On Thursday 05 October 2006 14:09, John Rigg wrote:
Which is why one of the best compressors of all time, designed by CBS Labs
back in about 1960, was so good. It had 2 versions for two different
broadcast scenarios, one for the 75u-s pre-emphasis of fm, and one that
was flat for am. But both had 2 circuits, with the faster circuit having
microsecond response times to control the peaks while allowing a fairly
high average. I'm refering of course to the Volumax and Audimax devices.
Some of those are still in service, hidden away at transmitters in your
neighborhood. The single vacuum tube they used in one of them, a
'nuvistor' has probably long since been replace by a depletion mode fet
transistor and the device recalibrated back to factory specs. And all the
2 uf electrolytic capacitors used in the original have long since been
replaced with 2 uf mylars. At that point, you can literally forget its in
there, for years at a time.
You couldn't hear it working unless the next audio source switched to was
-30db from the previous one, then you could hear it slowly raisng the gain
for several seconds, eventually picking up a peak that opened the high
speed gate and 100ms later the sound was at the normal level again. All
without the sleeping dj ever knowing he wasn't doing his job on the board.
Anything else we attempt to put in there just seems to bring back memories
of that 5 minutes of heavy breathing from last night, just before you went
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