In Daking, we have found a manufacturer following in the tradition of the great console manufacturers. Geoff Daking, long a premier name in the recording industry, has used his extensive experience in recording and studio setup to create a line of studio products whose sound quality and workmanship are second to none. Factor in their reasonable cost and Daking’s excellent product support, and you have a value unmatched in the pro audio industry today.
In the late 80s the music business began to change with the advent of MIDI and sequencers. This was the start of home studios and the beginning of the demise of commercial recording studios. As a studio owner, people would come to Geoff Daking for advice on all sorts of subjects. What console to buy..what mics to use…what amps sound best?
At that time, outboard gear as we know it today wasn’t really available. It became clear to him that there would be a growing demand for were really good mic-pres and equalizers..
So, what makes Daking Audio different?
Well, for starters all our products are based on a philosophy of “Keep it Simple”.
The Daking motto is “Get Home Early!” By that, we mean, make gear that sounds great and is easy to use. We make all our equipment totally flexible without superfluous controls.
A great equalizer should have fixed frequencies, each tuned to a specific point. Hi and Low frequencies are shelving while the mid range frequencies are peaking and use custom inductors.
A great compressor must be flexible and easy to use. We use FETs for gain change and peak detectors for control. Once again, we make our compressors with all the tools you need and without superfluous controls.
In a great mic-pre, an input transformer is the essential component. Most first-class mic pre-amps use input transformers. Transformers afford the best interface between a microphone and a pre-amp because it correctly matches the microphone, provides quiet gain and gives the best common mode rejection and ground isolation of any connection scheme. They are usually the most expensive components in an audio device.
Discrete amplifiers are amplifiers made with individual parts such as transistors, capacitors and resistors. In a discrete circuit, all parts and values can be optimized and the audio path can be very short. Most modern consoles use integrated circuits (IC’S) – little plastic packages with hundreds of components in them. One integrated circuit may contain more transistors than an entire channel of a classic discrete console. Discrete amplifiers typically run at much higher voltages and deliver more current than IC’s so they can have much greater headroom. Modern consoles have many IC’s in the audio path of each channel. Audio does not improve as the chain gets longer.
Class A Circuits
You hear a lot about class A circuits these days. Without a long technical discussion, the advantage of class A circuits is the elimination of crossover distortion. Engineers agree that class A amplifiers just sound better.
Economy vs Quality
It is clear that many of the audio improvements of the last 20 years were vapor, just changes disguised as improvements so that equipment could be made cheaper.
Many of these old consoles have been parted out and their mic-pre’s and eq’s sold off in pairs. These “vintage” devices often have switches and capacitors that are worn out and require extensive repair and restoration. The costs and lost time frequently take the charm away from dabbling in these antique audio devices.
We use modern production techniques along with time proven designs and components to create products that give you the performance of the classics without the headaches.
All of our products are built in the U.S.A., are lead free and ROHS compliant.
Our customer service is unparalleled because treat each and every customer as our top priority.
“…. Over the last few years I’ve used Daking mic pres and compressors on recording for artists such as Carole King, Tracy Bonham, Jane Siberry, Hanson, Michelle Branch, Rufus Wainright, Cafe Tacuba, Julieta Venegas, Juanes and many others…” –Joe Chiccarelli
“If you’re looking for that vintage sound of a Trident A Range, and you want to add warmth to the digital recording chain, look no further: the Daking mic preamps add a distinctive sonic character that really make your recordings come alive!” –Butch Vig