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mars mic launch

Tomorrow, July 30 at approximately 7:50 a.m. EDT, NASA is planning to launch a mission to take the Perseverance rover to Mars. Settled among the millions of dollars of high-tech space equipment is a DPA 4006 Omnidirectional Microphone, an MMA-A Digital Audio Interface and an MMP-G Modular Active Cable, which will act as an ultra-transparent preamplifier.

dpaThe off-the-shelf microphone and audio interface will be the rover’s “ears” and the auditory part of the “brain” during the demanding and dangerous entry, descent and landing (EDL) part of the trip. The microphone’s mission is to capture sounds as the rover enters the Martian atmosphere and makes its way down to the planet surface.

Watch history in the making, live!

Follow the countdown and make sure to check out the other fun and educational information on NASA’s Mars 2020 mission page. You can even watch NASA’s Perseverance rover Launch to Mars on the NASA YouTube channel.

Let’s help give the 4006 (and the entire Perseverance rover) a proper send off and wish it well on its long and lonely 7-month journey!

Exploring the sounds of Mars

DPA Microphones is hitching a ride with the Mars 2020 Rover. What do we expect to hear?

Exploring the sounds of Mars.

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Exploring the sounds of Mars

DPA Microphones
Jan 8, 2019

DPA Microphones is hitching a ride with the Mars 2020 Rover. What do we expect to hear?

Dear readers, my dream has come true!

When I made enquiry a while ago, I was told they were going to put a mic up. And they have! BRAVO!

I am thrilled! Oh, yes, I am!

 

 
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“A pristine Will Vincent 300B power amp, built on a Dynaco chassis. Get a load of that input transformer!”

 

 
521f

 

521f

Ooh, here we go…

A rare BBC-spec Quad 521f power amp!

Well out of my price range at 1.4+ kilodollars on Reverb, even if things were normal, which they most definitely no longer are. It is assumed that this pricing is because of it’s rarity.

Like the uploader, I find the male inputs very weird and I would change them out to the proper female connectors. Why would the BBC specify such weirdness? Nice Speakons, usually the civilan 520f has XZLRs! Which is rather weird in itself.

Anyhoo, I would love one of these… Quad amplification is nothing short of legend.

 

 
Augspurger Studio Monitors

 

Augspurger Studio Monitors

 

Augspurger Studio Monitors

 

Augspurger Studio Monitors

 

Augspurger Studio Monitors

 

Augspurger Studio Monitors

Augspurger Studio Monitors

 

Augspurger Studio Monitors

Pro Audio > Speakers > Augspurger
Augspurger Design Studio Monitor Mains TAD TL-1601b TH-4001 RCF 18″ Subs #28554
Very Good
Originally $27,995
Currently $19,995
29% price drop
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These monitors were handcrafted by Larry Jackson, the same master craftsman that produced the original Westlake Audio classics and current Ocean-Way high-end studio monitors. They were built from the original blueprints of the George Augspurger-designed monitors that were crafted for Michael Jackson’s Encino property studio.

(We do have the original copy of the actual blueprints from the Jackson studio that will be included with this listing)

In addition to following the spec of the original design, they were taken to the next level of performance with some very nice upgrades.

Seven stage process to deaden port material w/ hypo-allergenic foam in place of standard fiberglass insulation.
Most all hardware is Titanium
No particle board or MDF used in the building of the cabinets. Only select ‘true’ 1″ E. European plywood with 2×4 bracing and finished in real Pau Ferro Rosewood veneer
All internal wiring by Kimber Kable with an additional rubberized flex insulation overlay.
Original fitted with TAD TD-4001 Mid Frequency drivers. Over the course of 3 years of testing, including many drivers from JBL and other manufacturers, the McCauley proved the best.

Mains OCD T-215A serial #: 001A & 002A

2 – TAD TL-1601b 15″ low-frequency loudspeaker 8Ω Ohm
1 – McCauley 9620R-16 compression drivers 16Ω Ohm
TAD TH-4001 (original) wood mid-range horns
21″ x 33″ x 42″
263 lbs. each
Subwoofers OCD T-215B serial #: 001B & 002B

1 – RCF L18P400 Woofer 2000 Watt PGM 8Ω Ohm
22″ x 34″ x 42″
193 lbs. each
tweeters custom stand

2 – Altec 802 reissues
3″ x 5.5″ x 24″
12 lbs. each
speaker cables

6 – Kimber Kable 8vs 25′ each
24 lbs. total
ACCESSORIES: Includes 6 long run braided Kimber Kable Speakers cables and original Blueprint copies of Michael Jacksons Encino Studio monitors.

PHYSICAL CONDITION: Excellent. The cabinets are very clean. T-215A 001A has a very small chip in the veneer on the face of the cabinet at its bottom edge. T-215A 002A has a dust cover that has a faint dimple and the mid horn has 2 small dings that have been covered with a black marker. The horns have a few small chips and nicks that noticeable upon close inspection.

The tweeters have scuffs on the outer housing from the way they’re mounted in the stands. The high-frequency input terminal gasket on T-215a 001A is a little loose, as the panel is missing two screws but does not affect operation at all. All 6 cables are in very good condition but a few of the tips need to be replaced. Overall in amazing condition!

WORKING CONDITION: Excellent. All cabinets are internally wired with very high-quality cable and components and sound phenomenal. The low-frequency cabinets are particularly robust, deep and impactful, while the mid-high cabinets give a graceful, deep soundstage. The additional tweeters finish the top octaves, bringing clarity and smooth detail to the picture. These speakers can go loud but sound excellent at any volume level. Overall in excellent condition!

ACTUAL WEIGHT: 960 lbs.

ACTUAL DIMS: 59″ x 77″ x 42″

FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD:This item is too large, too heavy, or too delicate to ship by standard shipping services and will be shipped by FREIGHT.

These speakers are already crated in two very large and heavy crates at our facility in North Hollywood. We are offering FREE shipping anywhere in the world!

We reserve the right to opt for Sea Cargo or Air Freight to terminal delivery for international shipments. This will require that you arrange for your own local service to pick up the crates at the Airport or Sea terminal at your own expense.

Please message us with your postal code and we’ll get back to you with the delivery options we can provide.

Just a bit of audio porn. Anything Augspurger is at the top of the world class class. And I love stuff like this. I dream of owning them just because they can truly reproduce the sounds of whatever we put through them. There are other companies that are cool, too, like the Ocean Ways and Westlakes mentioned above and super monitors like Barefoot, PMC, ATC and folks like that. Most are custom made for the individual studios. They are all, in a word, stunning. But Idk, I just dig Augspurgers.

 

 

The wonderful Joe Bonamassa will give me a commission if you buy this fantastic amp with this images link! Or, indeed any link to JB merch off of my site. Your help is appreciated and would be unprecedented.

 

Bless you..

 

 
cl-4

Ooo, baby, I want one… or two! Or three!

I have a CL-1, thanks to a kind Christmas gift from my brother and it enabled me to do my job better. Much, much better!

 

 

Duo12V-Sub18

Augspurger Monitors

Feb. 9 2018

Just finished this Duo12V-Sub18 system for All In Entertainment’s new studio in Birmingham, AL! Artistic final custom to client’s vision!

It gets no better than Augsperger…

 

 

fairchild

Fairchild 670 compressor serial number 10. (!!!) Normally, the faceplates are pretty faded, but this one is pristine. Possibly a different finish used early on.

Wow. This was at the notorious Vintage King Audio. The uninitiated may be shocked to learn that this multi-decade old compressor is worth at least $30,000 and probably more because of the non-faded faceplate. Wow, indeed.

I worked on an audio / video installation at Mr. Fairchild’s apartment in Manhattan with a systems installation contractor I once worked for.

 

 

500 serie

A whole mess o’ sweet 500s, featuring A-Designs.

Just a dream, as is most of the audio porn you’ll find here.

 

 

nk sound

musicstudios

Is this gear heaven? 💦💦 – NK Sound Tonyo, @kingneeraj via @rupert_neve – it’s the world’s largest 5088 neve console installed in here.

[I am assuming that Tonyo is really Tokyo.]

 

capitol studios

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Shooting with @stevegenewick at the legendary @capitolstudios today with @proaudioculture – talking all things.

Fabulous.

 

 

Interior of BBC Broadcasting House in 1932 Studio 6E

Interior of BBC Broadcasting House in 1932 Studio 6E

Weird tonearms and super high strangeness cartridges! High end for 1932, though, what.

Way cool knobs on that mixer, eh.

 

 

4swqgbrepl

A beautiful IV-S equipped with a custom made replacement for the QGB reel adapter.

It is so pleasing to see this piece engineered and offered to those lucky enough to have a Nagra, as the QGB is nowadays rare and pricey.

Oh, Lord, how I wish I was among them, but poverty rules here, sadly.

 

 

a77mk4

It’s elegant. And sounds so good.

a77 mkiv

Timeless, this icon is. Lookin’ simply gorgeous over here with those sexy blue reels.

ReVox A77 MKIV by Willi Studer.

I lust for a PR99…

 

 

CMA 10-2DLA

The inimitable Bozak CMA 10-2DLA stereo mixer preamplifier.

CMA 10-2DLA

A true legend, it has a cult following. I would love to have one; for the phono circuits, especially. It’s out of my league, of course, price-wise. This one’s going for $2,100 bucks.

CMA 10-2DLA

Made with no nonsense just 15 minutes Northeast of here. Extremely highly regarded by everyone. This was the first pro level DJ mixer and was a standard for the then-new field.

All hail Rudy Bozak!

Superior speakers, too, came from Rudy Bozak, a point-source dude!.

 

 

Quad 12L Studio

OMG how lovely!

The fantabulous Quad 12L Studio!

These are basically my 12Ls but in a powered version! And we know how good Quad amps are, eh? That said, mine are powered by a Hafler P3000 transnova, so mine just might win! Ha! Hahaha!

Gosh, even so, I would love to get these, just because they are what they are — but, there’s my persistently non-existent budget standing firmly in the way, as I doubt that affirm will help me. As usual.

Oh, baby…

 

 

stellavox stellamaster

The Christ!

The Stellavox Stellamaster SM8 is the highest fidelity analog magnetic tape recorder ever made. The recorder pictured in this gallery is actually an SP7 Stellamaster, which is basically the same, for all intents and purposes, finishing in second by mere thousandths of a percent.

It is spectacular.

 

 

Joel Hamilton, Studio A at Studio G Brooklyn on his Solid State Logic 8048 G+.

Joel Hamilton, Studio A at Studio G Brooklyn on his Solid State Logic 8048 G+.

That photo right there is a nicely detailed representation of a long-standing dream of mine. One that will forever remain unrequited. Just another part of the curse placed upon my weary soul.

 

 

Rabco ST-7

 

Rabco ST-7

The lovely, yet finicky, Rabco ST-7 Linear Tracking turntable by Harman Kardon.

Rare these days. My late, great dad was intrigued and called it the “Rabco Stick.”

Never did get one, though. Seen ‘em for around $400.

 

 

a-s3000

 

a-s3000

A Yamaha A-S3000 integrated amp. Yamaha is back into high-end instruments again after a bit of a hiatus. More stuff for me to ogle as the wealthy enjoy the luscious sound… $8,000 list or, just 7 for a little while! Quick, run! Lol.

Keep dreamin,’ Ig.

 

 

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I’ve a friend in Jolly ‘Ole who has one of these and has used it as the main ‘ub to record for decades and ‘ave ‘er own record label. And stuff. Yeah!

Peace

Be well

 

 

ux581gv

 

ux581gv

If I ever need to replace my trusty old R2, this one is…

The winner.

Why?

Because it has TWO Thunderbolt 3 ports!

That’s HUGE!

It’s the only rig I’ve found, so far, besides it’s predecessor, the 550, that can boast that feature. I guess ASUS is the only one that “gets it.”

Peace

Be well

 

 

Bigfoot screams Sierra Nevada, July 1, 2019

Paranormal Central
Published on Jul 12, 2019

My family and I returned to a spot where we went camping last year. No reason on the spot, The wife just found this location on maps. Last year, as we slept, my 12 year old son woke up to something slapping our trailer. As he was looking up at the window thru the blinds, he saw something very big walk by the window covering the whole window.. from the ground to the top of the window is 7 feet.. it scared him so bad he jumped in bed with us crying hysterically. So we decided to go back, but this time with my sound equipment.. All we were hoping was to get some wood knocks. Well, we got more than that… it went on for a little more than 9 minutes. Needless to say, we will never forget that night…

I am going to need to listen to this a few more times. Yes.

These screams, after just this first listen, are some of the strangest sounds I’ve clapped ears on. Quite a lot of them don’t sound much like screams to my mind. As of now. I am at a loss for words to describe them, even. Tomorrow, when I’m less pooped.

Is it … singing? Is it a concert? Of sorts?

That would be strange.

Interesting discussion going on here.