The hallmark 33609 compression sound is very smooth, and extreme settings may be used with the compression or limiting remaining transparent. Two versions of this compressor are available, the 33609J and the 33609JD. Both units offer the legendary Neve sound, with enhanced internal and external I/O switching compared to the original model. The only difference between the units is that the 33609JD utilizes a discrete output stage for a slightly warmer sound that is preferred by some professionals. Multiple units can be easily linked for multi-channel operation.
The 33609 features independent sidechains for the compressor and limiter sections, with similarly independent threshold, recovery and attack controls. The compressor features a selection of ratios from 1.5:1 to 6:1 and a gain make-up control that comes before the limiter. Overall gain reduction is indicated on a moving coil meter.
Much like the classic 1073 and 1081 microphone preamplifiers, the 33609 Stereo Compressor is often cited as a “desert island” compressor—one which a healthy sampling of the world’s top engineers and producers would choose above all others.
The 33609 is based on the classic 2254 Limiter/Compressor, introduced by Neve in 1969. The 33609J uses circuitry similar to the classic 33609C. The 33609/JD, on the other hand, incorporates a 340 discreet output stage as used in the original 33609 design.
Neve 33609 JD Overview
- Classic Stereo Compressor / Limiter designed to exacting 1970’s specifications
- Hand-made using hand-wired Neve transformers in Burnley, England
- Classic 2254 feedback compression circuitry
- Discrete output stage for warm, full sound
- Brick Wall Limiting
- Transparent level control
- Perfect for mixing, broadcast, and mastering applications
- Hard Limit feature for digital recording
- Limit in/out Compress in/out
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