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Black Lion Motu Mod!

Post by snatchman » Tue Feb 14, 2006 8:58 pm

Hi all. Those of you that had the mod done to your Motu's, how are you liking it, now you've used it for awhile? Thanks..!...... 8)

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Post by mingus2112 » Wed Feb 15, 2006 5:54 am

Second that!

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Post by Rick Hunter » Wed Feb 15, 2006 8:46 am

whoa whoa whoa, whats this all about.

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Post by nlmd311 » Wed Feb 15, 2006 9:06 am

Rick Hunter wrote:whoa whoa whoa, whats this all about.
http://messageboard.tapeop.com/viewtopi ... 1032c17820
Where have you been?! That's what it's all about! :wink:

A few samples have been posted in that thread.
As usual, those who have it think it is pretty cool, those who don't...
Well, I guess those who don't really don't know.

I'm interested in hearing more as well.

-Darrill
slowly panning across something kind of crappy...

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Post by John Jeffers » Wed Feb 15, 2006 9:18 am

I had two 896HD's done, and I got them back last week. I had meant to do some A/B'ing, but Matt had a slot open up early, so I sent them off before I had a chance to record the "before" tracks.

I will tell you honestly that I can't hear a huge difference. BUT...there are some things you should know about me and my setup before you let that impact your decision too much.

1. I rarely use the built-in pre's on the 896HD's. Most of the time I'm using external preamps and bypassing the 896HD's pre's.

2. I clock to a Big Ben, so between that and my external pre's I already had a pretty good sound to begin with.

3. As I said, I didn't do any A/B testing.

Now, having said all that, I did record some drum tracks the day I got them back, and they are the best sounding drums I've ever recorded. Whether that's because of the 896HD mod I couldn't tell you, but the fact remains.

If anyone would like to hear samples of stuff straight into the 896HD's, I'd be happy to post some up. Let me know.

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Post by snatchman » Wed Feb 15, 2006 9:25 am

Yep.....Post them samples!.. :lol:

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Post by John Jeffers » Wed Feb 15, 2006 9:52 am

OK, I'll try to get a few things recorded tomorrow night, and post 'em on Friday. They will be the modded 896 only, using the built-in pre's, on its own clock, so you can get a sense of exactly what the mod sounds like.

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Post by snatchman » Wed Feb 15, 2006 6:39 pm

John Jeffers wrote:OK, I'll try to get a few things recorded tomorrow night, and post 'em on Friday. They will be the modded 896 only, using the built-in pre's, on its own clock, so you can get a sense of exactly what the mod sounds like.
That'll be cool John Jeffers. Thanks...!.... 8)

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Post by John Jeffers » Fri Feb 17, 2006 1:15 am

Here is a little snippet of a rather famous Police song I put together this evening. As promised, this was recorded with no external preamps or clock, just the Black Lion-modded 896HD. Please forgive the occasional sloppy note--I only had about 30 mins to track this and was not going for accuracy.

Here's a 1.3 MB MP3, and here's an 11.6 MB WAV file if you want to hear it lossless.

Here's the list of equipment I played:

Drums, 4 tracks
Sonor Delites, 20" kick
Yamaha Maple Custom 14x5.5 snare
Various Zildjian cymbals
Audix D6 on the kick
Beyer M201 on the snare
AT4033's in X-Y on overheads

Guitar, 2 tracks
My trusty purple Steinberger GSX (with strat body and headstock--not the box guitar) into a Mesa F-30 combo. Mic'ed with an SM-7, double-tracked

Bass, 1 track
Warwick Thumb 5 into SansAmp Bass DI

(I didn't do any vocals 'cause I'm just getting over a cold and my voice still sucks.)

Processing
- Nuendo 3, using misc. UAD and Waves plugins.
- There's obviously reverb (UAD Plate 140) and compression (1176) on the drums, and some heavy EQ (Waves RenEQ) on the kick and snare. Overheads are not EQ'd or compressed.
- Bass is compressed w/LA-2A
- Bass and guitar is NOT EQ'd at all.

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Post by snatchman » Fri Feb 17, 2006 8:46 am

Hey John...thanks! There's nothing wrong with that playing. Good job!.. :wink: .It sounds good and I'll see can I contact Matt. I would like to have a before and after tho'. Anyone have any samples with the stock version?.... :idea:

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