Gillette, NJ (September 22, 2005)–Since the release of the Pendulum Audio Quartet II Mercenary Edition in the spring of 2004, it has become a “go to” channel strip for many engineers, including Michael Brauer, who has most recently mixed the latest offerings from Coldplay, Dream Theater and Ben Folds.
“I have no doubt this box will become an important part of an engineer’s arsenal,” Brauer assures. “Each section is great on its own. I found an amazing setting for vocals soon after buying it, except for a little tweak here and there I haven’t touched it since.”
Brauer heard the original prototype of the Quartet II at a NYC AES Convention, and invited Pendulum Audio owner/designer Greg Gualtieri to bring it to his room at Quad Studios in Midtown Manhattan and put it up against his existing vocal chain. “Knowing he has five racks loaded front and back with pretty much every piece of classic gear one could imagine, I knew it would be the acid-test,” Gualtieri noted. “When he replaced the vocal path with the Quartet II on a mix in progress, both he and the producer were very pleased with the results. Needless to say, so was I.”
The Quartet II Mercenary Edition is neither an update nor a replacement for the very popular Pendulum Audio Quartet; it is a complementary unit that incorporates a substantially different combination of elements. Designed with the input of Fletcher of Mercenary Audio, many additional options have been provided to tailor the texture of the audio character for maximum musical flexibility.
The Quartet II features a tube mic/DI preamp that has the unique option of being switchable between two markedly different sounding input transformers and loading options. A new three band tube Passive/Aggressive Equalizer is a modern take on the classic inductor-based passive EQ; it is a cross between the hi and lo bands of a Pultec EQP-1A and the mid dip of an MEQ-5 with a special “aggressive” featured character available on a switch.
The delta-mu compressor, derived from the popular Pendulum Audio ES-8, can be used in any of five modes and also features a switchable sidechain high pass filter. The new JFET/MOSFET Peak Limiter incorporates both JFET and MOSFET modes for two different characters of peak limiting, making the Quartet II the most versatile two-rack unit available.
Pendulum Audio (booth #1138) will be showing their full line of products at the upcoming AES show in New York City, October 7-10.