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Golden Age Project Comp-554 500 Series Vintage Style Compressor

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The COMP-554 is a one-channel vintage style compressor for the 500-format. The signal path uses only discrete components like resistors, capacitors and transistors. The input and output are transformer balanced and the unit also uses a third interstage transformer. The class-A circuit used in the COMP-554 is similar to the one in the classic 2254 compressor that was designed in 1969. It quickly became a legend due to its totally unique sound character that is warm, smooth, sweet and musical. These characteristics have been heard on countless recordings through the years and it is a versatile sound that works very well on many sound sources and in many genres. The essence of this sound is now available at a surprisingly low cost, making it available to nearly everyone.

• Vintage style electronics, no integrated circuits in the signal path
• Based on a classic diode bridge design
• Transformer balanced input and output
• Flexible control range for threshold, ratio, attack and recovery
• All controls (except gain make-up) are stepped
• Three selectable sidechain filter frequencies
• Three flexible sidechain options; Internal, Insert and External
• External sidechain I/O is electronically balanced @ 4dBu
• Separate switches for hardwire bypass and compression out.
• Two insert connectors
• Meter selectable for output (two reference levels, +4 and +12 dBu) and gain reduction
• Can be linked to two units for stereo operation
• Three-position Air EQ switch, Flat, +3 or +6 dB @ 30 kHz
• Two-position output termination switch for different tones.
• Soft start circuit that ramps up the supply voltage slowly (about 10 sec.) to avoid power-on current surges
• Great sound that suits most sound sources and genres
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