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Highland Dynamics BG2

Write less automation. Find more enjoyment. The Highland Dynamics BG2 is an all-tube, fully transformer-balanced “very-mu” compressor with automatic leveling capability, but there’s much more to it than mere leveling.

The BG2 is a marriage of classic tube compressor topologies. Its front end is in the style of a British-modified modified Altec 436 while its twin 6V6 output amp is reminiscent of the venerable RCA BA6A and Gates output stages. The result is a compressor with heavy tube character that sounds more airy and spacious than most.

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Compression modes
Perhaps its most unique feature is the ability to change feedback modes between British and American styles. Essentially giving you two different compressor sounds to choose from.

British
British mode utilizes a modified Altec 436 plate-to-plate style feedback. With less gain, a cleaner, more hi-fi sound and smoother operation. British mode is the big smooth tube compressor voicing.

American
American mode lets more harmonics and color come through, instantly changing your BG2 to a different animal altogether. The sound is rich, lively and robust.

Compression ON/OFF
There is a compression on/off switch that removes the side-chain tube, turning the compressor into a line amp. With the compression turned off, you can drive it into distortion. You can achieve different colors of distortion with both the feedback and input selection switches.

Input impedance
The BG2 has standard 600 Ohm input, or 150 ohm for more gain and transformer color. It's also useful when running a microphone directly in with no preamp.

Linking
Two BG2s can be linked with a single instrument cable via a 1/4” jack on each rear panel and the link switch on the front panel.

Build
The BG2 build quality is impressive with a rugged chassis, custom oversized transformers, US and European capacitors and a striking US-made Simpson panel meter. It’s built by hand, for people that truly appreciate thoughtful design and construction.

Features
• Input and output controls
• Switchable feedback settings
• Fast and slow attack
• 6 release positions
• Link switch for stereo use
• 600 and 150 ohm input impedance taps

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HDBG2

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Condition
New
Type
Vari-Mu Compressor
Application
Tracking, Mixing & Mastering
Channels
Mono
Circuit
Tube
Inout transformer(s)
N/A
Output transformer(s)
N/A
Format
19"
Chassis
2 U
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1
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€3,760.00 (incl. VAT)
Avaialbility: 2 weeks

The Chandler Limited RS660 Compressor builds upon the technological advancements that began with the historic EMI RS124 and Fairchild 660 compressors used at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios during the 1960s, and distills them into a refined and elegant compression circuit…that is the RS660 Compressor. Rather than a reproduction of existing equipment, the RS660 Compressor stands apart and represents a path forward in the recording engineering development department.

Tube Compressors
Undertone Audio
€12,496.12 (incl. VAT)
Available immediately

Undertone Audio UnFairchild 670M II
The Fairchild circuit could be one of the most coveted and time tested compressors of all time. It has proven its extraordinary universal musicality for over 5 decades on countless genres of music. The beauty of its design is in its simplicity. The audio path, primarily consisting of only 2 transformers and 4 paralleled vari-mu tubes, can provide a gentle smoothing of levels or an explosive, energizing compression that will make any recording leap out of the speakers. The UTA UnFairchild is a painstaking recreation of the classic sound of this circuit.

WesAudio
WesAudio
€1,399.00 (incl. VAT) €1,438.80
Available immediately
Limited special offer

WesAudio RHEA tube Stereo Vari-Mu tube Compressor with digital recall

Main features
• 100% analog device with +24dBu of headroom
• True stereo tube “vari-mu” style compressor
• High voltage tube operation
• Input CARNHILL transformers
• Input and output level control for maximum flexibility
• Mix knob for parallel compression
• THD – harmonic distortion with two modes (Medium & High)
• SIDE CHAIN FILTERS – 3 high pass filters at 60,90 and 150 Hz
• 500 series and ng500 (e.g. _TITAN) series compatible
• Total Recall and plugin control compatible with most DAWs
• Analog automation in DAW

Compressors
Chandler Limited
€7,823.27 (incl. VAT)
Avaiilability : 4 weeks

Chandler Limited RS124 Mastering, Matched Pair and stepped - EMI/Abbey Road Tube Compressor
The Chandler Limited RS124 Compressor is a recreation of one of the most coveted audio valve compressors of all time, the legendary EMI/Abbey Road RS124, reimagined for use in the modern studio environment.

The RS124, a “variable-mu” compressor circuit, was built for use at Abbey Road Studios, and was never commercially available until now.

Along with features traditionally found on the original counterparts, Input control, Output attenuation, ‘Recovery’ (release) control and the unique ‘HOLD’ setting, the Chandler Limited RS124 Compressor includes modern facilities such as adjustable attack, selectable output impedance, and a special twist, dubbed the ‘SuperFuse’.

The RS124 brings home the sound of a legend, reimagined for the modern era, today.

Compressors
WesAudio
€1,859.00 (incl. VAT)
Last items in stock

WesAudio Timbre – Vari-mu Tube Compressor
As always It’s all about compression so we’ve created “Timbre” – an all tube vari-mu compressor based on the 6386 tube, inspired by the old, famous and much desired Gates STA-Level compressor. The Timbre is easy to use, full of color and sweetness. It is a vintage-style compressor made from the highest quality of components.

Augmenting the design, we have added new features like the third mode of operation with shorter attack time, a high-pass sidechain filter, a link for stereo operation and a bypass function. Timbre utilizes a novel programme controlled release circuit which creates density and consistency while minimizing typical compressor side-effects at up to 40dB of gain reduction!

Compressors
Weight Tank
€1,110.15 (incl. VAT)
Last items in stock

Weight Tank WT-COMP - ADD WEIGHT, HARMONICS & CHARACTER TO YOUR SOUND.
The Weight Tank Compressor will put a stamp on any material run through its circuitry. The smooth and euphonic sound of soft-knee vari-mu compression paired with thick, distinct and colorful harmonic saturation makes the Weight Tank Compressor very unique.

Unlike its cousin, the Locomotive Audio 14B, which buffs your sound to a glossy sheen, the Weight Tank Compressor offers darker tones while adding huge vintage heft to your audio.

TRANSFORMERS: Three all-steel transformers deliver big, thick, colored results
TUBE CIRCUITRY: Audio passes through two vacuum tubes for smooth warmth
CUSTOM METERING: Backlit meter displays gain reduction accurately
ATTACK & RELEASE: Variable attack & release timing allows for great flexibility
ROUND | DRIVE MODES: When run in “Round” mode, a smooth, sweet and pure tone will result. If switched to “Drive” mode,  an enhanced harmonic structure and overall driven tone will result.

P O W E R E D   B Y   L O C O M O T I V E   A U D I O

500 Series Compressors
ACME Audio
€1,050.14 (incl. VAT)
Available immediately

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.

Compressors
Chandler Limited
€3,560.00 (incl. VAT)
Avaiilability : 4 days

Chandler Limited RS124 - EMI/Abbey Road Tube Compressor
The Chandler Limited RS124 Compressor is a recreation of one of the most coveted audio valve compressors of all time, the legendary EMI/Abbey Road RS124, reimagined for use in the modern studio environment.

The RS124, a “variable-mu” compressor circuit, was built for use at Abbey Road Studios, and was never commercially available until now.

Along with features traditionally found on the original counterparts, Input control, Output attenuation, ‘Recovery’ (release) control and the unique ‘HOLD’ setting, the Chandler Limited RS124 Compressor includes modern facilities such as adjustable attack, selectable output impedance, and a special twist, dubbed the ‘SuperFuse’.

The RS124 brings home the sound of a legend, reimagined for the modern era, today.

Compressors
Looptrotter
€3,650.00 (incl. VAT)
Last items in stock

Looptrotter MONSTER COMPRESSOR 2 has been redesigned from the ground up to improve durability and sound quality. The Monster Compressor’s second generation features following upgrades:
• Grayhill switches with lifetime warranty
• 6N2P NOS military grade electron tubes
• Burr Brown Sound + integrated circuit components
• Intuitive, soft deesser (compressor mode) for warm, deep yet silky smooth sound
• Thick, heavy duty, coated aluminum front panel

Three independent devices of an original design in one piece
• FET Compressor / Limiter
• Tube saturation
• Mixer of dry and wet signal

Make the Monster Compressor 2 a very creative tool with great versatility, able to:
• Compress and warm up and punch up the sound
• Process subgroups, stems or just single tracks during tracking or mixing
• Master

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