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    Retro Instruments Revolver

    Dual-channel Valve Compressor

    Retro set their sights on modernising a classic design from the golden age of recording — did they hit their target?

    Reviews Jul 2018
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    API 529

    500-series Compressor

    We check out API’s 500-series version of the 2500 bus compressor.

    Reviews Jun 2018
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    Rupert Neve Designs release 500-series diode bridge compressor

    535 is based on Shelford Channel dynamics circuit

    The 535 Diode Bridge Compressor module is based on the dynamics circuit found in the Shelford Channel, the channel strip RND released last year that was itself something of a Neve greatest hits collection.

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    Tegeler Audio Manufaktur Crème

    VCA Compressor & Passive Equaliser

    This combination of Pultec-inspired stereo mastering EQ and VCA bus compressor could earn its keep in a wide range of situations.

    Reviews Oct 2017
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    Sonimus TuCo

    Compressor Plug-in

    The latest vintage-styled plug-in from Sonimus is a neat compressor with a vari-mu flavour.

    Reviews Oct 2017
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    Golden Age Project 500 Series

    Mic/Line Preamplifier, EQ & Compressor

    These modules can be mixed and matched to create a versatile, high-quality, Neve-esque channel strip for an impressive price.

    Reviews Sep 2017
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    Highland Dynamics BG2

    Mono Vari-mu Compressor

    You’d be forgiven for thinking the world doesn’t need another expensive vari-mu compressor. But you might just be wrong...

    Reviews Sep 2017
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    Golden Age Project Comp-2A Audio Levelar

    Valve Optical Compressor

    Golden Age Project’s quest to bring classic designs within reach of the masses continues, with this affordable take on the LA-2A.

    Reviews Jun 2017
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    Mäag Audio Magnum-K

    Analogue Compressor & EQ

    With dual compressor stages and dual-band, boost-only EQ, the novel Magnum-K shows that high-end outboard needn’t be retro.

    Reviews Jun 2017
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    Locomotive Audio Model 14B

    Variable-mu Compressor

    Combining aspects of two classics from the golden age of hardware design, this compressor is really rather special.

    Reviews May 2017
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    Boss CP-1X

    'Waza Craft' Compressor Pedal

    The CP-1X is no typical guitar compressor pedal. It employs Boss’s proprietary Multi-Dimensional Processing (MDP) technology, which analyses various aspects of the incoming signal in real time and then responds by optimising the digital processing for the source.

    Reviews Apr 2017
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    IGS Audio 576 Blue Stripe

    FET Compressor For 500-series

    This stylish module brings the ‘blue stripe’ revision of the UREI 1176 to the 500 series.

    Reviews Mar 2017
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    Q. Is a compressor’s Hold control different from its Release?

    I thought I had a handle on this, but seem to have a hard time understanding the difference between a compressor’s ‘Hold’ and its ‘Release’. Can you help explain?

    Sound Advice Mar 2017
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    Grove Hill Audio Liverpool

    Tube Compressor

    Could this modern take on a classic compressor design be fab for your studio?

    Reviews Feb 2017
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    iZotope Neutron

    Multiband Dynamics & EQ Plug-in

    iZotope say that Neutron not only has the processing power to address all sorts of mixing issues, but the intelligence to help you identify them.

    Reviews Jan 2017
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    Wes Audio Timbre

    Vari-Mu Compressor

    The Gates Sta-Level broadcast compressor is a classic — but it isn’t cheap. Can Wes Audio give you the same sound for less?

    Reviews Dec 2016
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    TFPro P8

    Multi-mode Stereo Compressor

    Ted Fletcher's new processor packs four different well-known compression types into a single box.

    Reviews Apr 2004
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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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    Using Your DAW's Compressors & Limiters

    Software Dynamics Masterclass

    All of the main MIDI + Audio sequencers now have a bewildering array of compression and limiting plug-ins built in, but many home musicians are unclear about what all those controls and options do. And with so many varieties of each plug-in available, which one should you choose for the job in hand?

    Techniques Mar 2003

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