Daking Audio Comp 500Daking Audio has introduced the Comp 500 VCA compressor/limiter module – compatible with 500 series rack enclosures.

The semi-automatic Comp 500 is intended for both tracking and mixing, and has been designed to perform and sound similarly to the FET circuitry found in Daking’s other compressor units, even though it uses a VCA.

The front panel controls of the Comp 500 are simple to use. Compression is set with one knob (ranging from Less to More), while Release time is switchable between Fast (0.5 ms) and Auto. The Auto setting engages a dual time constant, which initially releases quickly before slowing, effectively eliminating pumping, and provides the punch associated with 1970s UK company Audio & Design Recording’s Compex unit. Attack maybe switched between Fast (1ms) and Slow (16ms), while Ratio is switchable between Compressor and Limiter modes, respectively setting a 3:1 or 15:1 ratio. There is also a hard-wire Bypass switch.

A Stereo switch is provided that allows up to six units to be linked. The eight-segment meter is selectable between gain reduction or output levels, and offers vu ballistics with floating peak.

The class-A circuitry of the Daking Comp 500 incorporates discrete transistors and single-sided amplifiers, claiming ‘a fast and transparent signal with plenty of headroom and a low current draw’. All components are lead free and compliant with EU RoHS directives.

The Comp 500 is distributed worldwide by the Transaudio Group, and carries an MSRP of US$795

More: www.daking.com
More: www.transaudiogroup.com

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