Phoenix Audio: N90-DRC/500 Mono Class A Compressor & Gate

The N90-DRC/500 compressor also known as the David Rees Compressor is an API 500 format series compressor & gate. This product was originally conceived 20 years ago by David Rees but was never fully released.  

The Phoenix N90-DRC/500 compressor/gate is designed around a VCA control with Class A discrete input and Class A transformer balanced output. The N90-DRC/500 is intended to be driven ‘by ear' .There are no optimum settings that would cover all situations.  It is intended to be very musical and smooth and has quite a wide ranging effect. Musically the progressive curves are very kind - there is no sudden change on passing the threshold and audio processing is virtually "seamless".

Technically the progressive curves are achieved using linear detection combined with logarithmic attenuation inside a closed control loop.  "Limiter sound" is still provided by the higher ratios and there is a choice of attack times. The gate is more conventional but it's release time is composite with a hold time followed by a fade time.  This makes the gate very versatile in that as well as basic noise reduction it can also provide quite subtle changes to ambience or background.

 

Specifications:

API 500 series compatible rack unit. 
Class A (DSOP2) Output specs . Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz +- 0.5dB, 
Maximum Output gain = +15dBu @ 1kHz, Noise = -90dB @ 20Hz to 20kHz, maximum output from unit is +26db. 
Input connections: XLR input on rear of API compatible rack 
Phoenix Audio’s unique Class A, transformer-less, True electronically balanced buffer amp input stage.  


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