Crane Song STC-8 M Stereo Compressor


Discrete Class A Compressor-Peak Limiter w/ Mastering Style Fully Detented Controls

What we think:

An absolutely incredible 2-channel compressor AND limiter. This combined compressor and limiter series (yes, you can use both simultaneously) lends itself to mixing and mastering... we engineers know that you can't really adjust your limiter without adjusting your compressor, so this is the box that allows you to do it all under one roof. However, not only is its sonic transparency and complete versatility apparent by its function as a mastering device, this compressor also has a number of different compression settings that allow for its use as an effects box, and a wonderful tracking device as well. It is a little pricey, but its value is obvious!

Manufacturer Description:

The STC-8 is a high quality compressor that delivers consistent gain control without sacrificing musical definition or harmonic richness. It utilizes a remarkably dependable peak limiter that provides overload protection that is critical to digital recording and broadcast transmitters. The STC-8 is engineered to provide musically transparent gain control, but is also capable of emulating vintage equipment and creating distinctive new sounds. In addition, a switchable enhancement circuit creates analog and tube-like warmth to enrich lifeless audio and digital recordings. This vast flexibility is simplified by the inclusion of several optimized presets, allowing fast, easy set-up on a wide variety of sounds. It can operate in true stereo or discrete independent mono, accessible by a front panel switch. The STC-8s features include:

    •     Simultaneous Compression/Limiting
    •     Discrete Class A
    •     Balanced/Transformerless I/O
    •     Quick & Easy Presets
    •     'KI' & 'HARA' Sounds
    •     Transparent Overload Protection

The STC-8s sophisticated side-chain allows both compression and peak limiting to take place simultaneously, using the same proprietary gain control circuit. High signal quality is maintained by utilizing the discrete class A audio path and by eliminating any VCA or optical gain control elements.

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