Saturday, July 02, 2005

Tubes Sing

Mr. Stayne from InnerTube Audio has come up with several tube-based winners in the audio gear sweepstakes. The Atomic Squeeze Box
is a compressor/limiter/line sweetener that really makes recordings sing. You can dial in an in-your-face presence, or control an overly dynamic track with as much as 20db of "squeeze"" and barely hear the unit working. The MagMic is a tube condenser microphhone
with a continuously variable polar pattern, housed in a MagLite flashlight case. It sounds phenomenal. In fact, a voiceover talent I worked with refused to use the mic, he said it was "too" sensitive. "I can hear my beard growing" he complained. Check their entire product line.

It Lives!

Larry Janus, an accomplished broadcast/recording/maintence engineer/lensman/drummer/programmer, has come up with a
hybrid reproduction of the classic Fairchild 660 and 670 limiter.
With 17 tubes and 19 transformers, this looks like a winner. I have yet to hear it, but Larry is starting production of the unit and I hope to get my ears on one.