Recording and Studio
|The latest addition to the Ivory 2 series, TL Audio's 5060 preset valve compressor will be launched at winter NAMM 2004. The 5060 couples a dual channel compressor with a high quality discrete mic preamp, plus stereo line and instrument inputs. The compressor stage features a selection of 15 vocal, instrument and mix presets plus a 'manual' mode that allows access to fully variable control of threshold, ratio, attack/release, gain make-up and soft/hard knee modes.
The 5060 can be operated in mono or linked stereo modes, making the 5060 equally powerful for both mono/stereo tracking and final stereo mix processing. The preamp stage offers a total gain range of 100dB, with 48V phantom power and a 90Hz low cut filter. A single illuminated VU meter monitors the output level or the compressor gain reduction for both channels, with Drive and Peak LEDs providing a visual indication of valve drive and clipping respectively. Both balanced and unbalanced line outputs are provided which can be used simultaneously.
A 'Fat EQ' contour switch is provided in the output stage, which adds a subtle lift to the LF and HF response of the 5060, while dipping the mid range. This gives extra weight and presence to the signal without affecting the overall output level. The optional DO-2 digital output card allows 24-bit A to D conversion via a coaxial SPDIF output, with selectable 44.1 or 48 kHz sample rates and an external word clock connection.
Like all other TL Audio compressors, the gain control element of the 5060 compressor stage is based around a special transconductance amplifier, which avoids the use of VCAs and helps contribute to the smooth, open sound of the unit, along with the dual triode 12AX7 valve stage that lies at the heart of each channel signal path.