Mackie Ultra Automation System Ultramix 34 channel VCA Voltage Controlled Amplifiers

link moultonlabs 

The Mackie Ultramix Automation System is now available at your local pro audio dealer, and it's worth thinking about. If you're running an analog console and 16 or more tracks (and have a Macintosh computer in service), your mixing needs are probably more than rudimentary. Here's a powerful, inexpensive automation system that will do a lot for you with comparatively few problems.

The package will interface with any console, but requires a Macintosh computer (Windows underway), OMS, a MIDI interface and SMPTE/MIDI Time Code to work. Assuming you have all that stuff lying around (and you probably do if you have the above stuff), you can be in the fully automated business pretty easily.

What Is It, Really?

The whole package goes under the name Ultramix Universal Automation System and consists of three elements:
  • the Ultra-34 Universal Automation Interface, a 2 rack-unit VCA (Voltage Controlled Amplifiers)/patchbay package that deals with all of the audio stuff;
  • the UltraPilot Automation Control Interface, a really neat little remote fader package on a 20-foot remote cable; and
  • Ultramix Pro Software for the Mac (also coming soon to a Windows computer in your neighborhood), the data-processing, control, timing and display software for the system.
Basically, you patch audio from the console (usually the accessory insert point) to the Ultra-34, and hook up the MIDI I/O coming from your MIDI Interface as well. There are 34 channels of VCAs available, ostensibly for 32 channels and stereo masters. However, you can patch these any way you wish - it might make sense to have several automated effects sends, for instance. Me, I'm thinking of automating the 24 tape channels and having eight undedicated VCAs at the patch bay to use wherever it makes sense for any given job, plus the stereo master outputs. Whatever floats your boat.

The UltraPilot fader pack consists of 16 nice long-throw faders, plus related record-enable and "soft" keys for a bunch of functions. It is also contains tape transport controls using MIDI Machine Control, if you have that implemented (I recommend using it, because once you get into this, you'll really want to just stay on the UltraPilot while ruling the universe). You switch the faders between channels 1-16, 17-32 and eight group masters-plus-master faders. Incidentally, you can control up to four Ultra-34 units (136 channels!) with a single UltraPilot! Egad, as they say in Micotin commercials! The package is tiny, and really kind of cool. It is very tempting to use it away from the console as a substitute fader set, but that will take much practice, I think.

The software display shows all 32 channels and you can also display the groups and master. At the top are bypass options, tape transport and autolocate functions, a time display and buttons for the various operating modes. The displayed faders are a little extra cool because they show two levels: the actual level of the VCA (in solid color) and the level of the fader on the UltraPilot (a transparent, or "glass" fader). There are zoom controls and a metering option which is nice but not particularly vital.

Timing information comes either from the multitrack (in the form of SMPTE) to the MIDI Interface and from there to the computer, or else from a sequencer in the computer.

Pioneer A-656 Mark mk2 Stereo Integrated Amplifier, 1989-90, made in Japan

Link: hifiengine | elektrotanya

SpecificationsPower output: 70 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)
Frequency response: 1Hz to 150kHz
Total harmonic distortion: 0.005%
Damping factor: 70
Input sensitivity: 0.2mV (MC), 2.5mV (MM), 150mV (line)
Signal to noise ratio: 77dB (MC), 95dB (MM), 110dB (line)
Output: 150mV (line)
Dimensions: 420 x 435 x 162mm
Weight: 13.5kg

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Schwer & Söhne, GmbH
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The sound is just great. The sounds come saunder and clear and do not distort even in higher decibels. A true listening pleasure is Dolby Digital over the system one has the feeling in the middle of the film to sit as the notes are razor-sharp from the individual boxes are reproduced. The bass I would with a new purchase however a bit bigger and with active power amp select. The set weighs the money bag with 800 DM hardly considering the quality and performance that is delivered. Teufel is a regular winner in well-known HIFI magazines in the field of price performance. Similar systems from well-known manufacturers are in this performance class at 2000 DM and upwards. The 5 year guarantee continues to speak for itself. dooyoo

Link: radiomuseum | blog.teufel | yumpu / [PDF]

Country:  Germany
Manufacturer / Brand:  Teufel Lautsprecher GmbH; Berlin,
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Loudspeaker 2 Loudspeakers
Power out
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Shape Book-shelf unit.
Notes Die Serie Teufel M80 gab es zunächst als Bausatz (entsprechend Ikea-Modell) und war konzipiert als 2-Wege Kombination in Verbindung mit einem Subwoofer, z.B. M800. Diese Kombination war erstaunlich leistungsfähig und zudem den Preis wert. Für die beiden M80 gab es noch eine dazu passenden Ständer, der – entsprechend Teufel Angaben aufgestellt - die akustische Abstrahlung optimierte.  

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Gehäuse:                                 Holz Kunststoff-beschichtet weiß oder schwarz
Empfindlichkeit:                        87 dB/1W/ 1m

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