July 1, 2006

The Halfway House...

by Chris Randall

So, I got everything I needed to rack up this V376 cartridge I bought, then I discovered that the Par-Metal rack chassis I ordered is, uh, too good for the job? Something. The aluminum top and bottom plates are so thick that the V376 (which is a tad bit wider than normal TAB modules) wouldn't fit.

So, my only recourse is to go to a 2U rack, and maybe throw some other jank in the rack (EQ, comp, whatever) to fill it out. Or sell it. Or something. Until that heady day when I make up my mind occurs, I threw it in a lunchbox. Literally. I was casting about for a temporary enclosure, and came upon this little steel lunchbox I bought to keep Stuff in (because one particular facet of my nascent obsessive-compulsive disorder is that I can't walk by a display of small storage solutions without buying at least one.)
It was the perfect size, so I got out the ol' rotary hardware editor (otherwise known as a Dremel) and knocked some V376-shaped holes in it.

As you can see, there is quite a bit of infrastructure for a single cartridge, at least if you want to have all the normal features of a mic pre. On the left (bolted to the lid of the lunchbox) is the JLM AC/DC power supply. On the upper right, you see the JLM Go-Between, which provides pad, phantom, and phase phlip duties. On the lower right is the JLM D.I. module, which piggybacks on to the Go-Between via that little ribbon cable (no more coax!). That power supply will easily do four Telefunken/TAB/Siemens/Neumann/Whatever modules, and as many as eight if they're not heavy draw units (like the compressors.) So, this is kind of semi-lame, but until I figure out what the fuck I'm gonna do with this bad boy, it'll work.




Jul.01.2006 @ 4:23 AM
Pretty sweet!

I bought an empty 1U rack enclosure quite a while back in hopes that one day I'd procure a V72 for it...mmm...its still empty :(


Jul.01.2006 @ 11:02 AM
You know, there is a great source of 1U chassises on ebay. A certain delay company made a nice 1U box with torroidal transformer and +-15VDC power supply. Some of the later units had the power supply board built onto the mainboard, but early units don't. You can pick up non-functional units for $1-$40. The way the chassis is designed you can easily bolt on a front panel made by Schaeffer or similar. Depending on model you end up with a bunch of nice AB 1/8" shaft pots and knobs too.

Jul.01.2006 @ 11:19 AM
Chris Randall
I don't buy anything from eBay. So that's out.

That said, I've already invested far more in this project than it is worth. It can sit in its lunch pail for a while, but I'm probably going to sell the cart and use the PS and such for my summing buss project. (Fuck Dangerous. I'm gonna have a Neumann summing buss!)



Jul.01.2006 @ 5:38 PM
"Fuck Dangerous. I'm gonna have a Neumann summing buss!"

Fuckin' A!

I'm starting to look at one of these instead of a homebrew:
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Jul.01.2006 @ 6:58 PM
Chris Randall
Yeah, that's on my List, for sure. Plus a Chandler Germanium.



Jul.01.2006 @ 11:48 PM
Even better than Hard-Core Gear Porn Friday... ;P
Are you getting any 'noise' from that power supp. living so close to the actual unit?

Jul.02.2006 @ 12:01 AM
Chris Randall
Not once I tidied up the wiring and got it all away from the toroid.

That said, after spending the day with it, I've determined that it isn't for me. Up on the blocks it goes. I need to keep the go-between, DI, and power supply, but if anyone wants the V376 cartridge itself, $275 and it is yours. Drop me a line if you're interested.





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