Classic tube compression with hand-built quality
Thermionic Culture’s Phoenix all-tube soft-knee compressor has been a standout performer in studios around the world, and the newly revised Phoenix SB S/C adds the side chain filter section from the Phoenix mastering compressor and a standby switch that not only increases tube and capacitor life by halving the power supply current, but makes available some unique audio effects in its own right. Factor in the higher gain structure and you can take your compression from totally transparent to over-the-top aggressive. Whether you’re using the Phoenix SB for buss compression in stereo link mode, as the best ducking compressor you’ve even gotten your hands on, or as two separate mono compressors for tracking, you’ll love the low-noise and exceptional musicality of this all-tube beauty.
The commitment of Thermionic Culture’s founder, Vic Keary, to high-quality tube audio gear dates back to the first studio he built in the 1950’s, and his company has taken the best of what tubes have to offer, updating the circuits for the low-noise and distortion levels required for modern recording. Solid-state components are confined to power supplies so that the audio path is pure tube musicality.