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Golden Age Comp-2A Single-Channel Compressor

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.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
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Item #: 
1500000000041796
Product Description:

The Golden Age Project COMP-2A takes its cue from one of the most widely used vintage leveling amplifiers found in professional recording facilities around the world. The single-channel COMP-2A is vintage-style Compressor / Leveler that uses vacuum tubes in its signal and side-chain paths. The input and output is transformer balanced, using two di...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The Golden Age Project COMP-2A takes its cue from one of the most widely used vintage leveling amplifiers found in professional recording facilities around the world. The single-channel COMP-2A is vintage-style Compressor / Leveler that uses vacuum tubes in its signal and side-chain paths. 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 transistors and 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-perceived sound quality or the type of character that the modern user desires. The circuit used in the COMP-2A is based on a classic design that was originally produced in the early 1960s and it was initially intended for broadcast applications. It uses an electro-luminescent panel and a photoelectric cell to control gain. This gives it a unique, program dependent compression characteristic. In addition, the all tube signal path and the transformers add 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 have 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-2A.

Features

  • Vintage style electronics, no integrated circuits in the signal path
  • Transformer balanced input and output
  • Very simple to operate with only two main controls
  • HF control can make the side-chain circuit more sensitive to mid and high frequency content
  • Link jack and switch for connecting to another unit for stereo operation
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