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Mack

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    Catonsville, MD
  • About
    I own a mastering and audio transfer/restoration business as well as working in gathering location sound for film. Spent 30 years before this as the FOH/Systems engineer for the Army Field Band.
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  1. Sad to say that Evan passed of a heart attack yesterday and will be greatly missed in our audio world. Truly a great, knowledgeable, and kind man I’ve known for many years. RIP Evan
  2. Mack

    Turntables

    I find the turntable forums to be a bigger jungle than gearslutz sometimes with opinions that often get beyond fiery. Just this one topic alone comparing direct drive to belt drive can open up a month's long can of worms to pick through of slightly relevant information. I chose direct drive for my needs. I have a nice setup that I use though not so much for listening pleasure but for transferring to digital, so transparency was my driving factor in equipment selection. I have a Technics SL1200G with an Audio-Technica ART9XA cartridge. I use a Jensen setup transformer to get phono level into a Radial J33. From there it goes mic level into a Grace microphone preamp and then into my Lavry AD. Since much of my work is classical music, it works quite well. I also use a VPI16.5 to clean all vinyl before it goes on the turntable. I recently replaced my monitoring system with a Grace M905 which comes with a RIAA input for turntables that I haven't tried yet. This would effectively bypass my step-up transformer and DI, but I have to figure out how to take an AES line out of the 905 into my interface. I may try it on the next transfer to see how it goes.
  3. It's better to do it locally if possible for safekeeping of the reels as it could be tragic to lose them in shipping. However, if you don't find someone that can do it let me know and I can help you out.
  4. I own three of them now (about to be four) and find them to be solid machines. I've sent the headblocks out on all of them to JRF Magnetics and couldn't be happier. Most of my work these days has been transfer work and I just finished almost four hundred 1/4" reels on my MTR12 without a single hiccup. I find them to be easy to work on, easy to calibrate, transparent (I do a lot of classical music work), and a lot less expensive to find parts for if necessary than the equivalent Studer.
  5. Mack

    RIP Eric Toline

    I just saw in a FB group that Eric passed away this morning. Such a loss. I learned a great deal from him and am sad for his passing. RIP.
  6. It's been a while since I have posted. With the shutdown and loss of work, I have put my head into the sand, my family, and my beer. I hope that everyone is doing ok and just wanted to send some good vibes out there. Hope no one is truly destitute and that your families are safe. Wishing everyone a good weekend.
  7. Following. Can the SNA be modified to use the Betso bag adapter?
  8. I find that the 7506's are the least hyped of any I've used out there and translate well to the studio monitors I am used to (Meyer HD-1, Meyer Amie, DynAudio BM-6A). They are also quite common in many of the mastering studios I've frequented over the years. I am not a composer, but have spent years mixing and mastering and find these a solid set of cans that are flat and accurate. They are also not super expensive. Just my two cents.
  9. My dearest Viscount, You flatter yourself assuming my comment was directed to you. However since you’re the catfish that took a bait intended for a marlin, let’s take this Bentley for a spin, Ol’ chap: A man walks into a large stateroom filled with people from all walks of life representing a vast enormity of experience, knowledge, wisdom, and intellect. He asks a simple yet time-weathered question and receives many answers, all in the spirit of unity, graciousness, and camaraderie. Instead of accepting these answers or academically debating the merits of any possible differences, he attacks their credibility, insults their knowledge, publicly demeans their character, and declares them to be spreading false information based on fake physics. Also has his own place at White’s and you remind me of him. Are you related? If not, you may want to change water supplies as you both appear to suffer from the same Potomac River poison.
  10. Congrats. At least this thread now looks like GearSlutz.
  11. I've been using Minutiae's software 'PAID" accounting software for years now and love it, but it is no longer being supported as of this year. I upgraded to High Sierra without checking it and now it crashes constantly when I try to print invoices. I sent an email to the designer, but he said that he is no longer testing it and the version that came out last August (which was tested with Sierra) is the last one. Is there anything else out there production-oriented you are using? I am not really wanting to go down the Quickbooks rabbit hole if I don't have to.
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