September 19, 2007

Hard-Core Gear Porn...

by Chris Randall
 



Been a while since we've done this. Pictured above is the modular collection of Ursa Major Studios, located near Brussels. (I suppose that technically speaking, everything in Belgium is near Brussels, at least on an American scale.) They have nice kit, and lots of it. That whacking big black thing is a Polyfusion system, and there's the requisite ARP 2500 for safety's sake, and a few Serge panels in case you get bored. In the event you might need a touch of 'verb, they have an EMT 251, an EMT 246, and an EMT 140.


Plenty more pics here to drool over, and I can't find a single Mackie or Behringer product to bitch about. Maybe I could complain about that H&K pedal on the floor in the above picture, but I can't tell what it is. Thanks for the linkage, Jeff Laity.

 
 
 

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Sep.19.2007 @ 1:56 AM
giantm
Finally, someone realized all they had to do was take the Mackie mixer out of the room before they took their picture and gear porn could return. Thank you Ursa Major, and Analog Industries.

I hope the Serge panels are just facades on cabinets containing masses of Virtualizers, Feedback Destroyers, and various products whose names are synonyms for respected classics.

 
 

 
Sep.19.2007 @ 3:08 AM
Gibbon
There's a Fairlight CMI series I, II and III on the list.. 'cause you ain't nuthin unless you have the trilogy
 
 

 
Sep.19.2007 @ 3:25 AM
retrosynth
You know you have too much gear when you lust after the space and not the gear.
 
 

 
Sep.19.2007 @ 4:47 AM
jupiter8
Funny you should mention mixers. That guy has Kraftwerks old MCI mixer. The one in this picture
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not one like that. That one.

 
 

 
Sep.19.2007 @ 10:47 AM
Chris Randall
I'm of the opinion that Kraftwerk recordings sound kind of thin and assy for the most part, so I don't think there's any Mojo to be gained by having their mixer. The Kraftwerk boys could come up with a groove and a melody like nobody's business, but noone is ever going to accuse them of being able to mix.

Not dry like "Bollinger." Dry like "Phoenix."

This wil no doubt engender all kinds of "you gotta be high, motherfucker" comments, but just remember that you're reading my blog. I'm not reading yours. That makes me right.

-CR

 
 

 
Sep.19.2007 @ 10:54 AM
penZoil
David is a dear friend of mine. He has no Behringer to hide!
 
 

 
Sep.19.2007 @ 11:11 AM
synthetic
You gotta listen to the Polyfusion demos he recorded. My God, it's full of stars.

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Module list
3 x 2003 lfo
5 x 2004 vco
1 x 2006 quad vco
3 x 2010 dual vca
1 x 2012 dual ring mod
1 x 2016 vc reverb
2 x 2020 lo pass vcf
2 x 2022 hi pass vcf
1 x 2028 phase shifter
1 x 2030 formant filter
1 x 2032 parametric eq
1 x 2044 envelope follower
2 x 2046 dual eg
1 x 2047 dual vc eg
1 x 2048 dual s&h
3 x 2060 power supply
7 x 2080a 4 input mixer
2 x 2081 bi polar att + multiples
2 x 2083 variable dc source + multiples
1 x 2088 keyboard outputs + multiples
1 x 2090 octave divider
1 x 2092 voltage quantizer

 
 

 
Sep.19.2007 @ 12:32 PM
no op
Funnily enough, I actually use Mr. Morley's mixes as one of my references. I don't think it has anything to do with any mixer mojo though, just a good use of sounds and space.
 
 

 
Sep.19.2007 @ 2:27 PM
retrosynth
Looks like his primary console is the D&R Orion. It's a nice open and transparent sounding console. The MCI JH600 doesn't sound all that great until you replace the front end with John Hardy's mic pres.
 
 

 
Sep.19.2007 @ 2:28 PM
object88
Quoteth CR: I'm of the opinion that Kraftwerk recordings sound kind of thin and assy for the most part...

I agree, and I dig Kraftwerk. The absolute best Kraftwerk recording I ever heard was a bootleg of a performance at the Warfield in SF.

Getting back to Ursa Major, absolutely stunning space.

 
 

 
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