Photograph by David W. Robinson, copyright © 2020, all rights reserved. Photograph may not be used or republished without the express written consent of the artist. It is with deep sorrow that I report that legendary audio designer Tim de Paravicini passed away on December 17 in Japan, at age...
one of the classic designers who understood tubes
Tim straddled both the world of professional audio and that of domestic hi-fi. He was best known in the pro-audio world for his radical modifications of ATR and Studer tape machines. These machines are capable of digital levels of signal-to-noise ratio, and have a bandwidth in excess of 8Hz to 80,000Hz. Here again, Tim used both tube and solid state devices. The Studer C37 used by Waterlily Acoustics to record the Grammy-award-winning Meeting By The River, was all tube, while the electronics in the tape machine currently used by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab to master their LPs and CDs is solid state—though the cutting heads used to make their LPs are driven by EAR tube amps.