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Buzz Audio Essence

Buzz Audio Essence is a 500 Series version of the flagship SOC-1.1 opto compressor with a similar compression characteristic. The signal path uses Lundahl input and output transformers and our True Class A discrete amplifiers. This compressor is the only compressor on the market to offer a side chain insert point in the 500 Series format. In addition, on board side chain equalisation allows you to alter the sensitivity of the compressor at high and low frequencies - another unique feature of the Essence.

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The compression can be very smooth making the unit extremely useful for gently leveling a source without pumping and nasty artifacts. In contrast, the 20:1 ratio can produce heavy limiting effects when driven hard. In either case, the Essence is easy to operate and quick to achieve that "glue" typical of opto compressors. The sound through the Essence is tight and clear with some nice harmonic effect from the transformers.

Controls and indicators
Switch functions are Bypass, Side chain Monitor, Side chain High EQ, Side chain Low EQ, Link (for stereo operation with another Essence in the same rack), Side chain Insert and a switch that lets you view the module Input or Output level or Gain Reduction on the 10 segment LED Meter.

Rotary pots set the output make up Gain and the amount of compression with Drive. Rotary selectors are used for the 4 attack and 6 release settings (including our excellent Auto modes) and the 4 Ratio settings. For an in depth over view of all the control functions we suggest you read the user manual.

Rack compatibility
The Essence will physically fit all 500 Series frames and consumes 2 slot widths. The connectors associated with the first slot carry the main signal input and output. The connectors associated with the second slot carry the side chain insert send and return. The power draw of 120mA is spread over the 2 slots and within the capability of all known 500 Series racks.

Specifications
• Frequency Response with no gain reduction = 14Hz to 107kHz, +/- 1.5dB
Maximum Input Level = +25dBu
Maximum Output Level = +27dBu
• Side chain Max Input/Output Levels = +22dBu
• Total Harmonic Distortion:
Measured at 0dBu input, no gain reduction, make up Gain 0dB
100Hz: 0.1%, 1kHz = 0.015%, 10kHz = 0.002%
Measured at +10dBu input, 20dB gain reduction, make up Gain +15dB, Attack AUTO, Release 16: 100Hz = 0.1%, 1kHz = 0.015%, 10kHz = 0.005%
• Residual Noise: -95dB A wtg, 150ohm source Z, make up Gain 0dB
• Make up Gain Range: 0dB to +15dB
• Maximum Available Gain Reduction = 25dB
• S/C HI EQ Boost/Cut: 8dB @ 10kHz
• S/C LO EQ Boost/Cut: 8dB @ 100Hz
• Main Audio Input Impedance: 20k ohms, bal or unbal
• Main Output Impedance: 100 ohms bal or unbal
• Sidechain Send Output Impedance: 100 ohms unbal
• Sidechain Return Input Impedance: 44k ohms bal or unbal
• Size: (3"Wx5.25"H). Fits 2 spaces in API* 500VPR Series rack format
• Power requirements = 120mA +/- 15-18 volts DC, as supplied by rack power supply.

Specifications are typical of a production unit and are subject to change without notice. 0dBu reference = 0.775 volts RMS

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ESSENCE

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Condition
New
Type
Optical Compressor
Application
Tracking & Mixing
Channels
Mono
Circuit
Solid State
Inout transformer(s)
Lundahl
Output transformer(s)
Lundahl
Format
500
Chassis
2 U
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The ADR Compex F760X-RS by Q2 Audio reintroduces, at long last, the venerable and highly sought-after dynamics processor of yesteryear. The unique character and spirit of the Compex can be heard on many classic recordings (think of that huge, commanding drum sound on When the Levee Breaks by Led Zeppelin, for instance). With painstaking attention to detail, Q2 Audio has masterfully reproduced the exact circuit design of the original Compex, with a handful of new features and updated components.

An excellent reissue of the ADR (Audio Design & Recording) F690 from the 70's, the machine that makes wonders on percussive sources (Drums, Percussion, Piano ...etc.) known for the sound of Led Zeppelin drums. This new version is identical to the original version, sounds the same but solves the recurring problems of the original machine, and offers a wider stereo image.

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€1,878.00 (incl. VAT)
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Buzz Audio ZODIAK - Dual channel tilt and filter equalizer
Equalize a different way with the Zodiak's four complimentary tone control sections creating a powerful new sound shaping tool.

The "Tilt-n-Filter" EQ idea was delivered to us by Zak Cohen, owner of the Woodshop Recording Studio, and it is based on a series of plug-ins Zak would routinely set up to equalize music tracks recorded direct into his DAW. The Zodiak reproduces this concept with the same series of eq elements - but in the analogue domain so it can used ahead of the DAW input. The main element of the design is the Baxandall style Tilt eq circuit (originally found on the Quad 44 hifi preamplifer from the 1970's). The concept of a tilt EQ is not new, but with the addition of a fully parametric midrange band and high and low cut filters, the Zodiak caters for a wide range of applications that would otherwise require multiple processors. What's more - the Zodiak is available with three signal path options to suit your taste and budget.

Preamplifiers
Buzz Audio
€2,712.00 (incl. VAT)
Availability : 6 weeks

BUZZ AUDIO MA-2.2B - Full Class A Microphone pre-amplifier
A truly magical sounding microphone preamplifier that proves "clean does not need to sound clinical", now revamped with an updated user interface.

Functions are now controlled with illuminated push button switches with "clickless" operation, no more thumps on the output.
The gain pot has been replaced with a calibrated 24 position Elma switch for accurate stereo matching between channels. Buzz Audio has added a useful 19 segment peak output level meter. But, the original audio and power supply design of the MA-2.2 has been retained.

Preamplifiers
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€2,904.00 (incl. VAT)
Availability : 6 weeks

BUZZ AUDIO MA-2.2BTX - Full Class A Microphone pre-amplifier with Lundahl LL1517 output transformers
A truly magical sounding microphone preamplifier that proves "clean does not need to sound clinical", now revamped with an updated user interface.

Functions are now controlled with illuminated push button switches with "clickless" operation, no more thumps on the output.
The gain pot has been replaced with a calibrated 24 position Elma switch for accurate stereo matching between channels. Buzz Audio has added a useful 19 segment peak output level meter. But, the original audio and power supply design of the MA-2.2 has been retained.

The MA-2.2BTX is supplied with high spec Lundahl LL1517 output transformers. When the transformers are fitted, the direct unbalanced output is still available on the rear panel via a 1/4" jack socket. When fitted, the transformer add a bit more warmth to the sound. (We can also offer the Lundahl amorphous core LL1684 transformer to special order).

Compressors
Buzz Audio
€1,930.00 (incl. VAT)
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Buzz Audio SOC 1.1 The use of Light Dependent Resistors (LDR) as the control element of an audio compressor was pioneered in the 1960's and we are all aware of the value placed on those famous vintage "LA" units. The Buzz Audio SOC-1.1 was designed not to copy, but to take that signature and improve on it by offering the user more control. With 4 ratio settings, 3 attack options and 6 release times, the SOC-1.1 puts you in command of the dynamics rather than dealing with set parameters.

Equalizers
Buzz Audio

Buzz Audio REQ-2.2 resonance mastering equalizer is a high-end stereo, four band inductor based, parametric mastering and recording equalizer, that operates and sounds like no other.

The resonance factor
The REQ-2.2 equalizer utilises parallel resonant circuits in a clever configuration whereby the bandwidth (Q) of the circuit can be adjusted like an active filter, but without any complex relay switching. The inductor/capacitor resonant "tank" eq circuit runs at a low internal signal level which avoids any inductor saturation effects. The overall result is the sound of real choke based filters with a big open sound, but without the limitation of only a few - or no bandwidth selections as found on traditional choke eq's.

Equalizers
Buzz Audio
€954.00 (incl. VAT)
Availability : 15 days

Buzz Audio Tonic is a simple but effective 3 band equalizer for the 500 Series system, the Tonic utilizes real inductors (chokes) in the high and low bands. These two bands are switchable shelf or bell modes and have 2 turn over frequency choices. The sweepable mid band features the Constant Amplitude Phase Shift circuit proposed my Mr Steve Dove in 1981 which has a very fluid sound. A high pass filter is also provided with two frequency choices (50Hz or 80Hz) selected by the user with jumpers on the PCB.

Preamplifiers
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€2,814.00 (incl. VAT)
Availability : 20 days

Buzz Audio QSP-20 - 4 channel Mic Pre
If you are looking for a versatile but cost effective outboard mic preamp for your project studio, then you've found it! We think the Buzz Audio QSP-20 represents excellent value for money and offers the professional performance of vintage brands without the vintage price tag. Using our proprietary True Class A circuitry and the exceptional Lundhal output transformers, the QSP-20 delivers a big honest open sound and is perhaps the best value Quad Studio Preamplifier available today.

Rack Series Channel strips
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€2,800.00 (incl. VAT)
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Buzz Audio ARC-1.1 advanced recording channel strip
An extremely flexible preamplifier, equalizer and compressor system for all sound recording applications.

Quite simply, there is no other recording channel strip on the planet that has the versatility of the ARC-1.1. What you have here is a mic/line preamp, parametric equalizer and compressor/limiter that can be used in conjuction as a recording channel or, accessed as completely separate elements. The ARC is not just one piece of kit but multiple pieces bundled into one chassis with a clever relay routing system so you can assign each element to the main signal path or to externally accessed I/O.

Compressors
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€1,794.00 (incl. VAT)
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The Buzz Audio DBC-20 is a new take on a vintage technique utilizing a gain reduction element of silicon diodes in a balanced bridge arrangement. The diode bridge is coupled via a "radio steel" laminated transformer of our own design. This element produces a desirable compression character that can best be described as tight, colourful and rich with harmonics. In the style of compressors from the 60's, the DBC-20 incorporates a self-adjusting ratio whereby the compression ratio is progressively increased with deepening gain reduction. This feature allows for the control of very dynamic signals (such as vocals) in a seamless fashion. The DBC does sound very vintage but does not carry the vintage price tag!

The DBC-20 is available with a grey (silver) or black face plate.

Compressors
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Buzz Audio Essence is a 500 Series version of the flagship SOC-1.1 opto compressor with a similar compression characteristic. The signal path uses Lundahl input and output transformers and our True Class A discrete amplifiers. This compressor is the only compressor on the market to offer a side chain insert point in the 500 Series format. In addition, on board side chain equalisation allows you to alter the sensitivity of the compressor at high and low frequencies - another unique feature of the Essence.

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