Marquette Audio Labs Custom Racking Archive
After more than ten years, Marquette Audio Labs is
still doing what we do best. Which is keeping classic
modules alive and giving them a solid home to live in
for years to come and adding modern features (phantom,
phase, gain control, direct inputs etc...) to make
them more useful.
MARQUETTE AUDIO LABS has been building quality rack
solutions since 1994. We are proudly known worldwide
for our "rock solid" build qulaity and "classic"
aestheics. We try to keep the look of the equipment we
are working with and think this is the way a studio
"custom shop" would of done it "back in the day". Like
the modules were newly racked... in the 60s.
MARQUETTE AUDIO LABS Packages (racks) come with a
beautiful, rack mountable, gray hammertone finish,
steel chassis. Most packages feature Internal power
and phantom supplies shielded from the modules and/or
the Xlrs. (Note: External PSU is available and used on
certain packages). Normal features include: Power
On/Off, Phantom On/Off, Phase, Input Pad, D.I.s etc...
which are on the grained, clear anodized Front Panel.
(Note: Features Vary Per Package). Xlrs, 3 Pin
Universal AC socket & Fuse On the back of the chassis.
We have had the opportunity to work with a lot of the
'classic' or 'vintage' recording equipment. Marquette
Audio Labs has racked countless 'vintage' modules
including: hundreds of Telefunken / Siemens V-Series
modules (V72, V72a, V74, V76, V77, V78 etc...), Neve
33114, 1272, 1290, 1073, 1084, 1081 and 1095, as well
as modules from RCA, Calrec, Langevin, Audix, Helios,
MCI, WSW, ANT, Sphere, Fairchild and more.
Marquette Audio Labs Custom Racking... Quality Inside and Out
Like the saying goes ... "you get what you pay for"
, Producer / Engineer (Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carrey, Christina Aguilera...) called and wanted to check out some preamps for the album project he was doing. I sent Rhett several packages, one of which was the V672 w/ W695 EQ pair package, which was later purchased from fellow producer/ engineer Olle Romo (Corrs, Christina Aguilera...), as well as a pair of V72's. He used the V672 for KELLY CLARKSON's vocal on the single "Miss Independent" (along with a MERCURY M66 leveling amplifier
and a MERCURY EQ-P
After that Rhett was torn between the V672 (discrete class A brother to the V72) and the original V72 (tube preamp). They both sound similar yet different slightly at the same time due to that one is discrete and the other is tube. So we came up with the crazy soluation of putting one of each in the same rack as well as a Telefunken W695 (Discrete) EQ, all with independent I/O. This was a TOTAL custom one off job but Rhett needed a variety of tones in one package. MAL is here to build what ever will serve our clients best. I was very happy the way it came out.
Neumann is while famous for their classic microphones of the 50s and 60s but they also had their hand in some other great pro audio as well. These modules were from a German console used for broadcast as well as recording.
The V476 preamp is very nice soundind and the Class A/B topology is built to fit in this small housing (module) in a way that is an amazing engineering feat. Leave it to the German to pull off such a task... suppurb crafsmanship and sound. 0 - 70 dB of mic gain and a 0-10 fine gain lets you get where you need to be easily. There are also filters that can be bypassed as well as a phase reverese switch with LED.
The Neumann W491 EQ is also a BIG EQ in a very small package. 3 band EQ, 11 EQ points per band as well as a "broad / sharp" or Hi Q per band and Bypass for the EQ. The sound is smooth, a little character but not over powering. This will let you get in there and cut things up if needed. Mix / Master quality.
TDI (transformer direct input) is always an option per channel.
This rack was custom built for Sky Greenawalt. It houses two Neve 1290 modules that are similar to what we consider a "1272" Preamp today. These modules were in consoles and used as extra preamps.
The modules have 20 - 80 dB of gain as well as selectable input immpedance. Great modules... the real deal unlike a 1272 which is a line amp in its stand alone (raw, unmodified) state.
These WSW compressors were dismantled from console "strips" from a WSW console and custom racked for
MAL's good buddy JIMMY ZUMPANO at Stonehenge Recording in Atlanta, GA. Check him out at
. Jimmy has a GREAT studio
and it is usually stocked with Sweetwater 420... an amazing ale that is brewed and bottled in ATL !
2 Sphere EQs and 6 WSW (Siemens) EQs in a custom 5 space chassis (used on Lenny Kravitz's 5th album, at Roxie)
All packages have an Output Fader, Phantom on / off with LED per channel and Power on / off for the package.
The durable 2 space steel chassis shown have Marquette Audio Labs custom gray hammer tone finish. Front panels are made of
thick (3/16") Aluminum, grained and clear anodized. On the back of all packages there is a Fuse holder, 3 Pin AC socket on
the left and Mic / Line Input and Line Output XLRs per channel on the right.
Direct Inputs per channel (using Jensen D.I. transformers are also available as an extra option).
Vintage (60s) American Made Class A - Discrete Mic preamps. Packages include: Input Pad, Variable Gain control o to 50dB, Phase Reverse and Phantom on / off with LED per channel. As well as Power on /off for the package. XLR I/O per channel, 3 pin AC socket and fuse on back of Chassis.
There is also the extra option of TDI (transformer direct input) on all channels, or some channels for the 4-channel and "six pack" packages.
8 MCI console strips were mounted in a enclosed 14 space chassis with external 2 space power supply. Both have gray hammer tone finished chassis and 3/16" Aluminum front panels, grained and clear anodized.
Telefunken V676a - Pair Package, Vintage (late 60s /early 70s) German Made Class A - Discrete Mic/Line preamps. Modules have controls for 0 to 70dB of mic gain in 10 dB steps along with +/- 10dB fine gain control, 18 dB of Line gain when Mic gain is in the off position and filter for 40, 80 and 140 Hz. * Packages include: Input Pad, Phase Reverse and Phantom on / off with LED per channel. As well as Power on /off for the package. XLR I/O per channel, 3 pin AC socket and fuse on back of Chassis. * Direct Inputs per channel (using Jensen D.I. transformers) are also available as an extra option).
* Telefunken V676a w/ Neumann W491 EQ Pair Package, Vintage (late 60s /early 70s) German Made Class A - Discrete Mic/Line preamps and same era Neumann EQs custom packaged together. V676a Modules have controls for 0 to 70dB of mic gain in 10 dB steps along with +/- 10dB fine gain control, 18 dB of Line gain when Mic gain is in the off position and filter for 40, 80 and 140 Hz. Neumann W491 EQs have 3 band selectable frequency and +/- 15 sweep as well as a bypass switch. The Mic/Line amps and EQs can be used independently or in line together.
* Packages include: Phase Reverse and Phantom on / off with LED per channel. As well as Power on /off for the package. XLR I/O for both preamps and both EQs, 3 pin AC socket and fuse on back of Chassis.
These are SHEP SN8 (Neve 1073 style) modules in a MAL custom NEVE pair rack. The modules can fit in a console as well but these have been moded to have the ability for output faders in the rack. Class A preamps and a 4 band EQ with Hi Q on the mids.
This is a MAL PSU (Power Supply Unit). We build these for various products/racks that need exterior power supplies. With 3 pin AC socket and Fuse on the back, and Power on/off switch w/ Lamp and 4 or 5 Pin XLR on front. This particular unit has a custom handle, engraved with "Marquette Audio Labs."
This MAL Custom Rack was ordered by Adam Samuels (FOH / Engineer for Daniel Lanois). The Neve 33314 is a broadcast size module (same size as the 33114 / 33115 Pre/EQ). There is no room nor space on the front for meters and where usually on the console. The circuit is similar to the 32264a and/or 33609. We added the same sifam meters that are in the 33609, came up with a new mounting system so there are no mounting screws in through the modules or need for guide rails. It turned out very nice!
We've been building custom packages for vintage modules for over ten years.
Please call Dave at (510) 581-3817 for more information.