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Post by Muff Wiggler » Mon Aug 11, 2008 9:18 pm

I bought this used from FutureSoundSystems, and holy crap, what a fun little box!!! :sb: It's actually gives you a LOT of different vocoding options, I'm sure you would have finer control with discreet envelope followers and filterbanks and all that other stuff that makes it work... but honestly, it's hard to imagine paying much money for vocoding when this cheap little box does SUCH a good job.

Only trouble is the power adapter - it came with a UK adapter, and I need a 120v North American one. And you would think it would be easy to find (9vAC 830ma) but NOOOOOO... I have a MILLION adapters here and none of them can give me enough. I went to three shops today and could only find DC adapters. I couldn't believe it. I'll have to order one from DigiKey or Mouser or something.

Anyway, I found ONE adapter in my home that would work- lol, it's the one for my computer's audio interface. Haha, so I can have lots of vocoder fun, but I can't record it.... at least 'till I order a new one.

So, I'll spare you hearing me saying "Intergalactic Planetary" or "Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto"... instead you can get a pretty cool idea of the coolness by watching this guy doing the former...

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Post by Cybananna » Mon Aug 11, 2008 10:12 pm

yea, metavox is worth having for the money. It makes some nice noises in a feedback loop too. :party:

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Post by apemandan » Tue Aug 12, 2008 12:04 am

Let me know if you ever decide to sell it! Sounds pretty cool..

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Post by Kwote » Tue Aug 12, 2008 12:27 am

i'm not really into vocals in my production but eventually when i have a mic for other uses i'll throw it into the I/O and process the shit outta my voice. no typical vocode styles though.
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Post by tragedybysyntax » Tue Aug 12, 2008 12:43 am

Yah... thing is.... what's the best way to run a mic that's xlr to 1/4" or 1/8" ?

Transformer box?

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Post by Muff Wiggler » Tue Aug 12, 2008 12:44 am

i use a preamp for that

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Post by felix » Tue Aug 12, 2008 12:58 am

tragedybysyntax wrote:Transformer box?
"Megatron...we must send the energeon cubes back to Cyberton!"

Sorry...this thread, plus "transformer box"...I couldn't help myself.

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Post by futuresoundsystems » Tue Aug 12, 2008 5:04 am

Muff Wiggler wrote:i use a preamp for that
That's one thing that always put me off, having to preamp the mic every single time.

Anyway, I hope Muff gets more use out of it than I did!
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Post by flts » Tue Aug 12, 2008 5:42 am

AC-AC adapters are surprisingly hard to find, yeah. I had to get one for the x0xb0x I built - they didn't have those in too many places and the one I found cost a shitload compared to normal AC-DC -adapters.

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Post by Kwote » Tue Aug 12, 2008 8:49 am

if you use a mic that doesn't require phantom power i'd imagine the I/O could handle amplification duties, provided you can plug in with 1/4. might need a coverter depending.
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Post by futuresoundsystems » Tue Aug 12, 2008 11:23 am

Kwote wrote:if you use a mic that doesn't require phantom power i'd imagine the I/O could handle amplification duties, provided you can plug in with 1/4. might need a coverter depending.
Nope, it doesn't. I tried that every time. :(
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Post by Kwote » Tue Aug 12, 2008 12:01 pm

futuresoundsystems wrote:
Kwote wrote:if you use a mic that doesn't require phantom power i'd imagine the I/O could handle amplification duties, provided you can plug in with 1/4. might need a coverter depending.
Nope, it doesn't. I tried that every time. :(
you have a Blacet I/O?? at 100x amplification i'd be shocked and saddened if it doesn't get the job done.
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Post by futuresoundsystems » Wed Aug 13, 2008 5:24 am

Kwote wrote:
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Kwote wrote:if you use a mic that doesn't require phantom power i'd imagine the I/O could handle amplification duties, provided you can plug in with 1/4. might need a coverter depending.
Nope, it doesn't. I tried that every time. :(
you have a Blacet I/O?? at 100x amplification i'd be shocked and saddened if it doesn't get the job done.
Ooooh sorry, I thought you meant the I/O on the back of the Metavox, there is a trim control but that doesn't go far enough to amp up the mic.

Indeed, the Blacet I/O would do the job easily.
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