WHAT ABOUT THE BRICKS?

WHAT ABOUT THE BRICKS?

Postby Ted Fletcher » Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:35 am

Update, 5th June 2018, I now have the BRICK2 in stock. What's different about it? Quite a lot.
The biggest difference is in the power supplies, I'm using linear regulators for the main power rails but I have added a new 21st century DC/DC converter to get the 48V phantom power. this arrangement makes for lower noise and better stability. One of the problems with earlier 'Bricks' was that they ran out of power when using some microphones, which use a bit more than a couple of milliamps at 48V. The new one is 100% stable.
The mic amp itself is my 'current mode' design that eliminates cable effect and noise. It is a transformer (mic and line) input so it has total isolation and it sounds just as good as the original.
The compressor, which of course should only be used sparingly in 'record mode', is the classic opto compressor, similar to the very early JoeMeek compressors but without extreme 'overshoot' during attack.
The Harmonic Enhancer is an update on my original design in the old Brick, it's great for mixdowns as it has both 'add' and 'subtract' facility making it useable as a de-esser; it's one of those 'play with it' circuits that can sound amazing; absolutely not possible with a plug-in!
The meter looks like a standard VU meter but the movement is damped and 'tightened' to make it more accurate and easier to read than the old American originals. But beware, it still has the well known VU 'under-read' on speech, which is the reason for a very prominent 'overload' light. The red light comes on when a transient gets through; the odd flash is inaudible but it works as a warning that you are running a little hot.

The BRICK2 is 100% made in England, the printed circuit boards assembled in Portsmouth, the metalwork made in Bognor Regis and the printing in Littlehampton. I do the final assembly myself, and pack them up to send out! :) :) :)
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