December 14, 2006

Hard-Core Gear Porn, AH Edition...

by Chris Randall
 

As I mentioned, I stopped by Analogue Haven last week on our vacation, and took a bunch of pictures while I was there. Here's some highlights:





This is the main room; all the keyboards are live, so you can diddle away to your heart's content (much to the dismay of my wife.) I spent some time with the Lil' Phatty, and found it good-sounding, well laid-out, and generally up to the standard of current Moog products. The music in the store was playing from the Korg Radias, via some crafty programming. A nice touch, as it wasn't the usual demo suckitude. The Radias was running through the newest Kaoss Pad, and that's a nice piece of work, too. I didn't play with the Radias at all, because I find synths like that to be especially annoying. But the in-store music sounded nice.





There was a MacBeth M5 on display. These things are gigantic. Like "huge as fuck" gigantic. It reminds me of the control panel from some mid-40s hydroelectric project or something. To use the phrase "built like a tank" would be giving too much credit to tanks. Tanks would be better served by being built like an M5, I think. Only people in the UK make things like this any more, and that's a shame.






They have a whole wall of guitar pedals, all ready and waiting to be fooled with. All boutique, for the most part, and just tasty as hell. I drooled over this wall for some time, and fondled the Moog delay pedal I'll be buying as soon as I'm not broke.





The money shot for all you Euro-Rack fans. They're tiny and white. I don't care for this format, and I've kicked my modular habit for good anyways, but if you're one of the Faithful, here's your picture.






The modular room had a bunch of other stuff in it, in addition to the M5 and the Eurorackstravaganza. Here are the Metasonics ass reamers and what-not, and to the right, you can plainly see that AH now carries Blacet products, along with the MOTM Frac-Rack series. I didn't play with the MOTM stuff, as time was pressing, but the build quality seems to be up to Paul's normal standards.


I took a picture of the large MOTM form-factore Modcan system they have, but it didn't turn out, unfortunately. That stuff looks nice as hell, though. There's another room that has all the Studio Electronics stuff, as well as the MonoMachine and MachineDrum, the Adam stuff, and the high-end kit they carry. That room was my home for the next hour as I got the MachineDrum and Schrittmaker demos. But I didn't think to snap a photo, sorry to say.


In any case, there you go. It's a great store, and well worth the visit. Thanks to Antonio for taking the time to lead me about, and thanks to my wife for putting up with the stop.

 
 
 

15 comments:

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Dec.14.2006 @ 3:19 PM
boobs
sounds like a "field trip" for adults. fun.

i see the speck electronics mixer in the last photo. did you happen to check that out?

link [www.speck.com]">link [www.speck.com]

 
 

 
Dec.14.2006 @ 3:40 PM
ecallender
Damn. I gotta get me an M5.
 
 

 
Dec.14.2006 @ 3:46 PM
ecallender
Oops. The last one is gone.
 
 

 
Dec.14.2006 @ 6:09 PM
Chris Randall
>> i see the speck electronics mixer in the last photo. did you happen to check that out? <<

What's to check out? It's just for balance. No mic pres or EQs, so it is essentially transparent, and there's nothing to check. "Wow, the aux buss routing on this thing, like, exists! Whee, that's fun!" With all those bells and whistles in that shop, I'm not gonna spend a lot of time fooling with a line mixer, you know?

-CR

 
 

 
Dec.14.2006 @ 7:15 PM
boobs
lol.

yeah i know.. but a line mixer can have some fat/color/magic in it and i was on a long search for one that didn't suck the life out of everything that goes thru it. you know.. something not like those other mixers you love to hate.

were you at least glad there wasn't a mackie in there for all those synths?

 
 

 
Dec.14.2006 @ 7:56 PM
Tom
"Only people in the UK make things like this any more, and that's a shame." Makes me so proud!

I'd always liked the look of those pictures on the AH website, but this makes me think it's the best gear shop in the world. Good work Chris, bad work Shaun (how come a blogger sells your store better than you?)

Love the pedal display. M5 is bonkers - if you've ever met Ken, you'll see where he's coming from.

 
 

 
Dec.15.2006 @ 9:19 AM
neilium
"Only people in the UK make things like this any more, and that's a shame."


How on earth did they make a synth that leaks oil?

 
 

 
Dec.15.2006 @ 11:46 AM
Adam Schabtach
Hopefully the craftspeople in the UK won't be slowed down much by the RoHS conversion.

--Adam

 
 

 
Dec.15.2006 @ 2:24 PM
nousrnm
I guess I should go down there eventually. How bad is it that I live in LA and have only mail-ordered stuff from them?
 
 

 
Dec.15.2006 @ 2:37 PM
boobs
i wouldn't drive in LA either.
 
 

 
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