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    you'll get one someday, keep the faith....just keep the dust off the thing.
    the partilces that fall off the tapes, is it the HiFreq that goes first or Low End? or is it random?

    is $1000 a lot? What goes better with 100% Colombian coffee a Irish or Idaho potatoe? Can a person tell?

    ...the EL9


    Mike-E's Seven Circuits:
    1) Mic Preamplifier with super low noise and detented gain switching.
    2) A built in “Direct Box”, called the “Inst In”, which offers unparalleled
    distortion, noise, and frequency response when preamping instruments.
    3) A “Colored” 80Hz High pass filter that emulates the warm low frequency
    cut of our favorite vintage equalizers.
    4) A Phase Switch to invert the audio signal 180 degrees.
    5) CompSat section that offers both a musical Compressor/Limiter, and a
    unique tape-like saturation circuit.

    6) Emphasis Circuit. A high frequency emphasis system to soften high
    frequency “pile-ups” and further the creamy color of the Mike-E.
    7) Mix Control to allow the blending of the Compressed/Saturated signal,
    with the clean un-processed “Dry” signal.


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    Ya, I saw(vid) Trump sPEAKING AT THE Snap-On factory. CAN't beat good tools.

    The E looks like a bargain if it can pull all that stuff off.

    Ya, the tape doesn't get as much energy printing hi freqs, so the surface shed affects that. The Tandberg and akai X-Field head was a extra head on the backing side of the tape to make that a bit more solid

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    Trump ...yawn...isnt his 4yrs about up?

    its the same old ending here....Outboard vs ITB....funny how thats always the case.

    if it's not happening in the room, it ain't gonna happen on tape.-HG

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    more time to allow the shop&buy high to fade ....

    cont...gear sqwak talk...

    the Emperical Labs MikeE EL9 has more gain and options than I need, I got it for one vocal hi-end pre+ mojoDirt(comp/sat). the versatility is cool having Mojo and Clean in one unit. My Rane MS1 does the clean for $100 but doesnt have any mojoDirt.
    the EL9 feels total tank built, everything. The buttons are expensive parts for 1 million or 2 million clicks or something mentioned of that. The Rane is the size of a fork and has one plastic knob...with a lot of clean gain. so in short, MikeE's built well, has massive power and quiet power, MojoDirtColorSaturation without tubes. ok its a great unit.

    then Im thinking today, Im HR Hobby gearhead and no income from any of this but most Hobbys dont bring in money per the definition of Hobby...like fishing, shooting, painting, making toothpick statues...
    the cost is,,,,,,,,,,,hmm? in HR Hobby Hole land $1500 is a lot for one piece, kind of. imo.

    Hi-SpEnders are used to it...$1200, $1700..Ive seen Focusrite 430 strips for the same though they are $2000 new and drop to $1400. It seems the pro level is in that area at least, a BAE 1073 to a UA1176 starts heading to $5,000...etc..etc.. imo, HR hobby world is more copys- like WA73+WA76 with a WA87 maybe a WApultec and WALA2A...still around $1500 so the MikeE EL9 is $1600new, used $1200 today might be a bit more Hi-End and Overbuilt for a shade tree mechanic. $175 RNC compressors and $200 preamps, maybe $500 for most HR hobbits.

    Lets compare? comparison to HR prices, chose a random BlueLion1073 is $650 add a KTBehringer1176 for $500, thats $1200ish! its where the HiEnd EL9 tank tough built is. So is $1100-$1500 expensive? relevant.
    Im already reading WA1176 failing problems, like ART gear suffers PR. Will the Behringer KT1176 suffer this too?Ive had a few noisy ART items and the blue light needed a shim put in to get it right for the VU to not stick. Ive read no EL gear having issues, like the old Joe Meek gear its done so well it seems.

    more to come...I dont know.

    >file under Hardware
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    I've never been able to file hardware, unless it is possibly MICs. Cable adapters hahaha

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    use a No.6 for fine filing, 00 coarse.

    if it's not happening in the room, it ain't gonna happen on tape.-HG

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    2 months later....another gearhead post on EL9

    so the buying crack hi's and low's has dissipated away...
    the main target is Vocal track unit aka strip.nonclean dirt but not mud.

    Cost thought: hmm? its a PreAmp and Compressor, Is it worth it? Yes. expensive relevant to ?
    BUILD: I dont have 10yrs data but higher quality parts reside inside the EL9 and this costs more. germaniums,transformers, special vac sealed buttons for a million clicks.
    HARDWARE: The Hardware offers no latency blurr and user friendly vibe thats fun and real imo,
    2 Months and counting review: I've found it hard to make the MikeE EL9 sound bad.

    Analog Analogy-
    I had a Rueben Friday it tasted great, the waitress said the corned beef she preferred better than the turkey they switched to. The MikeE just nails it. You can go deep grunge or clean. I tried getting the old Symetrix out to compare & it couldnt do dirt the way I like it I suspect is designed to NOT distort. the best ITB setup I have brought some cloudy processing latency blurr that the Hardware DI avoids during tracking. I know the RaneMS1 doesnt do grunge so didnt plug it in recently.
    So I personally prefer the MikeE over anything Ive owned/tested really, the old green JoeMEekVc1 movin to 2nd. but tastes of reubens vary like sounds.... i always like the vocal on I Am The Walrus dirt vox, and some edgier stuff grunge-ish so the EL9 can seem to hit that genre. "dirt""vocal dist" subtle overdriveishness. For clean tunes a simple turn of the Dry/knob and its clean..frkn too enjoyable.

    this track demo take 1 is a dirt Vocal with acoustic rythm, the other tracks tossed on top er..to the sides.
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    if it's not happening in the room, it ain't gonna happen on tape.-HG

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    Mike-e ... Pricey'... but very nice. Even if it will never be in the range of 'make or break anything I do LOL, I don't regret springing for it :>)
    Kind'a wish they did comp threshold independent of saturation. (clean comp' but no 'Sat, but there's a work around if need be.

    Fun track btw
    Placebo stomps 96k ....... Recent projects
    Ray Catfish Copeland 'Got Love Jim Goodman 'Southern Steel

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    Turkey is alright on a mile high Club Sandwich. Dripping deep-fried turkey/ham Monte Cristo ? Kinda like a 1U tape deck : )

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