The 19-09 OPTICAL COMPRESSOR was designed to be set apart from any other compressor available today. It is a completely new take on optical compression. From the twin push-pull optos to the completely custom ALL-DISCRETE op-amps, this compressor is NO CLONE. Delivering excellent tone-shaping character that can be sharp and aggressive like no opto you’ve ever heard, or so smooth and transparent you’d never guess it’s there. All this, plus an unparalleled ease-of-use that will make any engineer feel right at home within moments trying it.
Attention to Detail
The 19-09 was meticulously designed by J.Morris in Austin, Tx. Every aspect of the circuit, from resistors to opto cells, was reviewed and revised until the compressor satisfied his life-long TONE-LUST and his commitment to creating practical studio tools for engineers that don’t want to be bogged down with unnecessary controls during a fast-paced session. His design mantra was simply: “Stunning Tone. Quickly”.
One Compress Knob to Rule Them All
The 19-09 features a SINGLE KNOB for controlling the amount of compression. But this ain’t no fixed threshold box! The compress knob controls both the threshold and our AUTOMATIC RATIO DETECTION circuit which tracks your signal and dynamically adjusts the compression ratio to compliment it. In a session all you have to worry about is turning the COMPRESS KNOB until it sounds AMAZING.
The 19-09′s sidechain was designed to be as straight-forward and intuitive as possible. First, our HI/LO button adds a 6db boost to the signal controlling the compression. This lets you apply subtle compression to quiet sources with ease. Next, with our 250Hz-centered hi-pass filter you’ll be able to add openness and clarity to bass-heavy sources. With the hi-pass engaged on a bass guitar you’ll be treated to a nice controlled bottom-end that still has plenty of punch!
The ATTACK and RELEASE knobs on the 19-09 have been set to a range chosen specifically to give you maximum CONTROL over the shape and character of you midrange TONE. We’ve quite consciously chosen to not print the time-constants on the panel to free the engineer from what “should sound right” and to focus on simply what sound moves them the most. Turn the knobs in one direction, and you’ll be able to add bite and aggression to guitars and bass, and in the other direction to gently tuck a vocal into a mix. Did we mention that this thing KILLS on DRUM BUS?!
Classic Character Modern Attitude
We’ve taken inspiration from the greatest designs of the past and built upon them to create something genuinely new in the pro-audio world: a compressor that is unlike anything else in your rack. One that you’ll enjoy tracking and mixing with for years to come.