Vintage Digital


Classic Recording Studio Equipment

Compressors and limiters are dynamic processing tools used in recording studios to control the dynamic range of audio signals. A compressor works by reducing the level of the loudest parts of a signal, while leaving the quieter parts unaffected. This can help to even out the overall volume of a recording and make it sound more consistent. Limiters work similarly to compressors, but they have a more aggressive ratio and a fixed threshold that won’t allow the signal to go above a certain level. This can be useful for preventing clipping or distortion when recording signals with a high dynamic range.

In addition to controlling dynamic range, compressors and limiters can also be used creatively to add character and color to a recording. For example, some compressors have a “vintage” or “analog” sound that can add warmth or saturation to a recording, while others can provide a more transparent or clean sound. Some compressors even have specific settings for different instruments or types of signals, such as vocals or drums. Choosing the right compressor or limiter for a particular recording can be a crucial part of the mixing process, as it can greatly affect the final sound of the track.

The Fairchild 670 Tube Limiter was the brainchild of Estonian immigrant to the USA, Rein Narma. Rein licensed the design to Sherman Fairchild and the rest as they say, is history…a legend was born.
The Teletronix LA-2A was released in 1962, and along with the Urie 1176, is one of the most iconic compressors ever made, and is still in use today. With Universal Audio having purchased the Teletronix company way back in the mid 1960s, this iconic compressor is available new, made to the exacting specifications.
There are not a lot of limiters designed in the 1960s that are still in production today, but the legendary Urei 1176 is one such beast. While the name Urei has long since vanished from the pro audio world, this limiter can still be purchased brand new from Universal Audio.
If you took the gentle optical compression of the Teletronix LA‑2A, and fused it with the solid‑state punch and clarity of the Urie 1176, you would have the Teletronix LA-3A. It has become a secret weapon compressor for many engineers, with a unique character capable of moving sounds right to the front of your mix.
Unleash the sonic magic of the past with the Eventide Omnipressor, a legendary audio processor born in 1972. This timeless piece of gear has been a staple in the music industry for over five decades, and it’s not hard to see why.
The dbx 160 and 161 are single-channel compressor/limiters combining sophisticated technology and user-oriented features in a compact package. Unique circuit designs, such as true rms level-detection and feed-forward gain reduction, place the 160 and 161 in a completely different class from conventional compressor/limiters.
Urei introduced the Urei LA-5 Audio Leveler with the specific needs of sound reinforcement professionals in mind.
The Urei LA-4 Compressor/Limiter can reduce the dynamic range of an audio signal, making it more consistent and balanced. The Urei LA-4 Compressor/Limiter can also limit the maximum level of the signal, preventing distortion and clipping.
The dbx 162 compressor/limiter is one of the most iconic studio compressor/limiters to have ever graced a studio. The dbx 162 compressor/limiter is a stereo device using true rms level detection circuitry tor signal sensing and sophisticated voltage controlled amplifiers as the gain control elements.
The Urei 1178 compressor was introduced in 1979 by Universal Audio. It became a popular choice in recording studios during the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, and it remains a sought-after vintage piece of audio equipment today.
The dbx 163 and dbx 164 compressor/ limiters feature dbx’s Over Easy compression. Over Easy refers to a “soft-knee” compression characteristic that provides virtually inaudible gain control at ratios up to infinite compression.
The dbx 165 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.