Golden Age Project COMP-554 500-Series Compressor

$381.50 (excluding VAT)

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Estimated delivery: 3rd - 5th October

2 year warranty and 30 day money back guarantee included

2 year warranty and 30 day money back guarantee included

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Estimated delivery: 3rd - 5th October

2 year warranty and 30 day money back guarantee included

2 year warranty and 30 day money back guarantee included

Once the product is delivered, you have 30 days to decide that you definitely want to keep it. If you decide it is not suitable for any reason, you can return it back to us for replacement or full refund, including standard delivery charges.

All Products are new unless stated, and include a minimum of 2 years warranty.

Some items are only eligible for money back guarantee if they are returned to us unused and sealed in the original packaging, and in the case of software, unregistered. These items include:

  • Software
  • CDs & DVDs
  • In-ear Monitors
  • Earplugs and Ear Protection
  • Mouthpieces, Reeds etc… for Woodwind and Brass instruments
  • Mouth / Lip Care Products

We are unable to accept returns of any custom made items designed to work together as a unique package, such as computer system built to a customer’s personal specifications. Exceptions may only be possible with prior agreement of the vendor, and may be subject to a cancellation fee.

  • Vintage-Style 500-Series Compressor
  • Based On Classic Diode Bridge Design
  • Transformer Balanced Input and Output
  • Three Selectable Sidechain Filters
  • Large Retro-Style VU Meter

Golden Age Project COMP-554 500-Series Compressor

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The Golden Age Project COMP-554 is a vintage-style compression unit in the 500 series format, designed for modular users. The COMP-554 utilises vintage-style circuitry and modern technology to achieve a truly unique tonal character. This single-channel compressor uses only discrete components for optimised audio performance. The design of the COMP-554 is based on the classic diode bridge, with class-A circuitry that generates a unique sound character. It captures the essence of the vintage sound, providing classic warmth with a full-bodied sound. It also features three selectable sidechain filter frequencies as well as a flexible control section with attenuators for Threshold, Ratio, Attack and Release.

Product Ref: 105039

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Vintage-Style, 500-Series Compressor

The COMP-54 bases its design on the classic diode bridge that has been widely used in vintage compressors and musical equipment. The decision not to include integrated circuits ensures you capture the very essence of vintage compressors. The signal patch utilises Class-A discrete circuitry for optimised audio performance, generating a unique tonal character that is similar to the classic 2254 compressor. The resulting sound is musical, full-bodied and warm; reminiscent of compressors from the late 70s and early 80s. It boasts a transformer balanced input and output, allowing you to use a variety of musical equipment and instruments. The combination of premium-grade components and vintage-style compression captures the sound used on many popular recordings in music history.

Flexible Control Section

The comprehensive control section features a variety of different controls, allowing you to dial in your required levels with ease. All the controls are stepped apart from the gain make-up, giving you advanced precision that you can mark down for use as a preset FOR LATE USE. It features standard compressor controls such as Threshold, Attack, Ratio, Gain and Release. It also features an integrated high pass filter with three selectable sidechain filter frequencies. It comes complete with a three flexible settings comprised of: Internal, Insert and External. This gives you a variety of options when it comes to sidechaining. Using the external sidechain I/O, the compressor ensure it is electronically balanced @ 4dBu. It also includes separate switches for hardwire bypass and compression output for added flexibility. Additionally, the unit features a three position Air EQ switch, allowing you to further shape your sound.

Retro, Robust Design

Keeping in line with the Golden Age Project aesthetic, the COMP-554 boasts a vintage-style design with retro attenuators and an eye-catching red finish. One of the most prominent features of the COMP-554 is the VU meter, providing precise visual monitoring for your levels. The meter can be used to select between output and gain reduction levels for added versatility. The internal circuit board is also prepared for use with Carnhill transformers as an upgrade; allowing you to further accentuate your sound. It includes two insert connectors for incorporating the EQ-573 in the main audio/sidechain signal path. The versatile design allows you to link together two units for stereo operation. There is also a two-position output termination switch for varying tones.

Features

  • Vintage style electronics. No integrated circuits in the signal path
  • Based on a classic diode bridge design
  • Transformer balanced input and output
  • Prepared for a Carnhill transformer upgrade (standard in the Plus version)
  • Flexible control range for threshold, ratio, attack and recovery
  • All vintage controls except the gain make-up one are stepped
  • Three selectable sidechain filter frequencies
  • Three flexible sidechain options; Internal, Insert and External
  • The external sidechain I/O is electronically balanced @ 4dBu and appears on the right slot rack connections
  • Separate switches for hardwire bypass and compression out
  • Two insert connectors for inserting the EQ-573 in the main audio and/or sidechain signal path
  • Meter selectable for output (two reference levels, +4 and +12 dBu) and gain reduction
  • Possibility to link two units for stereo operation
  • Three position Air EQ switch, Flat, +3 or +6 dB @ 30 kHz
  • Two position output termination switch for different tones
  • A soft start circuit that ramps up the supply voltage slowly (about 10 sec.) to avoid a power-on current surge
  • A great sound that suits most sound sources and genres