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Sound Skulptor EQP501 - 500 series Passive Equalizer

The EQP501  is a passive equalizer based on the classic PULTEC EQP 1A, adapted to the '500' format.
It is made of an all passive section followed by a gain make up stage based on a Discrete Op-Amp (DOA).
It shines on vocals, bass and drums.
The EQP501 retains all the controls from the original but adds some new frequencies to the low and high sections.




HIGHLIGHTS
  • All passive EQ section, faithfull to the original,
  • Separate low end cut and boost allows achieving the "Low End Trick",
  • Coil based high end boost giving that famous airy, transparent high end,
  • Low frequency cut and boost: 15, 20, 30, 45, 60 and 100 cycles per second,
  • High frequency boost: 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 15 and 18 kilocycles per second,
  • High frequency cut: 10, 15 and 20 kilocycles per second,
  • Discrete Op-Amp, class A make-up gain,
  • Transformer balanced output,
  • Carnhill inductor and transformer,
  • Available assembled or as a full kit (everything included).
Full details are available here: http://www.soundskulptor.com/en/proddetail.php?prod=EQP501



Sound Skulptor LA502 - 500 series Optical Compressor

The LA502 is a soft knee, electro-optical compressor based on the LA2A/LA3A design, which we have adapted to the '500' series format.
It delivers the vintage compression and warmth of its ancestor thanks to the optical coupler response, side chain and transformers.
It shines on vocals, bass and drums.
The LA502 adds a few features to the original such as a new ratio of 6, two high-pass filter in the side chain and two slower attacks of 10 and 20 ms.






  • Based on the LA2A/LA3A compressor,
  • Transformers on input and output,
  • Extremely simple to use, never sounds bad,
  • True RMS compression,
  • Program dependent attack, release and ratio makes it very transparent sounding,
  • More than 40dB of gain reduction,
  • 3 ratios : 3 (LA2A Compress), 20 (LA2A Limit) and one additional ratio 6,
  • Optional High pass filter in the sidechain @100 & 200 Hz,
  • 3 Attack times : 5mS (LA2A), 10mS and 20mS,
  • Can be linked for stereo,
  • Hardware relay bypass,
  • Available assembled or as a full kit (everything included).
Full details are available here: http://www.soundskulptor.com/en/proddetail.php?prod=LA502




Sound Skulptor TS500 - 500 series Tape Simulator

The TS500 Tape Simulator is the successor or the Stereo Tape Simulator. It has been adapted to the API* 500 format with a number of enhancements. It is an analog processor that recreates the sonic imprint of vintage tape recorders. The effect provides the roundness, the punch, the compression and the saturation of magnetic tape.






  • 100% analog,
  • Faithful and natural simulation, thanks to the close parallelism with the tape recorder models,
  • Zero latency,
  • For studio and live sound,
  • No moving parts, no hiss, no tape wear, no maintenance,
  • Input and output transformers,
  • Pure Class A output stage,
  • 3 tape speeds,
  • 3 tape formulations,
  • 3 recorder frequency response styles,
  • High resolution peak-meter,
  • Available assembled or as a full kit (everything included).
Full details are available here: http://www.soundskulptor.com/en/proddetail.php?prod=TS500



Sound Skulptor MP566 - 500 series Tube pre

The MP566 is a dual-triode vacuum tube circuit preamplifier based on a design that has been used in several famous devices from the 50's, which has been adapted to the '500' format






  • 500 series format,
  • Dual triode design,
  • Input and output transformers,
  • 0 to 68dB of gain,
  • Variable input and output levels for total control over tube saturation,
  • Input pad (Low Gain) for hot mics or line levels,
  • Full 225 Volts tube supply and full 150mA tube heater,
  • 1/4" DI jack, high impedance input for instruments or line,
  • Total current draw less than 160 mA,
  • Easy build build but care required because of the high voltage,
  • Available assembled or as a full kit (everything included).
Full details are available here: http://www.soundskulptor.com/en/proddetail.php?prod=MP566



Sound Skulptor MC624 - Studio Monitor Controller

The MC624 is similar to the monitor section of a mixing desk: it lets you select one out of six stereo audio sources, adjust the level and route it to one of four monitor outputs.





  • 6 stereo sources : 2 XLR, 2 jacks, 1 RCA, 1 RCA/front mini-jack,
  • 4 stereo output or 3 output+sub: 2 XLR, 2 jacks,
  • Relay driven passive stepped level control, 64 x 1dB steps,
  • Function keys for Dim, Mute, Mute left/Mute right, Mono, left-right difference,
  • "Wire with gain" headphone amp with 2 gains,
  • Minimalistic audio path,
  • Fully differential throughout,
  • All switching done by relays,
  • Controllable by a TV remote, with a learning function,
  • Expandable to surround by stacking several units,
  • Easy build, dense but straightforward
  • Available assembled or as a full kit
Full details are available here: http://www.soundskulptor.com/en/proddetail.php?prod=MC624




Sound Skulptor MP573 - Neve style mic pre in 500 series format

The MP573 is a single ended class A preamp, based on the design that was originally used in the Neve 1290/1073 modules, that has been adapted to the '500' format of API.





  • 500 series format
  • Carnhill/St. Ives transformers on input and output
  • 0 to 70 dB of gain
  • Switched first stage
  • The output stage is biased in a rich Class A with 70mA of iddle current
  • Fet DI input, relay switched, the signal passes through the input transformer
  • Signal/Clip LED monitors clipping in both stages
  • 24V supply built from the +/-16V with a linear regulator
  • Easy build, dense but straightforward
  • Available assembled or as a full kit
Full details are available here: http://www.soundskulptor.com/en/proddetail.php?prod=MP573




Sound Skulptor 501 - Single 500 Series Host






The 501 is a single slot,  500 series compatible case with power supply.
  • Delivers +16V and -16V rails and 48V phantom,
  • Auxiliary jack socket can be connected to any I/O signal such as compressors stereo link,
  • Several 501's can be stacked to create a custom lunchbox,
  • Very low noise power supply,
  • Works from any 12 Volts DC power source, including a battery,
  • comes with a 12V power adapter,
  • Gold plated Neutrik connectors,
  • Double DC plug allows daisy chaining several 501,
Full details are available here: http://www.soundskulptor.com/en/proddetail.php?prod=501




Sound Skulptor CP5176 - FET Compressor in 500 series format






The CP5176 is a FET compressor based on the design that was originally used in the 1176 compressor, which has been adapted to the '500' format of API*.
  • 500 series format,
  • Original Cinemag transformers on input and output,
  • All discrete, class A audio path,
  • DOA based, API* 2520 compatible, output stage,
  • 5 ratios + SLAM mode (all buttons mode),
  • Optional High pass filter in the side chain,
  • Distorsion mode adds 3% of second harmonic, close to Rev A,
  • Stereo linkable,
  • High resolution gain reduction meter,
  • Available assembled or as a full kit.
Full details are available here: http://www.soundskulptor.com/en/proddetail.php?prod=CP5176




Sound Skulptor MP 5.12 - Mic pre in 500 series format

The MP 5.12 is based on one discrete Op-Amp, one Cinemag input transformer and one Cinemag output trans





  • 500 series format
  • Original Cinemag transformers on input and output
  • SK25 discrete Op-Amp
  • 70 dB of gain
  • Dual track gain potentiometer for precise gain setting, even in high gains
  • Variable output pad for those who like to drive it hot
  • Fet DI input, relay switched, the signal passes through the input transformer
  • Signal/Clip LED monitors signal
  • Easy build
  • Available assembled or as a full kit
Full details are available here: http://www.soundskulptor.com/en/proddetail.php?prod=MP512



Sound Skulptor EQ573 Lunchbox Equalizer

The EQ573 is an equalizer based on the design that was originally used in the Neve 1073 and 1084 modules, that has been adapted to the Lunchbox '500' format.
The EQ573 can be used as a standalone unit but also as an insert, between the input and output stages of the MP573 mic pre, recreating the full architecture of the 1073.





  • 500 series format
  • Three bands equalizer and high pass filter
  • High shelf EQ: +/-16dB @ 10kHz, 12kHz, 18kHz, 20kHz, 25kHz
  • Mid EQ: +/-18dB @ 0.27kHz, 0.36kHz, 0.5kHz, 0.7kHz, 1.1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.3kHz, 3.2kHz, 4.8kHz, 7.2kHz, 10kHz
  • Low shelf EQ: +/-16dB @ 20Hz, 35Hz, 60Hz, 110Hz, 220Hz
  • High pass filter: -18dB/octave @ 25Hz, 45Hz, 70Hz, 160Hz, 360Hz
  • Additional frequencies in all bands
  • 3 Q values for the mid EQ (1073, 1084 and 1084-Hi)
  • Pre/Bypass/XLR switch on the front panel allows both MP573 insert or standalone mode
  • Carnhill inductors
  • Available assembled or as a full kit
Full details are available here: http://www.soundskulptor.com/en/proddetail.php?prod=EQ573


« Last Edit: June 04, 2018, 09:13:02 AM by JPK »


mikefatom

Re: Sound Skulptor professional audio kits
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2009, 09:51:35 PM »
Those look absolutely fantastic!

Cool stuff!

doubleroger

Re: Sound Skulptor professional audio kits
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2009, 01:53:08 PM »
I've looked on your site and can't really see: is there a way to hook up those kits to an already existing (or custom) PSU, in a rack I would make myself?

Those MP66 look awesome, they look like they have that special Gers vintage sound (warm, punchy, wich a little crust in the foix gras range) one would be looking for!
Please explain.
Arthur.

dandeurloo

Re: Sound Skulptor professional audio kits
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2009, 03:03:53 PM »
how do you mount your tube pre in your rack?
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JPK

Re: Sound Skulptor professional audio kits
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2009, 03:48:30 PM »
To mikefatom :
Thanks for the nice comment. They also sound good :-)

To Doubleroger:
You are absolutely right about the foie gras crust but you must not forget also the Bordeaux effect in the high end.
For sure you can install these modules in your own rack. You just have to provide the ad hoc PSU. I have a connecting diagram available that I will post in the FAQ, in the local forum.

To dandeurloo:
The MP66 tube pre uses 2 slots in the rack. They are mounted like the others on 5mm stand-offs.
« Last Edit: May 14, 2009, 11:03:12 AM by JPK »

okgb

Re: Sound Skulptor professional audio kits
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2009, 09:21:25 AM »
Good looking product ,
shame the Euro is so high these days
any plans for 500 series modules ?
GKB Audio / Greg Boboski

JPK

Re: Sound Skulptor professional audio kits
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2009, 05:37:38 AM »
Yes the Euro value is really painful. But most people here think it's cool because they can buy US products cheap.
Still wondering about the 500 size. Maybe I am waiting for a new extended standard to come out.

Spiritworks

Re: Sound Skulptor professional audio kits
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2009, 07:59:31 AM »
Just a bump for Jean-Pierre and Sound Skulptor. I built a rack with four of his modules - two MP32, an MP73 and an MP12. They are beautifully designed, fun to build and they do sound great. I plan on building another rack with two MP66 in it.
Those of us who enjoy DIY and kit building are very lucky these days to have so many wonderful choices, from so many talented designers.

ultra-alex

Re: Sound Skulptor professional audio kits
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2009, 11:25:58 AM »
another bump from me. these kits are made with love!
jp, i will build another rack for shure...
cheers, alex

2Low

Re: Sound Skulptor professional audio kits
« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2009, 07:58:20 PM »
So here it is ... tested, alive and kicking   ;D

My first project ( with a lot of help from a friend  ... PSU / Case )

Stereo SoundSkulptor MP73
JLM PSU
Custom case


Thanks to Jean-Pierre for this great kit!

Highly recommended !!!
... even for a newbie like me

cheers 2Low


« Last Edit: December 02, 2009, 08:06:52 PM by 2Low »


Spiritworks

Re: Sound Skulptor professional audio kits
« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2009, 07:07:50 AM »
Nice job! I'm half-way through my dual MP66 kit, which is the second Sound Skulptor rack I have purchased. Very nice kits.

2Low

Re: Sound Skulptor professional audio kits
« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2009, 05:18:02 PM »
ready  ;)

naths101

I'm new on here and very interested in the STS.
Would it be available in 500 series format and what kind of $$??
Cheers!

ChrioN

as above; ballpark €? Looks real cool!
"All PCB traces are curved to emulate the electrical response of point-to-point wiring" -Drip

oceres

Strong interest here for the DIY Tape simulator.

ultra-alex


A few preview details are available here:
http://www.soundskulptor.com/uk/sts.html

We are also considering creating a mini kit that would exclude case, PSU and panel components such as pots, switches and connectors.
The advantage for DIY’ers would be the ability to make their own casing as shown in the 2 examples below.
Please let us know if there is some interest...


hi jp, interested of course!!
p.s. your sound samples seems to be pretty heavy processed... nice!  ;D

mpc3000limited

I am for a vintage style 2 channel unit for sure!!  ;D ;D Any guess for a kit price for 2 channels?

TheGuitarist

+1 on the wondering about rough $$ for the tape simulator!

Kingston

I'm very interested about the tape simulator units. Could you please provide more examples? Some demos with the different "speeds" and maybe even harder distorted stuff?

Thanks,
Mike

phishman13

Those tape sim boxes look and sound GREAT!  I'm definitely interested in some kits.  And I'd probably rather have them in my own case.  Nice job!