BAE Audio imprint UK Sound has announced the 276 dual-channel compressor. Built by the designers who handcraft BAE Audio’s hand-wired studio equipment, the UK Sound 276 compressor emulates intuitive features of a classic and famous FET compressor, as well as the renowned brightness, presence and energy the compressor imparts on the sound at an affordable price point.

UK Sound 276 dual-channel compressorBorrowing its operation and sound characteristics from the compressors used in hit-making studios of the 1960s and 1970s, the 276 offers input and output gains, selectable ratios of 4:1, 8:1, 12:1 and 20:1, and a face-mounted gain reduction meter. For grittier applications, the 276 also features the ‘all buttons in’ mode, which unlocks a hidden compressor behaviour accessed by depressing multiple ratio buttons.

‘The UK Sound 276 compressor is designed to fit any application and features the same build philosophy that BAE has always used,’ says BAE’s Colin Liebich. ‘Our vision for UK Sound is to create accessible, high-quality gear for that can be used in commercial studios, as well as in home or project studios.

‘Anybody recording needs a compressor, so we created a solution for the prosumer to have a pair of classic FET compressors in a single rack unit without simply using software plug-ins,’ he continues. ‘This is an actual piece of hardware, and – best of all – you basically get two compressors for the price of one. Whether it’s used for vocals, drum overheads, guitars or a snare, users of the 276 FET compressor are going to get a great response.’

The UK Sound 276 two-channel FET compressor follows the release of the 176, giving fans of UK Sound the ability to compress multiple tracks simultaneously. Both the UK Sound 176 and 276 feature OEP/Carnhill transformers, which are known for their warmth and clarity in the high end and natural-sounding harmonics in the low end.

As with BAE Audio, all UK Sound products are built in California with carefully chosen components. BAE Audio’s longstanding tradition of building vintage circuits makes BAE uniquely qualified to bring UK Sound to life as a company that applies that expertise in new and unique ways.

The UK Sound 276 is shipping now, priced at US$1,399.


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