Archive for the ‘equipment’ Category

Sly Stone’s Sound

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Sly Stone’s recording console preamplifiers are being reproduced!  Daniel Flicking made some great consoles in the late 60’s and early 70’s, truly funky and original.  In addition to Sly, Flickinger made consoles for Johnny Cash, Parliament & Muscle Shoal.   Most of his creations were custom in some form or another, and based on the cliental he was building for they were top notch boards.

Per Steve Albini, “I will go to my deathbed claiming Flickinger consoles are the best sounding mixing desks ever made. Period.
I have worked on several, and in good repair, they have the best bass and the best high-end of any desk of their era. They crap all over anything built since.”

Skibbe electronics, owner of Keyclub recording, and the Sly Stone board (top picture), have recreated the preamps (2nd photo) and are now releasing them in the 500 format.   Should be super cool.

Also of note, Skibbe’s announcement for the release of the Flickinger A58 equalizer.  With Electrodyne reproductions out now, Quad Eight available in a couple different formats and Purple Audio’s version of the Auditronics/Sphere eq, nearly all of the great American 70’s consoles makers have reproduction gear available again today.

Synapse Magazine

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Looking to kill some time at work or stuck inside from the snow? Check out this great archive of 70’s synth magazine Synapse. Among these issues you’ll find great interviews from Brian Eno, Robert Moog, Herbie Hancock, Devo, Robert Fripp, and tons of 70’s synth reviews and schematics.

Synapse Magazine

Modular Synthesizers

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

With Instruments of the Devil we utilized our modular synthesizer extensively.   Namely, our filters, the Polivoks from The Harvestman and the Frequensteiner from Livewire.  This video is a random assortment of some great modular synth gear that is either on the market now or hitting soon.