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Warm Audio Bus-Comp 2 Channel VCA Bus Compressor

The Warm Audio BUS-COMP is an all-analog, 2 channel, stereo VCA compressor based on classic circuitry that has provided silky smooth tone for decades. Stereo VCA compressors are masterful at controlling dynamics on many sources, but they have become widely known for their magic touch on stereo mixes.

The BUS-COMP will perform well on stereo mixes, drum mixes, drum overheads, acoustic guitars, keyboards, piano, orchestral instruments, voice-overs and an array of other sources. The BUS-COMP is primarily designed for stereo use, but it can be used just as successfully on individual mono sources. VCA compressors of this type have become widely loved for their ability to control dynamics effortlessly but also for the added tone and depth they provide to the audio signal that passes through them, even when no compression is applied.

  • All analog, 2 channel, stereo VCA compressor
  • Based on legendary VCA compressor technology
  • Selectable discrete opamp stage with CineMag USA transformers
  • External side chain source select
  • Selectable Hi-pass Filter: 30, 60, 105, 125, 185 Hz
  • Compressor engage switch for easy A/B compress vs. no-compress comparison
  • Performs well on stereo mixes, drum mixes, drum overheads, acoustic guitars, keyboards, piano, orchestral instruments, voice-overs and endless other sources
  • Can be used on stereo as well as individual mono sources
  • THAT 2180 VCA's
  • Optimally provides both XLR and TRS connectivity
  • Noise: < -90dBu
  • Headroom: > +29dBu, 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Dynamic Range: > 120dB
  • Frequency Response: 18Hz – 22kHz
  • THD + Noise, 20Hz – 20kHz, +20dBu input: < .05%
  • Input Impedance: 10k Ohms
  • Output Impedance: 50 Ohms

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  • toby Winson

    22/2/2021

    Works great but quality out of the box is only okay, within an hour of using it the high pass filter knob had fallen off

  • lee ollivant

    01/7/2020

    Good reproduction of a classic, stepped pots are too stiff though

  • Mr John Bayliss

    05/4/2020

    You will hear some people saying there is no difference between the software versions of the SSL comp, and the “Warm Audio bus comp” hardware version. In real life, there is a lot of difference. The “Warm Audio bus comp” which we are told is based on an old SSL circuit puts a professional magical coating on your audio masters. It is a coating that I could never get with top name SSL software. To me, this is a piece of serious studio equipment that has upped my audio master recordings from demo level to professional level.

  • M Smith

    31/3/2020

    Great sound for the price, definitely better than plugins on the stereo bus.

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