Neotek Series II
36 channel 8 bus in-line console which used to be in Steve's house. This console was completely refurbished by Mike Stoica of Sytek (former Neotek designer and current owner of Neotek).
If you are familiar with Neotek Series II desks, the modifications we have made to ours may interest you.
In a standard Series II, the monitor path from the tape machine is through the small pots labelled Monitor, unless the Mixdown button is pressed, which routes the channel audio to the 2-Mix. The fader is normally routed to the output buses for recording. This necessitates a complete changeover of the board before you can enter mix mode in a session. We have changed this configuration in two ways: The channel audio now goes to the output buses from the small pot labelled Monitor, while the tape return goes to the fader. This means that the mix can be left undisturbed from the start of the session to the end, and a session can include tracking, overdubbing and mixing at any time, without necessitating changing status of the channels.
The other modification is the insertion of muting relays, which allows up to 10 mute groups to be assigned using thumbwheels on the channels. The relays also function on solo button logic, which allows for solo-in-place, which didn't exist on the original console. The mute groups, solo-in-place and the muting relays themselves can be defeated on a per-channel basis or globally.
The console is entirely manual, the way nature intended.
The console has a clean sound. The eq section is precise and transparent (4 band parameteric). The mic pre-amps are quiet and accurate (descrete/solid state).
- Nov 20, 2003 19:16