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The Amek M3000

Discussion in 'Consoles / Control Surfaces' started by Gette, Apr 27, 2013.

  1. pan60

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  2. Gette

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    Here we are some pics of bare frame before cleaning and reassembly 1235526_688136404547016_1066780180_n.jpg 1002526_688135571213766_528354053_n.jpg
     
  3. Gette

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    For those interested and have a Facebook account. One of the founding members of Amek has created an online museum for Amek.

    https://www.facebook.com/amekmixingconsoles

    You will find many images of my console when it was first being built to opening day at Amazon studios, along with many other photo's of consoles Amek has produced. It is continually updated, currently covering consoles in the late 70's early 80's, will move through the years all way up to 1997.

    So, Please go like the page and show your support and see some very interesting photo's taken from the inside of Amek.
     
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    Very cool, one of the best studio recording I ever did was at Blacklodge studio in Eudora Ks. using an Amek Big console. Ed Rose was the engineer.
     
  5. Gette

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    It is exciting to finally actually begin the process of rebuilding this beauty of a console. Got the unit reassembled, cage reset and is in position to begin the rewire. I realize most heck even i was dreading the process of rewiring an entire console. However after sitting for months waiting for the right time to begin, it has only made me actually look forward to getting it done. I can say i am excited to start melting some solder on this thing! The pictures show the console being reassembled and in its "rewire" position.

    diddlydoo


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    OK progress!!! The PCB'S have been cleaned of all the old wire with the exception to some interconnect cabling. Here are some pics of its current state along with some photo's of PCB graffiti left by the builders in 1977. You can see the first spool of 1000' in the Patch bay area,,,, Yup Purple... duh
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    very cool!

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    Man, what a cool project Joel. We'll have to showcase your shop after this. I imagine a few people are sitting on an old console that needs rebuilding. When do you think you will be tracking and mixing with this?
     
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    audiokid - The objective is to be passing signal through it NLT December 1st. CH25 through CH36 have unique pieces (small PCB's) missing that will have to be custom built. So that date more or less refers to the first 24 ch's. However, I feel confident I will pass the first signal through this baby way before my NLT date. The issue in a project like this; is the setup, getting started and having everything you need to complete it all at hand when you need it. diddlydoo
     
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    UPDATE: All internal channel and Bus routing completed. The 36 Mic lines in completed..... Slow but study... Will be working on the first set of Insert points (pre-EQ) this weekend.
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    Another teaser,,, Yes progress has been made, all power has been run, running the remaining lines to each channel, then patch bay..... photo-3.jpg

    Needless to say, I missed my deadline..... Having work is great just wish it would spread its self out a bit...
     
  14. pan60

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    keep at it: )
     
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    Ok, Here we are right now, bfore i dive into this thing today, you can see the main power lines have been ran for the center section of the console, I am trully anxious to get the frame completed asap.... nice to finally have the cable in place to do so! photo-4.jpg
     
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    Well I did progress just no were near what i had wanted to accomplish this weekend...... hit it every day/night should accomplish allot in short time. The patch bays were in bad shape, looks like i will have to completely tear them down, clean them (both solder as well as corrosion) and fully re-assemble them.... If only I had an unlimited budget and could buy new ones... You will see i Had loaded them as a working guide for cable lengths. All analog power is done, only power left are the fader banks...

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    Take your time, Joel! I'm sure you don't need to be told this but for others, this is the time where it all maters/ Slow and steady. Clean and precision is of the most importance. I am so looking forward to your finish product here Joel!
    Thanks for sharing all this Joel. Very cool indeed man.
     
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    audiokid- I know, It is to easy to want to rush this part of the rebuild, after all it is the most mundane, however it is the most important part of it. It sets the foundation. Trust me, I am fighting the kid in me who just wants to get it all back together. The patch bays i admit disappointed me, nothing like seeing how much more labor is involved.... When this is done, who wants to fight an unreliable patch bay.... Cleaning them of issues makes assembly easier... just getting them clean is a major PITA....
     
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    Ok Another progress report. All 36 Channels are done!!! just a master section waiting for wiring, before I do the master section, I will be getting the Channel inserts (Pre EQ and Post EQ), Line Ins, and multitrack all completed at that Patch bay. I moved the power away from the ground plain, if anything to aid in a lower noise floor also added allot of copper to the ground plain.

    It is getting there! yeah I took the pics before completing the last three channels....

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