Pocopson, PA (March 30, 2005)–D.W. Fearn has announced shipment of the VT-7 Dual-Channel Vacuum Tube Compression Amplifier. The VT-7 audio path is entirely Class-A triode vacuum tubes, utilizing circuitry similar to that used in the VT-2 Mic Preamp and VT-4 Equalizer. Gain reduction is accomplished using a pulse width modulator, with solid-state control circuitry.
The unit has two independent channels, which may be linked together for stereo. Inputs are line-level, balanced bridging, and the outputs are line-level, transformer-balanced. Maximum gain reduction is 25dB.
The VT-7 has controls for Threshold, Attack, Release, Gain, and a control that affects many parameters and is labelled “Harder” at one extreme and “Softer” at the other. A VU meter for each channel can be switched to measure gain reduction or output level.
The sound of the VT-7 is reportedly much like the other D.W. Fearn products. It combines the musicality of vacuum tubes with modern design. It features a wide compression range, and a wide variety of useful settings that are appropriate for a full range of music recording and speech. It is equally useful for individual tracks or a complete mix.
Input and Output connectors are XLR. The VT-7 can operate from 100, 120, or 240 volt mains. It is 3 rack units high and weighs 24 lbs. Introductory price is $4,400. The VT-7 is available through many pro audio dealers worldwide.
For more information, visit www.dwfearn.com, or call 610-793-2526.