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Project by Chardt posted 07-17-2008 05:33 PM 2675 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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While I love Wood working, I also have a home recording studio. One of the other forums I contribute to, The Studio-Central forum is full of studio owners, professional engineers and a large degree of industry experts. One of them designed a Microphone preamp that he sells in a kit. Well, I bought one, and after quite a bit of soldering, I figured I would make a case for it out of a Cookie tin. So I cut it up and installed it. I also found some vintage VU meters on eBay for $30. Then I made a face plate out of some spare 1/4 inch ply that I stained and added several coats of poly. The result is the first pic above.

The pre worked great. Incredible gain for my Ribbon mic, and no distortion. So I decided to make a 2 channel rack mounted version. However finding a 2-space rack chassis new runs in the neighborhood of $200. Which I thought was unnecessary, so I searched out eBay, and lo and behold I found an old (*broken) 2 space network switch for $14. I gutted it…

sc-1 case

and for the face plate, I again used the 1/4 inch ply stained.

faceplate
faceplate2

then applied the poly urethane.

plate3

And finally wired it all up.

chassis2

and Here is the finished result.

finished.

I added these really cool vintage radio knobs, which aren’t included in the pic.

Oh, and it sounds fantastic.

-- When my wife ask's what I have to show for my wood working hobby, I just show her the splinters.





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OutPutter

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#1 posted 07-17-2008 06:14 PM

Very resourceful. I like the little guitar man in the background too.

-- Jim

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Brad_Nailor

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#2 posted 07-17-2008 07:21 PM

Wow..me likes! I am becoming a big fan of your stuff! What kind of ribbons do you have? I love the retro touches especially the antique VUs’.

-- http://www.facebook.com/pages/DSO-Designs/297237806954248

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Chardt

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#3 posted 07-17-2008 07:35 PM

Right now, I’m using a Cascade Fat head. They are terrific and pretty durable.

I’d love to buy a Royers, but can’t really justify spending over $1K on a single mic.

I have a decent smattering of low cost mics. A couple of SM57’s, a few of the MXL Lg diaphram condensers, a few generic Cardoids. A cheap Radio Shack Dynamic that sounds great on a Kick drum. About 12 mic’s total.

My current mic box is an old wine crate that I modified with foam, and purple velvet lining. But I’m working on a really cool Oak cabinet with Spalted birch drawer fronts and brass labeled pulls (like a card catalog).

I’m sort of modelling it after an antique spice box. I’m hand cutting the dovetails, and I need to work on getting them tighter.

-- When my wife ask's what I have to show for my wood working hobby, I just show her the splinters.

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Callum Kendall

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#4 posted 07-17-2008 07:47 PM

Very cool!

Thanks for the post

Callum

-- For wood working podcasts with a twist check out http://thetimberkid.com/

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Chardt

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#5 posted 07-17-2008 07:54 PM

I forgot to add, if anyone is interested in making the pre-amp you can contact five-fish Studios.

They have the specs on it as well as audio clips, reviews, etc.

http://www.fivefish.net/diy/

It’s a pretty easy project if you’re hand with a soldering iron.

-- When my wife ask's what I have to show for my wood working hobby, I just show her the splinters.

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rikkor

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#6 posted 07-17-2008 09:55 PM

Nice stuff! Please consider taking some pics of your studio. I am guessing there are quite a few of us that are interested.

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Chardt

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#7 posted 07-17-2008 10:13 PM

I have some pics of the studio furniture I’ve made as well.

A dual bay tilting effects rack, a studio cubby, a rolling studio stool for cable storage, mic case, and a new amp combo case

I’m always working on new stuff. Most of it was done with less than stellar wood skills, and technique. I plan to redo most of the projects with a refined style, and emphasis on mastering joinery such as hand cut dovetails, etc.

-- When my wife ask's what I have to show for my wood working hobby, I just show her the splinters.

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James Early

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#8 posted 07-22-2008 03:27 AM

What a great idea! I dream about making guitar amp cabinets—someday.

-- -- Jim E., Oswego, NY. Create, have fun, and work safely!

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