The Joemeek 500 Series meC Compressor is a studio device used to recreate the punchy sound of photoelectric compressors that were used by record producer Joe Meek in the 1960s. Robustly engineered for predictable and controllable performances, this simple-to-use compressor brings a professional touch to your recordings and live performances.
This multi-featured audio device makes quiet sounds louder and loud sounds quieter. In other words, it controls the dynamic range of audio material. It’s like manually riding a volume control, except that the compressor does it automatically, with quicker and more accurate responses than when it is done by hand.
Two meC 500 units can be used together for stereo applications in a Master-Slave configuration.
Make Sounds Stand Out: Making quiet sounds louder without the loud bits getting even louder means that you can raise the average level of an instrument or vocal in the mix. This can actually improve vocals such as by bringing them out in front of the mix, making them sound denser, more even, and more confident.
Crank up the Volume: Raising the average volume of the whole mixes is what makes rock music, radio stations, and TV commercials all sound loud.
Protect: Using the fast Attack and Release times to control brief transients is known as limiting and is used to protect recorders and monitoring systems from overload.
Accommodate: Mixes intended for AM and FM radio broadcasts are compressed to fit the restricted dynamic range, which also gives a certain feel to the production.
Modify: Compressors, including the meC 500, can be used to change the dynamics, or "envelope," of a track.