What's on the shopping list?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by DavidSpearritt, Feb 28, 2005.

  1. DavidSpearritt

    DavidSpearritt Well-Known Member

    Jan 9, 2005
    Brisbane, Australia
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    This is probably not a good topic after all the "equipment matters not" discussion, but what's on your shopping lists?

    Here's mine, in no special order.

    1. Sennheiser MKH MS pair.
    2. 2 x Schoeps MK8's for a tiny Blumlein pair
    3. New custom built very high quality line mixer, no mic bus anywhere.
    4. Couple of new AES snakes
    5. Coles 4040 ribbon or two, wow what a mic, haven't been this excited about a mic for awhile!!
    6. Timecode option for the Nagra V, recently reduced in price from >$3000 AUD to $227 AUD, yes you read correctly. Already ordered this.
    7. Panasonic/Leica LC1 manual digital camera, gear matters after all. :twisted:
  2. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    Good post Dave! (Ironic, a bit, but still good.)

    I have a couple items on mine

    1. Dynaudio BM15's. Technically I just dropped the dough on these this weekend, but I'm doing it as a trial. I've heard so many good things about them, I felt the need to listen myself.

    2. When you get that custom line mixer built - let me know. I have been looking for this EXACT item for quite some time now. I like to remote mount my pre's and send a line level signal back to the A/Ds, but I don't want to go through a traditional mixer for gain safety. I've seen the Speck LiLo, but I don't want to drop $10,000 for it!

    3. Nice choice on the Camera. These are the most underestimated/underpurchased cameras on the market. They are, for all practical purposes Leica cameras through and through. Well worth the dough - the lens is magnificent and the shutter lag time is next to nothing (unlike most "point-and-shoots" in which category this loosely fits.)

    4. Figure 8 caps for my AKG Blue Lines. ( I think these are the Pana/Leica's of the microphone world - great stuff, small price, highly underestimated.)

    5. Benchmark D/A

    6. New/Additional carrying cases for mics and general equipment ( I really dig the Pelican 1610 - it's what I carry my pc and pc gear in and they are darned cheap considering what you get!)

    7. 8 more channels of A/D

    8. 4 to 8 more channels of pre - mostly flavored stuff - looking at the GT Brick and some Amek stuff. (Did I see correctly that you have some Amek in your racks?? What's your take on them for Vox and strings?)

  3. JoeH

    JoeH Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2004
    Philadelphia, PA/ Greenville, DE
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    My wish-list is pretty simple - for now.....

    1. new "office" computer - and bump down one of my PC DAWs.

    2. 8 pr 150' Snake. I need to leave one at the same place all season, I'm TIRED of setting it up and wrapping it up every other week. Gonna LEAVE it there, mark it, and save the hassle.

    3. The Sony HVR-Z1U Pro HDV camcorder....oops! That's video/photography, but since everyone's getting into the act, I thought I'd mention it. :) (If you think Audio is bad, just TRY to stay current with DV video and HD video.....sheeesh!!!!! I've got some DV cameras that need servicing, or not - I'm actually being forced to reconsider it all, dump them and go HDV for my next purchase....just insane.)

    And then there are mics....so many choices....so many sweet, beautiful MICROPHONES.........mmmmm.........
  4. DavidSpearritt

    DavidSpearritt Well-Known Member

    Jan 9, 2005
    Brisbane, Australia
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    Jeremy, I can advise that both the Dyn's and particularly the Benchmark DAC are wonderful bits of gear, we have the 15a's. The DAC will make you rethink a lot of your opinions about digital audio and particularly the hi-res audio debate, we can start arguing again. :) I would say the DAC-1 is probably the best bit of audio gear I have ever bought, ie best defined as making the "most" improvement to sound quality.

    I have my very talented electronics guru, Warren Huck, looking at my line mixer spec, he has a great design sorted and its not going to be expensive. This is a HUGE hole in the market IMHO. We have lots of mic outboard pres and do not need all the circuitry of a typical mackie for location mixing and tracking.
  5. ptr

    ptr Active Member

    Nov 3, 2004
    Göteborg, Sweden
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    This sounds interesting to me as well as I'm in the market for a new "mixer" (digital or not). A quite simple 16 chanel line mixer with master gain, a good pan, 5' faders and perhaps channel VU, choosable mix to stereo or channels straight. I have less need for eq och efects sends.

    Other on my list are more DAV pre channels, perhaps a few MG 930's, a pair of MG 960 omnis and perhaps a pair of Brauner VM1's and a Valvet for voice. And depending on Mixer choice, a set of A/D and D/A's (Would love Weiss but will settle for less :wink: ).

  6. John Stafford

    John Stafford Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2004
    My future acquisitions list:
    Sennheiser MKH series -not sure of the combination yet, but probably MS

    Schoeps (probably 2 wide cardioids)
    2 Audix TR-40s

    Another AT4060 (I should really consult my psychiatrist about my irrational love for this mic!),

    2 414s for verstility as much as anything else.

    2 M-149s. Whatever one might feel about Neumann putting 49 in the name (although not quite as ridiculous as the name of the M147), I think this mic is extraordinary, but I won't be acquiring for quite a while -maybe it will be vintage by then :wink:

    Meanwhile I drool over the thought of Jeremy's new Gefells!

  7. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    Nothing irrational about it - the 4060 is one of the best tube mics on the planet!

  8. Cool topic

    1- SP C4's my goodness I've been listening to some recording from acoustic, and done averhead on a choir, and they sound pretty good

    2 - Either A Kel HM-1, or a SP B1

    There is a lat more things I need, but have not narrowed down exactly what I want
  9. Sanity Inn

    Sanity Inn Guest

    oh something to do. here's a list of gear i hope to pick up by year end


    Brauner VMA
    Soundelux E 47


    DW Fearn VT2
    2X REDD .47
    2 X Thorax


    Cranesong SCT -8/M
    Manley Vari-Mu / master


    cranesong IBIS


    Cranesiong HEDD 192

    Mackie Contol Universal, maybe XT and maybe C4 controller

    Motu midi

    4 X Furman power
    another patch bay

    already have

    RME HSDP 9652 and RME ADI 8 pros DS
    Samplitude *
    2 X UAD -1 full plugs

    Sebatron V<P 2000e
    Lexicon LXP 1

    ATC SCM 20 pros monitors

    P4 3.0 1 gig ram

    there i feel better lol

  10. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    Can I please have a fraction of your budget?!?!
  11. Midlandmorgan

    Midlandmorgan Active Member

    Jul 21, 2002
    Here's mine:

    - A 2-6 channel mic pre with stunning sounds, very good AD conversion, and a to-die-for clock (sounds like a Cranesong Spider to me)

    - Replacement brain cells for the ones I killed in the 70s, 80s and 90s...

    - 1000 sq ft of additional space...
  12. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
    A couple of C414 XlII's,
    Waves plugins,
    A new digital camera to replace my old hi8's,
    (am thinking cannon GL2, please comment if you please),
    Great river pres, 2ch,
    Chandler pres, 2ch.

    This ought to do it. I've already shelled out quite a bit this year and its only the 9th of march.
    I casually mentioned the Sony HVR-Z1U HDV camcorder to my wife and she wasn't too receptive. Currently i make no money at all off of video but am hoping to chanege that- please, someone talk me into that one in spite of my wife!
  13. foldedpath

    foldedpath Guest

    A pair of LD mics... probably either Gefell M930's or UMT70s.

    Then I really need to improve my monitoring, so I'm hoping to get:

    Replacement nearfields, maybe Event Precision 8's.

    A better DAC/switcher/headphone monitoring setup... probably a Grace m902.

    Some Realtraps for treating my room.

    The wish list would be longer, but that's probably what I can realistically hope to get this year, if I can flog enough other stuff on Ebay. Monitoring and room treatment isn't sexy, but I've been putting that off for too long, and it's probably the weak spot in my current setup.

    Oh yeah, and I'm going to get a 4x14 Gretsch snare drum and a real hi hat to supplement my DrumKAT midi drum setup. I'm tired of trying to fake brush and hi hat sounds, gotta have the real thing.

    Mike Barrs
  14. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2004
    Indianapolis, IN
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    Fer Sher, dewd

    http://www.cheap-tracks.com/send_money.htm :)

    I just picked up a pair of AKG C391Bs - I'd like to get a CK94 figure 8 capsule, then a pair of CK92 OMNI caps. Hopefully this will be my poor man's MKH MS setup. I want the Omni caps so I can play with a Jecklin disk. If I'm feeling rich I might get two of the CK94s so I can go Blumlein as well as MS.
  15. TanTan

    TanTan Distinguished Member

    Nov 30, 2003
    My all time studio wish list :

    1- finish my custom high-end line console which i'm working on for almost two years now with an amazing vintage audio electronics engineer and assistant working on this project every day ... it's very complicated thing to build because there are 16 seriously modified sontec eq's (you can call it a gml 9500 ) and 8* 1176s on board and 3 summing methods (active tube summing, passive summing, and outboard summing using 1272's , 1081's and rca\Neumann ba-71a's) all channels using a very high-quality i\o transformers , p&g faders , 4 ply pcb's for the whole console circuits , and a mastering grade patch bay using silver connectors and teflon cables.

    i can't wait any longer and almost all my studio money is going for this purpose , i hope it will be finished in 6 months

    2- a high end 2 channels d\a (i wish i could get a DCS converters so i'll have a set with my DCS 904 a\d)

    3- 16 Lavry blue a\d and 16 Lavry blue d\a (which i'm not so sure about anymore)

    4- finish my custom made variable mu mastering compressor (the design is already there made by i.j research on bread board but this monster has to be built !!! )

    5- la-2a

    6-rewiring my whole control room with teflon cables .

    and when i'll get all these i'll start refreshing my microphones cabinet with some new candies ...
  16. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    Seriously, where are you guys getting all these golden-egg laying chickens??? :shock:
  17. Sanity Inn

    Sanity Inn Guest

    Hi Cucco

    Basically, my gear list to come depends on how well a product that I'm involved in launches, I've been at it two years, owe a lot of money lol but , this should er, make up for it when it takes off,

    if anyone is interested http://www.mditriggerguard.com a simple locking clip that snaps on to an MDI inhaler to prevent accidental discharge. class II medical device and now ( finally) fully FDA approved . almost there, setting up distribution in states and globally . Basically inhallers represent 8.5 billion in sales globally. we hope to cut into some of that :)

    so once that starts paying, I plan to dig out of debt, buy gear, find a house , build a couple of rooms, and hopefully learn how to use it all as a project studio for my own work .. lol

    either way, it's a list i'm sure i'll get, may be added to, who knows,,

    thanks to this forum, i think and trust i've made some healthy choices with my list , and look forward to the help i'll get when utilizing it , and sharing what I learn from it :)

    peace for now

    Sanity Inn
  18. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    Well, there's your golden-egg laying chicken. :cool:

    It's times like this that I wish I invented the paper clip and then patented the hell out of it! :lol:
  19. Plush

    Plush Guest

    These give me a huge erection

    On the lista:

    Quantegy GP9 1/2" stock---I hope they come back

    Neve 1073 DPD--two channel

    Tascam 1000 disc recorder

    Leica Distro laser "tape measure equipment

    I like the idea of the Panasonic/Leica camera awfully well.

    Other than that, pretty much set here

    Greetings to fellow Nagrists (is that a word?) We luv the Nig-Nog!!
  20. DavidSpearritt

    DavidSpearritt Well-Known Member

    Jan 9, 2005
    Brisbane, Australia
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    Re: These give me a huge erection

    Hudson, are you seriously considering relying on a DVD blank to receive and retain your precious audio. I am surprised, ... try to find all the problems noted about the Fostex PD6 Filmsound recorder to DVD blank, they quickly offered an internal HD option. I would buy this Tascam if it recorded BWAV to common PC hard disk, like the NigNog does superbly.

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