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Crane Song STC-8 Compressor

Crane Song STC-8 Compressor

The Crane Song STC-8 is a high quality compressor combined with a remarkably dependable peak limiter, that provides overload protection critical to digital recording and broadcast transmitters.

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The Crane Song STC-8 is a high quality compressor that delivers consistent gain control without sacrificing musical definition or harmonic richness. It utilizes a remarkably dependable peak limiter that provides overload protection that is critical to digital recording and broadcast transmitters. The Crane Song STC-8 is engineered to provide musically transparent gain control, but is also capable of emulating vintage equipment and creating distinctive new sounds. In addition, a switchable enhancement circuit creates analog and tube-like warmth to enrich lifeless audio and digital recordings. This vast flexibility is simplified by the inclusion of several optimized presets, allowing fast, easy set-up on a wide variety of sounds. It can operate in true stereo or discrete independent mono, accessible by a front panel switch. The STC-8s features include:

  • Simultaneous Compression/Limiting
  • Discrete Class A
  • Balanced/Transformerless I/O
  • Quick & Easy Presets
  • ‘KI’ & ‘HARA’ Sounds
  • Transparent Overload Protection

 

The Crane Song STC-8s sophisticated side-chain allows both compression and peak limiting to take place simultaneously, using the same proprietary gain control circuit. High signal quality is maintained by utilizing the discrete class A audio path and by eliminating any VCA or optical gain control elements.

The Crane Song STC-8’s compressor is engineered to provide musically transparent gain control, but is also capable of emulating vintage equipment and creating distinctive new sounds.

In addition, a switchable enhancement circuit creates “analog” and “tube-like” warmth to enrich lifeless audio and digital recordings. This vast flexibility is simplified by the inclusion of several optimized presets, allowing fast, easy set-up on a wide variety of sounds. It can operate in true stereo or discrete independent mono, accessible by a front panel switch.

The Crane Song STC-8’s sophisticated side-chain allows both compression and peak limiting to take place simultaneously, using the same proprietary gain control circuit. High signal quality is maintained by utilizing a discrete class A audio path, and by eliminating any VCA or optical gain control elements.

The Crane Song STC-8 requires 2 rack spaces. All inputs and outputs are transformer-less and balanced. The toroidal power transformer is UL approved and allows four line voltages for international use. The Crane Song STC-8 delivers consistent gain control without sacrificing musical definition or harmonic richness.

Class A Discrete Topologies
The Crane Song STC-8 has a Class A audio path which is significantly different than designs that use integrated circuits. Class A circuits sound better because their distortion components tend to be Second Harmonic; musically pleasing. IC Op-Amps do not have class A output circuits and their distortion components tend to be high order odd harmonics; not musical. The most important thing to remember about Class A circuits is that they sound better. This type of technology has 2 disadvantages when compaired to IC designs. 1) Due to the large number of parts in discrete circuits; they are costly. 2) Class A circuits run warm.

Specifications

Released

Compressor Attack Time:

    • FAST; measured by doing 18 dB of Gain Reduction. The time to 18 dB of Gain Reduction is less than 1mS. 12 dB of the 18 are reached in .4mS.
    • SLOW; for 6 dB of GainReduction, 100mS
  • Compressor Release Time:
    • FAST; From 12 dB of Gain Reduction to No Gain Reduction. 11 of 12 dB are reached in 50mS (Non Program Dependant Release)
    • SLOW; 20 sec for a full 12 dB release with PDR enabled.
  • Limiter Attack Time: less than 1uS.
  • Limiter Release Time: 60mS for 6 dB of Gain Reduction.
  • Maximum Signal Level: Input or Output, +25 dBm
  • Noise Floor: -88 dBm measured 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Frequency Response: 5Hz to 55kHz (Hara Mode)
  • Limiter Slope: Greater than 10 to 1

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