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Newbie advice...concerto and calinda content

 
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skaboosh
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2006 11:02 am    Post subject: Newbie advice...concerto and calinda content Reply with quote

Hi everyone....

excuse my waffling as I write this, it must be a waffle day but there's a lot of points here.....

I have a pair of calindas, they sound nice so I chickened out of a recent auction as I could see them going for 20 quid and what is money? it gets spent, good instruments etc remain and give pleasure..., I'll keep them.......they seem a nice companion to the old music I like, seventies stuff like FREE and Camel etc....

and I have a pair of Concertos which look like they're two of the same side.....one sounds like it has a lot more mid range than the other so it looks like something is wrong....not just a mispairing?


I have a few questions/thoughts to throw out, any thoughts from you audio people would be greatly appreciated:

1/. I need to record and mix music, I am a guitarist.....my studio skills are pretty amateur at the moment ... www.myspace.com/freeagainuk is a page that you can hear some recent recordings if you're interested, (Fire and Water and Be My Friend are the remixes after buying a compressor, the other track, Creepin, is an earlier mix, all mixes are not great so far...these were mixed on cheap headphones so major adjustments are without a doubt necessary) the micing up went all wrong as I've never mic'd a kit before, the bass was noisy as hell and the vocalist refused to go into a different room for isloation.....the sound sources are pretty poor on those recordings....

so the question is this: is it a stupid idea to even consider mixing on a pair of these Calindas? they seem tame on the mid range but fairly detailed otherwise.....I was thinking of KRK rokit 8's but I'm not sure.....I know KRK's are good for mixing, I've seen the comments from sound on sound etc...

can the calinda mixes translate to other speakers? Can Calindas be used as reference speakers and be a good tool....?

2/. the amp I'm using is a NAD 3130. Is this unacceptable? Should I hunt down a Quad?

3/. Any ideas on dates of the spkrs?

4/. Any other thoughts/tips.







Many thanks..

Roy
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2006 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1. Mount the Calinda's on their sides at ear height and use them "nearfield" so you are sitting at the apex of a 2m sided equilateral triangle, with the mixer in front of you.
2. It should be loud enough Very Happy .
3. Not really, it's easier for you to remove an ABR and a bass unit and read the date code (wwyy) label.
Week 0 was in June before March 1975 and in April aferwards, possibly Shocked , if you're really, really sad.
4. With one Concerto being quiet, you've either got crud on a multiway crossover connector, or a A6340 tweeter is fried.
B110's don't normally die, but it's a £50 rebuild or replacement off ePay if that's the case.

As you're in the smoke/musician pm "tolstoy" Cool .


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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2006 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, that's a cool idea, I didn't think of horizontally postioning the calindas....... W I D E ! Smile

thanks for the other info too...

I read a few other posts where people are saying Kef's are pretty neutral and detailed compaed to most new spakers so maybe it's worth giving it a whirl...I do have an old Leak 30 amp but it needs a service too....

I may spray the Concertos with some isopropyl, just the crosses mind....maybe the connections on the drivers as well..

thanks...again..
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2006 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I forgot to say Cool .

As the Concerto crossovers plug into multiways, swap them over to see whether the "quietness" follows the change.
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2006 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah yes, good idea,

I'll do that.

thanks

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