Ringwood, NJ (June 15, 2007)–The Tonelux TXC is the latest module from designer Paul Wolff that addresses the many complex issues when dealing with compression. With the ability to do in-module parallel mixing of the dry signal and the compressed signal, the engineer can now parallel or “side chain” an instrument with itself and come up with a blend of the original and compressed signal, reportedly “without the problems associated with in-the-box latency.”
In addition to the Input/Compressor MIX knob, the TXC has many other features. The TYPE control allows the engineer to combine the aggressive nature of the Feed Back (labeled ’60s) type of compression with the smooth effect of Feed Forward (labeled ’90s) compression by blending between the two modes. This allows the compressor to blend the knee of the older style compression and the more aggressive newer style of compression, making some custom compression knees.
In addition, the TXC has the ability to over-compress with the RATIO control; this allows compression ratios from 1.5:1 to 20:1, then goes beyond with the “OVER” ratio. “OVER” settings allow for negative compression, where the gain reduction is greater than the gain of the signal going into it. For example, the compressor can compress an increase in signal of 10 dB with a gain reduction of up to -8 dB. Meaning, if the signal goes up 10 dB, the output will go down 8 dB. This feature, along with the MIX control, allows the engineer to restore precisely controlled dynamics to a signal that has already been over-compressed by extracting the peak with the OVER control and the amount of attack.
The TXC also inserts the “TILT” control into the side chain of the RMS detector. Users can increase the highs and decrease the lows going into the RMS detector, reportedly virtually eliminating the effects of pumping because the Detector is seeing a more uniform distribution of energy across the spectrum, instead of a bass-heavy signal.
The Attack control has a X5 switch to allow for a range of fast attack (in the micro second range) when out, all the way through a smooth slow attack, more suited for leveling when switched in.
The Release control can be almost instantaneous to 3 seconds. The release circuit is a 3-stage circuit that auto releases the faster signals at a rate of 10 times the release of the lower frequency signals. Finally, there is an auto-makeup gain system that always keeps the gain at unity regardless of the amount of compression.
The TXC uses the proprietary all-discrete TX-240 op-amp and the all-discrete TX-260 output stage with the TX-280 transformer. With a 6-LED gain-reduction meter and an adjustable link control, the TXC can be used in mono or stereo configurations.