( APRIL 2014 : just sold a SOLITAIRE to Marcus Byrne who has been /is the MD /keyboard player for Garry Barlow, Kylie Minogue ,The Saturdays , Annie Lenox ,Cheryl Cole Mika and loads of others , I'll be getting some pics on FACEBOOK soon
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"Equipped with highly developed assignable dual inputs on every module, each
with mute automation and EQ along with fader automation plus dynamics
processing on the main input...it's the most sophisticated console in its class !!!
You'll find Soundtrac's unique, patented and highly acclaimed FdB Parametric
Equaliser which provides... oh stop it... I cant go on, lets just say its punchy as
**** !"OK, the TECH stuff:
Below the channel EQ is the flexible monitor EQ _2 band shelving filters. In addition, the mid filters from the channel EQ can be switched into the monitor section or the entire channel can be flipped providing the full EQ on the monitor, and a nice little proper fader too !
change metering from monitor/group to channel,flip from record to mix mode , swap the pahse of incoming signals ,route to multitrack . Solo and auto mute . Optional motorised faders (very rare actually,cos they used to stick 2 grand on the price !!!)
Tape ins/outs are BALANCED and internally selectable between +4dBu and -10dBu
Integrated Patch Bay
Integrated patch bay allows a really flexible option on all ins/outs/inserts /2 tracks /tie lines : ALL connections available on 56 way MALE EDACS (wired 16 /edac) and mic ' inputs on XLR
Conclusion.....well for the sort of money these desks go for youd be mad to buy anything else. (if you can even get one !!!)
Photos of the 32 Version:
Every Solitaire user Ive known over the last 15 years has raved about the Punchy - EQ and features of this once- 25 grand console
FEB 2008: Sold a lovely little Solitaire 24 with patch bay to Mark Lord down in Kent. He does private production work and is very well respected. I took the desk down, stayed the night and got the beast all wired in next day. Here is his feedback:
Heres some good positive comments about the Solitaire from Future Producers: (a couple of grumpy comments from some digi-desk users but thats probably cos theyre jealous !!)
Previous satisfied Solitaire users include:
Tim in Stafford who is running a commercial studios and is having some real success with local bands
I think Jeff Guilford at Mean Street Studios is the man who has delved deepest into the Solitaire automation capabilities and he's happy to chat to anyone about how great they are.
... and of course on the cutting edge of groove is Aston FREESTYLERS Harvey "punchy as **** " was one remark he made!!- www.thefreestylers.com
Eric's Solitaire Hmm... I wouldnt mind staying there for a few days. Eric absolutely loves the EQ
Also I sold Planet City in Blackburn a SOLITAIRE 32 (MIDI mute version) 2 years ago and I just called Nathan to see if everything is ok. All is well and he absolutley loves it to bits, they have a great web site
Frank in Tuscanny (with olive trees and vines all around) Franks Place - of course there is Terry and Jon Miles at Woodside Studios - and then there is Tim Smith from the Cardiacs -and not forgetting SAE in Glasgow and Dutch Patrick in... Holland!
And then theres Steve over in Roundwood who sent this email...
September 2008: I sold a SOLITAIRE 32 to Gordon Bond in Maidstone, Kent. He warned me that he lived in a Tudor cottage and the access to the attic studio was ,,,,,,,,, er .... tight !!
Anyway there were four of us to shift the 140kg desk up the stairs. We huffed and we puffed but no way was she going through (there was a 90° turn at the top of the very small stairs) so we bought it down, took the modules out and tried again. No way... so down again and I had to take the meter bridge off as well. Still wouldnt go. In the end we took a brick hammer to the doorway and removed a section of roof and she went in. What a night that was! Anyway, all installed and it looks fabulous...
Can you get a Solitaire 32 with patchbay up there?
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