A mono 500-series FET compressor, the Little Devil from Chandler Limited uses a discrete circuit path and transformer-balanced elements to give you flavors of Chandler’s LTD-2, 2264, 33609, and Germanium Compressor. Due to its selectable knee curve, it is capable of compression of audio signals in a colorful and “grabby” manner, or in a more smooth, transparent fashion. As such, the unit is suitable for a variety of sources, from harmonic, acoustic instruments in Zener mode, to percussive elements and electric guitars in Germ mode.
The unit provides attack, release, ratio, input, and output controls, but does not carry a traditional threshold selector; this makes it similar to a vintage TG-style unit in operation. A sidechain high-pass filter selector has been provided so that you can keep frequencies up to 300 Hz from triggering the compression circuit. You’ll also note the mix knob, which allows you to blend dry, unprocessed signal with the compressed results. In this way, you can approximate the effects of parallel compression. This 500-series module has been designed to work with a variety of lunchbox enclosures from manufacturers such as API, BAE, Empirical Labs, A-Designs, and more.