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What studio gear have you been lusting after, but can not rationalize spending the money on?

For me it is the Gyraf MAGNETO-DYNAMIC INFUNDIBULUM. It is a brilliant, totally passive multi-band clipper. I just love the whole concept of it and it does something really unique that none of my other tools do.... but.... the $5000 price tag makes it a bit tough to justify. http://gyraf.dk/product/g21/

I still dig it enough that if I have a really flush year of mastering I might have to pull the trigger.

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It isn't a matter of justifying it, if I want it I want it!!!! It is a matter of an insufficiency of funds = $$$$$. Wah!!!! :- D

A big, beautiful sounding room far away from uncontrollable external noise with underground echo and reverb chambers would be nice...

I could drop a few million in a heartbeat, if I had a few million... So it goes.

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Just about any new analog recording console. I really want to replace my Soundcraft 600, and the perfectly-good-for-live-sound digital consoles available today at a rational price just don't fit with analog workflow. They have plenty of mic inputs, but not enough outputs, other than preamp direct outputs, to feed a 24-track recorder, and no dedicated recorder returns.

But I no longer make any money with a console. And I hardly make any money at all with audio any more. So while I could write a check for a $20,000 console, I just can't justify owning it. At this stage of my life, I'd rather spend the winter somewhere warm. But I'd go $5,000 for an API 2448. Unfortunately, API won't.

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Originally Posted by Mike Rivers
I'd go $5,000 for an API 2448. Unfortunately, API won't.
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as for me, I was all in on this until I saw the US $5000.00 price tag
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I'm with Mike Rivers - I'd love to have a really nice analog mixing console.

Ronan - that Infindibulum looks like way too much fun.

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Originally Posted by Ronan C Murphy
What studio gear have you been lusting after, but can not rationalize spending the money on?

For me it is the Gyraf MAGNETO-DYNAMIC INFUNDIBULUM. It is a brilliant, totally passive multi-band clipper. I just love the whole concept of it and it does something really unique that none of my other tools do.... but.... the $5000 price tag makes it a bit tough to justify. http://gyraf.dk/product/g21/

I still dig it enough that if I have a really flush year of mastering I might have to pull the trigger.

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Look at it this way, it's only $312.50 per knob. Now it seems more reasonable, true?


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Originally Posted by KuruPrionz
Look at it this way, it's only $312.50 per knob. Now it seems more reasonable, true?

waitwhat idea rocker

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A Mac Pro. But not only can I not justify the price, I'd pretty much use it only for running Studio One and Ableton Live, because it would be useless for my Windows-only programs like Vegas and Cakewalk. And I'd need to get Mac versions of all the plug-ins I already use with Windows...and who knows if they'll work with Catalina. So aside from the price, for now I'm sticking with my Windows machine and ancient Mac Cheesegrater tower that won't run anything any more.

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Originally Posted by Dave Bryce
Ronan - that Infindibulum looks like way too much fun.


Gotta love anything that has "USE WITH CAUTION" boldly front and center. thu


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I would like a Manley Vari-Mu compressor. I use a modeled vari-mu plugin from Slate Digital as a mix-buss sweetener, and it is just a little slice of magic what that can do with just 1-2 db of adjustment. Especially in M/S mode. I would have an easy time believing that the real thing is pretty special indeed. But with everything else happening in the box, I've had a hard time justifying the idea of going out just for one piece. But maybe I will change my mind sometime...

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I had a Vari-mu for a while. Bought it for the 2-buss. I really liked it for a certain type of sound, but found I had some trouble taming it's personality for some of the things I was working on.

Picked up an A Designs Nail that seems to work better for my taste.

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Originally Posted by davedoerfler
Originally Posted by Dave Bryce
Ronan - that Infindibulum looks like way too much fun.


Gotta love anything that has "USE WITH CAUTION" boldly front and center. thu

And the guy who builds them is a sweetheart although probably batshit insane. Check out his whole product line... I thought you couldn't get any crazier than Shadow Hills, but boy was I wrong.

As for me, the one piece of studio gear (synthesizers don't count) that I can't justify at the moment but would love to have would be the Zähl AM1 console. This falls under the purview of "analog console" but can be configured for a synth-heavy studio like mine and heavily interfaced with electronic music gear. I had a chance to meet Herr Zähl, who built the console for Conny Plank's studio, at Superbooth some years ago. He was a very lonely pro audio guy in a world of synths, but he was gracious and passionate about his work... and my GOD was that console a thing of beauty. Oh holy craaaaap.

A cheaper but still nice alternative would be building my own Schertler desk, like my brother did, but that gets spendy, too.


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Originally Posted by Dr Mike Metlay

As for me, the one piece of studio gear (synthesizers don't count) that I can't justify at the moment but would love to have would be the Zähl AM1 console. This falls under the purview of "analog console" but can be configured for a synth-heavy studio like mine and heavily interfaced with electronic music gear.


Thank you for mentioning that! I didn't know that existed. It seems ideal for a synth heavy studio, and indeed, the list of users is a bunch of synth heavy EDM artists. Gorgeous piece!

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Bricasti digital reverb. Good gravy does that sound nice. But I didn't already have a Lexicon model 200, three Eventide 2016s, and Lexicon PCM60s I would have a Bricasti.

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Originally Posted by Dr Mike Metlay
And the guy who builds them is a sweetheart although probably batshit insane. Check out his whole product line... I thought you couldn't get any crazier than Shadow Hills, but boy was I wrong.

More batshit insaner than the guy who makes the Magic Death Eye compressor? Did you see his ad in the previous to the latest TapeOp? It was an "un-ad", only a weirdo would pay to have something like that posted.

I want one, by the way. Even if I never used it, having a Magic Death Eye in the studio would be pretty voodoo!!!!


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Bricasti digital reverb. Good gravy does that sound nice. But I didn't already have a Lexicon model 200, three Eventide 2016s, and Lexicon PCM60s I would have a Bricasti.
I own an M7, and love it to bits. With six Blackfins powering it, it really stands apart from everything else for me. Ten deconvolved reverbs all talking to each other in real time...yeah, baby. cool

To my ear, the M7 has a quality of realism that makes everything else sound like an effect.

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Originally Posted by Dr Mike Metlay
As for me, the one piece of studio gear (synthesizers don't count) that I can't justify at the moment but would love to have would be the Zähl AM1 console.

That's a new one on me, but it has a lot of useful features that I've always wondered "why don't they make it like this?" One thing that I'd like is a more flexible auxiliary send section. I get it that when your inputs are mostly stereo, it makes sense to have stereo aux sends with the L/R orientation that you've established for the source. But since most of my sources are mics or mono tracks, I'd like to have stereo-panned cue mixes from single-channel tracks. Only Aux1 has a pan.

This is one place where digital consoles fly well above analog ones since digital channels are "native" as pairs, so stereo sends are easy. And the digital console format means that they don't need another pot, knob, and hole in the sheet metal.


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