Los Angeles, CA (January 12, 2017)—500 Series modules have become a staple of nearly every studio, and with that in mind, BAE Audio will use next week’s NAMM Show to debut two new products aimed at the category: the 500C FET lunchbox compressor and the R53 3-slot horizontal 500 series rack with linking.
The 500C is both BAE Audio’s first FET compressor and its first 500 series format compressor. Based on the design of studio staple FET compressors of the ’60s and ’70s, the 500C features controls for input and output gain, plus the four selectable, compression ratios of 4:1, 8:1, 12:1, and 20:1. In addition to taming peaks, its components and circuit design add analog warmth to signals. Like all BAE Audio gear, the 500C is hand-wired in California to ensure the highest possible quality control.
Meanwhile, the R53 accommodates any three 500 series units in a single rack-space thanks to its horizontal configuration, which can all be powered by a built-in power supply. Switchable linking on the front of the unit allows users to pass signal from one slot to the next, allowing the creation of a customized channel strip by cascading a preamp into an EQ into a compressor. The R53 also sports the same construction as BAE Audio’s larger 500 series racks, with a steel chassis, shielded wires on individual connectors, and XLR inputs and outputs.
At NAMM, BAE will also host special demonstration performances of its new Hot Fuzz guitar pedal with special guests Warren Huart, Pete Thorn and Nick Maybury.