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The SugarCube Is Here At Last...Clicks & Pops R.I.P.

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by DigMyGroove, Nov 12, 2017.

  1. ccn103

    ccn103 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Mechanicsburg, PA
    Having owned an SC-1 for a while, it has been immensely responsible for my enjoyment of vinyl.

    One thing though, and this probably has been pointed out in this 76 page thread, but:

    In my experience, the Sugarcube does great on worn older records, but if you have a new record with a pressing issue (say a 180g reissue with non-fill or something) there will still be clicks and pops. Just wondering if other cube owners have found this to be the case as well?
     
  2. Old Zorki II

    Old Zorki II Storm Watcher

    Location:
    near Tampa, FL
    I think it helps, but not eliminate non-fill distortions. But I have MFSL "Salty Dog" with a nasty "cooling pimple" in their last track, and Sugarcube makes it almost non-existing (without SC it is a very loud click for several rotations).
     
  3. Jim0830

    Jim0830 Forum Resident

    My experience with new pressings is that they are pretty much rendered silent. Between being cleaned ultrasonically when I bought them and cleaned with a record sweeping arm, most issues are under control and the SC-2 seems to del with the rest. The one exception is non-fill which is sometimes improved a bit but not eliminated. But I never really expected it to improve non-fill.

    Another interesting thing I have noticed is some LPs I have that are based on 78 RPM source material sometimes have clicks present on the 78 disk itself are removed or noticeably improved. Notice I said some LP's. Some are improved others are not. It's a free unexpected bonus so I'll take it.
     
  4. DigMyGroove

    DigMyGroove Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I have the SC-2, anything in the record that causes a click or pop the device eliminates, this includes many surface noise elements, but not a pressing flaw like non-fill. Non-fill creates a sound like tearing that the SC-2 will help minimize, but never remove entirely.
     
  5. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Personal Survival Daily Record-Breaker

    Location:
    Toronto
    Wonder what SV's plans will be now that AKM's factory went down in flames. I believe the SC products use their DAC chips.
     
  6. My guess is that AKM will contract out their DAC production to other fab houses while their factory is rebuilt. So there shouldn’t be any changes.
     
  7. scoutbb

    scoutbb Forum Resident

    Location:
    LA
    Maybe a stupid question, buy do you guys still have any of the original SC-1 from 2016 still available?
    All I want is to remove pops and clips, no internet, no need for metadata, recording, and all the other bells and whistles, (don't get me wrong, they are nice).
    I'm just looking for the basic of the basic.
     
  8. ODS123

    ODS123 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Philadelphia, PA
    Well, I have an SC-1 Mini which is exactly that. And I love it.

    I'm not interested in archiving my vinyl. I want the music on my records to be enjoyed from my records. That way, I'm not tempted to skip to other tracks, etc.. ..I like that vinyl sort of forces me to hear the album side from beginning to end. :)
     
  9. SweetVinyl

    SweetVinyl Forum Resident

    Location:
    Mountain View, CA
    We are assessing the situation right now as far as our products – and now we are trying to make sure how many of the chips we have left – so far it looks like we are ok for all existing orders as far as the SC-1 and SC-2 Plus and have a current build for over 100 Minis in process - after that we have hundreds of chips left to allocate to existing planned builds and we will design out any component we cannot get. It looks as if this is going to be an issue through 2021 - transitioning to a new fab/process is an enormous undertaking for any company - having to do entire product lines all at once without revenue will be even worse.
     
  10. GuildF512

    GuildF512 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Merritt Island Fl
    Latest from Dan on SC-1 Plus

    SC-1 Plus News.


    We do have 18 units on the assembly bench running the initial burn in and we are waiting for engineering to release the production firmware for the on board embedded processor which is not field updateable. The team is testing and finishing the software for the mode selection for the AD-DA and Noise Removal when using the unit with an external computer.


    Assuming they all pass final test, we are hoping to have this step completed early next week – at that point we should be able to do the functional testing and QA and then start assembling.


    We did have a bit of a scare as the AKM factory that produces both the AD and DA had a large fire which has forced us to design out the ADC in future designs. We have enough stock to build at least 100 more of these units right now after checking our WIP and inventory.


    AKM Factory Fire—A Pro-Audio Industry Disaster | ProSoundNetwork.com



    We are getting close and we are hoping to have completed the testing that will let us finish assembly of the first 18 units in the next two weeks.
     
  11. ZippyPippy

    ZippyPippy Forum Resident

    Any word on the SC-2 Plus front? Has anyone ever gotten one?
     
  12. Hogues

    Hogues Forum Resident

    While I love my SC-2 mini, I'm starting to get a little bit annoyed with the recording process. The recording is only broken up by tracks about 40% of the time and when I am trimming tracks, the audio takes forever to load sometimes. It takes something that should be no more than five minutes and quadruples it. Anyone else having these problems?
     
  13. Joel Cairo

    Joel Cairo Media Doctor (& Video Gort) Staff

    Location:
    Portland, Oregon
    We actually received a separate update at the same time that the SC-1 Plus folks received their most recent one... we're in line for our units to be built right after the SC-1 Plus units are delivered.

    It sounds as though they're going to be shipping the first of those SC-1 Plus units very soon (if they haven't already), so allowing time for the additional boards to be ordered and fabricated, I think the estimate is for ours to be built & ready is around Christmas/New Years.

    And fortunately, Dan had stocked up enough AKM chips for us, so no problems there...!

    A nice present for the holiday season-- and I'm certainly looking forward to enjoying mine!

    - Kevin
     
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