Creation Audio Labs has developed an incredible upgrade for the Soundcraft Ghost mixing console that greatly enhances all the sonic attributes of the desk while maintaining much of it's British characteristics!
The original Ghost design is very good to begin with, and the IC upgrade puts this desk over the top! The mic pre’s, EQ section, the outputs, B-Mix path, direct output drivers, and aux sections all gain responsiveness and clarity. The noise floor of the desk drops significantly. The Left/Right stereo field widens out greatly too, due the improvement in crosstalk. Upgrading the capacitors improves low end clarity as well as tightening up the lo mid frequency repsonse by increasing the values of these caps and replacing the stock capcitors with ones that have a much lower ESR.
The stock Ghost pales in comparison to the modification!
Here are some graphs that help quantify how the modification improves the Ghost:
Creation Audio Labs can do entire consoles, master sections, or individual channels as requested. We recommend that as a minimum, the master section be done first, with the possibility of at least two input channels as well. This gives a stereo pair of "hot rodded" channels through a big time beefed up master section!
During this process, we also perform a general refurb of the console, which is a complete strip down and rebuild of the desk. We address all problems, clean up things, hand re-solder pot and jack connections, etc. Please view the refurbishment / restoration section of our web page for a walk through of this process.
-The console is then stripped all the way down. All rearcons, inputs, and master section PCB’s come out. This entails removing all knobs, pot nuts, and screws (and we mean all).
-All metal work, knobs and PCB modules are cleaned with the appropriate chemicals / solutions / high pressure air. -All rearcon jack connections and all pot connections are resoldered by hand. This insures good connection to the PCB and corrects any solder fractures which cause "crackle" and intermittent drop outs.
-All switches are cleaned and lubed.
-All pots are cleaned with very expensive chemical cleaners and HP air.
-All faders are cleaned and lubed, and the hot lead of the fader is moved and resoldered to prevent shorting to adjacent cards. Additionally any hot glue is removed and the wires are securely attached with foil tape. Ghost faders are not typically extremely smooth to begin with, but we have found a special cleaning and lube process that makes them as silky as possible. The fader mods do not effect the audio, they only improve the reliability and feel.
-All insert jacks are replaced with gold Neutrik jacks.
-After the refurb process is complete the console is reassembled and fully tested via oscilloscope waveform analysis and condenser mic "live" audio testing. All noted or found problems are corrected.
- Additionally, the power supply is QC’d and trimmed to exacting specs.
- All IC's in the audio path are replaced with our compliment of Burr Brown, Analog Devices and National Semiconductor IC's.
- All the Jamicon SK series stock capacitors (general purpose caps) are replaced with the Panasonic FM series high performance capacitors.
Pricing: (with Gold Insert Jacks / without Gold Insert Jacks) *If your Ghost was built post 2001, then it should not need the Gold Jack replacements.
24 Channel: $4895 / $4640
32 Channel: $5995 / $5695
Expander Sidecar: $3495 / $3360
Per module pricing:
Input Module: $149.95 with Gold Insert Jack replacement / $144.99 without Gold Insert Jack
Group Module: $179.95
Studio/Oscillator Module: $189.95
Aux Master Module: $199.95
Master/CRM Module: $289.95
Master section Neutrik gold jack upgrade (19 jacks): $174.95
[pricing updated 5/15/2012]
****Pricing is subject to change. Please call for current prices.
****Add tax if applicable.
****For information on refurbs/upchips on other consoles please call us for a quote!