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    Q. How does a compressor work?

    Could you explain (slowly!) the basic principles of how a compressor works, and what each control does, the ratio control in particular?

    Sound Advice Mar 2004
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    Q. What does a compressor's sidechain do?

    I have a compressor with inserts to access the side-chain. What is the side-chain and what would you use these inserts for?

    Sound Advice Jan 2004
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    Q. Can I flatten out my finished tracks using a hardware compressor?

    In my hardware-based setup, with my TC electronics Triple*C compressor, is it possible to do the kind of limiting on a full mix where you end up with a waveform that is levelled off at the top and bottom, 'brick wall'-style?

    Sound Advice Dec 2003
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    Drawmer Tube Station TS1

    Tube Preamp & Compressor

    A compressor and front end combining pedigree Drawmer performance with ease of use.

    Reviews Oct 2002
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    Alesis CLX440

    Compressor/Expander Limiter

    Although it features a familiar analogue-style control interface, the CLX440 has a digital interior that allows it to offer advantages such as a 'Look Ahead' facility more commonly found in plug-in processors.

    Reviews Sep 2002
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    Sintefex FX2000 & CX2000

    Stereo EQ/Compressor & Compressor/Gate

    What if you could access the sound and controllability of a range of the best-known classic analogue compressors and EQs, from a single rackmount box, in the digital domain? Two advanced processors from Sintefex aim to offer just this ability.

    Reviews Sep 2002
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    Buzz Audio SOC 1.1

    Stereo Optical Compressor

    A stereo compressor offering the classic dynamic characteristics that only an optical design can provide.

    Reviews May 2002
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    Front panel controls of the SPL Culture stereo compressor.

    SPL Kultube

    Stereo Compressor

    SPL's new surround-ready stereo compressor offers clever programme-adaptive compression, as well as decompression and tube-saturation functions.

    Reviews Feb 2002
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    API 2500

    Bus Compressor

    Hugh Robjohns looks at a pedigree mix compressor with a number of rather unusual extra functions up its sleeve...

    Reviews Oct 2001
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    TL Audio Fat Man Fat 2

    Valve Preamp & Compressor

    TL Audio's successful Fat 1 stereo compressor now has a new sibling with its own built-in mic preamp. Paul White delivers the SOS verdict.

    Reviews Sep 2001
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    Empirical Labs EL7 FATSO Jr

    Processor

    The inherent non-linearities and distortions of analogue equipment are sometimes sorely missed in this digital age. Empirical Labs offer their new FATSO Jr as a solution.

    Reviews Sep 2001
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    Focusrite Platinum Penta

    Preset Stereo Compressor

    The new compressor in Focusrite's Platinum Range offers pre-programmed settings for ease of use, whilst still incorporating extensive manual parameter control. Paul White gets to grips with the Penta.

    Reviews Aug 2001
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    Drawmer 1969

    Dual-channel Valve Preamp/Processor

    Drawmer's 1969 model, developed with US pro audio dealer Mercenary Audio, seeks to offer the facilities of their acclaimed 1960 valve-based processor, but with a more American sound.

    Reviews Oct 2000
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    Thermionic Culture Phoenix.

    Thermionic Culture Phoenix

    Valve Compressor

    The Phoenix all-valve compressor is a high flyer when it comes to quality and price. Will it help Thermionic Culture feather their nest?

    Reviews Apr 2000
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    Chiswick Reach

    Stereo Valve Compressor

    Hugh Robjohns tries out a new stereo valve compressor hand-built in Britain, which shines both in the studio and the mastering room.

    Reviews Feb 2000
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    MIllennia Media TCL2

    Valve & Solid-state Twin-topology Optical Compressor

    Millennia Music and Media Systems manufacture high-end signal processors with the usual feature of dual circuit paths — solid-state FET and valve topologies running separately, side by side. Hugh Robjohns checks out the company's opto-compressor.

    Reviews Jan 2000
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    Focusrite Platinum Compounder

    2-channel Dynamics Processor

    Paul White gets inside Focusrite's new compressor to find out what really makes it tick.

    Reviews May 1999
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    Behringer MDX2200 Composer Pro

    Multi-function Dynamics Processor

    The latest version of Behringer's Composer dynamics processor appears to provide all the facilities anyone could ask for, with a separate expander/gate, compressor and limiter for each of its two channels.

    Reviews May 1999
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    Dbx 266XL

    Compressor/Gate

    Does the new 266 compressor from dbx really excel?

    Reviews Sep 1998
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    ART Tube PAC & Tube EQ

    Preamp/Compressor & EQ

    We test ART's two compact tube processors to see if they sound bigger than they look.

    Reviews Aug 1998
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    Dbx DDP

    Digital Dynamics Processor

    The DDP takes the five dynamics processes you're most likely to want, turns them digital, and squashes them into a 1U studio workhorse box for under £600.

    Reviews Aug 1998

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