Los Angeles, CA (August 16, 2012)—British Audio Engineering (BAE) has begun shipping its new 10DC Compressor/Limiter, a complement to the company’s line of Class A series outboard equipment.
Fully Class A, the 10DC features a transformer coupled, all-discrete circuitry that is sonically familiar to the BAE Class A line of gear. Gold-plated stepped Elma rotary switches for every control, a reverse UK-style analogue meter, and the trademark Marconi knobs facilitate ease of use and repeatability.
Independent circuitry for compressor and limiter allows use of one or both for greater control. Also featured is a true bypass. The units are stereo linkable as two single-channel units. The new BAE 10DC is housed in a steel chassis using the same remote supply as other BAE units.
BAE’s new 10DC is completely hand-built, including the circuit board that uses no computer surface-mount components. Unlike comparable vintage or new copies with Class AB amps, the new BAE 10DC features a purely discrete Class A amplifier, yielding desirable sonic coloration. Whereas vintage designs were primarily built for analog tape machines with +4 to +8 dBu range, the new 10DC provides greater headroom and increased gain to accommodate today’s high dBu levels, typically in the +15 dBu range.
When dealing with digital levels, comparable compressor/limiters are already compressing at the initial threshold level. Rather than starting at +10 dBu, the 10DC starts at +16 dBu, making it useful for tracking of vocals and instruments going into Pro Tools. All switches are on the front panel and are stepped in clickable detents for easy recall of settings.
The 10DC features a variable attack time; fast attack times can vary from 2 to 4 milliseconds, but can be slowed down to 80 milliseconds. As an example, the 10DC gets that snap of the snare drum while allowing the drums to breathe.
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