Thought I’d “update” audio wise the state of our research, while we (I at least) wait for the SVDS to come to me tonight.
Since it is now known that the SVDS only boosts from the front panel – which is a different circuit – wanted to try it.
Played with the CETEC-Vega R42/T77
Here’s the result.
PS: Important note: recorded with an original 1960s Neumann U67. Settings are IDENTICAL (amp and recording) to the recently played YSMANL video:
Another smaller but important update on the SVDS. I was able to exchange emails again with Mr. Schaffer during my Italian sleep-less night (majorly jet legged here, and so Mr. Schaffer having come back from Russia where he met his long time friend Sting of which he sent me a few pictures) and he confirmed me the following:
From what I remember (I promised: very dodgy) there was no switch per se.. . the XLR is the clean way out… the front panel “monitor” was never meant to be in line… but a lot (most?) guys used the monitor output, I guess sometimes to overdrive the front end of the amp (which the XLR output would not do).
You know – you can design something with one thing in mind, but once it gets out to the user, it can turn into a whole new ballgame. Just like writing a song – once it’s out there, the writer has like nothing to say about it !