Welcome to the new and improved Custom Tube Consoles web site. It is now hosted on Google Sites which makes managing and updating the site so much easier and it is also a lot cheaper! I will be adding a lot more detail to this site, especially for all the DIYers out there who are building their own tube based pro audio gear based on my PCBs.

If you are here then I don’t have to explain why you prefer tube sound. Trouble is, there’s not much around in the way of professional tube mixing console products. There are plenty of professional mixing console products with a few tubes in them but they all have semiconductors in the signal path. There are also plenty of professional all tube products - but not one of them is a mixing console. The sad truth is no one makes all tubes consoles - until now. I design and build custom tube consoles. All consoles are designed to order. Each design uses standard physical modules and is created from a series of standard building blocks, but each console is unique. All the designs are based on a few straightforward guiding principles:

  • Semiconductors are used in power supplies but there is not a single semiconductor device of any kind in the signal path, not even a semiconductor constant current source or a biasing LED.
  • Global negative feedback is not used yet excellent distortion figures are achieved.
  • Designs are built from standardised Class A building blocks.
  • Channel gain is controlled by switching in pads at appropriate points in the signal path. This allows the user to select between minimising distortion or allowing the introduction of tube tone.
  • Passive mixing is used because it avoids negative feedback
  • Passive equalisation is used, again because it avoids negative feedback
  • All active circuits are built on PCBs which are hand wired inside screened enclosures with attached front panels. This provides maximum screening and signal integrity.
Use the navigation buttons a the top of the page to find out more about specific products, the design philosophy employed, background information or to make contact.