The chorus effect has been a studio mainstay since the ‘80s. With greats such as Brian Eno, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Peter Gabriel and so many more incorporating this effect into their recordings, the chorus has become legendary effect in the music industry.
At the heart of this stereo unit are gently sweeping treble and bass EQ shelves (the Baxandall Curves) that give you subtle yet profound control over wide sections of the frequency spectrum. The opposite of a surgical tool, the BAX EQ is all about sweetening sounds with broad, musical adjustments.
With its sophisticated dual detector circuit, unique Smart Dynamics section, automatic attack and release function, unmatched versatility and incredibly transparent, audiophile-grade sound, The Compressor from Dangerous Music is today’s most intelligent analogue compressor, and a true modern classic.
The dbx160SL is a 2U stereo Compressor/Limiter in the tradition of the industry standard dbx160. The signal path consists of a high precision input stage followed by the worlds widest dynamic range voltage controlled amplifier – the dbx V8™ VCA – and then an output stage with phenomenal performance.
The Manley Voxbox combines the Manley Mono Mic Preamp, the ELOP reborn as a lower ratio compressor, the MID EQ blown out as a full range PEAK-DIP-PEAK EQ, and a DeEsser with a second ELOP limiter at the end.
Shadow Hills Industries (to use their full name) is a company that produces and sells one of the finest compressors ever made, a true modern classic by any standard. The fact anyone knows about the Shadow Hills brand at all is amazing, given that their website is so out of date and inaccessible to most people, but despite that, this compressor has become legendary.
The Empirical Labs Lil FreQ like most Empirical Labs products offers something unique among it’s peers, in this case 8 processor sections. As with ELI’s other signal processors, the Empirical Labs Big FreQ Equalizer takes a somewhat unique approach to its job.
The striking front panel, machined from 1/4″ aircraft aluminum, handcrafted solid aluminum knobs, LEDs mounted individually in machined stainless steel housings, custom VU meters with peak indicators, mark the dbx 162SL as a leader for decades to come. Or so it seemed…
The Avalon Design AD2077 mastering equalizer is an ultraistic design optimizing absolute signal integrity. Design features include 100% discrete pure class A signal amplifiers, state-of-the-art passive and active filter topologies and a DC coupled minimalist signal path.
Since its introduction, the Alesis 3630 Compressor has become the most popular dynamics processor ever made. Despite what the official Alesis marketing department say about the Alesis 3630 Compressor below, it is not the holy grail of compressors, regardless of the fact it has become something of a cult classic among many musicians.
The Avalon VT-747sp is one of those killer products, one which is very much not like any other, and is in fact so clever than many people miss the point, but make no mistake, this is one of those classics!
The Manley Massive Passive is one of the very few highly regarded equalisers ever made. There is the Pultec EQ, and then there is the Manley Massive Passive. Sure it is a parametric EQ, but with a twist!
Klark Teknik offered a broad range og high quality audio processors in the 1980s & 1990s, the Klark Teknik DN 7204 was a combination Delay and EQ. Designed to meet and exceed the needs of the recording, broadcast, installation and live sound industries, the Klark Teknik DN 7204 Programmable Delay Line is a high quality, 2-input, 4-output configurable audio delay line that combines state-of-the-art DSP performance with ease of use.
The Avalon AD2055 Pure Class A music equalizer is the most powerful, low noise parametric equalizer available today, or at least it was. Designed to optimize absolute signal integrity and musical performance.
The Empirical Labs Distressor is the product that started it all for Empirical Labs, and has become a studio standard the world over. Born of founder Dave Derr’s love of classic compressors like the 1176, LA-2A and Gain Brain, the Empirical Labs Distressor incorporates his favorite sonic characteristics of these, along with other and interesting features.
Designed to complement the widely acclaimed Drawmer 1960 Mic Pre-Amp Vacuum Tube Compressor, the Drawmer 1961 Vacuum Tube Equalizer combines low noise circuitry with no fewer than twelve active tube stages to provide two channels of exceptional equalization possessing unique ‘personality’.
The Focusrite Red 3 employs an unusual and original single-VCA design to achieve high quality and truly independent compression and limiting, without the compromise and unnecessary processing involved in traditional designs.
There are few modern classics in the world of professional studio effects hardware, but the Manley Stereo Variable MU limiter compressor is most definitely one such processor. An all tube limiter built in the great tradition of the Fairchild 660, the Manley Stereo Variable MU has been a cherished part of many studios for decades.
The Drawmer 1960 is a two channel unit with each channel comprised of a completely natural sounding “soft knee” vacuum tube compressor and an extremely low noise microphone pre-amplifier with switchable 48 volt phantom power. Upon it’s release in 1993, it was THE mic pre to have!
By the 1990s Orban was owned by AKG Acoustics, and during this time they released a number of interesting products, such as the Orban 290RX. The Orban 290RX Adaptive Enhancement Processor was an interesting product that was on one hand a sound restoration device, and on the other a noise reduction system.
The Tube-Tech CL 1B is an all-tube optical mono compressor. It delivers a very musical and smooth compression, preserving the clarity of the source even at extreme settings, and this is where CL 1B really stands out compared to other compressors.
The RSP Technologies Saturator is a device that adds tube warmth for digital recording. At this stage this is the only information we have on this device, if you can assist with details, please contact us.
In the early 1980s, the Chorus effect first introduced by Roland on their JC Series guitar amplifiers, was the effect to have, and the Boss CE-300 was affordable. The Boss CE-300 offers two independent chorus circuits to produce full pitch-deviation effects for a wider, fuller sounding effect in the stereo mode, as well as specific deep chorus effects.
The dbx 165A is a professional single channel compressor/limiter that features the new dbx Over Easy compression curve. The dbx Over Easy compression curve permits extremely smooth, almost inaudible compression due to the gradual change of compression ratio around the threshold, instead of the customary sharp threshold.
Furman Sound RV-1 Reverberation System with Limiter
The Furman Sound RV-1 was released around 1982 and is a mono analogue spring reverb system with a limiter built in, an odd combination of effects. The Furman Sound RV-1 is a mono device with TRS or XLR inputs on offer. A stereo model was released some time later.
The Marshall AR-300 Tape Eliminator was designed for one purpose only; to duplicate the sound of true analogue tape echo. The Marshall AR-300 Tape Eliminator can eliminate the need for a dedicated tape machine, along with overcoming many of the limitations associated with tape and tape transports.
Roland’s Chorus effect that featured heavily on their JC Series guitar amplifiers was a unique and desirable sound back in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The demand for this new chorus effect was so great, Roland developed the Roland SDD-320 Dimension D to satisfy that market demand, and it is quite possibly the greatest chorus effect processor ever made.