Custom built guitar amps and recording equipment. Design, modification, and repair.
OMNIA:ARTS designs, builds, and modifies guitar amplifiers and audio equipment. From passive, active, and digital studio monitor controllers using the latest 24bit 192k DAC's, to three channel guitar amps capable of clean warm tone as well as extremely hi gain, to tube and vca compressors, or hi-end stereo amplifiers.
More than a few omnia:arts (formerly omnia audio) custom pieces can be found in studios, homes, clubs, and colleges across the US. Very soon another MX-72NV Neve inspired 10 channel summing mixer will be in a new home studio warming up mixes for another producer/engineer.
Some examples of OMNIA:ARTS recent modifications include adding a hi gain distortion circuit to a guitar amp, adding more functionality to a mastering insert switcher, a DI to a mic preamp, a compression channel in a mixer, a bright switch in an amplifier, and led metering to a stereo amp.
In the gallery below is various gear and projects built and/or modified by omnia:arts. Some was built for the omnia:arts studio, while others were built for customers, colleagues, and friends. Some use PCB's designed by various engineers worldwide. Others were designed by omnia:arts. In some cases omnia:arts was asked to prototype and test another designers PCB and build the piece from scratch.
Custom builds require attention to detail and parts are selected by both importance, effect, and expense. All custom built equipment comes with a 5 year repair warranty. The same warranty applies to omnia:arts own line of amps and equipment. Ask about our reduced price on first off, used, and prototype pieces.
Along with residential, omnia:arts has installed audio systems in restaurants, clubs, factories, recording studios, and offices. Take your home or business to where you need it.
Below are some of the successful custom pro audio and guitar amplifier builds, modifications, and various DIY projects done at omnia:arts. See something you're interested in?
MX72-NV summing mixer
One stereo and eight mono channel summing mixer with Neve type summing section Carnhill input transformers and Ed Anderson (Mariner type) output transformers.
Each channel uses a DOA and features gain, pan, and aux, with mute and insert switches.
MX72-NV master/monitor section
Master/Monitor section of MX72-NV summing mixer with switches for dim, mute, reverse, master insert, mono/stereo and headphone monitoring.
Lab Series L5+ type guitar amp
This is a remake of the Moog design Gibson Lab Series L5 with some modifications. Aion Electronics painstakingly reverse engineered the preamp section of the L5 to put it into a pedal format. After hearing the preamp we were impressed by Aion Electronics work, so we decided to add a compatible power amp and put it into a 2u rack. Wanting a little more variety we added an overdrive circuit very similar to the Big Muff Pi op amp circuit. Aion Electronics has a great history write up of the L5.
This was made for the studio but after a friend heard it we built a few more. The pcb was designed by Aion Electronics. Aion Electronics sells pcb's of classic guitar pedals.
Lab Series type L5+
The Lab Series amps are considered by many to be the most tube sounding solid state amps ever built. Lots of great guitarists swore by these amps. This adds an extra overdrive cirxuit to make it even more versatile.
Helios type 69 mic preamp and eq. Built using the schematics online and very loved in the studio.
pirates of helio
Stelios type 69 mic preamp/equalizer
Helios type 69 mic preamp/eq based on the classic and coveted preamp eq. Redesigned and built by OMNIA:ARTS to include output transformers. Awesome Neve meets API preamp with a beautiful eq filter.
Helios type 69 micpre/eq
Helios type 69 remake by omnia:arts. We plan on combing the Helios front end with the infamous Neve 1290 output and see what magic occurs.
eq540 gyrator eq
omnia:arts was the first to build, test, and prototype this amazing gyrator equalizer designed by mad scientists and transistor wizard Pier Paolo Abbate.
Along with an EA2503 output transformer there are two 2520 DOA's made by Sparkos Labs in the signal path. Sparkos Labs DOA's really shined through and made the eq come alive. Comparable to Scott Leibers infamous DOA's
EQ540 x 2
Glorious gyrator equalizer's with Grayhill rotary switches, Sparko Labs 2520 DOA's, and EA 2503 Output Transformers.
4 channel api type mic pre
Four API type mic pre-amplifiers. Each channel features illuminated push-button switches for input and output pads as well as 48v phantom power and polarity reverse.
he 69 dual eq
solid state helios type eq with DOA signal path and edcor and carnhill transformers
Two channel helios type 69 eq
Using the solid state gain make up designed by APP Studio ing this version of Helios type 69 dual channel eq uses DOA (discrete op amp) gain stages and Edcor input transformers as well as Carnhill inductors and output transformers. Tight EQ.
DOA gain staged stealios eq
pirate art and hel (from) ios
Alembic F-X2 two channel guitar amp
A very popular DIY guitar amp the Alembic is the tube preamp section of the Fender dual showman and was used by many great guitarists. This uses a solid state 120 watt power section making it great for recording and live.
Two channel Alembic type 120 watt guitar amplifier. Tube preamp front end with solid state amp.
Pic of the final testing of the Alembic FX-2
Lab L5+ and Alembic F-X2
Dual channel LA2A - two channels of the legendary tube compressor. A favorite in the studio (and studios everywhere) and used all of the time. Uses pcb's designed by Volker Mayer at [silent:arts]
Insides of the D-LA2A - Built by OMNIA:ARTS using the pcb designed by the genius Volker Mayer [silent:arts].
NV-1073 Neve mic preamp clone
Recreation of the venerable 1290 preamp section of the Neve 1073 with pushbutton switches for 48v, polarity reverse, and line/mic switch. Stepped gain stage and output trim. Amazing on everything and also works great for summing for those who want to impart some of the analog Neve warmth to their mix.
Neve 1290 mic preamplifier clone top view
Neve and Helios
2 channels of Neve clone preamplifiers on top of 2 channels of Helios type 69 EQ's. Amazing channel strip
Helios and Neve type builds
1176 front 1u
A rendition of the classic compressor in a 1u size. We had made two verions both designed by Mnats. One was etched here at omnia:arts while the other was made by hairball audio. Please check out their link in our DIY section
1176 front side 1u
1176LN Rev D in 1U
Another 1176 limiting amplifier Rev D in 1u size.
CTC-MP tube mic preamp
Custom Twin Channel tube mic preamp.
2 channel tube mic preamp with Jensen input transformers and Carnhill output transformers. Powerful and awesome tube mic preamp with wonderfully hi fi signal path,
CTC-MP2 - Dual channel tube mic preamp with Jensen input transformers and Carnhill output transformers. Just Beautiful. Built by OMNIA:ARTS using a one of a kind PCB designed by Ian Thompson Bell of Ruff Records. One of the best mic preamps I have ever used.
Insides of the CTC-MP2. Tube warmth with Jensen and Carnhill transformers for even more warmth.
Tube gain staged Helios dual eq.
Dual channel Helios type 69 eq filters with tube gain stage and Carnhill transformers.
phelios 69 type tube gain staged eq
Helios 69 eq
Helios 69 EQ using tube gain stage as well as Edcor input transformers as and Carnhill inductors and output transformers.
Helios type 69 tube gain
Inside the Helios type 69 tube gain stage EQ with Edcor and Carnhill transformers.
Dual channel Pultec EQ with Carnhill transformers and tube gain stage.
Overview of the Dual Pultec EQ-P2A
Dual Pultec EQP-2a
PM-D-EQP-2A (Poor Man's Dual eqp-2a) uses the filters and tube gain stage first designed by Ian Thompson of Ruff Records for his tube mixer channels.
Pultec, Helios, and helios
Dual channel Pultec EQP-2A on top of Helios 69 mic preamp/eq on top of dual channel Helios type 69 EQ
Dual Pultec, Helios 69, Helios eq
Dual Pultec, Helios mic preamp eq, Helios dual eq
Recreation of the 1176 rev 'J'. Very solid compressor.
1176 limiting amplifier
1176 limiting amplifier rev J
DIY classics: GSSL, W492, 1176
From top to bottom; GSSL compressor using Jakob Erlands pcb's, Neumann W492 eq using the pcb's designed by Audiox, PH76 (1176) compressor
G-SSL compressor with turbo
G-SSL compressor. Turbo addition makes it behave just like the bus compressor on the revered SSL 4000 mixing console.
Two channel API 312 type mic preamp
APP 540 - omnia:arts was one of the first to build and test these two gyrator EQ's using pcb's designed by the transistor wizard Pier Paolo Abbatte. Both have DOA input and output stages with EA 2503 output transformers. Similar to API 550 eq but better.
Testing the prototype MX72-NV
(p)helios type 69 module thingy
Helios type 69 module we made for a former Helios console owner with an added output transformer. The originals didn't use output transformers and went unbalanced.