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Western Electric transformer pair 119 Close 1950's date codesHere is a pair of WESTERN ELECTRIC 119C  repeat coil audio ...
03/09/2020
western electric transformer pair 119 Close 1950's date codes | eBay

Western Electric transformer pair 119 Close 1950's date codes
Here is a pair of WESTERN ELECTRIC 119C repeat coil audio transformer, line to line type. Or mic to preamp, whatever. Close date codes, 1950/1951.
Western Electric engineers really had the art and science mastered.
These 119C sound awesome!
https://www.ebay.com/itm/western-electric-transformer-pair-119-Close-1950s-date-codes/143547781722?hash=item216c1d525a:g:XVIAAOSwCKleYJJP

Or mic to preamp, whatever. Close date codes, 1950/1951.

Peerless K308D Transformers MC Phono SUT 4665 K-217D Altec 436 438 compressorHere is a pair of Peerless K308 input trans...
03/01/2020
Peerless K308D Transformers MC Phono SUT 4665 K-217D Altec 436 438 compressor | eBay

Peerless K308D Transformers MC Phono SUT 4665 K-217D Altec 436 438 compressor
Here is a pair of Peerless K308 input transformers. They are in perfect shape, except one has some wear on the label but K308 can be seen. I checked with both DC and AC signals and they are working perfect. I measure the response from 15 hz to about 25Khz at the -1 dB points. Not only that but they are very well matched, like within .1dB. Really close, and a testimonial to Peerless quality control. The leads are long.

Perfect for those tube mic pres! Or for Step up trainsformer for moving coil cartridges. And these were used in the Altec 436 and 438 Compressors.

These are so rare!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Peerless-K308D-Transformers-MC-Phono-SUT-4665-K-217D-Altec-436-438-compressor/143439271437?hash=item2165a5960d:g:N78AAOSwIXxdyfOg

#Peerless #Transformers #proaudiodiy #audiodiy #Altec #Alteccompressor

Perfect for those tube micpres ! And these were used in the Altec 436 and 438 Compressors. I checked with both DC and AC signals and they are working perfect. Not only that but they are very well matched, like within . 1dB.

One of my recent music projects is Mike Oosten Who's Fooln' Who?.It’s Rock all the way.It was engineered in various exot...
01/13/2020
I Like It - Michael Oosten "Who's Fooln' Who?"

One of my recent music projects is Mike Oosten Who's Fooln' Who?.
It’s Rock all the way.
It was engineered in various exotic locations in the US: A Wisconsin farm, studios in Los Angeles...
The tracks were mixed in Florida on Vintage Pro Audio's EMI console - same as the Abbey Road Beatles desk, rebuilt by me as a sidecar.
Excerpt from Musical Morsels review:

...Michael gifts us with styles ranging from folk and barrelhouse blues to reggae, from jazz to Celtic. His lyrics are stories that will enthrall, make you cry, laugh and sometimes nod in agreement. An extremely pure songwriter with a talent pool for innovation as big as lake Michigan."

https://soundcloud.com/richmixmusic/i-like-it-michael-oosten-whos-fooln-who

Produced by Michael Oosten and Richard Robinson. Engineered and mixed by Richard Robinson. More at https://michaeloosten.bandcamp.com/ https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/michaeloosten7

12/25/2019

Merry Christmas you guys!

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11/28/2019

Richmix Pro Audio wishes you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I have a Stancil-Hoffman tape preamp on ebay that is a very interesting piece from the 1950’s. S-H was a Hollywood based...
09/16/2019

I have a Stancil-Hoffman tape preamp on ebay that is a very interesting piece from the 1950’s. S-H was a Hollywood based firm that made recorders for the film industry. It’s a project to get it going but it looks so cool! Dig the huge VU Meter. And I’m amazed to see the company is still in business making recorders for voice recording and logging. Sort of the legal version of Nixon’s white house basement recorder.

MCI is the American company located near Miami, FL that became the largest manufacturer of both tape machines and mixing...
06/12/2018

MCI is the American company located near Miami, FL that became the largest manufacturer of both tape machines and mixing consoles between 1955 and 1992.

My first experience with MCI begins with a visit to Connecticut Recording Studios to pick up a roll of 2 inch tape...

I was given a tour of the studio by Billy Rose, and in the control room was a brand new MCI JH 400 mixer with its beautiful red and black input modules mounted in an exotic wood cabinet. All this beauty in contrast to the street below, Main Street in Bridgeport CT.

As we walked through the studio I saw a band set up with a huge drum kit, keyboards, guitars, etc.

Billy said: "Oh we're recording a new band, they are called .... Weather Report". Little did I know at the time how famous they would become. And the percussionist was Airto Moreira, who I had done sound for earlier in NYC at the Beacon Theater.

I didn't see or work on any other MCI's for a while as we had the API console, but we eventually got the Sony MXP which was in the MCI family, redesigned by Tom Graefe of Sony.

Fast forward to North Hollywood and Deedee O'Malley's studio into which I brought an MCI JH 528 which came from Shangri-La Studios. We made great recordings on that mixer.

Presently in LA I am working on several MCIs, bringing them up to modern standards and adding new features such as inserts and submixing. Some of these boards can be seen in the pictures.

If you have any MCI stories to share I'd like to hear them!

https://business.facebook.com/pg/RichmixProAudio/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10155863895173068

My History With MCI

My History With MCI
06/12/2018

My History With MCI

My History With MCI

With Zac Carper of Fidlar at Future Music 😀#richardrobinson #fidlar #badassmusician #futuremusic
05/14/2018

With Zac Carper of Fidlar at Future Music 😀

#richardrobinson #fidlar #badassmusician #futuremusic

More Vintage Gear
03/26/2018

More Vintage Gear

03/07/2018
Wesley harpsichord record

Historical Harpsichord Recording Collection Available

Harpsichord expert Wesley Kuhnle left behind a legacy of teachings and recordings of authentic 18th century harpsichords.

He built instruments with the original tunings of the day and proved this is the correct way to re create that period’s music.

Here is a quote:
"I am trying to do as much as I can to reconstruct the performance of pre-19th century music in a stylistically correct manner, on stylistically correct instruments tuned in the manner of its own time."
–Wesley Kuhnle

His son, Paul Kuhnle, assembled some of those recordings made in 1961 into CDs and created a website to distribute them.
The website is not active now and we don’t know if any cds were distributed from it.

The master tapes of those recordings have been preserved along with additional tapes of live music concerts apparently recorded by Wesley.
And there are a large quantity of 12 and 16 inch acetate records with Wesley’s harpsichord recordings on them.

It is supposed that the records were made from the late 1940’s through the 1950’s and that the tapes date from the late 50’s onward to 1962.

These recordings are available as a package and we are looking for the right person or institution of learning to purchase them.

Once again I made the long journey to the NAMM show in Anaheim (just kidding, its 30 minutes..)Some highlights for me we...
02/01/2018

Once again I made the long journey to the NAMM show in Anaheim (just kidding, its 30 minutes..)

Some highlights for me were:

Sound Techniques has restarted here in California, and the new board looks amazing. These mixers have a similar reputation to Neve, Decca, Trident, etc…

Just for fun there’s the inflatable drum kit…sounds kind of OK and lights up, too.

The Audeze headphones are big, warm and fuzzy, and accurate too.

Pro Audio got a whole new building, and there was more DJ and lighting gear than ever.

I ran into a lot of friends and made some new ones.

I got the Coil Audio T-shirt, now I’ve got to buy some of that gear! Its all vacuum tube.

And how about Charter Oak mics and outboard, which are NOT based on vintage gear!

The NAMM Show is so huge, I could have spent 4 days there and not seen it all. Live music everywhere, food everywhere, gear and instruments everywhere..go if you can, its twice a year!

I found a very interesting mixer recently that was made for The Who in 1976, by Stevenson (Interface Electronics) and de...
01/16/2018

I found a very interesting mixer recently that was made for The Who in 1976, by Stevenson (Interface Electronics) and designed by Showco of Dallas, Tx.

It’s described on the TheWho.net website as a “supermixer with 30 channels”! Compare that with today’s input counts of 150 plus...

There were two of these, each one with 8 sends for making the various mixes needed.

If you are not familiar with that idea, then briefly, in a typical modern show, each mic on stage gets routed to 3 mixers...one for the mix in the venue for the audience, one for recording and one for the bands stage monitors.

The Who were the first band to use this kind of setup that is so standard today.

The monitor mixer is onstage with the band so he/she can hear what’s going on.

There could be a mix for each performer.

Check out the photo of engineer Bob Pridden onstage, courtesy of TheWho.net.

I actually remember him playing claves on Magic Bus at Oakdale Theatre.

The board has the usual mic preamp, 3 band eq, and 8 sends for each output mix with masters and mutes.

There’s a small patch bay and metering all in a nice wood case.

It's so great to see a classic board like this!

Five Day Sale - or maybe a Sci-Fi Flick  🎁 This guy operating a console looks like he’s in a Sci-Fi movie….but no, he’s ...
12/18/2017

Five Day Sale - or maybe a Sci-Fi Flick 🎁

This guy operating a console looks like he’s in a Sci-Fi movie….but no, he’s broadcasting about our 5 day holiday sale, in which we offer discounts and specials on our store full of audio and electronic goodies….stocking stuffers for the musical techie!

To see them, aim your laser weapon towards http://richmixproaudio.com

12/07/2017
The 633 Salt Shaker Mic compared to the SM57

The 633 Salt Shaker Mic...I had one of these in my hands recently and I started remembering when I first used one.

It was the standard snare mic at the studio, along with EV666 for the kick and usually a Neumann U47 overhead, or perhaps a Syncron S-10.

All mixed to one track of the Scully 8 track one inch deck.

The 633 wasn't the sole source for the snare; the overhead mic got most everything and the salt shaker was a spot mic to make the snare as present as needed.

And as I said, all mixed on the spot to one track of the Scully, through a custom built Electrodyne mixer with 12 channels.

The 633 started life with Western Electric in 1937 and became Altec branded when Altec took over some of W.E.(a long story that I won't get into here…)

There's also a 632 mic that is a little smaller in depth and has a slightly different response.

See below the Western Electric promo pictures from the 30's and... the men and ladies hairstyles!

In this video I compare a 633 to the SM57.

Cheers!
Rich

12/07/2017
The 633 Salt Shaker Mic compared to the SM57

The 633 Salt Shaker Mic...I had one of these in my hands recently and I started remembering when I first used one.

It was the standard snare mic at the studio, along with EV666 for the kick and usually a Neumann U47 overhead, or perhaps a Syncron S-10.

All mixed to one track of the Scully 8 track one inch deck.

The 633 wasn't the sole source for the snare; the overhead mic got most everything and the salt shaker was a spot mic to make the snare as present as needed.

And as I said, all mixed on the spot to one track of the Scully, through a custom built Electrodyne mixer with 12 channels.

The 633 started life with Western Electric in 1937 and became Altec branded when Altec took over some of W.E.(a long story that I won't get into here…)

There's also a 632 mic that is a little smaller in depth and has a slightly different response.

See below the Western Electric promo pictures from the 30's and... the men and ladies hairstyles!

In this video I compare a 633 to the SM57.

Cheers!
Rich

The 633 Salt Shaker Mic
12/06/2017

The 633 Salt Shaker Mic

Holiday Greetings! It's Cyber Week and we are celebrating by having a sale! Check http://stores.ebay.com/Richmix-Pro-Aud...
11/28/2017

Holiday Greetings!

It's Cyber Week and we are celebrating by having a sale! Check http://stores.ebay.com/Richmix-Pro-Audio
Lots of transformers for amp builders!
Outboard gear!
Western Electric!
Orban, Ampex, Sony, Daven, Fairchild, Conn, Cinema Engineering, Bogen-Presto, Shure, UTC, Schadow/Toneluck,... ADC, Ampex, Altec, Langevin, Chicago, Peerless, Audible Illusions, Sola, RCA, Amphenol, MCI, Weston, and so on…

Altec 1567 Mixer
11/21/2017

Altec 1567 Mixer

11/20/2017
Altec 1567 Mixer Demo

The Altec 1567 tube mixer: Green

The Altec 1567 tube mixer was first designed and made about 1958, according to the documents drawn by Altec engineer Ed Golka.

It appears to be the first all-in-one ready to go "portable"Altec mixer, the previous Altec mixers being very large and bulky. No doubt competing units from Bogen, Pentron, Ampex and others helped push Altec to produce these. They were probably made until the early 1970s, when the Altec 1592A transistor mixers appeared.

These are such classic preamps. I remember one of the first live shows I ever saw that was being mixed with 2 of these coupled together. That might have been Frank Zappa at Woolsey Hall.

It has a real vibe to the sound, with very rich harmonics. Push the channel level up and the master down for crunch. Use the line input for re-processing your DAW tracks. Mix up to 4 mics and EQ the result with classic Baxandall-type hi and low boost and cut EQ.

It is capable of very low noise and hum, with good tubes installed, and the capacitors have very long life.
I have seen 2 units come through with original caps and they are very quiet.
The first 4 channels are loaded with the Peerless 4722 green input transformers and input 5 is unbalanced line in. The output has the Peerless 15095 red transformer.
12AX7 and 6FQ7/6CG7 tubes are used for the gain and mixing stages. The power supply has a solid state rectifier.

There was an optional back panel with XLR connectors.

Pictures of Motown Studios with Chief engineer Russ Terrana show this mixer in the racks above the 4 very rare "Motown Equalizers".
The Black Keys use 3 of them in their studio, custom mounted.
Matt Wallace is a 1567 user too.

Check out this short video!

Also, for fans of the 4722 transformers, check out the picture of the 3 vintage I have run across https://goo.gl/vNcpes

11/20/2017
With Leslie Baker Bass player for Floyd Dixon#futuremusic #floyddixon #richardrobinson #recordingengineer #bestmusicians
11/12/2017

With Leslie Baker Bass player for Floyd Dixon

#futuremusic #floyddixon #richardrobinson #recordingengineer #bestmusicians

The wall of guitars at future music! Swap meet just starting to roll out! #guitars #musicstore #musicgear #richardrobins...
11/12/2017

The wall of guitars at future music! Swap meet just starting to roll out!

#guitars #musicstore #musicgear #richardrobinson #recordingengineer

Thank you Big Rob Studio for the cheers!"The great Altec 436 c, they are exceptional compressors, modified by Richmix Pr...
11/10/2017

Thank you Big Rob Studio for the cheers!
"The great Altec 436 c, they are exceptional compressors, modified by Richmix Pro Audio, which consists in giving the possibility to select two types of attack speed, a slow, perfect for the stereo mix, and a fast one that allows high levels of gain reduction.
This change, along with others, was the base on which the famous Abbey Road designed later the famous RS124 , compressors / limiter which have characterized the sound of the studio in those years.
Moreover, the excellent technician who performed the change Richard Robinson had the brilliant idea of giving the possibility of excluding the compression section and actually using the machine as a Line Amplifier which only passes through the valve circuit and thus takes advantage of the natural compression and harmonic distortion that it offers; we can really use it on everything, even having a comfortable stereo link function. .
I mean an amazing machine..
Simple :)
Bravissimo!

Altec Mixer has beautiful glowing tubes.It stuck me as beautiful, seeing the filament of this 6FQ7/6CG7 vacuum tube as I...
11/09/2017

Altec Mixer has beautiful glowing tubes.
It stuck me as beautiful, seeing the filament of this 6FQ7/6CG7 vacuum tube as I made an Altec 1567 mixer ready for its new owner.
A nice orang-ey glow.

2017 & 1969
10/20/2017

2017 & 1969

2017 & 1969

I happened to run across this sound mixer's report form inside a vintage mixer from Universal Studios. It's dated 1975 a...
10/08/2017

I happened to run across this sound mixer's report form inside a vintage mixer from Universal Studios. It's dated 1975 and has a lot of interesting information on it. Everything gets written down, outside noises, take number, etc. A lot more information than you would deal with on a record date, for sure.
The “sound mixer” on a movie set is the guy recording the dialog, usually on one or just a few mics. It seems simple enough but just imagine trying to mic up actors moving around, sitting, standing, whatever, and you need consistent tones and levels. You might be switching mics as they move around. Its not something I have done a lot of. But I love this picture of the guy in the trunk of a car!
Hilarious!
Coincidently, I happen to own 2 of the Sela mixers that guy is using with a Nagra tape deck in his trunk…

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I'm really sorry to hear about your stolen microphones. I hope you are able to track down the individual and reclaim them. If you would like help reporting this to the police, I am certainly willing to help as I have been a victim of this like you. Please let us know what happens.