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Golden Age Project Channel Vintage Style Compressor

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The COMP-3A is a single-channel vintage-style Compressor/Leveler. The signal path uses only discrete components like resistors, capacitors and transistors, and the input and output is transformer bala... Click To Read More About This Product

Available 10-09-2017 You will not be charged until order ships. Email me when this is in stock.

Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Overview

The COMP-3A is a single-channel vintage-style Compressor/Leveler. The signal path uses only discrete components like resistors, capacitors and transistors, and the input and output is transformer balanced using two different transformers, each one optimized for its purpose. This is the way audio components were built before integrated circuits became available.

Integrated circuits are small and cheap and widely used in most modern designs. The drawback is that audio components built with modern technology don’t always provide the best sound quality or the type of character that the modern user desires.

The subjective sound quality delivered by vintage equipment is often preferred over the one delivered by modern units, a situation that is even more obvious now when music is recorded with clean-sounding digital audio equipment. This is the reason why so many vintage audio components are cloned and produced again, and also why the vintage originals are often very expensive on the second-hand market.

The circuit used in the COMP-3A is based on a classic design that uses an electro-luminescent panel and a photoelectric cell to control gain. This gives the COMP-3A unique, program-dependent compression characteristics. In addition, the vintage-style signal path adds a wonderful and musical character to the sound. The ease of use with only two main controls makes it very simple to achieve the desired sound.

These attributes hav made the original units a favorite of engineers and musicians worldwide. This classic sound is now available at a very affordable price point with the COMP-3A.

FEATURES

  • No integrated circuits in the signal path
  • Transformer-balanced input and output
  • Selectable output transformer loading resistors by an internal
  • T4-style electro-optical attenuator
  • Very simple to operate with only two main controls, Gain and Peak Reduction
  • A big meter shows gain reduction or output level at two different reference levels
  • Hardwire bypass switch for easy comparisons
  • XLR and TRS input and output jacks for flexible connections
  • Link jack and switch for connecting to another unit for stereo operation
  • All external controls located on the front panel
  • External power supply to avoid interaction with the audio circuits and transformers
  • Compact 2RU half rack format
  • Solid build quality
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Golden Age ProjectChannel Vintage Style Compressor
 
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5.0

Great

By Cas

from West Palm

Pros

  • Clean/Transparent Compression
  • Portable
  • Workhorse

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Leveling Vocals

    Comments about Golden Age Project Channel Vintage Style Compressor:

    This was my first piece of hardware compressor so it took me quite some time to get past the learning curve, but once I started to understand how compression worked this little compressor become a god send.
    There is also a GAIN switch which helps tremendously for certain signals that need that extra boost,
    The MOD if I remember correctly is basically a -20db pad. All in all I love this compressor.

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