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Such was the reaction of my first client at Happybeat. It is just a little domestic room that sounds good, with no acoustic treatment other than purple psychedelic curtains...

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Such was the reaction of my first client at Happybeat. It is just a little domestic room that sounds good, with no acoustic treatment other than purple psychedelic curtains.

Other than my ears, this is what it has in it...

  • Recorders and mixers
    • Yamaha MD4 Minidisc recorder with simple console
    • Sony 788 4 channel, high speed, reel to reel multitrack
    • Brenell Series 5, all valve, high speed stereo 2 track, circa 1968.
    • Digital editing and restoration, analog or digital mastering, with the usual plug-in suspects.
  • Monitoring
    • Knight, 3-way,1960's: American cabinets, but Goodmans speakers inside! They sound like old Tannoys. Cardboard cones.
    • Magnavox 1970s: cost $2! And sound like it! There are also several other sets of awful smaller speakers for cross referencing.
  • Microphones
    • Sony electret condensers, pair, 1971.
    • Philco stereo mic, 1960's, omni: Looks like a hand grenade. A dynamic mic with 4 capsule pick up.
    • Grampian DP4 dynamic: quintessential early 60's British live mic.
    • Empire Made 60's crystal mic
    • Realistic stereo electret condenser, 1970's: looks like a bug.
    • Hong Kong 60's pencil dynamic: no manufacturer.
    • And several other oddities for fx.
  • Outboard
    • dbx 117, x 2: early 70's pre-amp/compressor/expander
    • Aphex 109 tube parametric eq
    • Omnisonix 801 imager - magic box
    • Behringer autocom compressor/gate
    • Alesis Microverb 3: which means there are 3 settings worth using.
    • Pioneer SR202 Spring Reverb, 70's with psychedelic light
  • Instruments
    • Numerous Casio and Yamaha keyboards and synths from 1970's to date: all with drum machines, from the little toy ones to big toy ones.
    • Epiphone Casino, 1961.
    • Hofner Beatle Bass, 1964.
    • Shaftesbury electric 12 string, 1970.
    • Acoustic 6 and 12 string guitars.
    • FET amp and cab, early 70's,
    • Trixon Drums 1950's.
    • Lots of percussion
  • Nice toys to play with
    • Muson Synthesiser, 1978, ages 4 to adult
    • Mick Jagger Plastic Maraccas
    • Big Headphones
    • Brad Lloyd's Acoustic Explorer 1 science project
    • My Songmaker 8 special sound effects
    • Knitted kkunk pop shield

www.happybeat.net

By David Mellor Monday February 27, 2006
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