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About al mcguire

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  1. al mcguire

    The MCI JH 416, the other 416

    nor these https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heckler_%26_Koch_HK416
  2. al mcguire

    The MCI JH 416, the other 416

    I didn't like the 500's at all. The 600 series were excellent.
  3. al mcguire

    The MCI JH 416, the other 416

    I got to know the autolocator really well. Back it and stack it. Definitely the best value, $25k in the early 80's for a JH 24 where a Studer A80 would be $80k.
  4. al mcguire

    The MCI JH 416, the other 416

    Jeep also came up with the Auto Locator which allowed control of the tape recorder at the mixing console. Brilliant device that was soon copied by all the other manufacturers soon copied in their own way.
  5. al mcguire

    The MCI JH 416, the other 416

    MCI Electronics founder Grover C. “Jeep” Harned was a pro audio innovator, from the first 24-track recorder—a modified Ampex 300 in 1968—to the tape autolocator (1972) and commercializing the inline console. MCI unveiled a prototype of a 3-inch, 32-track analog deck in 1978, which never went into production, but showed harned's willingness to try new ideas. After earning a bachelor's degree from Mississippi State University, Harned joined the U.S. Army, serving as electronics instructor. In 1955, he opened Music Center Inc., a store catering to the growing hi-fi market. Harned soon hooked up with Mack Emerman, who had just opened Criteria Studios and had trouble with the facility's custom-built 16×3 console and ½-inch 3-track recorders. This “quick-fix” job lasted some 18 months, as Harned redesigned nearly all of Criteria's gear. During the early ‘60s, Harned built consoles, preamps and record electronics. In 1965 his business name became MCI Inc., and he focused on making replacement solid-state electronics for Ampex 350 recorders. Word about MCI spread: Harned got a call from Tom Hidley (then manager of TTG Recording Studios in Hollywood), asking if MCI could create 24-track electronics for an Ampex 300 that Hidley modified to handle 2-inch tape. That first 24-track went into service at TTG in 1968, creating a stir among competing studios and leading to a recording revolution. MCI showed its own recorders at AES 1971, and a year later, intro'd the concept of the autolocator. With its inline design, MCI JH-400 put lots of mix inputs into a small space. At the time, most studio consoles were custom designs, either created by the studio owners/engineers themselves or unique one-of-a-kind models made by small console companies. Based on the classic Henry Ford mass manufacturing method, Harned wanted use that “production” concept to build what were essentially off-the-shelf studio mixers. And rather than use the traditional “split" monitoring approach to mixers, MCI boards used an inline design. The credit for the first inline-style console designs actually goes to Dan Flickinger, who designed a number of custom mixers that put tape monitoring within the channel modules, but had track assignments in a separate section. However, the popularity of the modern inline console stems from Nashville audio dealer Dave Harrison (later founder of Harrison Consoles), who approached Harned with this new approach to console design. Harned and MCI engineer Lutz Meyer helped Harrison refine the JH-400 (the "JH" stood for Jeep Harned). The standardized JH-400s were revolutionary: They were standardized "production" models, yet with offered choice of user options and incorporated Harris 911 IC op-amps, thus lowering costs and simplifying manufacturing. The first JH-416 models offered 24 inputs/outputs with quad panning/monitoring, 3-band EQ and P&G faders. Options included a 32-input version, VCA grouping, automation and switchable peak/VU meters. (Click here to download a vintage MCI JH-416 brochure.) The JH-400 offered an affordable pro console to the burgeoning studio industry and five years later, a 1977 Billboard poll gave MCI the leading share (14.3 percent) among studios. That same year, MCI unveiled the updated JH-500 series, which offered a four-band EQ, more sends/returns and plasma VU displays. Harned sold MCI to Sony in 1982 and retired. He will long be remembered as a pioneer who made significant advancements to the state of pro audio. Note: A Website dedicated to MCI history recently appeared. https://www.mixonline.com/technology/1972-mci-jh-400-series-inline-console-377971 I logged many hours on a JH 416 recording console as a staff engineer. While it was innovative, it was not a great sounding mixer. Munchy, Crunchy and Intermittent. There is a pdf of the sales brochure below. JH-416 Brochure.pdf
  6. al mcguire

    DPA 6060 works great with Zaxcom and sound wonderful.

    My preset for over almost 25 years is to go with Glen Trew's views on these topics. Al
  7. al mcguire

    633 "keyboard disease" again

    Philip, life is too short, Try Wingman.
  8. al mcguire

    Zaxcom Nomad timecode delay

    The nomad time code display is not a piece of test equipment and can not show you what you are looking for. Nomad TC inputs and outputs are subframe accurate. The display when running is not. Glenn Sanders
  9. al mcguire

    Zaxcom Nomad timecode delay

  10. al mcguire

    Zaxcom Nomad timecode delay

    This was your statement "That display would be accurate if you used it properly." I am asking you, not the manual, please explain your statement. What is the proper way to use the display ?
  11. al mcguire

    Zaxcom Nomad timecode delay

    Telling us your method would suffice.
  12. al mcguire

    Zaxcom Nomad timecode delay

    "That display would be accurate if you used it properly." Martin the Mixer, please inform us of the proper way to use the Nomads display, I tend to skip dinner.
  13. al mcguire

    RIP Tony Joe White

    https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-country/tony-joe-white-dead-obituary-747393/
  14. This picture showed up today so I did a little looking and found this
  15. al mcguire

    The True History of the Traveling Wilbury's

    Found the video again, "it was Georges band, it was always Georges band" Tom Petty
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