Currently available from nonlinearaudio.com
NLA FlexiGuy 500 (FG500)
NLA CurvOmatic (FT501)
Resonant LP / HP Filter Set with Bax Tone Tipper:
news and FAQs:
- BLENDA PLP502 module - Parallel Loop Processor: a revamped updated version of our original BLENDA module will be in production as soon as we have front panels... everything else is ready to go...
- The BLENDA PLP500 and PLP502 are monaural devices, in "500" format, that split a direct signal out to an effects/processor loop and returns the effected/processed signal to be re-mixed or blenda'd back with the thru signal, either in-phase or with a phase reverse... something you can do on a console if you have inputs to burn. This is all done in the analog domain so there is no converter latency to deal with, and as more and more people are working with smaller or no analog mixers in front of them this module become handier and handier.
- The revised BLENDA PLP502 has 1/4" TRS send and return jacks on the front panel to make the module useable in all "500" racks. The effects loop will still be accessible through the aux i/o jacks on the back of Purple Audio's Sweet Ten racks, as it was on the original PLP500.
- The BLENDA PLP502 also adds some circuitry than can be switched in to make the loop send and return more friendly to unbalanced lower-level high-impedance devices (i.e. pedals) and middle-level middle-impedance devices like analog synthisizer modules. The loop on the original PLP500 module was best suited for use with +4 balanced equipment and we found users wanted to use the BLENDA with pedals and other "instrument" level unbalanced gear...and it worked... but we felt that we could do that job better so we rolled that in to the revamp...
- eQueTee EQT503 module - 4 band console EQualizer + HP/LP filters:
- These are in prototype for fine tuning... this was a customer request that turned in to a product. 64 of these are going in to a custom console we are building for said customer and our initial production will be 100 units.
- Two swept "mid" bands plus treble and bass bands that each have a button we are calling "shape" for now because these are neither shelf nor tradition bell curved bands... we'll figure out what to call these buttons by the time these hit production.
- Hi Pass and Lo Pass filters similar to those in the CurvOmatic with a pushbutton Q switch to add a little resonance at cutoff.
- These modules will be available with or without an output transformer...
- Little Jensen Bump Box: New Batch Coming... we have a list of people who have been asking for more of these.
- We made a batch of -10dBV to +4dBu transformered output balance boxes under our partner company, Eisen Audio, and ended up selling all of them pretty quickly... these were made specifically to bump iPod/iPhone and laptop outputs up to a "line level" that could drive anything in a studio (or on our test benches). We wanted something that was really clean and would not "load" the source... We couldn't find anything we liked "off the shelf" so we made them.
- These are very clean devices with high nickel Jensen output transformers. They are not inexpensive to make so we thought we'd produce a dozen or so and that would be it... but apparently not... we'll put up some information on them and will make an updated version as an actual ongoing product if the request list keeps growing. Meanwhile, here's a link to the Eisen Audio Bump Box page.
- We are keeping a list of those who want these and we'll be doing a product sheet for the nla site once we have the new ones in hand. Right now we are focused on getting FT501 and PLP502 modules in to production and out for people to use hear buy. Once that is accomplished we'll look at the "people wanting" list and by then it will be certainly be long enough to warrant doing another batch... get on the list...
- The Flexiguy FG8000 Eight Channel preamp?: The FG8000 is getting a facelift and a few internal changes (updated metering) and will be re-introduced as the FG8001.
- The engraved and paint-filled textured-aluminum panel is going away to be replaced by a powder-coat black one like the FG500 has.
- Updating the "winky" level indicator to the vastly improved version found in the FG500 module. This is retrofit-able to the non-proto FG8000 units that have illuminated "Guy/Gal mode" switches and we'll be swapping those in to customer units if they will let us have them back for a day (Andy?... come on... you can let us have it back for a day...)
- Other Products?: Yes... we have several additional things in development plus a few we've already built as "request items" that we are looking to turn in to ongoing supportable product. We also have some short run items that we have done in the past and we plan to do more of.
- What is the different between a request or short run item and an ongoing product, you may ask?
- Ongoing product is something we can make as many as we can sell. We can procure and maintain inventory in parts and therefore support the product over time.
- Short runs are different. They come out of speech/thought bubbles like... "oh wow these transformers sound great and we have 60 of them... let's make sumptin'" ... and then we do ... but after that those unique transformers are gone and that's it. Short runs are, by nature, limited editions. We can pick up and do another "run" but each run is a little different in some way.
- Request items are different still. These are things we make one to a few of for some particular user or group of users on request and these may or may not be replicatable due to limited availability of parts or they are just too strange or expensive to be viable as a product ... or so we think at the time.
- What's with the German on the front panel of the Flexiguy?: It describes what the unit is...
- The reason that came about comes from one of our technical advisors, Emmitt Plek... we don't know where he's really from but he often drops into a very weird and incomprehensible German-esque accent... generally after consuming multiple wursts and more liters of bieres than one would think possible... and one late night at Wunderbar (now gone sadly) after finishing off a second(!) Das Boot, he suggested we write a product description on the front panel of the Flexiguy 8K, we wrote it down as he slurred it out before going face down on the remains of his third plate of spaetzle... and that's what we put on the front panel. This carried over to the Flexiguy 500 module.
- We're not locked into German... the BLENDA and FltrTltr have descriptive front panel verbiage in English.
- The Orson OW8K Mic pre (of which there is only one right now) is in Swedish... and that is another story.
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NonLinearAudio is the outgrowth of creative technical audio design concepts and efforts from Jens Jungkurth (Eisen Audio, LLC) and John Klett (Tech Mecca, Inc.).
NonLinearAudio products are manufactured in Brooklyn, New York.
For our purposes, NonLinearAudio is about the difference between a "perfect straight wire with gain", or a "perfect equalizer with no phase or distortion artifacts", or a "perfect dynamics controller" (none of which exist, by the way), and what occurs in the real world. We different the color and the sound we like in some gear, dislike in other gear and, most often, have mixed opinions about in a lot of gear. ALL analog gear is nonlinear in varied degrees depending on how it's used. Some of this non-linearity is useful and sounds "good" and other non-linearities sound pretty awful. Digital converters and workstations have gotten pretty good at emulating analog processors cleanly however these idealized emulations throw away some of the possibilities, some of the useful nonlinear audio artifacts and color you could get from working with real analog hardware devices. Even new analog renditions of older gear don't always "get it", and worse, there are those who "upgrade" classic gear to make it sound almost like a plug-in... what a world... make my vintage thing sound like a plug-in... pfehh!
The mission at NonLinearAudio is to distill what we like in to new gear that we can use ourselves and share with the world... it's not about making another rendition or clone of a common "classic". It's about making truly useful creative analog audio hardware tools with purpose.
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