evilcat

GEAR PORN - VP25 & 1176 revA combo - pics!!!
« on: October 22, 2012, 03:36:32 AM »
Hi guys !

Let me present you my new baby, a mic pre / compressor combo : 1xVP25 + 1x1176 revA in one box.
VP25 with gar2520 DOA from Jeff @ ClassicAPI
1176 revA from Mnats & Hairball. It’s my 3rd 1176 revA. The other 2 have carbon comp resistors in the signal path, good vibe but a litlle noisy. Not a problem with rock music but this combo is intented to be used for commercial speech recordings and I need it to be quiet so I’ve put metal film resistors everywhere this time, so it is much less noisy. Like on the 2 other, I’ve put 5088 transistors for a clearer sound than 3708.
The 2 units are powered by a JLM Power Station which works perfectly. A 4PDT toggle  switch allowed me to daisy chain mic pre and compressor or split them for 2 independant units.
Everything goes flawlessly, works at the 1st powering up… and of course it sounds awesome. Before that I used a Portico 5016 mic pre and a 1176 revA with carbon comp resistors. The result with the VP25 is less fatter, but more agressive and in your face, like I expected (this is the 1st API-ish mic pre I have).

A big, big « thank you !!!» to Mnats, Jeff and Joe from JLM for having made these projects.

DIY rocks,

Ben


evilcat

Re: GEAR PORN - VP25 & 1176 revA combo - pics!!!
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2012, 03:37:04 AM »
the preamp side...

evilcat

Re: GEAR PORN - VP25 & 1176 revA combo - pics!!!
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2012, 03:37:35 AM »
and the compressor side.

evilcat

Re: GEAR PORN - VP25 & 1176 revA combo - pics!!!
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2012, 03:41:09 AM »
the rear panel, with the power xfrm !!!

evilcat

Re: GEAR PORN - VP25 & 1176 revA combo - pics!!!
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2012, 03:42:23 AM »
and now, inside the beast

kevinkace

Re: GEAR PORN - VP25 & 1176 revA combo - pics!!!
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2012, 03:47:28 AM »
Wow! Looks great.

evilcat

Re: GEAR PORN - VP25 & 1176 revA combo - pics!!!
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2012, 04:00:04 AM »
Thanks Kevin! Yes, I'm pretty proud of it  8)

inside - PSU section

evilcat

Re: GEAR PORN - VP25 & 1176 revA combo - pics!!!
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2012, 04:01:14 AM »
the preamp section

evilcat

Re: GEAR PORN - VP25 & 1176 revA combo - pics!!!
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2012, 04:01:47 AM »
the compressor section

evilcat

Re: GEAR PORN - VP25 & 1176 revA combo - pics!!!
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2012, 04:02:40 AM »
and the last one, compressor section on the front panel


LesPaul

Re: GEAR PORN - VP25 & 1176 revA combo - pics!!!
« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2012, 04:09:32 AM »
Love it!  ;D

evilcat

Re: GEAR PORN - VP25 & 1176 revA combo - pics!!!
« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2012, 04:11:19 AM »
Hihi, me too. Those API-ish knobs look really cool, thanks again to Jeff for making these available.

Timothytitus88

Re: GEAR PORN - VP25 & 1176 revA combo - pics!!!
« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2012, 05:40:42 AM »
Magnificent!

Is that engraved with paint fill? Looks (and I am sure sounds) beautiful.

T


evilcat

Re: GEAR PORN - VP25 & 1176 revA combo - pics!!!
« Reply #13 on: October 22, 2012, 06:49:23 AM »
Front panel's been made by Schaeffer so yes, engraved and painted.
And YES, it sounds beautiful!!!
Thanks T

Ben

Re: GEAR PORN - VP25 & 1176 revA combo - pics!!!
« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2012, 05:05:03 PM »
Great build there Ben...thanks for sharing! Hope i can get back to building and finishing off my projects soon...too much house diy at the present for my liking!  :)

evilcat

Re: GEAR PORN - VP25 & 1176 revA combo - pics!!!
« Reply #15 on: October 23, 2012, 03:49:17 AM »
Thanks for kind words Chris, and good luck for your house ;D


 

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