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    Posted: 20 Jun 2014 at 6:26pm
Originally posted by Graham Slee Graham Slee wrote:

I am currently working on the long awaited preamp Wink

(similar styling to the Proprius but I'm thinking about a smokey black front panel...)

I'm looking forward to being talked through it, as you did with the Majestic.
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Smokey black front panel?
If that doesn't start a debate, I don't know what will.
Oh yes, tone controls, I'd almost forgotten about those!
Just listen, if it sounds good to you, enjoy it.
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Originally posted by BackinBlack BackinBlack wrote:

Smokey black front panel?
If that doesn't start a debate, I don't know what will.
Oh yes, tone controls, I'd almost forgotten about those!

If I remember correctly, we already talked/voted about tone controls, but not about smokey black front panel!
I should probably stay out of this, but will watch with interest, because the Majestic should fit my requirements.
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Originally posted by ICL1P ICL1P wrote:

Originally posted by BackinBlack BackinBlack wrote:

Smokey black front panel?
If that doesn't start a debate, I don't know what will.
Oh yes, tone controls, I'd almost forgotten about those!

If I remember correctly, we already talked/voted about tone controls, but not about smokey black front panel!
I should probably stay out of this, but will watch with interest, because the Majestic should fit my requirements.


Likewise, I perhaps should stay out of it, as my Majestic does almost all I need. Like Andrew I use a switch box to provide more analogue inputs.
I shall watch the development of the pre-amp with great interest, I certainly wouldn't rule one out as it might give me more flexibility.
Let's see..

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To be completely honest, after some of the headphones I heard at the Roadshow, they need all the tone controls they can get! Confused Embarrassed

Sorry, I'll stop it. Tongue


But seriously, couldn't very precise and elaborate tone controls allow correction of mis-calibrated headphone drivers or improvement of poor mastering?


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1/3rd octave 'graphic' equaliser... they're OK to the musically trained ear but most customers don't possess such training.

Something I've been discussing with Bob by email was how professionals used to be able to spec up 'preamp system' and in particular using the old Studer catalogue. That was crammed full of every conceivable audio circuit at the time (late 80's... all analogue), and each circuit was on a plug-in eurocard or euromodule. These were plugged into a card frame with roughly 16 slots to 'build' a customised preamp or even mixer system.

In my job at that time, I or the other designer (one of the directors) would basically do similar cards to fit the client's spec, and build them into a card frame. We'd often be required to put a front on the card frame to prevent meddling and often that would be a piece of smoked perspex. The finished card frame would fit a 19" rack - often in some quality carpentry in the studio desk base or eye level pods. Most would feature 'trimmers' to tweak things such as 'balance' and often there'd be LED indicators. The finished items would look quite impressive, but cost an absolute fortune.

Unfortunately I don't have any photos to show you, and after trying a google image search, it looks as if nobody else was making such things.
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This is the nearest I could find...


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