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    Hi. i just got back from a studio in norway and they had this wondrous green thing sitting in the corner which i can only assume is “the brick”

    it had “voice channel” written in the top corner of it and a vu meter in the middle. all the ins and outs were on the back. and it was a mic pre, eq, and compressor.

    and it sounded AMAZING! the vocals that were nice anyway but not quite in the mix suddenly were right up front and sitting perfectly. Week guitars seem to punch you in the face after bring run though this. i was in love =]

    i am only 17 so my bank account is not as big as most peoples but i was just wondering if they ever turn up? and what sort of price do they go for? i have read that not many were made, if it is the brick i am thinking of…. so i know my chances are low. but its worth a shot.

    Any help would be great =]

    Thanks, Alex

    Ted Fletcher

    Hi Alex,……. Well, I’m the same age as you except that the numerals are in a different order! :D

    Yes, I think that one is a ‘brick’….. they are very good, and yes, they do have the effect of pulling the voice forward and yet keeping it clean and fresh sounding.
    There were only about 50 ‘bricks’ made, and they did vary quite a lot, as I was experimenting with the design, but basically they were just very accurate mic amps with transformer inputs and with amplifiers that had a huge overload margin. The compressor was very simple, but the best thing was the ‘enhancer’ which worked like a dream.
    The P110 is the successor to the ‘brick’ and it does sound just as good.
    It’s unlikely that you will find a ‘brick’ at a price less than about £600; they are very rare as engineers tend to hang on to them!
    But don’t get fixated about it! The most important thing is the voice you are recording, not the gear.


    Hi Mr Fletcher
    Well I can’t believe it but i’ve been scanning ebay for a few week and guess what …I got one:-)
    its got rack ears fixed to it so looks a bit odd.
    On the back it says Joemeek voice channel V1.03 serial no. VC6-259.
    What I’m wondering is all seems fine but should I get it serviced now or just leave it alone?
    Thanks Alex

    Ted Fletcher

    That’s an odd one…. I don’t recognise it. I would like to see a picture of it.
    Certainly if it’s working, don’t mess with it, leave it alone! :D


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