Avalon AD-2044 - Opto-Compressor


A very transparent and straightforward dual mono, stereo-linkable compressor

What we think:

Like the rest of the Avalon 2000-series products, including their 2022 preamplifier, 2055 Parametric EQ, and 2077 mastering EQ, the Avalon 2044 Compressor is very transparent. Our favorite quote about the piece is "It's the best compressor I never heard" which is just about on the money.A The 2044 is a very transparent and straightforward dual mono, stereo-linkable compressor that has loads of headroom, and the capability for a really hot output.

Manufacturer Description:

The AD2044 features 100% discrete, pure class A signal amplifier configured with high speed current monitored optical control elements. These "invisible" opto elements enable the AD2044 to deliver totally transparent, low noise gain reduction within the minimalist signal path design. No VCAs are incorporated. Variable attack and release controls plus side chain access, provide unlimited creative control from soft compression to hard limiting.

The Avalon AD2044 Pure Class A opto-compressor is the most transparent, low noise optical-compressor available today. Designed to optimize absolute signal integrity and musical performance, the AD2044 combines advanced electronics with sonic excellence unequaled by lesser designs. The AD2044 is the perfect solution for two buss music-program compression, mono bass and instruments and mastering applications.

Features include state-of-the-art, balanced 100% discrete, Pure Class A signal amplifiers, practical "real-world" user features and rugged hardware designed to deliver true high performance audio for many years.

Custom manufactured, high speed linear opto elements provide the non invasive passive attenuator system for invisible gain reduction. The AD2044 incorporates a unique external control loop and current monitored optical driver for smooth control plus the benefits of traditional vintage LDR compression.

Avalon's advanced true symmetry design offers high-voltage, large headroom, extended bandwidth and very low noise. The use of 100% discrete, Pure Class A signal amplifiers offer the serious music professional unlimited sonic character and a natural harmonic detail that enhances the program material and becomes one with the music itself.

The AD2044 can be found in the world's leading recording studio's, mastering facilities and artist/producers outboard racks. These professionals rely on the AD2044 daily to help them complete their "sonic signature" and turn recordings into musical masterpieces.

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