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Topic: Matamp Super-nova mixer.
Posted By: jbl_man
Subject: Matamp Super-nova mixer.
Date Posted: 02 October 2007 at 9:17am
 i have mentioned these before in other threads,after looking for 2 years i have managed to aquire a mint condition one....the Matamp super-nova...they date from the early 1980`s and cost a fortune new.....dont let the old-fashioned looks put you off...these are handbuilt English quality at its very best...this one has the optional plywood case,(most were just supplied as a chassis for club install)....these are rare now,and its still the best sounding DJ mixer i have heard.
photos....
 
 
 
 
By the way,i know of another that might be for sale soon,if anyone is interested.


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Posted By: Static Age
Date Posted: 02 October 2007 at 12:15pm
you best record a mix & put a link to download it in the mixes section then Ian.
 
it really does look mint by the way.


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Posted By: jbl_man
Date Posted: 02 October 2007 at 2:27pm
Here`s a bit more info i found Dan...this is the Matamp brochure and price list dated 1988..it was £1350 without the case back then.....
 
 
 
 


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Posted By: godathunder
Date Posted: 02 October 2007 at 5:11pm

are matamp the same company as orange (guitar amps)



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Posted By: Static Age
Date Posted: 02 October 2007 at 5:43pm
its not too dissimilar (probably same era) to an old Citronic mixer i removed from a flight case once.
 
the Citronic was in 3 peices as opposed to 2. it consisted of the main body of the mixer, cross fader on seperate 19" panel & another panel containing the EQ.
 
all the parts were connected via cables & the power came via the main part of the mixer.


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Posted By: opus jody
Date Posted: 02 October 2007 at 10:37pm
I had one of those Citronics - my first 'proppa' mixer!
Ian, the mains switch looks dangerously easy to knock 'off' by todays 'less disciplined' dj's!
Are the bass & treble filters at the top hi & lo pass filters?
and presumably the bass mid & trebbles are on the output stage?
and (more questions!) how does the group thing work on the right hand side?
The real thing looks ace in its very cool looking case.
Nice!


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Posted By: jbl_man
Date Posted: 03 October 2007 at 9:29am

Hi Jody..okie dokie,there is switchable low and hi pass filters,at 20hz,40hz and 60hz on the bass,and at the extreme hf at 12,16 and 24khz,useful to stop any vhf or rf.

I see your point about the one/off switch,but it would be an easy job to change that for another..u could even fit a key-operated switch in the same hole i would think.
 
There are 2 seperate stereo output groups,totally independent,allowing you to control two sound systems off the one mixer..ie,u could run your rig as system 1,with say James`rig at the back of the venue,as system 2,with full metering on both groups.Smile..i will post up the full technical spec in a moment.
This particular unit was serviced and checked over by Matamp last year...i have been speaking to some of the old school soul-weekender DJs,and they all reckon its the best mixer ever made...Matamp have been making valve amps and pro.electronics by hand in england since 1960`s.
Ian.


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Posted By: jbl_man
Date Posted: 03 October 2007 at 9:33am
full technical spec.....


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Posted By: Static Age
Date Posted: 03 October 2007 at 10:21am
Ian there is just one thing i cant make out, where is the headphone socket??

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Posted By: jbl_man
Date Posted: 03 October 2007 at 10:27am
Rear panel Dan...there is phono inputs for decks and line-in..and 2 sets of XLRs for the outputs groups.

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Posted By: Static Age
Date Posted: 03 October 2007 at 10:31am
that would explane why i couldnt see it in any of the pics.

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Posted By: Tekasis
Date Posted: 03 October 2007 at 11:16am
Originally posted by jbl_man jbl_man wrote:

 the Matamp super-nova...they date from the early 1980`s
Looks soild JBL & looks like it would suit permanent club installs. I see something lurking in the background that I recognise, hope I can borrow your picture! [/QUOTE]
 


Posted By: TONY.A.S.S.
Date Posted: 03 October 2007 at 8:52pm
Just picked up on this thread. Froggy designed the layout for this one. He had no 1 and I had number 2. I think the picture on the front of the mag was mine. I had made the ali stucco flight case so they they used it for the picture. My contribution at that time to Matamp was do advise on the 4 way x/o they did. Mat was a good friend who used to keep me up untill the small hours talking about kit.

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Posted By: TONY.A.S.S.
Date Posted: 03 October 2007 at 8:55pm
Originally posted by godathunder godathunder wrote:

are matamp the same company as orange (guitar amps)



They are not the same company, But at the start Matt was making the orange amps. I believe at one time Cliff Cooper and matt were partners

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Posted By: markie
Date Posted: 03 October 2007 at 9:57pm
Tony, I seem to remember Matamp made virtually the same amps as Orange but under their own brand and in green????

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Posted By: jbl_man
Date Posted: 04 October 2007 at 9:34am
Thats interesting Tony,do you still have your one? i spoke to the guys at Matamp,they only made around 300 of these in total,so they must be the rarest mixer about nowdays...as they were so expensive new,most were sold as club installs,and a few went to DJ`s home studios,and some to radio 1 roadshow...Froggy had one,and John Dean as well,everyone i have spoken to who used one reckoned they were the best DJ mixer built.

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Posted By: TONY.A.S.S.
Date Posted: 20 October 2007 at 5:19pm
Ian, Just picked up this thread. I sold mine to a club in Southend many years ago. I also did the first install in a club for that mixer. It was for louis Brown at the Val bon club in london. Mat had given me the job. It was a good move, as I later installed the whole club with sound. Also did Skindals in Maidenhead for him.

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Posted By: jbl_man
Date Posted: 20 October 2007 at 6:55pm

Just had it serviced,with a few pots changed and then repainted the case....

 


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Posted By: TONY.A.S.S.
Date Posted: 20 October 2007 at 8:36pm
Looking smart Ian. Bit of audio history there

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Posted By: Jon Ovel
Date Posted: 12 May 2008 at 9:39pm
Hi There
 New to these pages, does anyone no of a good super nova for sale?


Posted By: Jon Ovel
Date Posted: 12 May 2008 at 9:46pm
do you know of any other super novas for sale?


Posted By: jbl_man
Date Posted: 12 May 2008 at 10:44pm
Hi Jon...they are quite rare...owing to the fact that only around 300 were ever made.....if i hear of another,will let you know.....they do occasionally pop up on Ebay to.

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Posted By: pezza
Date Posted: 10 July 2008 at 2:48pm
Hi JBL
I bought my Supernova in the mid 80's - I've still got it but don't use it anymore - and how do I miss that quality. The best mixer I ever had and wonderful build quality. Easily better than the two mixers I've had since - a Pioneer DJM500 and an Allen & Heath Xone 62 - Both clever but sadly lacking any real quality.  I have the circuit diagrams for the Mixer if anyone is interested.


Posted By: Deadbeat
Date Posted: 10 July 2008 at 4:55pm
Please PM me. How would you say it compares to a Bozak (or derived design)?

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Posted By: Jon Ovel
Date Posted: 11 July 2008 at 11:41am
Hello there,
 
If your interested in selling your Super Nova please let me know, also condition and if useable.
Many thanks
 
Jon Ovel


Posted By: Jon Ovel
Date Posted: 11 July 2008 at 11:43am
Hi JBL Man,
 
Many thanks for keeping me informed on Super Nova mixers.
 
Regards,
 
Jon


Posted By: pezza
Date Posted: 11 July 2008 at 12:22pm
Never used a Bozak so I I wouldn't know. How can I PM you?


Posted By: pezza
Date Posted: 11 July 2008 at 12:24pm

Sorry - not interested in selling it. Whenever they come up on Ebay they don't even make £50 - A Travesty!



Posted By: mykey
Date Posted: 11 July 2008 at 12:29pm
Penny & Giles faders Wink
1350 pounds in 1988 thats 20 years ago.......
 
so what would that be at todays prices? the allen and heath 92 is about 1350 now isn't it?  


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Posted By: jbl_man
Date Posted: 11 July 2008 at 2:38pm
Originally posted by pezza pezza wrote:

Sorry - not interested in selling it. Whenever they come up on Ebay they don't even make £50 - A Travesty!

The last two nice ones  i have seen went for £250+ on Ebay.....even a broken one,with missing faders and pots sold for £120 in December...they have become collectors items now because of the quality and rarity.


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Posted By: sifromaceofclubs
Date Posted: 12 August 2008 at 12:54am

Hi there

Googled the the Mighty Matamp and this forum came up.
 
Fanbloomintastic.
 
Heres the story, a colleague and myself used a a super nova in the early to late eighties in the Glos/Bristol area playing at local clubs and we had Chris Forbes from Channel 4's Solid Soul make a guest appearence no less at one gig.
 
He used and used the super nova and the 1200's (on a mobile rig these were rarely found) and found them a joy to work with.
 
Dave I beleive had number 60-something and after the mobile days were over the Mat went into a club in Huddersfield (wonder if it is still there??)
 
We were also a 388 Severn Sound roadshow before it went to 102.4FM
 
Ah the days of humping flight cased kit around in the back of a Brown Ford Transit
 
The split cue was handy for mixing from the Grams <------- lovely word and not seen enough these days.
 
Cheers lads Si


Posted By: soundforyou
Date Posted: 06 December 2012 at 9:18pm
Just Found My Supernova down in my basement.... Serial no.67 needs a clean up, but looks ok .. Thrilled  to find it (must be there over 20 years)needs knobs (pot knobs) anyone know which ones will fit??

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Posted By: mostyn
Date Posted: 07 December 2012 at 6:52am
hi i've got when that needs some grey knobs too,mines 076,sure someone can offer some advice


Posted By: mrmidnite
Date Posted: 15 April 2022 at 8:17pm
I have a matamp stereo supernova for sale if anyone is seriously interested in having a bit of a classic. 


Posted By: GAZ.
Date Posted: 16 April 2022 at 5:37pm
How much do you want for it? Working condition?

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Posted By: mrmidnite
Date Posted: 16 April 2022 at 8:12pm
Condition is working but hasn't been used in anger for a few years. I will make a video of it next week and post it here 
will be open to sensible offers 



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