Thermionic Culture introduces Fat Bustard

The final production model of the new Thermionic Culture FAT BUSTARD Valve mixer will be launched at this years Music Messe.

It now has a total of 12 inputs instead of the 8 that were on the version previewed at the last AES NYC show, the inputs are arranged as 4x stereo pairs, 4x mono with pan controls, and all the channels have toggle mute switches. The simple but amazing Bass and Treble EQ now has 0.5dB stepped Lift controls while there are 6 way stepped Bass & Treble Cut controls.

Designer and owner Vic Keary has also come up with something new, a really sweet and effective stereo width control, a little reminiscent of some vinyl lathe cutting EQ’s. Four valves are used on the master buss, a pair of 5965 double triodes, the first half of which is pre-amp/eq, the second half is gain makeup in conjunction with the dedicated ‘Attitude’ feedback control which determines the amount of THD. The Attitude control can yield a clean signal or add gain and some “valvy” 2nd harmonic distortion. The other pair of valves is the larger 6SN7 double triode connected in parallel to give massive headroom cleanly (approaching +30 dBm).

Additional pair of AUX inputs is also provided for future channel expansion by adding the optional Little Bustard 16 channel expander, which will be due later this year.

Price: £2800.00 ex VAT approx.

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