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Who can recognise these rack units in this picture?

Posted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:31 am
by Rumbler101
New pic:
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Found this whilst watching a Phil Collins documentary. I can obviously see the 808 on the left but was curious if you guys could recognise the stuff on the right.

Thanks.

Re: Who can recognise these rack units in this picture?

Posted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:17 pm
by meatballfulton
Fuzzy picture, but those are effects units. The blue ones look like the old MXR digital delay units, below it looks like an EQ of some kind. The units above it, I have no idea.

Re: Who can recognise these rack units in this picture?

Posted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:58 pm
by Z
909 behind the 808

Re: Who can recognise these rack units in this picture?

Posted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:14 pm
by Rumbler101
Yeah sorry about the fuzz. It's the best I got.

Thanks for the replies also. If anyone has any idea on the others, lemme know!

Re: Who can recognise these rack units in this picture?

Posted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:58 pm
by madtheory
meatballfulton wrote:Fuzzy picture, but those are effects units. The blue ones look like the old MXR digital delay units, below it looks like an EQ of some kind. The units above it, I have no idea.
Yes very fuzzy but my guess is they could be a pair of Yamaha SPX90s. The LED and backlit LCD are lit up, looks about right.

Re: Who can recognise these rack units in this picture?

Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:57 pm
by meatballfulton
The grey unit third from the top in the rack might be a Lexicon PCM41 (most other PCM models have blue panels).

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Re: Who can recognise these rack units in this picture?

Posted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:03 pm
by spock
Yes, they could be SPX90's (1985), as the UP+DOWN buttons look right but I'm not sure about the LED positioning - even zooming in it's too hard to see properly:
https://en.audiofanzine.com/multi-effec ... 17730.html

Good call on the Lexicon PCM41 (and good eyes! :geek: )

Below it is a MXR Digital Delay Model 113, with memory expansion from the original 160ms to 640ms (or maybe even 1280ms), hence the black overlay around the buttons showing the extended delay times. Then a MXR Flanger/Doubler Model 126 = awesome box! :o

The 2U grey thing is probably some stereo 4-band parametric or compressor. Bel, Symetrix, Rane and Orban did some grey gear with white knobs but nothing I recognise that looks like that with curvy lines.

The 2U below it is perhaps just a blank panel (or see below).

The 3U black rack seems to be some kind of 80's modular FX type rack, like dbx 900 series or Rebis or Scamp rack (but that is 5U), although it looks like none of them; sure, 905 parametric has six knobs but they're
central, whereas these look too far to the right and have an extra white dot/knob/screw at the top. And the left pair with three knobs don't match any dbx 900 series. Possibly Tanrack? But the six knobs don't match that.
http://www.muzines.co.uk/articles/on-the-rack/3914
[I think the grey BO0 is some kind of watermark/writing on the photo as it doesn't line up with the slight angle of the rack unit.]

The bottom 2U is too vague to see; he needs a Dimension D in there but its distinctive buttons are not visible. Lexicon 224 is all black but 4U, so not right; you'd see the blue stripe of a 300L, so not that either. I doubt a Roland R-880 reverb (1989) existed yet.

Ask yourself what else he'd need, back then - what is missing? Delays, flanger, comp/EQ are covered, maybe multi-FX. I can't make out the things atop the rack, but I guess some kind of small mixer and maybe PSU/preamp.

I'd bet the two black 2U are power amps, as mostly blank front and a hint of handles either side, with the mostly empty 3U modular in between giving some cooling space, but not a Roland SPA-240 as you'd see the white writing.

JBL monitors, possibly Beyer DT-100s on the old joanna?
And I think that's the drummer from Genesis, no? :)

Re: Who can recognise these rack units in this picture?

Posted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:22 pm
by spock
These clearer photos with the same Slazenger tanktop on :) don't give any more clues unfortunately.



http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-phil-c ... 07608.html

What is that keyboard thing atop the rack with the huge grey connector? Some kind of tape machine remote?
LOL @ the "Junior Pro" drumkit box :lol:

Re: Who can recognise these rack units in this picture?

Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:36 am
by Rumbler101
You guys are good. Well, I found a better picture from the documentary in higher quality.

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Don't know if it helps. Have a go! And yes spock, the drummer in Genesis ;). I wonder what happened to him?

This is the doc:


That's an Oberheim DMX in the back-left too right?

Just a question also, the rack module effects units, how does the signal flow for those work?

Re: Who can recognise these rack units in this picture?

Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:38 am
by spock
Rumbler101 wrote:And yes spock, the drummer in Genesis ;). I wonder what happened to him?
He's still at it - here he is playing my friend's organ (well, same model anyway! 8-) )
https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news ... r-20160615
That's an Oberheim DMX in the back-left too right?
And an SCI Prophet V next to the 808, plus an 8-track tape machine. I'm still puzzled by the rack units though, sorry! Since he's a drummer (well, a "Junior Pro" ;)), I wondered if the 3U one is a Simmons SDS-V brain (6 knobs but white) or an SDS-7 (wrong knobs), but no.

In the Alamy photo I did recognise a 1983 Boss DM-2 analogue delay pedal under the bass.
Just a question also, the rack module effects units, how does the signal flow for those work?
On most you choose what to plug into yer guzintas and yer guzoutas to route signals wherever you want them to go. Some systems like MXR Auto Flanger/Phaser featured front patch panels so you could easily rewire at will. See:
http://www.diystompboxes.com/smfforum/i ... ic=54168.0
rusty components testifies how much liquid it sounds !
:D

Re: Who can recognise these rack units in this picture?

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:08 am
by Rumbler101
Bloody forgot to reply to this. Yeah nice spot spock!