Outboard - Compressors

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Analog audio compressor units. For units that combine a microphone preamp or other features with compression, please see the channel strips category. 


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Empirical Labs Distressor EL8 Matched Pair

  • Brand: Empirical Labs
  • Item ID: SKU-177
$3,999.00
 

 

 

The Distressor is the product that started it all for Empirical Labs. Born of founder Dave Derr’s love of classic compressors like the 1176, LA-2A and Gain Brain (among others), the Distressor incorporates his favorite sonic characteristics of these, along with other unique and interesting features that have made it a staple for audio engineers all over the world.  With over 22,000 units in the field, it’s safe to say that the Distressor is one of the best selling high end compressors of all time….if not THE best selling.  A prominent recording engineer ...

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Universal Audio Teletronix LA-2A

  • Brand: Universal Audio
  • Item ID: SKU-290
$6,395.00

Universal Audio Teletronix LA2A

 

Audio professionals passionate about their compressors revere the LA-2A. The original was immediately acknowledged for its natural compression characteristics. A unique electro-optical attenuator system allows instantaneous gain reduction with no increase in harmonic distortion – an accomplishment at the time, still appreciated today.

Universal Audio now announces the rebirth of the Teletronix LA-2A, a Universal Audio Classics product. Painstaking care has been taken to ensure that every new LA-2A provides the performance and characteristics of the original. Each unit is hand built, each component carefully evaluated for authenticity. No expense has been spared to guarantee ...

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Empirical Labs Distressor EL8

  • Brand: Empirical Labs
  • Item ID: SKU-291
$2,049.00
DISTRESSOR Product Description
The Distressor is an automatic gain (or volume) control device (AGC in engineering terms) designed for pro audio (music) applications. Basically, it electronically controls the volume of just about any source in a very pleasing, and "musical" manner - adding fullness, intelligibility, and especially in the Distressor's case - excitement. This type of device is often called a "limiter" or "compressor" by audio industry people. Its most probable uses will be in recording studios, live sound situations, movie sound production, and radio broadcast production.

 



Unlike most analog compressor/limiters the Distressor is a digitally controlled audio device ...

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Pro VLA II

$580.00

The ProVLA II is a tube driven Vactrol®-based Compressor / Leveling amplifier designed to excel in any professional audio environment. Superior performance and an incredible tone makes the ProVLA II and indispensable tool for tracking, mixing, mastering, dynamic control of live sound sources or for use in broadcast audio.

Capable of delivering a far more musical natural sounding and sonically transparent compression than competitive units in its class, the ProVLA II uses an Opto-electronic circuit rather than the more typical design VCA driven level detection circuit. This VCA-less design coupled with a 12AT7 vacuum tube in the gain stage makes ...

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Drawmer 1968 Mercenary

  • Brand: Drawmer
  • Item ID: SKU-400
$1,779.00

Drawmer 1968 Mercenary Dual Channel Tube Compressor

The 1968 is a 1U Tube/FET ‘stereo bus’ compressor which by design delivers a transparent ‘open’ sound even during periods of heavy compression. Featured on both channels is a switchable ‘BIG’ mode which applies less processing to the fundamental low frequency but still disciplines the upward associated harmonics which if untamed can result in a ‘boomy’ or ‘boxy’ sound. The result - a solid bottom end with enhanced sub-bass and a smoother, wider frequency response overall.

The 1968 is a ‘stripped down’ version of the 1969 introduced to the market by customer demand for ...

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Universal Audio 1176LN

  • Brand: Universal Audio
  • Item ID: SKU-486
$3,699.00

Universal Audio 1176LN

The original Universal Audio 1176LN designed by Bill Putnam was a major breakthrough in limiter technology – the first true peak limiter with all transistor circuitry offering superior performance and a signature sound. Evolved from the popular Universal Audio 175 and 176 vacuum tube limiters, the 1176LN retained the proven qualities of these industry leaders, and set the standard for all limiters to follow.

Today, the 1176LN is new again. While it certainly would have been possible – and much simpler – to modernize and "improve" the 1176LN, every effort was made to remain faithful to Putnam’s ...

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Solid State Logic X-Rack Dynamics

  • Brand: Solid State Logic
  • Item ID: SKU-572
$1,328.00

Designed to be the perfect level control tool kit for recording, the Dynamics Module is densely packed with control features yet simple to use. The combination of separate Compressor and Gate/Expander section is powerful, graceful and ideal for gentle and unobtrusive level control.


Key Features:

  • Fully balanced XLR input and output
  • Switched -10dB/+4dB operating level
  • Dedicated compression meter display
  • Over-easy RMS compressor, switchable to peak sensing hard knee
  • Variable Ratio, Threshold and Release
  • External key operation
  • Independently switched Gate/Expander section
  • Link facility for multiple module linking

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Solid State Logic X-Rack G Stereo Bus

  • Brand: Solid State Logic
  • Item ID: SKU-573
$3,367.00

The centre section compressor from the 1980’s G-Series analogue console is an audio production legend. It is a simple unit with a simple purpose; it makes complete mixes sound bigger, with more power, punch and drive. It brings cohesion and strength to your mix without compromising clarity. The Stereo Bus Compressor Module brings this classic ‘audio glue’ to you with spectacular SuperAnalogue™ audio performance.

 

Key Features:

  • Classic sonic character and mix finalising capabilities of SSL Stereo Bus Compression
  • True Stereo side-chain input for external signal keying
  • Link control enables several modules to be combined for surround compression
  • Gain reduction ...

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Joemeek mc2

  • Brand: Joemeek
  • Item ID: SKU-681
$399.00

The Joemeek mc2 is a professional studio-quality stereo compressor in a compact half-rack format. Simple to use yet extremely powerful, it will bring out the best in any line-level stereo material and give the gloss of a professional studio to all your performances. It can be used for both recording/mastering, and live work.

Think of the mc2 as three separate pieces of equipment:

 

  • A line level stereo preamplifier
  • A stereo Joemeek optical compressor
  • A stereo width processor

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RNC-1773

$374.00
The RNC achieves such high performance at a low cost by using evolutionary advances in digital technology, coupled with the best analog has to offer. Using digital controls and an all-analog signal path, the RNC offers accurate, precise controls and a clean tonal character.

The RNC provides two modes of operation: normal and SuperNice TM. Normal mode allows the RNC to be used for everyday compression tasks, like punchy snare drums or bass guitars, and is great for everything from gentle compression to serious squashing. SuperNice mode provides near-invisible signal compression for sensitive material where compression artifacts are less desirable ...

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FMR Audio FMR RNLA

  • Brand: FMR Audio
  • Item ID: SKU-688
$428.00
The Really Nice Levelling Amplifier (RNLA) is a compressor, of sorts, with a character that works well with vocals, bass guitar, acoustic guitars and two-mix sources. A friend describes the RNLA's tone as "thick and gooey". Some very well-outfitted RNLA users report that even with a full complement of expensive, vintage levelling amps/compressors, the RNLA still fills a niche that the others don't! The sonic performance of the RNLA harkens back to the Really Nice Compressor's (RNC's) origins. The original RNC was, in fact, based upon an optical gain element that was ultimately rejected (and ...

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Chandler LTD-2

  • Brand: Chandler
  • Item ID: SKU-697
$2,419.00

The Chandler Limited LTD-2 is a hand-wired 2254/2264/33609 that has been handmade using parts and build techniques from the original manufacture of the modules. Grounding, wiring techniques, original transformers, transistors, and much more attribute to the special sound of these units and have been painstakingly recreated in each LTD-2.

The LTD-2 uses the control circuit from the family of compressors, but retains the Class A amps and transformers from the the 2254 modules. We add a six position attack switch which none of the vintage types had, and speed up the release times, which makes the units much ...

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