Preorder - limited initial production of approximately 20 unique handbuilt rackmount units. Bespoke redesign; handbuilt featuring vintage and original components to faithfully replicate the authentic sound of the original.
The Soundgas Type 636 brings the hallowed Grampian Type 636 Spring Reverb design into the 21st century; an authentic future studio classic.
Handbuilt in limited numbers from vintage parts, this unit features all the hairy sonic goodness of the originals in a convenient and reliable rackmount unit.
Note – product image is a close up of a vintage machine. Images of the new unit will be released soon – the rackmount design will feature a front panel closely based on the look and layout of the original.
SECOND TIER NOW SELLING – The First 10 units have been pre-ordered and this listing is now for one of the second batch of 10. These will have a longer lead time than the first batch and we expect them to be shipping in late October/November this year. See below for full preorder information.
The Soundgas Type 636 Spring Reverb brings the hallowed Grampian Type 636 into the 21st century. Whether you seek the ultimate dub reverb, the meatiest distortion, or achingly beautiful organic textures, the Type 636 has it by the truckload.
These units will be hand-built to order in very limited numbers using many vintage parts for an authentic sound.
The design is as faithful to the original as possible and delivers all the hairy sonic joy of the originals. Dr Huw’s 21st century re-imagining does not mean corners cut – far from it – the attention to detail evokes a bygone era when gear was hand-built with care. The circuit boards have been lovingly crafted and deliver all the wild tones and textures with none of the extraneous noise and hiss of a neglected original. Wherever possible, we are using period correct parts for absolute authenticity.
The Soundgas Type 636 is a Grampian with less noise and greater reliability, designed with the benefit of hindsight and decades of experience with the originals. We’ve taken the best from various eras of 636s and brought them together with a studio sensibility – accentuating exactly the flaws and foibles of the design that are so beloved of today’s users. Individual Grampian 636s all have unique sonic signatures due to age and construction and each hand-built Soundgas Type 636 will be a unique piece. We keep two Grampians in the Soundgas Studio because they have quite distinct characters (one has an original Gibbs tank, the other a later Accutronics tank, but the circuit designs are quite different also).
A true studio classic designed and built with love and attention to detail for today’s musicians and producers.
Initial production will be limited to around 20 bespoke rackmount devices sold in an initial batch of 10, followed by a further batch (UPDATE: first 10 are now sold). While the basic design is complete, we are still developing extra modifications and features: preorder customers may receive additional upgrades and extra options (to be confirmed). The investment of time and resources involved in the genesis of this project has been significant; we may offer the option of placing a deposit for later orders, but precedence for the initial run will be given to those who support the build and are willing to make payment in advance.
Delivery times will be confirmed after ordering – we intend to begin delivery of serial number 01 in late September and expect later units to ship through to October/November 2019. Serial numbers will be allocated on preorder sequentially. If at any time you wish to cancel your preorder, please advise us by email and we’ll issue a full refund and allocate the machine to the first customer on the waiting list.
For sales in UK/EU the price will include 20% VAT. VAT-free sales are possible to businesses and individuals in the EU (outside the UK) with a valid VAT Number - please get in touch if you wish to buy this way.
Switchable voltage for use anywhere in the world - it will be set up ready for you to use before we ship.
Demos featuring our fully operational test unit (complete except for the faceplate), plus some earlier initial test-firings of the prototype (built into an old Binson face-plate!). The production unit will not look like this and will feature an all-new panel in the style of the original.
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More footage of the fully functional Soundgas Type 636 test unit (serial 000). It's waiting for the face plate, but the Grampian sound is ALL there. This week we started taking preorders, and there are now just a couple of the first run of 10 units left. After that we'll produce another 10, and then we'll see how we are for components and time with the engineer, but we don't expect to make many more like this. Want to know more? - head to the link in our bio or read the latest blog post on the site. Want to grab one? Email us now. (Sound source is the kick from a modded KR 55 - that's still available at the time of posting as well.) . #grampian #grampian636 #beats #soundgas #supersonicgear
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New Grampian Spring Reverb... At around 5pm this evening, Dr Huw handed me the first working prototype of the Soundgas Type 636 spring reverb. Designed to be as close to the original circuit as possible and handbuilt using vintage parts, our aim is to produce a limited number of units that sound every bit as good as the originals. We’ll be putting this test unit through its paces and comparing it to our two studio units. A quick play before heading home tonight suggests it’s very close to my favourite-sounding unit. The sharper-eyed amongst you will have spotted that we’ve used an old Binson faceplate for the control panel - this is purely a functional test unit rather than a representation of the finished article... More of this first test on our #instagramlive . . #grampiantype636 #leescratchperry #blackark #petetownshend #springreverb #grampian #dub #reggae #beats #808 #soundgas #supersonicgear #becausetone #producerlife
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Nailed it. Testing the prototype Soundgas Type 636 while making sweet sixties techno with an Elka Drummer One. Dr Huw has worked wonders - this unit creates classic larger than life Grampian textures and has the same vibe and feel as my originals. This design uses vintage parts for authenticity so will only be produced in very limited numbers. We expect the presale orders to sell out fast - available only via our mailing list. Sign up via the link in our bio.
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How much fun can you have with a sixties beatbox, seventies #drum #synth, a tape echo and the Soundgas Type 636 #grampian #springreverb #prototype? Quite a bit it seems if you’re @lordgid and @wayoutgentleman here taking a well-earned break from working on the new #soundgas website #comingsoon . . If one minute of this noise is just not enough for you, head over to our #instagramlive where you’ll find much more of this than you could possibly want, but hurry, it’s only there for the next 24 hours... . The Ult Sound DS-4 is sold but the Elka Drummer One is available, as is the Korg Stage Echo. . #supersonicgear #beats #housemusic #electronicmusic
For much more detail about the Grampian Type 636 – history, original documentation and schematics head to our main Grampian page now.
We now have the first working prototype of what will be known as the Soundgas Type 636. A faithful recreation/re-imagining of the original Grampian Type 636,...
PUBLISHED: 24th Apr 2019
Directory of original Grampian documentation we have, including tech specs, schematics and articles, to view and download.
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Here’s a quick update for all who’ve placed preorders for the Soundgas Type 636.
PUBLISHED: 26th Jun 2019
On Thursday 6th June, we held our inaugural Soundgas Roadshow event at Strongroom Studios in London: hands-on vintage gear demos in the afternoon, and then an...
PUBLISHED: 19th Jun 2019
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