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Buzz Audio SOC-M

Buzz Audio SOC-M - Mastering optical compressor
A precision stereo optical compressor optimized for analogue mastering featuring a mid side matrix and a balanced side chain insert point.

The SOC-M is available with a grey (silver) or black face plate.

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€3,444.00 (incl. VAT)

€2,870.00 tax excl.

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Design features
Mastering focus
Due to popular demand we have released a mastering version of the SOC-20 optical compressor. The SOC-M mastering version replaces the DRIVE and GAIN pots of the SOC-20 with stepped Elma attenuators for repeatability. We have also adjusted the RATIO's to suit mastering tasks and all the ratio's feature our famous "soft knee" characteristic. The SOC-M signal path utilizes our Class A discrete BE41 transistor amplifiers powered by a special low impedance power supply for vibrant sonic detail. As standard, the SOC-M is fitted with a Lundahl LL1517 output transformer providing a nice sheen to the sound. The unit is also available with a transformerless output option.

Analog mid-side processing
But not only is the Buzz Audio SOC-M a stereo compressor, it also incorporates a Mid-Side (or sum and difference) encoder and decoder which is a very powerful mastering tool. When set to MS mode, signals that are common to left and right are processed by Channel A and the left to right difference signals by Channel B. Check out the SOC-20 audio samples to see how powerful this process can be. In addition, when set to MS mode, the mid and side signals are available as balanced outputs on the rear panel insert send XLR's

Sidechain design
At the flick of a switch, a 12dB/octave high pass filter at 170Hz reduces the compressor sensitivity to low frequencies for more bass punch. We have also included a fully balanced side chain insert point so you can add additional equalisation to the compressor characteristic. The side chain monitor function allows you to hear what is returning into the insert point (the side chain) and you can also monitor the mid or side signals when the compressor is used in MS mode.

Dynamic range control
The 5 ratio settings feature a soft knee characteristic whereby the selected ratio is only actually acheived at 10dB of gain reduction. Therefore very gentle compression is available when using 2:1 and 3:1 and even 10:1 is usable for material that needs stronger dynamic control. The unique differential side chain circuit of the SOC-M splits the audio into positive and negative waveform and processes it separately (attack and release parameters) with the resulting balanced signal controlling the Buzz Audio BE45 electro-optical attenuator. There are 5 compressor attack settings and 6 release settings that cover a wide range of response possibilities. In addition, our clever auto modes produce very musical results. The auto attack adapts to incoming audio rise time, and the auto release will decay quickly from short impulses but longer from sustained or low frequency signals.

Controls and functions
• DRIVE - 24 position Elma switch that sets the amount of compression.
• OUTPUT dB - 24 position Elma switch that adds gain at the output to correct for lost level.
• ATTACK - rotary switch with 1mS, 10mS, 25mS, 50mS selections and the excellent AUTO mode.
• RATIO - rotary switch with 2:1, 3:1, 4:1, 6:1 and 10:1 selections - all soft knee characteristic.
• RELEASE - rotary switch with 100mS, 200mS, 400mS, 800mS 1600mS selections and our superb AUTO mode.
• BYPASS - hard wire unit bypass to compare compressed and uncompressed signals.
• METER - switches the VU meter between input/output levels or amount of compression.
• S/C HPF - inserts a 170Hz high pass filter into the side chain for added bass punch.
• S/C INSERT - engage the external side chain insert point and monitor the side chain signal.
• LINK A/B - joins the side chain of each channel for stereo operation with "soft" tracking.
• There is also a locking toggle to select STEREO or MID-SIDE mode and a handy POWER on/off switch.
• On the rear panel for each channel, there are 1 set of female/male XLR connectors for the main input and output, plus another male/female XLRs for the side chain insert send and return.

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Data sheet

Condition
New
Type
Optical Compressor
Application
Tracking, Mixing & Mastering
Channels
Dual Mono
Circuit
Solid State
Output transformer(s)
Lundahl
Format
19"
Chassis
2 U
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1
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WesAudio ngBusComp TRUE QUAD VCA THAT 2181 - Legendary sound of Stereo Bus compressor has been true companion on countless recordings since 40 years. Often recognized as “mixbus glue”, this particular compression sound have become industry standard. Now, we improve this design creating whole new level of versitality with unbeliveble modern DAW integration – We present ngBusComp – fully analog, dual mono, stereo, mid-side compressor, with digital recall.

First and most important point – ngBusComp is 100% analog device with +27dBu of headroom. Regardless its digital control nature, fully analog signal path provides top VCA compression sound.

Four THAT 2181 VCA in signal chain, and one in side chain detector for each channel!

STEREO / DUAL MONO compression! ngBusComp detectors can be linked and unlinked anytime – what allows us true bus compression behavior, as dual mono compression when needed!

Relative channel linking! Channels can be linked/unlinked anytime! It is allowed to have different settings on both channels and still manage those in a relative way!
We can work on Mid-Side mix separately for each channel, but if we would like to change balance of whole track, it is enough to engage “parameter link” and both channels Make Up gain will be adjusted relatively keeping same amount of volume difference!

MID-SIDE operation mode ngBusComp supports mid-side opeartion, you can give your side channel diffferent compression settings then middle channel!

Rack Series Compressors
Smart Research
€2,034.00 (incl. VAT)
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Smart Research C1 Compressor is the original black front panel version of C2 compressor. (Two sets of controls and two audio channels, but no Sidechain inputs, or Crush facility). Popular in UK and US west coast studios.

A modded version with 2 high-pass filters and a Sidechain input, the C1t is also available.

Compressors
GC Audio
€1,428.00 (incl. VAT)
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GC Audio Density compressor is a complete VCA Compressor.
The de-symmetrization stage consists of a Lundhal LL 1585 transformer which remains to this day the only way to perform common mode rejection without adding distortion. The follower OPA are ultra low noise AD797s recommended by That Corporation for optimal operation of the VCA.

Compressors
Dramastic Audio
€3,526.24 (incl. VAT)
Availability : 3 weeks

Dramastic Audio Obsidian 500 is derived from the 19" rack mount series Obisdian Stereo Compressor, but adds more flexibility with selectable high-pass filters. This 500 series version is also provided with a soft additional ratio of 1.5: 1. This module can also be completed with the Obisdian Dual Mono Expansion  offering all dual mono features like independent L/R channels metering, a side-chain input crucial for some applications and a a duplication of the front panel controls.

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Compressors
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Buzz Audio
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Buzz Audio

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Equalizers
Buzz Audio
€954.00 (incl. VAT)
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Preamplifiers
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Rack Series Channel strips
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