Garden Sound

Category: DIY

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Quieting the Lexicon 960L

The producer I was engineering for brought with him his Lexicon 960L reverb unit. What do you call this? Vintage digital? Modern Classic? It’s a a beast regardless, in the quality of its effects but also in its imposing 4u footprint and its ambient noise it spits out. The internal fans and especially the hard disk drive are very loud and without the luxury of a separate machine room here it was noisy enough that … Read the rest “Quieting the Lexicon 960L”

Active DI

I put together this active DI recently based on a design published by retired Swedish sound engineer Bo Hansén. The result is a device that sounds better than commercial products that cost significantly more than the price of parts.

3D Printed Radio Knobs

A few select Toronto Public Library branches feature ‘Digital Innovation Hubs’ which are equipped with some interesting technology, including Makerbot Replicator 3D printers available for public use. When these machines debuted at the Toronto Reference Library in 2014, I booked myself into the first orientation class I could. (TPL requires anyone interested in using the machines to attend a free clinic to get familiar with the technology.) It took me a while but I finally … Read the rest “3D Printed Radio Knobs”

Gyraf G9

This was my first big project with the training wheels off, meaning no comprehensive build guides, no parts kits, no official support. This was also my first foray into vacuum tubes and high voltages so I made the decision to move slowly and work methodically. The result was a pair of transparent and flexible vacuum tube preamps that worked nearly perfectly the first time I powered them on (nervously, fire extinguisher in hand).

How does … Read the rest “Gyraf G9”