IGS Audio: Tubecore 3U

The finest mastering compressor ever created.

The Tubecore was designed as a studio mastering compressor. It is built using the 3U enclosure, which gives necessary front panel clarity and makes it easier to replace tubes located at the back.

The TUBECORE 3U is a fully symmetric transformer balanced stereo mastering compressor. The structure is based on the typical vari-mu solution. Apart from the classic INPUT, THRESHOLD and OUTPUT controls it introduces switchable high pass filter in the sidechain, parallel compression (MIX knob), independent ATTACK and RELEASE switches and user replaceable tubes accessible from the back of the unit.

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The Tubecore 3U adds density and dimension to your mix in a magical way.



Comfort of use.

The Tubecore was designed as a studio mastering compressor. It is built using the 3U enclosure, which improves front panel clarity and makes it easier to replace tubes located at the back. The compressor allows you to work either in dual mono or mid/side mode (M/S). The Mode switch has two bypass positions – they both do the same, but we added the second one for your comfort and quick A/B comparing.

Tubecore 3U compressor uses 24 step Elma switches.

The tubes.

The design of the Tubecore 3U is based on the possibility to replace the tubes. As a user, you can choose between a few types: 6N1P-EW – standard set of tubes, “standard” IGS compression, 6BC8/6BZ8 – tight, transparent, punchy compression, 6386 – legendary compression, by famous twin triode, 5670 – deep and dark tube compression. The User's Manual describes in detail how to replace tubes, so it is quick and straightforward.

The quality.

Every single TUBECORE 3U is hand made with high quality, matched components (1% metal film resistors, Wima caps). It is equipped with 6N1P-EW NOS tubes and individually calibrated to give you the unique and unspoiled experience of one of the best vari-mu compressors in history. It is equipped with Carnhill and Sowter audio transformers.

Features:

Sidechain HPF 
MID/SIDE Processing
WET/DRY Mixer
All stepped manipulators
Engineer’s custom tube set

Front panel (from left to right):

VU meter – dB reduction level 
BYPASS/STEREO/MID/SIDE/BYPASS – compressor mode switch, with two Bypass positions
HPF OFF/60/120 – high pass filter settings for sidechain
GAIN – signal input level
ATTACK – 0.1ms to 30ms
RELEASE – 0,1s to 4s
THRESHOLD – 0 do -12dB
OUTPUT – output signal level
MIX Wet/Dry – compressed to clean signal ratio
Voltage indicator
Power switch

 

 


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