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TC Electronic C-300 Dual Stereo Gate/Compressor

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C300 dual stereo gate/compressorThe TC Electronic C300 is an easy-to-use dual-engine dynamics processor that gives you superior compression/limiting and gate/expansion possibilities. Designed primaril... Click To Read More About This Product

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C300 dual stereo gate/compressor

The TC Electronic C300 is an easy-to-use dual-engine dynamics processor that gives you superior compression/limiting and gate/expansion possibilities. Designed primarily for insert applications, it features flexible control of the signal path, 16 gate/expander and 16 compressor/limiter audio-optimized presets with intelligent TC multi-band and full-band technology, innovative new-style compression, state-of-the-art TC quality, and an extremely intuitive and straightforward user interface that gives you access to complex and comprehensive dynamics processing with just a few buttons and simple operations.

Optimized presets

The C300 gives you source-based presets that are tailor-made for various types of sources. Depending on the preset you select, you have access to intelligent TC full-band- or multi-band technology.
The C300's multi-band processing is built on a state-of-the-art TC algorithm that bases it's calculations on the incoming source. A multi-band compressor, as opposed to a full band compressor, acts differently on different frequency bands. Each frequency band actually has its own little compressor with unique settings like threshold, ratio, attack, and release. Create, for instance, a steep compression on the lower frequencies, soft compression on the mid frequencies, and bright and light compression on the higher frequencies.

The C300 comes with several presets that are fully optimized for this kind of compression. You'll be surprised how easy it is to use.

New-style compression ” an innovative approach

Mix a compressed signal with a dry signal to enhance all the details in the music, just by turning the mix knob. Rather than pressing down the signal peaks, you can preserve all the higher dynamics while simultaneously bringing out the details from the lower end of the signal. Apply parallel compression to a drum kit and all the lower details hit you smack in the face, while all the bells and high dynamics of the snare and cymbals are preserved. Just select the appropriate preset, and you're up and running!

Simple, intuitive and straightforward user interface

All nonessential knobs and tweaking possibilities have been eliminated and replaced with innovative combinations and expansions of parameter indicators and knobs. For instance, the gate and the compressor are both controlled with the same knob, giving you improved and much faster access to important parameters.

Flexible control of the signal path

The C300 gives you all combinations of parallel and serial link modes. Stereo serial mode allows you to process a composite full-mix signal on both engines simultaneously, virtually giving you an extra device. Or insert a stereo full-mix signal into one engine and compress it, for example, then send the stereo signal into the second engine, limit it, and send out a processed full-mix stereo signal. Full stereo processing on two serial connected engines is not normally possible for this type of dynamics processor.

In normal dual/mono mode you can either use one engine as a compressor and the other as a gate ” or both engines as compressors or gates, having two individually processed mono signals coming out from each engine.


Dual engine compressor/limiter gate/expander
16 compressor/limiter presets and 16 gate/expander presets optimized for selectable audio sources
Intelligent TC multi-band and full-band technology
Detail enhancement via new-style compression
Flexible routing gives you all standard combinations of link modes + a stereo serial mode that virtually gives you an extra device
No nonsense user interface
Comprehensive metering
Optimized key filters in gate mode
High quality knobs
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A excellent dynamic processor

By Fuzzball

from Ida, MI

I bought this unit just a short while ago and I was impressed with the unit very quickly. The unit has a dual engine dynamics processor that does an excellent job compressing and limiting a signal. The gate and expansion ability of the unit is also worthy of mentioning. The thing I enjoyed the most is that it is extreamly easy to use. I have been asked how to set compressors by many other artist and I have always told them that there is no easy answer, well that may no longer be true. This unit makes setting a compressor very simple. I found very little artifacts in the compressed signal even when compressing the signal very heavily.This is definitly a item that I would recommend for any home studio.

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