10. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

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    Well, I know I used an A12 on at least some of these guys vocals, but I used the Brick some too and I forget which is which: http://www.myspace.com/killtheexcuse

    I'm 99% certain "They All Float Down Here" was A12 on most of the vocals, and J99 on the pretty part in the middle. He likes some extra grit on his vocals, so this may not be a good pure example.
    I used the N72 on some other dudes, but they recently changed their name and took their site down so I can't post a link.
    I'ma big SCA fan; can you tell yet? :wink:
     
  11. Screws

    Screws Active Member

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    I've been using the N72s and J99s for quite some time now. Here's some posts from SCA's forum telling about it, with links to some songs.

    http://www.seventhcirclestudios.com/SCA/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=231&highlight=

    You'll have to scroll down a bit.
     

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