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Sampling Request: Let's Get Some Ampex!

Postby ngarjuna » Wed Jun 15, 2011 4:37 am

Pretty much what it says, I am dying for some Ampex machines. We had a pair of MM1000s that just sounded dynamite.

While someday I'd like to learn how to use NAT, I'm not going to make my learning project one where I'm burning yards of tape as I screw up =). So if anybody can make a good library of an Ampex large format machine you have at least one certain customer (I suspect it would attract some attention based on the reaction to the new Studer 810A). The R2R is so good that we never really need any more tapes; but variety is the spice of life, it's always fun to add to the arsenal. These classic machines were a huge part of the golden age of large format recording.

And if anybody has access to an ATR-124...well that fabled legend would make a hell of a Nebula library (good luck finding one, though, I think only about 200 were produced).
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Re: Sampling Request: Let's Get Some Ampex!

Postby elam » Wed Jun 15, 2011 4:55 am

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Re: Sampling Request: Let's Get Some Ampex!

Postby enriquesilveti » Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:47 am

Where are you? America or Europe?
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Re: Sampling Request: Let's Get Some Ampex!

Postby ngarjuna » Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:51 am

America.
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Re: Sampling Request: Let's Get Some Ampex!

Postby enriquesilveti » Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:10 am

USA 3rd developers are CDSM, STN, Cupwise and Ownhammer send to them or prepare your guest room.
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Re: Sampling Request: Let's Get Some Ampex!

Postby yr » Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:04 pm

... and then combine it into an hybrid plugin: Nebula takes care of the saturation and an algorithm is used for the dynamic compression. Something like the R2R+VTM2 in one interface (and without the algorithmic plugin adding harmonic distortion).
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Re: Sampling Request: Let's Get Some Ampex!

Postby ngarjuna » Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:47 pm

enriquesilveti wrote:USA 3rd developers are CDSM, STN, Cupwise and Ownhammer send to them or prepare your guest room.

Good idea, I'll have to look into rentals around here.
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Re: Sampling Request: Let's Get Some Ampex!

Postby enriquesilveti » Wed Jun 15, 2011 1:37 pm

yr wrote:... and then combine it into an hybrid plugin: Nebula takes care of the saturation and an algorithm is used for the dynamic compression. Something like the R2R+VTM2 in one interface (and without the algorithmic plugin adding harmonic distortion).


That's Aqua Engine > Nebula A*I for 3rd plug-in developers...
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Re: Sampling Request: Let's Get Some Ampex!

Postby ngarjuna » Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:53 pm

So I called some old friends today, I'm hot on the trail of some MM models.

I know there are 124s in Los Angeles but they're going to be VERY expensive to get access to (apparently in addition to the massive cost of the unit, they were rather fragile machines and require a ton of proactive maintenance to keep em running). Anyway, the 124s might be cleaner than what I have in mind in the first place: I want that classic Ampex large format sound and that really means an MM1xxx I think.

In the interim, I might be able to get access to a 3M 24track. In addition to yet another color/flavor of tape, that might be the opportunity I need to practice with NAT prior to getting myself into a rental situation.

I'll have to see if I can get access to the 3M for starters.
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Re: Sampling Request: Let's Get Some Ampex!

Postby RJHollins » Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:30 pm

The 'M1-TANK' [as was affectionately referred to] is a good sounding machine. Yes, they are high maintenance.
The 16 trk version was sought after when digital formats started becoming popular.
I would NOT want to have to ship this ANYWHERE ... very risky ... and a tech would most likely need to follow it in. But they do sound good 8-)
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