Custom Studio Products
are some photographs that I took of various custom-built "gizmos" that
I've built the past few years. Click on any of the small
thumbnails for a larger image.
Each unit was customized for my client's requirements.
I have adopted a "classic black" mindset, which also works well with
most front panel layouts. Instead of easily-eroded panel
legends/markings (silkscreen, etc.), I've chosen mechanically engaved
panel markings that do NOT rub-off over time. Fortunately, I've
also found a local artisan who owns computer-controlled engraving
equipment that ensures permanent panel legends. I have spent thousands
of hours as a session/recording engineer under
the typical dim lighting found in a studio, so legibility of
the panels became a priority to me...even if the original panels
weren't all that legible to begin with!
All of these devices also included an external power supply box; for a
custom-made unit, that is the best solution to minimize AC
an early rackup project of a pair of Audix modules, built to a client's
specs, which included plenty of internal bracing to withstand shipping
of the unit as it travelled from one studio site to another inside of a
|Here is a simple rack-up of two ADM 780 preamp
modules. I added the controls and switches which became missing
after the module was removed from the original desk mainframe.
|Eight ADM (six 780 and two 1540) modules along with backlit
VU meters are shown in this pic.
design custom power supplies for anything ranging from an entire mixing
desk to a small unit which is part of a rackup. Shown is the PSU
for the 8 module system shown above.
|I worked with my engraver, and came up with this design for
four Langevin AM-16 modules. The original Langevin modules have a
fixed gain, and thus require input/
simple rackup of two Auditronics 110B modules. My client sent me
the rack chassis with the required machine work already done, so it
required only engraving and internal wiring.
|Mastering control devices consist of a short analog signal
path. This picture shows a "DC to Daylight" unit I built for
a Mastering studio which had a passive "main" signal path.
strive to constuct my custom devices using the best materials, and the
best of my skills. Here is a pic of the "innards" of a custom
4-channel preamp, with a pair of 2-channel ADM preamp cards
mounted into a rack chassis.
custom product that I build is ALWAYS CONSTRUCTED to the specs of my
client. Hence, I cannot compete with "Chinette" gear sold at the
"guitar stores", and I have no interest competing with those imported,
mass-marketed "goods" (which is an oxymoron in itself).
unlike the "mass market", I also intend for anything that I
custom-build should out-live me! (I guesstimate that I have a few
decades left <g>.)
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