Really Dylan (Roci)? Yep Okay Gents so I have good amount finished and it's time to make a choice and I'd love your opinion. I wanted to recreate the Helios modules just like as if they were pulled from the console but with a modern twist (and some god damn Cinemag output transformers cause they sound bad ass) Original Helios modules went unbalanced. All i have done was used a modern take based on the Helios summing amp (an idea Ian from Ruff Records's once suggested) and then put an appropriate transformer on the end.
So what do you think; should I lay it out as a half-rack like Warm Audio's wa12 or Great River's ME-2NV or stand it up-right as if it was a module pulled out of the console? Here's a rough idea which is missing the knobs and switches.
There's a somewhat external psu via a wall wart or small enclosure (not sure which yet). And of course some touch ups here and there (I forgot the 'gain dB" text on the up-right version for instance). One or two of the switches will also be illuminated push button. You know.... like modern.
Sorry gents forgot to put on notifications. Okay so first off; if it was vertical it would not be rack mountable so i imagine a desktop piece. I am gonna possibly make a 500 series version down the line but i wanted something that could be under its own power and that looked like an actual module. The amp circuit is virtually identical minus modern transistor replacements, the filter section is Ian's of Ruff Records, and the final stage is nearly the same the helios summing section with a few added components. I think the output transformer makes it better and so it would be safer to say this is based on the Helios 69. It will be probably powered by wall wart.
I am not a designer. I will not pretend to be, but its an easy enough circuit to implement and so i cant go too wrong. Plus ive had a ton of help. That all said i plan on doing every test possible.
Price isn't determined yet. I'm putting these through the paces though and am going to bring them somewhere for measurements and testing. I want to stand behind what these do without inflating figures or whatnot. Helios was never some perfect noiseless amp with a giant headroom so i dont expect these to be impeccable. That said i just recorded an acoustic the other day with my other helios and it sounds great. I also have kept a helios 69 eq on one of my guitar mixing channels as it superbly pulls guitars out of the mix. I often alternate between a helios into an 1176 rev a or j and the 1084 into a wa76 for my lead and rhythm guitars.