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Re: Hugh's Studio SOS

PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 3:52 pm
by MOF
Well, you'd need to get past the neighbours first, then the moat, then the portculis, then the lethal hound-cum-site supervisor, then the burglar alarm... as for our movements... locked in for the foreseeable! :lol:

Not to mention copious amounts of boiling oil. :lol:

Re: Hugh's Studio SOS

PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 3:56 pm
by blinddrew
Foiled again!

Re: Hugh's Studio SOS

PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 4:45 pm
by Eddy Deegan
The photograph of the empty room is quite an eye opener. You've done a remarkable job considering the space available Hugh. A very interesting selection of equipment too!

Re: Hugh's Studio SOS

PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 5:03 pm
by Dub til you drop
Hi Hugh, I've just been oggling your lovely analogue PPMs. I've always fancied a pair myself but dealers seem to want silly money for them. I'm hoping that Larkings will have some for sale eventually.

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In the meantime I've had to settle for the Klanghelm plug in. These aren't as good as the real thing, but they do have the advantage having a monitor section, so you can listen to your A/B & 'Sum & Difference' as well as meter them.

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Your home studio puts quite a few of the 'professional' dubbing studios I've worked in to shame.

Re: Hugh's Studio SOS

PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 5:17 pm
by ManFromGlass
temperature-wise does it get a bit toasty in the summer? or not so bad?

Re: Hugh's Studio SOS

PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 5:34 pm
by MOF
I've just been oggling your lovely analogue PPMs. I've always fancied a pair myself but dealers seem to want silly money for them. I'm hoping that Larkings will have some for sale

Do they have to be analogue? For £275 you can get this TC Electronic external meter.
https://www.dv247.com/en_GB/GBP/TC-Elec ... gLz1vD_BwE

Re: Hugh's Studio SOS

PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 5:53 pm
by dpete
Thanks, for the article on your home studio. My situation has been similar, in terms of the size of room and the moving stalemate, but I don't have the same professional requirements. I am curious about your desk design. I'd like a setup that supported both standing and sitting work, but have not worked out a happy compromise, yet. I had a tiered desk that came close. What height did you wind up using, and what kind of tasks are you doing in either the standing or sitting position? Trying to figure out how to think about this.

Thanks,
Dave

Re: Hugh's Studio SOS

PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 5:54 pm
by Studio Support Gnome
Hugh Robjohns wrote:Well, you'd need to get past the neighbours first, then the moat, then the portculis, then the lethal hound-cum-site supervisor, then the burglar alarm... as for our movements... locked in for the foreseeable! :lol:

He'd also need a new planet to live on when i find out I have to do it all again.... :evil: :protest: :round1:

Re: Hugh's Studio SOS

PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 5:55 pm
by Studio Support Gnome
MOF wrote:
I've just been oggling your lovely analogue PPMs. I've always fancied a pair myself but dealers seem to want silly money for them. I'm hoping that Larkings will have some for sale

Do they have to be analogue? For £275 you can get this TC Electronic external meter.
https://www.dv247.com/en_GB/GBP/TC-Elec ... gLz1vD_BwE


I've got a client with one of those installed into the SSL console in place of the broken/missing original meter section , it has to be said, it works very well indeed, and I have contemplated adding one to my toy box

Re: Hugh's Studio SOS

PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 6:02 pm
by blinddrew
Studio Support Gnome wrote:
Hugh Robjohns wrote:Well, you'd need to get past the neighbours first, then the moat, then the portculis, then the lethal hound-cum-site supervisor, then the burglar alarm... as for our movements... locked in for the foreseeable! :lol:

He'd also need a new planet to live on when i find out I have to do it all again.... :evil: :protest: :round1:
:bouncy:

Re: Hugh's Studio SOS

PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 6:08 pm
by Sam Spoons
Great article Hugh, thanks. Though it has left me feeling somewhat inadequate, especially in the bass trap department, mine are only 520mm across the front (and also exhibit a notable absence of 'limp mass'). :D

I also envy you your functioning Quad 522, I've had mine for, probably, 30 years and it served as my FOH PA for a a few years before I had a proper home studio to put it in. It's at my amp tech's at the moment with seemingly difficult to solve issue. If he can't fix it by the end of the current situation I'll probably get in touch with Quad rather than scrap it.

Re: Hugh's Studio SOS

PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 6:10 pm
by Dub til you drop
MOF wrote:Do they have to be analogue? For £275 you can get this TC Electronic external meter.
https://www.dv247.com/en_GB/GBP/TC-Elec ... gLz1vD_BwE

Thanks MOF - I have the surround version of that. And it's excellent.

But yes. Having spent 40 years (oh God! :crazy: ) on BBC style Quad meters, I suspect there's a 'comfort blanket' thing going on. There's something gently hypnotic and reassuring about watching those meters 'flapping in the wind'.

Bottom line - My man cave/studio just needs them.

Re: Hugh's Studio SOS

PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 6:47 pm
by Hugh Robjohns
Dub til you drop wrote:Hi Hugh, I've just been oggling your lovely analogue PPMs. I've always fancied a pair myself but dealers seem to want silly money for them.

The meter movements are no longer made, so they will get rarer and more expensive!

Of course, the PPM is now technically an obsolete instrument... but I suspect you've 'grown up' with them like me and it feels wrong to mix without them! And I find that if I keep the meters looking right the LUFS more or less take care of themselves too! ;-)

They do pop up occasionally. BBList is often a good place to look for broadcast-style gear.

https://www.bblist.co.uk/search.php?keyword=PPM

But for a virtual BBC-style PPM, I find PPMulator a good option:

https://products.zplane.de/ppmulator

Re: Hugh's Studio SOS

PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 6:53 pm
by Hugh Robjohns
ManFromGlass wrote:temperature-wise does it get a bit toasty in the summer? or not so bad?

It can do.

I can often leave the door open, though, and the windows will open if necessary... but I often make use of my trusty reciprocating fan! ;-) I have plans for the placement and plumbing arrangements of a split-pack AC system if global warming really takes hold! :lol:

But that's also the reason why different subsets of equipment are switched on/off independently; I only ever have the relevant bits of kit working at any one time, and I can't imagine a situation where I'd need everything on at the same time!

Re: Hugh's Studio SOS

PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 6:57 pm
by Hugh Robjohns
dpete wrote:What height did you wind up using, and what kind of tasks are you doing in either the standing or sitting position?

I looked at electrically movable desks, but couldn't justify the cost and couldn't find a practical way of engineering it into a wooden desk with racking etc... So I settled on a slightly higher than usual desk height at 83cm. That, in turn, meant I needed a slightly higher chair than usual.

I tend to write sitting down, but edit audio standing up!