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RE: Repeater

Rich, In regards to the noise on FilterQueen You probably just have the
Phono Preamp engaged. This will boost a normal input considerably causing
such noise. Just check the back of the unit and make sure the input is set
to line. 
The noise related specs on FilterQueen are as follows...
SNR (A-Weighted) > 90 dB 
THD <0.3%

Repeater is being designed with the studio musician in mind. We have an
instrument input on the front as well as full foot switch control. We still
have a phono preamp built in because we believe that vinyl is a valid sound
source especially since sampling from vinyl is a modern music mainstay.
Anyway I don't want to go into a big marketing spiel but this will be a 
very cool product with loads of passion and brainiac algorithms built in.

Best Regards,

Damon Langlois
Creative Director
Electrix / IVL 
"No Creative Barriers"
Tel (250) 544-4091 Fax (250) 544-4100

-----Original Message-----
From: rich [mailto:rich@nuvision.com]
Sent: Wednesday, July 26, 2000 5:32 PM
To: Loopers-Delight@annihilist.com
Subject: re: Repeater

>While it's true that trainspotting will show the Electrix modules all over
>DJ rigs, the modules are getting great use in home/pro studio setups as
>Why? Well, for one, they're real ANALOG devices that don't cost you an arm
>and a leg.
>There's another reason though that I think folks are really into. The guys
>at Electrix aren't trying to be high-tech geeks with soldering irons. You
>will *not* find tolerances of .00000001 {anything} in the boxes. The guys
>are _good_ engineers that are also musicians. And *THAT* is the difference
>Electrix is a small company and that puts the solder-jocks close to the
>designers who are close to the marketeers who are close to the real world.
>These products sound good because they are designed by folks who work with
>music for fun (some for $$$) and are not engineering super-nerds.
>It's the same type of feel that you get from other small company products
>like those from Clavia, Waldorf, Access, Big Briar, Encore, etc.

Just wanted to add a bit to this.

Quite often, especially with music gear, you get what you pay for.  I saw
the Electrix Filter Queen at the LA Namm show, and was impressed enough to
buy one.  This is the first filter unit i have ever worked with
(hmmm...does a wah pedal count?)

Anyway, it's a very cool unit, for $200 to boot.  But it is NOISY.
Extremely NOISY.  If the filter is engaged, even with the mix all the way
down, you get a very noticeable hiss from the unit.

Also, it is almost impossible to totally 'kill' the original signal even if
you've got a really tweaked sound.  You can still faintly hear that
original tone in there.

And, in the LFO section, you get a choice of waveforms, but no control over
the shape...just the mix.  So if you want to nip a bit of sharpness off the
peak of the waveform, you're stuck.  You can only turn the mix down a bit.

So, a low priced, dj oriented box can be used in the home studio, but it
starts to show it's weaknesses when pushed beyond the 'two turntables and a
p.a' scenariao.

I would probably expect the same from the Repeater.  I want to try it out,
definitely.  But i'll probably keep my expectations in check with regards
to s/n ratio, depth of features, and such.