FS Crest Audio V12-44 analog console

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FS Crest Audio V12-44 analog console

Post by Mach 1 » Tue Jul 20, 2021 12:12 pm

For sale Crest Audio V12 44 analog console in as new condition (10/10). Asking price $16,000 (was $85,000 brand new).

Will consider cash with outboard and/or microphone trade in offers.

PM me for any questions you may have, price, shipping options -- Larry

The Crest V12 mixing console is the top-of-the-line model of the American brand known for the Century series but also for the manufacture of the Gamble EX56 console in partnership with Jim Gamble Associates. The Crest V12 mixing console is the American manufacturer's response to the Midas XL-4 with the flexibility of live (front of house/monitor), broadcast and theatre show applications.

The Crest V12 high-end audio performance with high-end servo integrated circuits with very extended response (10Hz-150kHz) and near zero phase variation across the 20Hz-20kHz audio spectrum (less than 5 degrees shift near cut-off frequencies) which provide very open crystal clear sound quality perfect for HD audio (SACD and 24/96kHz production). Easy to use mute automation with MIDI interface to provide additionnal mixing scene facitities.

The Crest V12 console layout is familiar to the like of Amek 9098, Amek Recall, Amek Rembrandt, Neve V3, Neotek Elan or Midas XL3/XL4 consoles so very easy to use with a very logic and friendly layout. Illuminated switches help to display many functions. The mic preamplifiers provide high gain, clear pristine sound with high headroom and low noise. The EQ is very musical and responsive from broad strokes to highly selective cut. The entire console offers extremely low noise (important for classical music work in particular) and unique headroom capabilities as it runs on +/-22V rails with over 30dBu output. The dual power supply combination offers more than twice the current reserve to ensure the console is running without any strain in the signal flow with all channels input running on max gain and with all output near clipping point.

Group mixing enables stem mixing and effect insert processing and simultaneous recording. Matrix output can be used also for monitoring outputs or surround sound mixing (up to 16 discrete channels). Group channels offer signal returns for many effects and save all 44 input for mic inputs. Very convenient : 44 LED meters on all 44 channels and large 21 VU meters (RMS) for all outputs, groups, aux and PFL to display and see all in/out level at any given time.

Package content:

- 1x Crest V12 44 microphone preamplifier channels console with 44 direct out for recording
- 44 input and additionnal 16 returns on group modules sum to 60 mixing input on mixing
- 1x Flightcase with small dog house (console only) on wheels, for transport and storage
- 2x power supply 16A (3U high 32kg 65Lbs each 120V and 240V operation internally switchable) with 2x 20ft power supply cables
- 4x Littlite swan-neck lamps, 1x cover, 1x kit of magnetic strips for channel labeling
- Documentation: 1 operator manual and 1 service manual (detailed schematics)

The aesthetic and technical condition is excellent virtually as new (10/10) without the slightest trace or wear mark of any kind. This is due to the precautions of successive 2 owners and the very moderate use of the console over the years with good storage (covered excluding dust). The console has remained 100% original and unmodified since its production output from Crest in Paramus, NJ - USA.

History of this console:
No touring. 1st user: a church with a qualified stage manager using this console only for large service events with musical orchestra performance about 5-6 performances per year (probably 300 hours of annual operation) with operation and storage in direction. 2nd user console used in q studio with both analog MTR-90mkII tape machine and Pro Tools HD system for mixing 2.0 and some 7.1 (private non-smoking studio).

Brochure and specifications https://www.manualslib.com/manual/38068 ... -V-12.html
Manual/Handbuch https://www.manualslib.com/products/Cre ... 01697.html

For recording:
The Crest V12 offers 44 inputs with microphone preamplifiers and 44 direct outputs line level and 12 group summing output level - stereo recording output of the stereo master.

For mixing: the Crest V12 offers 44 line inputs and 16 additional line entries by the auxiliary master modules, for a total of 60 inputs.

44 channels divided into 24 mono channels (left wing) and 20 mono channels (right wing):
- Routing 8 group and master LCR and panoramic knob. The 'direct out' output amplifier at an adjustable output level.
- V12 preamplifiers is a discrete AB-class transistors and servo integrated circuit (optional entry transformer) with a maximum gain of 72dB and a signal-to-noise ratio -129dBu EIN (20Hz-20kHz).
- The V12 integrated circuit equalizer with four parametric full-band servo offers gain with adjustable Bell circuit and Q selectivity from 0.7 to 3. The low LF and acute HF band is switchable to Bell or Shelving filter.
- V12 filter integrated circuits with servo pass-high adjustable from 20 to 400Hz at 12dB/octave slope.
- 8 mono auxiliaries (light grey buttons) and 4 stereo auxiliaries (dark grey co-axial)
- Large mute buttons, solo and LED meter
- Fader ALPS 100mm with 12 VCA assignment buttons
- Very convenient : LED meters on all 44 channels and large VU meters (RMS) for all outputs, groups, aux and PFL to display all in/out level at once

Central section is divided into 8 group/mono matrix modules, 4 hand/stereo matrix modules and 2 M1 and M2 master modules:
- 8 mono auxiliaries, 4 stereo auxiliaries, 8 stereo group
- 16x16 matrix
- Communication, signal generator and AFL/PFL monitoring and headphone listening level
- 12 VCA Fader ALPS 100mm with mute and solo and 3 master Fader ALPS 100mm Master stereo LR and Mono
- dB Outboard/Crest automation panel with 14 buttons and electro-luminescent LCD display. 10 fast-access scenes. 12 manual mute.

- Premium integrated circuits with servo circuitry with extended response (10Hz-150kHz) that eliminate many capacitors in the signal path
- Double symmetrical circuits VCA THAT high performance to very low distortion
- Classic point-to-point components (no SMD miniature components) for easy service and long lasting
- Chassis aluminum with sandwhich construction with lateral and internal reinforcements
- 66 modules with a contoured front and screen-printed steel and double printed circuits
- 'Point-to-point' components and high-performance integrated audio circuits still available (no SMD miniature components)
- Active fan ventilation at adjustable speed (3 selectable speeds yet inaudible) for active heat dissipation from headband to back panel
- 16A oversized linear regulated power supply with low-speed fan cooling to ensure moderate temperature for an extended lifespan
- Gold plating on channel to frame bus connectors
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Re: FS Crest Audio V12-44 analog console

Post by Mach 1 » Wed Jul 21, 2021 12:42 am

Layout of channel module
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Re: FS Crest Audio V12-44 analog console

Post by Mach 1 » Thu Jul 22, 2021 2:37 am

Central section ... all at your finger tips

Crest V12 58 position frame dimensions & weight
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Re: FS Crest Audio V12-44 analog console

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