ACME Audio Opticom XLA-500

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Acme Audio Mfg. Co. is proud to introduce the OPTICOM XLA-500. Taking inspiration from the acclaimed XLA-3, Acme Audio has painstakingly squeezed the XLA-3’s topology into a convenient two space 500 series module.  The XLA-500 is a tube optical audio limiter designed to produce a full range of non-linear, dynamic audio effects.

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$ 975.00

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The heart of the XLA-500 is a unique triple optoelectronic circuit that combines the best characteristics of three separate compression curves into a single unit. Combined with Cinemag input and output transformer and a class-A gain stage,  the result is a high-speed optical limiter with tones that range from ‘clean’ to ‘harmonically rich’ to ‘dirty’; and compression curves that range from subtle and slow to very fast and aggressive.

The Opticom XLA-500 is the most versatile 500 series optical limiter on the market.  Whether trying to gently control dynamic range on vocals, adding weight to a bass track, or even crushing a drum track – the XLA-500 can perform all of these tasks effortlessly and with great satisfaction to the user, and, ultimately, to the listener.

• Tube-driven optical mono compressor
• 3 separate opto elements – Fast, Normal, Slow
• Cinemag transformer-coupled input and output
• Vintage-style VU meter
• Sturdy metalwork
• Made in USA

Condition New
Type Optical Compressor
Application Tracking & Mixing
Channels Mono
Circuit Tube
Inout transformer(s) Cinemag
Output transformer(s) Cinemag
Format 500
Chassis 2 Slots
Quantity 1

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Al runs his own recording studio Rustbelt, in Royal Oak Michigan. It was there that the Opticom was born. Danny Russel, designer of the Naylor Guitar Amplifier came to Al with the idea of taking the optical compressor to the next level. After many trials, the Opticom-XLA-3 was finally complete, and ready to be manufactured. All Opticoms are painstakingly built by hand right in Metro Detroit.

Acme Audio is built by people who know audio, for people who know audio. 

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