One Channel Vintage Style Optical Compressor.
The COMP-3A is a one channel vintage style Compressor / Leveler. The signal path uses only discrete components like resistors, capacitors and transistors. The input and output is transformer balanced, using two different transformers, each one optimized for its purpose. This is the way audio components were built before integrated circuits became available. Integrated circuits are small and cheap and widely used in most modern designs. The drawback is that audio components built with modern technology doesn´t always provide the best perceived sound quality or the type of character that the modern user desires.
The subjective sound quality delivered by vintage equipment is often preferred over the one delivered by modern units, a situation that is even more obvious now when music is recorded with clean-sounding digital audio equipment.
A far classier implementation of a classic optical compressor design than it has any right to be at this asking price!"
- Sound On Sound
"The Golden Age COMP-3A performed exceptionally well, imparting a lovely vintage character that’s warm, firm and punchy. It has a musical heart that will add character to flat, lifeless sounds. Engineers who value transparency and neutrality above all else in dynamics control may find the unit too tonally coloured, while those seeking VCA-style smashed, surging and pumping effects will find the unit too even-handed and controlled. But for a no-nonsense, easy-to-use compressor with a lovely vintage tone, the COMP-3A ticks all the right boxes. 9/10 & Value Award"
- Music Tech
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Choosing the correct item for your home recording set-up is easy for some and confusing for most. Even if you have been working with audio for years, things are constantly changing. The marketing guff and searching the net usually sends you down a rabbit hole of time-wasting.
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Pete A (Musician)
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"Over the last 20 years I've worked with a number of different recording studios and engineers, and by far and away Aaron is easily the best of the bunch!
What sets him apart is his absolute dedication to any client or project. He has a knack of asking the right questions and finding out exactly what is most important to you and tailoring his service to this.
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S Williams (Professional Musician playing the Wellington scene for 20+ years)
Do you offer personal help setting up and learning to use the gear (and the whole recording and mixing process if required)?
YES - I can be booked in to get you up and tracking. I can teach you as little or as much as you would like to know about home recording and mixing.
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