DISCRETE CLASS A STEREO COMPRESSOR-PEAK LIMITER
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.
Compressor Attack Time
FAST: measured by doing 18 dB of Gain Reduction. The time to 18 dB of Gain Reduction is less than 1mS. 12 dB of the 18 are reached in .4mS.
SLOW: for 6 dB of GainReduction, 100mS
Compressor Release Time
FAST: From 12 dB of Gain Reduction to No Gain Reduction. 11 of 12 dB are reached in 50mS (Non Program Dependant Release)
SLOW: 20 sec for a full 12 dB release with PDR enabled.
Limiter Attack Time: less than 1uS.
Limiter Release Time: 60mS for 6 dB of Gain Reduction.
Maximum Signal Level: Input or Output, +25 dBm
Noise Floor: -88 dBm measured 20Hz to 20kHz
Frequency Response: 5Hz to 55kHz (Hara Mode)
Limiter Slope: Greater than 10 to 1