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The extensive use of the transformers in the classic diode bridge compressor units designed by Rupert Neve, was dictated by technological limitations of the 60s and 70s.
Simply put, the transformers were the only available devices at the time which could do a specific function in the pro-audio circuitry. For example, matching the input and output impedance, level reduction or amplification, and transforming the signal from balanced to unbalanced or vice versa.
CP554 is designed and built with the use of modern electronic components. Although it follows the classic diode-bridge compressor design principles, it is not a copy nor a clone of any vintage unit. A large number of the transformers in the diode bridge is not a must‐have design requirement! Transformers can be replaced by modern electronic components delivering a better signal to noise ratio and better electromagnetic interference immunity.
In the default mode, the CP554 will provide just a mild amount of the harmonics produced by the diode-bridge circuitry, while being neutral and non‐destructive to the music material.
There are plenty of studio grade compressors on the market. The most popular are VCA, FET and opto-compressors.
The diode bridge compressors are rather rare and the options are limited. The most obvious are made the AMS-Neve units based on the original Rupert Neve’s designs, the 2254, 2264 and 33609 stereo compressor.
Some manufacturers introduces the Neve’s clones based on the widely available original diagrams. It is important to point, that even the most accurate clone, won’t identical to original, due to the transformers available from Carnhill.
To use the diode-bridge element as the gain control block, the circuitry has to be designed in the specific way. The ideal symmetry of the signal is crucial. In 60s only transformer could deliver close signal symmetry.
The increased noise floor is the other problem of the classic diode-bridge compressors. Improper circuitry design will drastically increase the noise, rendering the compressor unusable for the studio application.
Building the 1:1 copy of the Neve’s compressor is easy, but it is not enough to make a good quality equipment. Only deep insight understanding of the diode-bridge compressor design is the key to success.
CP554 is not a clone! It is designed to fallow the principles of the diode-bridge circuitry and to obtain best possible performance.
Vintage Mode is a proprietary design by B. Hrk of analog processing circuitry which delivers the same type of transformer harmonics which are present in the classic diode bridge compressors.
Vintage Mode is a fully analog circuitry (No DSP) designed by applying the practical knowledge and understanding of a classic analog circuitry performance, response and behavior. The extensive knowledge of the laws of physics, how the transformers and vintage circuitry work, combined with experience in analog circuitry design, allows to accurately reproduce the same performance, character, vibe or mojo of vintage analog circuitry and transformers. Electronic engineering is a science, not magic!
Vintage Mode circuitry ensures the same type of response of the signal as in the vintage transformers. More signal creates more harmonics. The overall experience is very similar to what any vintage unit would deliver, including the frequency and tonal response.
By default, the CP554 is neutral and versatile. It does not impose any strong character on the music material, vastly increasing the number of studio and music production applications. If required, the vintage mode will introduce classic/vintage harmonics, converting the CP554
to a vintage/classic Diode Bridge Compressor. Therefore, CP554 is 2‐in‐1.
*The Stereo Link cable is provided together with a pair of the CP554.
Bart Hrk developed the propitiatory design of an Active Transformer to solve the problems of the common passive transformers.
Passive transformers are susceptible to electromagnetic interference (50Hz Hum, RF Smog) and the frequency response is dependent on load and source impedance, negatively influencing the overall performance of analogue studio equipment.
The HRK Active Transformer solves the problems of the passive transformer while preserving and even enhancing the positive trades of the transformer output stage, including the harmonics content and the tonal response.
The HRK Active Transformer delivers the sound that we love, including the harmonics content and the tonal response, and removes all the hassles associated with passive transformers.
The Active Transformer produces a subtle “Air” effect and provides extended LF performance.
The Active Transfomer saturation depends on the output level. Higher output signal levels will saturate the Active Transfomer more, like in the classic studio equipment.
|Input Type / Input Impedance||Balanced Electronic||20k|
|Output Type / Output Impedance||Balanced HRK Active Transformer||Less than 10R|
|Max Output Level||+25dBu@0.1%THD with 1k Load||* Balanced Signal|
|Recommended Load||Balanced 10k||Minimum Supported Load 600R|
|Initial Gain||0dB||Gain Make-up set to 0dB|
|Phase Reverse||No||CP554 is not introducing phase reverse in any mode of operation.|
|Frequency Response||5Hz-80kHz@-1dBr||Compressor disengaged.|
|Static Noise Level||-95dBu@10Hz-22kHz||Compressor disengaged.|
|Power Consumption||Typically 45mA per unit||60mA max. per unit|
|Format||API 500 Format||Compatible with most of the 500 Racks|
|Type of Compressor Engine||Diode-Bridge Symmetric Gain Cell|
|Compression Curve||Adaptive Soft-Knee||Depends on the Threshold and Ratio knob settings|
|Threshold Range||-25dB / + 20dB||Smooth Continues Potentiometer|
|Ratio Range||1.5:1 - 8:1||Smooth Continues Potentiometer|
|Attack Time||250uS - 100mS||Smooth Continues Potentiometer|
|Recovery Time||50mS - 2.5S||Smooth Continues Potentiometer|
|Side Chain HPF||150Hz@6dB/oct||Use the HPF Switch|
|Frequency Response||5Hz-30kHz@-1dBr||Compressor engaged.|
All HRK Products are tested with the industry best audio measuring equipment
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