As I mentioned in the ultranalyzer post I have been searching for ages for an AP System One, but hesitant to shell out big money for such an old, unsupported machine.
So what was I to do when a System Two came along…?
Well, this 🙂
Yes, I found it at the right time (<1 hour from listing), made the right offer, and it got accepted.
My reasons were simple.
- the ultranalyzer is definitely good enough for most of what I want to measure, but would need significant software development. Knowing my time scales and commitment, that wasn’t going to be my top priority. But I do want to start developing audio stuff so I need something now.
- Although many moan about the software interface of APwin, I practically grew up with it (on the 2722). And I’m sufficiently brain-warped that I can not only work with it, but even like it.
- With an AP, you don’t need to calibrate your measurements every time you set something up. It comes factory calibrated.
- No one questions anything you produce with an AP.
- Although not cheap, this thing will definitely keep its value for a while.
- If I want to test a series run of a product, the automation features (using APbasic) are invaluable.
- Lust. It’s an AP System Two, for goodness sake! 🙂
Some more pr0n…
A very nice surprise: although I knew the IMD option was present (VERY useful!) I did not know they had crammed no less than 7 filters in there. AWT and LP_20K are brilliant, the others are nice bonuses.
Second surprise: this machine was last calibrated in 2010, which is relatively recently! There should be a good chance that it is still within specification.
Time to run the self test!
Well it seems I hit the jackpot. This machine is kitted out as well as you could hope for and is in pristine state.
On the downside, I now have successfully eliminated every possible obstacle towards audio development. Now, it’s time to put this thing to use.
Don’t you just love the clicking sounds of the autoranger? 🙂