Overstayer's versatile stereo processor offers endless ways to manipulate — or obliterate — any input signal!
Digital audio virtually eliminated the problem of unwanted distortion, but in doing so, it probably reminded us that distortion can also be musical — and there are now many tools designed specifically to create such distortion, among them Overstayer's 8755DM Stereo Modular Channel.
Founded by musician, engineer and producer Jeff Turzo, Overstayer have created a range of compact, high-quality analogue recording and mixing processors. This latest unit is a stereo mic/line/instrument channel with a unique combination of features and facilities, incorporating some functionality from their existing microphone channel, VCA compressor and analogue saturation and distortion processors.
Apart from the separate left and right input gain controls and polarity switches, the 8755DM's two channels share a single set of controls; it's intended for stereo applications. Nonetheless, the sheer number of switches and vintage-style knobs, and the minimal metering, make it essential that you make an effort to understand its signal flow and constituent modules before you dive in. The first clue that the 8755DM is not your average stereo channel comes when you look at the I/O options on the rear panel, where you'll find XLR connectors for its two transformer-balanced microphone inputs, two sets of balanced line inputs, a set of balanced preamplifier outputs, balanced sends and returns for the left and right channel effects loops, and the left and right channel main outputs. In addition, there are quarter-inch jacks for the left and right channel instrument-level inputs, external side-chain and control voltage (CV) inputs for the VCA compressor, and separate left and right CV inputs that control the output level of the 8755DM's saturation section, of which more later.
Above the master input level control, you'll find a row of three switches. Selecting which input goes where involves the first two of these, plus another unlabelled, horizontally oriented 'floating' switch at the top of the Bandwidth Control section. The first switch selects which of the first three inputs (Instrument,...
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