Tegeler Audio Manufaktur in Germany has announced The Schwerkraftmaschine, a new Vari-Mu compressor. They say that it combines the flexibility of a plug-in with the sound of real analogue hardware. It features a completely analogue stereo signal path with 4 tubes and 6 transformers, but a DSP generates the control signal for the compressor, making it possible to simulate the behaviours of all existing compressors. A spokesperson told us, "Want to set the compressor to act like an opto compressor, even with the memory effect? It's as easy as pie."
Here's the rest of the story in Tegeler's own words:
The idea is not to emulate analogue behaviour, but rather to create compression programmes that cannot usually be implemented using analogue equipment, or only with great effort.
There is also a side-chain filter in the lowcut mode which is infinitely adjustable from 0 - 300 Hz, and also a tilt EQ to optimally adjust the compression to the specific audio material.
A mix knob can be used to mix between compressed and uncompressed signals.
All controllers are fitted with servomotors and can easily be adjusted via the network using a DAW plug-in (VST, AU, AXX) or the built-in web server. This allows the user to store the Schwerkraftmachine's settings for each song. It is even possible to automate individual parameters in the mix.
Nevertheless, the Schwerkraftmachine is fully operable through the device itself. There are no functions that can only be accessed via a plug-in.
A high-resolution LCD shows the programme mode and degree of compression.
Pricing and Availability:
The Schwerkraftmaschine will be available from January 2016 and will cost 2,940 EUR exc. taxes.
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