The signal path is very short and delivers the smoothness you would expect from a great piece of vintage equipment. The innovative transformer-less input circuit yields clarity while the large Lundahl output transformer adds character. This has several benefits including automatic self-test and calibration, but also makes possible greater control range and much faster gain reduction.
This compressor features separate controls for Input and Output gain, Attackand Release. In addition, there is a Punch mode which preserves the attack phase of the signal and a program-dependent Auto feature for the Release parameter. Determines the compression amount.
Vintage King co-founder Michael Nehra shares some of his love, knowledge, and practical advice for diving into the world of vintage audio gear, and then takes us behind the scenes for a walk through of a laborious restoration of "The Holy Grail of Compressors. When my brother Andrew and I started buying vintage gear, it was in the early '90s. Once we heard the tone, the soul of a classic Neve module, for example — there was no turning back.
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Under the hood there are four NOS 6BJ6 variable-mu tubes doing the actual compression work configured in a fully complementary push-pull design, delivering the sonic characteristics typical of a full-sized Retro compressor. Input and output are fully floating and transformer balanced for use with line level signals, while a hard-wire bypass switch allows for quick evaluation of the compression signature. Compression attack and recovery times are continuously variable.
Now that we have digital models and dynamic convolution technology, we're spoilt for choice when it comes to classic compressor flavours. But whether hardware or software, which is right for which job? In the words of Mark Nevers: "You can squash the shit out of it, but you don't hear it.