FINALLY SOME AFFORDABLE HARDWARE! | Tegeler Magnetismus 2 review

 

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So, here we are again in the studio that is looking like a complete tip. For some reason, I keep taking my studio apart and putting it back together again. I think I've got mental. I've got far too many things to do anyway. So, I don't know why I keep doing it to myself. I've got, I've got cables everywhere. I've even got a radiator hanging off the wall has really, really quality. As you can see, I've got my camera set up. It's a bit dark in here. Isn't it put that light on, so you can see me because I know you're desperate too. And, so basically the reason why I took it all apart is because Tegeler audio. Our friends at Tegeler who make these blue units. You've probably seen, you've probably know the Creme. By now, If you've seen that, I've got one down there.

Let's have a quick look whilst we're down here, devastated top ones, come off. If you've got an Avalon 747, and if you haven't, you need one, they've stopped making now, but these are the most flimsiest things ever and they come off. So, now that's stuck in. So, if I hope you like 32K when you master with me, because that's what you're getting, because I can't move it. So, these, the Tegeler Creme as well, I've kicked this and look now that just is moving all over the place. So, now I've gotta take that apart and fix that as well. It's just on, and on and on, but getting there. So anyway, back to the matter in hand, which is this unit, this is a Magnetismus. (God knows). But, basically essentially it's a compressor stroke. They say that it's a transient shaper. So, we'll see about that. But, what I'm gonna do is I've got a load of tracks master as well today. So, I need to crack on get the studio working again. So it looks good and sounds good. And, then I'll get into this and we'll run through it. So, hold tight. I'll bang on a stand so you can get the vibe anyway. (Music playing).

So, I'm back to normal. I've got the room well, at least there's no wires everywhere. So, now I need to measure it. And, I've got a system called a Trinnov. Now Trinnov, as you can see down here, it's like Sonarworks, but like mental version. You get given this, well you don't get given it it's 600 quid, but it's a microphone. And, essentially this mic is, it's got four prongs on it, which is supposed to resemble, I guess, your head where your going to put it in the sweet spot. But the great thing about Trinnov, which Sonarworks doesn't do is a lot of phase stuff. So, you get this like where sonar works is really 2d. Trinnov gets this really measures the whole room in one measurement, as you’ll hear now.

And, it basically says really quick, where with Sonarworks, you have to do loads. But this one does all of the room as well. So, it measures the height of the ceiling, it against the walls and all stuff. So, it is pretty clever stuff. The main difference is this is about this whole system's probably about 6,000 pounds and Sonarworks is about 250. So, it's a massive difference in cost, but you get your own computer system with it and you get this little mic. So, it's got this like weird cable that goes in at the bottom. There we go. So, that goes in there. It's got a light at the front there. It's got battery in it. So, you see the red light that goes on. So, what I need to do is put this where I'm gonna sit. So this is gonna be this measures, my the sweet spot of me basically. So, in my ears about right, I'll put the chair because then that that's obviously gonna measure the area how I want it. So what I'm gonna do, it just plays white noise for like in one speaker, then it plays white noise in the other speaker, and then that captures it. And, then it does its calculations based on the sound of the room and how it's calculated that. So, let’s try. (Sounds)

And that's it. So I had to hide behind the chair and that is the easiest way to calibrate your room. So, after the calibration has taken place, then it's a quick flick through my title playlist of all reference tracks that I like, the main one being Sohn, Tremors by Sohn, which I think I've mentioned in the past. Basically calibrating my ears now back to the room. It's always similar anyway, because I'm not really moving that much stuff around, but I'm just a bit, because it's only one setting then you might as well give it a spin and do it all the time. Really just to  keep the room tuned up. But , it's gonna be similar. Because everything stays in the same place. I don't like to move things as always say to you on channel don't move things, keep things in the same place, keep consistency, keep things symmetrical.

But the difference was, I'd actually move these back. These two pods, because I thought I'd like them here because I thought they'd get in the way and they do get in the, have the sound of touch, but I've got used to it and it's easier to use them, when they're there rather than there. I know that sounds ridiculous. But, it's sometimes you have to compromise in other ways just to make actually work. I'd rather be able to go like that and hear what I'm doing. Rather than that, I can't see what I'm doing here. I can just sort of look, and then it makes my working process better rather than hearing it a little tiny bit better, but my workflow being worse. So yeah, it's always a bit of a juggle. So, as you can see from below, probably down there somewhere, we're getting close to 50K subs. And, if you are avid streaky watcher on YouTube, if you are then get a life and go out and do something,  it's locked down. But anyway, I'm giving away this Masselec as soon as I hit 50K. Now, if you don't believe I give things away because loads of people like of course you do Streaky, you're gonna give that away. Well, here's someone who got some speakers off me.

“Hi everyone, I'm Alessandro and I'm a London-based producer and musician. And, I wanted to say thanks to Streaky. I'm the winner of the speakers giveaway. So, I received these amazing Adam Audio T5V, and I'm loving them. So, thanks Streaky. Thanks Adam Audio, and keep doing the good stuff.”

There you go. See, I do give things away. So, you'll get this 5k, but you have to be a subscriber to the channel. So, make sure you subscribe. And then make sure you like this video obviously. And, in the comment, just let me know what videos you wanna see from me in the future. That's it really? You just gotta be a subscriber and you've got to be around when I hit 50K so I can tell you who's getting it.

And, so let's get on with looking at this new Tegeler that I've been sent over, which sits nicely on top of this desk, as you can see, it's quite handy. It's got a couple of little knobbages on the end, so it'll sit there so I can review stuff for you. So, this is essentially a compressor from Tegeler. They say it's like a transient designer in a way.

Transients are the fast tacky things at the front of, say snare, stuff like that. So, it is manipulating those to sound really nice. It's adding a little bit of juice, a bit of color, basically. So, this front section here is pretty standard compressor section. This has got a threshold, so that's where it's gonna start grabbing it. This is a timing, now you don't have attack and release times on this. It's an all in one button. I'm sure somewhere online, it tells you whether it's faster or slow as it goes up like that, but I'm sure we, you can do that by ear. You can hear that it's nicely stepped. So, that's good for recall. Then, we have quite a variable ratio. Then, we have a make up gain. So you can see the gain reduction happening on this little meter here.

And, so you can then make up the gain to how much you are losing on the gain reduction. So, that's quite cool. And, then we got this section here, which is more of the sound, the vibey, transiently stuff. So, this has got three different sounds: Eisen (probably saying that wrong), Kobald and Nickel. So, they're different sounds of that. And that's called a Flux Mode (Love that). And intensity as what it says on the tin, more or less, and then output. So we can change the output depending on what's coming in so that we can balance it up or maybe give it a bit more. Apparently if you use the makeup gain on this, it will drive more sound into this section. So, the more you push into this section, they're better really I think. Because then we can see what happens. But what I'm gonna do, let's have a little play with it, then we can see what it sounds like.

There's nothing really going on. Interesting on the back that you need to see. It's just some XLR inputs and a power lead. That is it. Their boxes look pretty cool. If you like this design, I think it looks rather nice, but the great thing about Tegeler is they don't overcharge for their gear. It's really nicely made stuff and it doesn't kill your wallet. I think this is probably a couple of grand. (Probably lying). But there's a price coming up on it now, but let's have a play. See what it sounds like. If you're into hardware and you don't have the Tegeler Creme, then you should would consider buying it. It's not that expensive, but it's something I use all the time. It's got like a Pultec EQ and a compressor on it. So it's really handy, has a good bit of outboard. So, that's a good thing from the Tegeler gang.

So, let's check this out when I get a new bit of equipment in, I wanna basically get it. So, it's totally flat in and out of the system to make sure everything's okay. I've just turned the track into a 20k test one. A 1k test tone at -20 should I say. So, that I can just then run it straight through, bypass it in and out and make sure I've got two meters, basically. One on the before and one on the after and then make sure they're both lined up exactly the same. So that when I'm playing through, it means that it's gonna be totally flat, and then whatever adjustments I'm doing is gonna be on the unit itself. But usually I won't touch the output and things like that, because then I know it's going in flat and coming out flat and then any adjustments I'm doing within it, I can then hear what's going on. If that makes any sense whatsoever. That's basically what I'm doing.

So, I've got on this. This is the output meter is -23 on there. So, I wanna make this one -23 on there too. So, I'm just going to keep the makeup gain on zero. And, then the intensity on zero timings. That's not gonna matter, because I'm just going in and out when I bypass it, it should be 23. So, it's roughly 23.3. So, it's not ideal. Does that make any difference? No. Okay. So, it's got a hard bypass on it, which is cool. So, I just need to make an adjustment on the A to D. The D to A, sorry. So that's all totally flat going in and out. So now, when I've both at everything's bypassed. And, so I'm going in and out the equipment at 23 there, as you can see.

23 out and 23 back in. So, I've muted it because obviously you are sitting, watching, thinking, why the hell have I got a 1k tone going on a meter, but because I'm deaf as opposed, didn't even hear a 1k tone until I looked at it on the screen. So, I've muted that now. So you'll be happy. So let's, just try and get this lined up. That's pretty good. I mean, we've got 1dB of gain makeup on there and so that's flattish going in and out, not moving,  that's cool. Let's go with that. So, get rid of the 1k tone and then we should be in business to be able to hear it if I unmute. So, the bonus of my room is that I have a switcher, which is called a Dangerous Liaison, and I can just switch the bit of kit in and out.

So, I use this for switching different bits of equipment in and out of the chain. And, so I can use it for this rather than having to use a bypass. A bypass usually has like, we'll put a click in it. So as you're hearing, it's quite, offput in to have a click where I don't seem to get any clicks on that. Well, he says that, but I can still hear a click, but you know what I mean? I can't hear a click on the audio. So, I've had a little mess around with it after doing my little lineups. And, at first I couldn't hear a thing that it was doing as normal. And, so I was trying, obviously I'm not gonna read a manual, because I'm male, and I don't do that. I've had a play. I basically got to the point with it, where, what I realized was I needed to put more makeup gain in, this is probably obvious for anyone who's read the manual or bothered to read the manual. Put more makeup gain in because that's doing the distortionary sound and then bring the output level down.

So, I got the balance doing that against in and out. I knew I wasn't getting any fake level. So, I had basically, makeup gain, which essentially input and then output down a bit. I ignored the front end, which is the compressor. Just got a bit bored of that instantly. I think that'd be really cool if you were using this on individual instruments or on channels, but because I'am using it across a whole mix,  I'm really using it for the vibe of it rather than the compressor. I'm sure if I played with it more, I'd probably get some use out of the compressor, but I've got plenty of compression going on in the room. So, don't need that. Then obviously the intensity is how much distortion and noise and stuff you're putting in, saturation and things and then the three different flavors. So, that's essentially it. So, what I'll do now, I'll play going in and out. You'll see, I'll just hold the camera on here and I'll just go in and out so that you can hear the difference between the three different sounds, and I'll put some more intensity on and bypass anyway, I'll stop talking and show you what it does. (Music playing).

So, If I want to stick some more makeup gain on this. You'll hear that I'll do that now as I'm playing and you'll hear obviously the level's gonna go up. But also you'll hear that the distortion starts happening, which could be really cool for certain effects when you are doing solo instruments, you can put loads of compression going in, get some sound, get some distortion going. So, that could be fun, but , let's show you that. (Music playing).

It’s weird. It's good for mastering, but I think, it's probably better for mixing and instrument stuff. Now, maybe I'll give this away at some point. I'm gonna sit with it for a bit. They've said that I can have it for a while, so let's see how I get on with it. And maybe I'll give it away to you guys if I don't end up using it a lot. And if I do then I'm lucky, but don't forget to subscribe because when I hit 50k, the Masselec is going someone's way. So see you next time. Thanks for watching. Bye.

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