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Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5043-H

2 Channel Compressor Limiter This baby's a hit, literally! Rupert Neve's Portico 5043 Duo Compressor/Limiter has already found its way on to some very big records, both as a tracking device and on mix-buss. Why? Because it sounds amazing! Use the 5043 in dual independent mono mode or linked stereo. Choose between fast and modern feed-forward operation, or summon the spirit of Neve's famous 33609 by using the feed-back switch.

Price: $1,795.50



Daking FET III Stereo Compressor

Dual Channel Class-A FET Compressor / Limiter with Class-A Discrete Circuitry, 3-Function VU Meter, and Variable High Pass Filter Daking's FET III gives your tracks that extra ''oomph'' without over-coloring them. The FET III lets you stay true to the vibe of the original mix, while you get your tracks where they need to be. Think of it as a studio tool, not a paint brush.
Saying that, though, shouldn't take away from the versatility of the fully Class A FET III. It works well on an extraordinary variety of sources. The highpass filters - an upgrade from the FET II - let you improve and customize the limiter behavior of the FET III.

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Empirical Labs UBK Fatso (Demo Unit)

Dual Channel Full Analog Tape Simulator / Optimizer & Compression with Kush Audio UBK Mod Smack it Down - Reign it In - Warm it Up - Spread it Out. The UBK Fatso.
Put the analog tone-butter on your digital tracks with an Empirical Labs EL7 Fatso thats been modified by Kush Audio and UBK.

Price: $2,300.00



Avalon VT-747sp

Stereo Discrete Class A Vacuum Tube Compressor with EQ The Avalon VT-747SP combines a creative STEREO tube-discrete Class A spectral-opto-compressor with a musical six band program equalizer, L-R output level and gain reduction metering and internal regulated power supplies in a 2U space. Ideal for high performance DAW input signal conditioning, stereo buss compression-EQ, stereo keyboards and analog mastering applications.

Price: $2,450.00



Dramastic Obsidian 500

500 Series, 2RU Bus Compressor The Obsidian 500 is derived from the circuit design of the regular 19'' Rack unit, but adds some flexibility with the selectable High Pass Filter.

Accepting Pre-Orders : Shipping In May

Price: $2,495.00



Dramastic Audio OBSIDIAN

Transformer Balanced VCA Stereo Buss Compressor with Internal High Pass Filter At first glance the Dramastic Audio® OBSIDIAN compressor looks like any of the myriad of infamous buss compressor knockoffs; but looks can be VERY deceiving...

Accepting Pre-Orders : Shipping In May

Price: $2,795.00



API 2500 Compressor

Stereo Buss Compressor The API 2500 stereo compressor is one of the most polytrophic compressors in existence, the stereo/dual mono 2500 lets you choose between 'old' and 'new' -style compression characteristics. It also employs API's proprietary 'thrust' function for enhanced low end and features the extremely handy auto-makeup gain, which maintains a constant output level, regardless of threshold and ratio settings. All this in addition to standard comp/limiter features and the sought-after 'API sound.'

Price: $2,800.75



Alan Smart C2

Dual Mono / Stereo Buss Compressor with Crush Mode FET ''overcompression'' & Tailored Frequency Response Pretty much the definitive mix compressor, the Alan Smart C2 is based on the much-missed SSL bus compressor (Mr. Smart used to work for SSL...) Ridiculously wide bandwidth along with ridiculously quick attack times make the C2 the beautiful, singular device that it is. With the flick of a switch you can go from easy-to-use true stereo operation to two independent mono channels.
And hey, these are tough times we're living in... so live a little and use the ''crush'' button.

Price: $2,845.00



Empirical Labs EL8X-S Distressor

Dual Mono Channel Classic Compressor / Limiters with British Mod and Image Link Feature, Matched Pair with Stereo Link Cable X-S being the key letters here! The stereo Distressor with both Brit and Image-Link mods has an 'excess' of tonal variation to explore. Designed to provide xcellent stereo tracking and phase-coherency using Image-Link, this pair of EL8's is truly mix-bus worthy! We're talkin' Xtra-Smooth and Xtremely-Satisfying!

Price: $2,899.00



Pendulum OCL-2

As with everything Pendulum makes, the OCL-2 Stereo Electro-Optical Compressor is in a class by itself. Fast and clean with a transformerless all-tube signal-path, the OCL-2 provides ultra smooth and transparent dynamic control. Like the ES-8, it has three attack/release modes; fast, presets and manual. Use the two channels independently or link 'em up for flawless stereo performance.

Price: $2,900.00



Gyraf Gyratec X

The Ultimate Vari-mu Compressor The G10 is a true tube stereo compressor based on the classic variable-mu principle. This method - controlling the gain by altering quesient current in differential tube pairs - is much faster than the optical method. The speed is why it was widely used in early limiter devices such as the Fairchild 670 or the Universal Audio 176, but the sonic byproducts of this topology are the main reasons why it is so popular today.

Price: $3,455.00



Pendulum ES-8 Vari-Mu Tube Limiter

Pendulum's ES-8 stereo vari-mu tube limiter might be the perfect compressor!
Sonically, the ES-8's soft-knee design makes for compression that is silky smooth, and its hybrid tube/solid-state design gives the ES-8 a sound that is subtly warm, and truly hi-fi.

Price: $3,500.00



Chandler LTD-2 Mastering Pair

Stereo Matched Pair Vintage Style Compressors - Hand Wired with Class-A Amps and Transformers and Tweaked for Stereo Crave the sound of a pair of classic Neve 2254 compressors - but don't want to spend an arm & a leg for un-powered, un-matched, 30-year-old modules?
Chandler's clever mastering mod features 1db stepped gain, faster release times and special stereo matching of the pair. Originally designed for THE Sterling Sound mastering studio, and Sterling Sound is, well, let's say they know a good compressor when they hear it!

Price: $3,590.00



SSL XLogic G Series Compressor

The G Series Compressor has a great reputation. Many engineers feel that this one piece of equipment makes a mix, “ . . . sound like a record.” SSL has been refining this popular bus compressor since its introduction in the SL 4000 console. This incarnation has improved sonics, but retains the external side-chain, and the smoothest auto-fade known to man.

Price: $3,699.00



Gyraf Gyratec X/HPF

The Ultimate Vari-mu Compressor with High Pass Filter The G10/Hpf version of the Gyratec G10, allows high-pass filtering of the controlling sidechain signal - allowing harder compression to bass-heavy material without pumping artefacts. The selection is done as 3 extra steps on the bypass switch, which gives cutoff frequencies of ca 80, 160 and 300Hz at a soft 6dB/oct.

Price: $3,713.99



Prism Sound Maselec MLA-2 Stereo Compressor

The Prism Maselec MLA-2 Stereo Compressor is a stereo or 2-channel compressor with stepped drive (input gain), ratio, attack and release time and output gain controls. For optimum transparency and freedom from noise the MLA-2 employs a non-VCA design.

Price: $4,195.00



Crane Song STC-8

2-Channel Standard Edition Discrete Class-A Compressor / Peak Limiter with Enhancement Circuit and Transformerless, Balanced I/O Looking for a two-channel compressor that's about as transparent as transparent can be? The STC-8 might just be the ticket! Versatile enough for almost any kind of tracking and mixing, the STC-8 is also simply one of the best stereo buss compressors of all time.

Price: $4,450.00



Neve 33609 J/D Stereo Compressor

Based on the classic 2254 limiter/compressor circuit design. A desert-island-compressor if there ever was one, the 2-channel 33609 excels at any job you give it. Each channel has a separate limiter and compressor (each bypass-able) with extremely short attack times. The usability factor is high by all accounts, but especially nice in this digital age we live in. Hot digital tracking tip: use the limiter section to prevent overs and use the compressor to gently beef things up. As great as the 33609 is for drums, guitars, vocals, strings and horns, we (and many others) feel it's almost unbeatable as a buss compressor.

Price: $4,649.00



Elysia Mpressor

Dual Channel Class-A Professional Dynamics Compressor / Limiter with True Feed Forward Elysia calls the mpressor ''a new creative tool for dynamics processing'', and we have to agree. It's a Class-A stereo/dual-mono unit, each channel offering an Auto-Fast function that allows very fast, yet distortion-free compression without any artifacts. Add to its list of features, the mpressor's solid boutique build-quality and elegant, modern good looks, and it's an instant classic for the pro studio or mastering rack.
The M-Pressor is taking dynamics to the next level... and then to the next one above that. Mpressive!

Price: $4,699.00



Crane Song STC-8/H

2-Channel Discrete Class-A Compressor / Peak Limiter with Detented Gain Controls, Enhancement Circuit and Transformerless, Balanced I/O Same as the STC-8 but with detented gain controls for repeatable settings in critical tracking/mixing situations where consistency is paramount.
The STC-8/H is versatile enough for almost any kind of tracking and mixing - simply one of the best stereo buss compressors of all time.

Price: $4,700.00


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