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TK Audio BC1 Ltd

Stereo Compressor
Published August 2018
By Bob Thomas

TK Audio BC1 Ltd

More than a mere makeover, this 10th anniversary limited edition processor adds some useful functionality to the original BC1 design.

It’s now over three decades since Solid State Logic (SSL) wowed the world of audio production with the release of their 4000 G-Series console. That mixer’s central section featured, amongst other things, a certain VCA quad bus compressor which went on to earn an enviable reputation in its own right. Some 20 years later, electronics engineer, designer and music lover Thomas ‘TK’ Kristiansson launched a new brand, TK Audio — and the first product in the range was a hardware stereo VCA compressor, based on the earlier SSL design and called the BC1.

Designed and assembled in TK Audio’s facility in Halmstad on Sweden’s southwest coast, this stylish device wasn’t the first compressor to draw inspiration from the SSL G-Series compressor, and neither was it Kristiansson’s first venture in audio electronics; he’d been making Class-A preamps and processors under his Vintagedesign brand for a while. One reason the BC1 proved very successful for TK was that it wasn’t a simple clone — not only was it competitively priced, but it sported a number of feature enhancements, which I’ll discuss below.

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Published August 2018