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Golden Age Project Comp-54 Vintage Style Compressor

B&H # GOCOMP54 Mfr # COMP54 MK2
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This is a special order item and is non-cancelable and non-returnable. Est. arrival at B&H is 7-14 business days (subject to availability). Your order will be charged at time of shipment.

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You Pay: $399.99
Product Highlights
  • Neve 2254-Based Compressor Design
  • All Discrete, Class A Circuitry
  • Transformer Balanced Inputs/Outputs
  • Selectable Sidechain Filter Frequency
  • Stereo-Linkable with another Comp-54
  • Detented Controls for Repeatability
  • Gain Reduction / Output Level VU Meter
  • Upgradable Transformers

The Golden Age Project Comp-54 Vintage Style Compressor is a Class A diode bridge circuit, built in the style of a Neve 2254. It incorporates all the warmth and coloration of a vintage dynamics processer with a few modern amenities.

The Comp-54 offers very tweakable controls. The threshold has a wide gain range, allowing you to find the ideal slope at all signal levels. The 5-position ratio selector starts at 1.5:1 soft knee compression and increases up to 6:1 limiting. The onboard VU meter can monitor the compressor's gain reduction as well as the overall output volume.

The Comp-54 has a fast attack, ranging from 0.5 to 50mS. The release can be set as fast as 25mS, but allows lengths up to 1.5 seconds. Two auto-release modes are also selectable for program-responsive behavior. A makeup gain stage is included at the end of the signal chain to add an extra boost where needed.

The signal path of the Comp-54 also includes a bypassable sidechain high pass filter, which makes the compressor ignore frequencies below 50Hz, 100Hz, or 7kHz. With the 7kHz sidechain high pass filter engaged, the Comp-54 will act as a de-esser.

The Comp-54 Vintage Style Compressor has all the tone and coloration that older designs are revered for, with added versatility found in today's signal processors.

Golden Age Project Comp-54 Vintage Style Compressor
  • Based on the classic Neve diode bridge design
  • Transformer balanced inputs and outputs
  • Variable controls for ratio, attack and release
  • Three selectable sidechain filter frequencies
  • VU meter selectable between output and gain reduction
  • Stereo-linkable with another Comp-54
  • External power supply to avoid interaction with the audio circuitry and the transformers
Inputs/Outputs
Inputs Balanced XLR x1
Balanced 1/4" TRS x1
Nominal Operating Level +4 dBu
Maximum Input Level +26 dBu
Maximum Output Level +26 dBu with 600 ohm load
Output Impedance 600 Ohm; Selectable 600 ohm termination
Outputs Balanced XLR x1
Balanced 1/4" TRS x1
Compressor
Threshold -20 to +10 dB
Attack Time 0.5 - 50 mS
Release Time 25 mS - 1.5 seconds; two auto-release settings
Make-up Gain 0 - 20 dB
Sidechain HPF @ 50 Hz, 100 Hz, or 7 kHz.
Bypass Compressor bypass and true bypass
Link Connector 1/4" stereo-link bus
VU Meter Switchable: output level or gain reduction
Performance
Frequency Response +/- 0.5 dB, 20 Hz - 33 kHz relative to 1kHz, measured at +4 dBu
Noise - 75 dBu @ unity gain and no compression, input and output terminated with 600 ohm
THD 0.012% @ 1 kHz, +4 dBu in and out, 600 ohm load, no compression
General
Power 24 VAC external power supply
Dimensions (W x H x D) 8.5 x 1.75 x 11" (21.6 x 4.4 x 27.9 cm)
Weight 7.6 lbs (3.45 kg) shipping weight
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