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Russell Ault

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Re: The Old Digital Console Thread
« Reply #70 on: February 09, 2022, 06:44:20 PM »

Remember when companies thought that people would pay premium bucks to keep their signal analog but wanted recallability?
Enter Soundcraft Broadway and Gamble DCX.
I think maybe 1 of each were sold. ever.
The Soundcraft to Solotech for Celine Dion and the Gamble to whatever company was supplying Umphrey's McGee...

As the name implies, the Soundcraft Broadway was originally developed for theatrical use. Apparently it didn't go very well (and it sounds like there may indeed have only ever been one in existence), but in that vein it seems like the Broadway might have been less an exercise in "how to do digital without the digital" and more an evolutionary improvement over the recallability already available in the J-Type.

Also in this category I feel like a special honourable mention needs to go to the PM5k, if only because it was release over three years after the PM1D.

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Re: The Old Digital Console Thread
« Reply #71 on: February 09, 2022, 07:43:41 PM »

AMEK Recall

Turn the knob until it tells you to stop.  I always thought they should replace the stock “voice” with that of the Queen.

For those that don’t know, you moved a control and the console said “more, more” until you reached the recall value.  I don’t “recall” what it said at that point.  At least I think this was the Recall.


Wasn't that the voice of Rupert Neve?  That's a pretty good pedigree right there.

As for digital consoles without motorized faders, they seem to have done OK in the broadcast market, if not live sound.
Both the Studer OnAir 2000 and Wheatstone E-series have non-moving faders, but mixing a radio show is a different world than a live music act.

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Re: The Old Digital Console Thread
« Reply #72 on: February 09, 2022, 08:29:02 PM »

Wasn't that the voice of Rupert Neve?  That's a pretty good pedigree right there.

As for digital consoles without motorized faders, they seem to have down OK in the broadcast market, if not live sound.
Both the Studer OnAir 2000 and Wheatstone E-series have non-moving faders, but mixing a radio show is a different world than a live music act.

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I believe it was indeed Rupert. 
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« Reply #73 on: February 09, 2022, 08:43:52 PM »

Remember when companies thought that people would pay premium bucks to keep their signal analog but wanted recallability?
Enter Soundcraft Broadway and Gamble DCX.
I think maybe 1 of each were sold. ever.
The Soundcraft to Solotech for Celine Dion and the Gamble to whatever company was supplying Umphrey's McGee...

I don't think anyone has mentioned the Harrison/Showco ShowConsole yet. Digilog at it's finest!
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Re: The Old Digital Console Thread
« Reply #74 on: February 09, 2022, 09:06:16 PM »

I don't think anyone has mentioned the Harrison/Showco ShowConsole yet. Digilog at it's finest!

Another console that needed as many spares as a CADAC. I only ever saw one of them. It might have been with Reba. An entire day was used to get it working fully. Howard Page was the console tech on that one! It worked like a champ for the show.

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« Reply #75 on: February 09, 2022, 09:12:58 PM »

I don't think anyone has mentioned the Harrison/Showco ShowConsole yet. Digilog at it's finest!

I spent some time with M. L. at a trade show with a Showconsole.
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« Reply #76 on: February 09, 2022, 09:19:29 PM »

An Ankle Biter digilog mixer w/recall from The Way Back: http://www.muzines.co.uk/articles/the-snap-shot-mix/1530
I still have one laying about that served as a Reagan era 1/2" analog 8-track midi-mixer. Functional, affordable, effective.   
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Re: The Old Digital Console Thread
« Reply #77 on: February 10, 2022, 04:35:51 AM »

AMEK Recall

Turn the knob until it tells you to stop.  I always thought they should replace the stock “voice” with that of the Queen.

For those that don’t know, you moved a control and the console said “more, more” until you reached the recall value.  I don’t “recall” what it said at that point.  At least I think this was the Recall.

Crazy stuff.
I still have one in my project studio.
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Re: The Old Digital Console Thread
« Reply #78 on: February 10, 2022, 07:22:47 AM »

I will SEE your digital w/o motorized faders, and RAISE you motorized faders w/o recallable head amps: The PM5D non-RH.

Introduced to me by Domonic from Sound Associates in Central Park. NY Grand Opera show. (1996-7?) Using it as orchestra sidecar. Put me off digital desks for some time..
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Re: The Old Digital Console Thread
« Reply #79 on: February 10, 2022, 11:38:04 AM »

As the name implies, the Soundcraft Broadway was originally developed for theatrical use. Apparently it didn't go very well (and it sounds like there may indeed have only ever been one in existence), but in that vein it seems like the Broadway might have been less an exercise in "how to do digital without the digital" and more an evolutionary improvement over the recallability already available in the J-Type.

Also in this category I feel like a special honourable mention needs to go to the PM5k, if only because it was release over three years after the PM1D.

-Russ
That's a very interesting article, Russ, thanks for the link!
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