Thursday, 1 April 2010


Why is this vintage modular synth 1000 times cheaper than this one? The starting price of this Paia on ebay today is $50

(3)   4720   VCO
(1)   4730   VCF
(1)              VCA
(1)   4780   Sequencer
(1)              Control Oscillator (LFO I presume)
(2)             "Wing" power panels
(1)   4771   Regulated power supply
(1)   4710   Balanced modulator
(1)   4711   4/2 Mixer
(1)   4712   Reverb
(1)              Homemade 5 hole mystery panel
(1)   4740   Envelope generator
(1)              Sine/PWM module
(1)              Inverter/buffer
(1)              Envelope follower

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Shoot Today

Today was my first ever video shoot. It's been put together and directed by Gavin and was really exciting. A big thanks to everyone else involved, Joe [stylist], Tom [DOP], Dickie [cameraman], Paul [studio manager], Camilla [makeup artist], Galia [runner] and of course Naz the alien. And Paul D for letting us set fire to his TV studio

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

John Lennon's Reverbs

Don Larking is also selling that V series Neve I posted about earlier. But check this out. He's also got John Lennon's two EMT 140 plate reverbs, the ones used on Imagine etc. Pretty cool

EMT 140 Stereo Transistor Echo Plates, previous owner John Lennon

In 1970 a company called AUDIOTEK, owned by studio designer Eddie Veale, was appointed by Apple Corps to create a music studio at Tittinghurst Park, Ascot, the home of John Lennon.

Among the items specified by Eddie Veale to be purchased for the studio were 2 EMT 140 Echo plates, and a Crown DC300 power amplifier. The serial numbers of the echo plates is 02802 & 02824, the echo plates and serial numbers are listed on the schedule of the Tittenhurst Park Collection as complied by the London Studio Exchange and confirmed by Mr Veale as being supplied to Tittenhurst Park when John Lennon was in residence. Although we have the Crown DC300 the serial number is not noted.

Tittenhurst Park was where John Lennon recorded IMAGINE, his greatest solo hit which was produced by Phil Spector.

We have the 2 Echo Plates and the Crown DC300 in stock which will eventually be sold once we can assess the true value. We also have a Studer A80 Stereo Recorder with Dolby's which was purchased for Tittenhurst Park after it was sold to Ringo Star.

We have written proof confirming the above, copies of which are available on request and which will be given to the eventual purchasers of this equipment.

If you have never seen or used an EMT Echo plate you may be surprised to hear that the box is over 2 metres long and 1.5 metres high and unlike digital effects processors they produce just 1 sound, a sound that is know as Plate Reverb, there is 1 parameter, adjustable decay, from 1 second to 5 seconds. They also have to be located in an isolated room so that no sould is picked up by them. You may think that this is a lot of trouble for just 1 sound - not really, it is the quality of the sound which is why they are in such demand. Usually they sell for £ 1,000 - £ 2,000, in view of their history these ones will most probably be sold in a Pop Memorabilia sale and should sell for a lot more 


1969 Neve Delight

Alternatively there is a vintage Neve with 1060 modules [same as 1061 but with alternative eq] in California today, which would go very nicely in the the studio next to the one in the previous post

CLASSIC GERMANIUM NEVE MIXING CONSOLE, ORIGINALLY BUILT IN 1969.  CONTAINS 24 NEVE 1060 INPUT MODULES. HAS A CUSTOM MADE PRODUCERS DESK WHICH HOLDS THE TT PATCH BAY. THE ENIRE CONSOLE IS WIRED TO ELCO CONNECTORS, AND DOES COME WITH SOME BREAKOUT CABLES THAT MATCH. COMES WITH ALL REQUIRED POWER SUPPLIES. This desk has been gone through by two of the bay area's most experienced technicians. It has a custom made 16 channel monitor section, which can be switched to dump into the stereo buss, yeiding 40 channels on remix. A fantastic console by any standards, and a rare one to boot. 20 channels have custom direct out buss amps made with 990 amplifiers and jensen transformers. Custom built console stand. 16 channel meters plus stereo buss meters. The console has 4 group outs plus discrete stereo buss, and 4 aux sends per channel . The console , including patch bay/producers desk is just 7 feet wide. Comes with appropriate paperwork. £43K BIN. Seller = Dan Alexander

Neve VXS Enormity

There's a Neve VXS on ebay today, and the enormity of it cannot be underestimated. It's the flagship '90's Neve analog console and this one was owned by George Lucas, but now it's in Gothenburg, Sweden:

Ex. Skywalker Sound Studio 1 console
72 Channels
Film Center Section. 5,1 and 7,1
Encore Automation
Skywaller Sound modified mic-preamps
Skywalker Sound eq's
88R Remote patchbay
Two spare channels

Perfect working condition. This is the best Neve VXS on the market!
Will ship anywhere in crates
Price 70k Euro

Here is a great review of this exact console