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Airfield Audio Liminator

Analog mono compressor
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Airfield Audio Liminator
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The Airfield Audio Liminator is a vintage style analog audio compressor available as a mono, stereo, or mastering edition.  We have analyzed more than a dozen classic audio compressors, and have distilled the best of the best into this device.  Class A discrete transistor circuitry and classic input and output transformers are deployed.  There are two switchable input transformers for flexibility of tone.

This state of the art analog design delivers natural, musical characteristics to the recording process.  One of the most versatile compressors ever invented, it can be used with confidence on voice, all instruments, any sound source.

The Airfield Audio Liminator Features:

  • Vintage David Miller design
  • 70’s Class A electronics
  • Completely hand-assembled
  • Distortion-free Opto attenuator compressor system
  • Switchable input transformers - 2 modes 1) American Jensen transformers for a clean uncolored sound 2) British made Sowter transformers for extra rich musical harmonics
  • Five position step rotary switch on attack, release and ratio
  • Continuously variable adjustment on threshold and output gain
  • Analog VU meter is switchable for: input and output plus gain reduction
  • All front panel controls pots and switches are extremely high grade quality
  • 0 - 20 dB gain reduction
  • Maximum output level of 32 dBu
  • Low THD + noise, less than .02%
  • Link switch (on both models) and a true relay bypass switch
  • Silver soldering on all connections
  • Circuit board made with three-ounce copper
  • Transformer balanced XLR in and out connections
  • +4 / +14 dBu meter level switch (on stereo version only)
  • Switchable 115/230 VAC operation

Additional Information

Condition New
Channels Single-Channel
Chassis 19-in Rackmount
Rack Spaces 2u
Digital I/O No
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  • "The Airfield Liminator has become an indispensable tool in our rack at Le Crib Studios. It is truly a great sounding piece of gear and we enjoy it immensely."
    Nile Rodgers & Richard Hilton – Le Crib Studios

    "Regarding the Airfield Limiter's insanely clean, endless and limitless headroom, I have to say it's become my secret weapon while mastering."
    Joao Carvalho – Joao Carvalho Mastering

    "Used it on guitar tracks for The Tragically Hip CD, We Are The Same."
    Bob Rock – Producer, Tragically Hip, Metallica, Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, Motley Crue

    "It's a lovely piece. It's gorgeous. It sounds f***ing amazing."
    Bill Dillon – guitarist for Robbie Robertson, Iggy Pop, Counting Crows, Neville Brothers, Dan Lanois, Sarah McLachlan

    "The Airfield is AWESOME!!! Sound is very beautiful and not too colored so I ran some grand pianos in there with great success as well as more intense compression settings for drum room mics. It's creamy and great! I like how simple it is to use and how quickly you can get a sound out of it."
    Pascal Shefteshy – Engineer, Pierre Marchand, Sarah McLachlan

    "It sounds fantastic. Love it on vocal, bass, trombone, kick drum. Nice action, very musical."
    Chad Irschick – Inception Sound Studios

    "I am enjoying the stereo unit. It sounds great on crunchy drum sounds and nice as a gentle program limiter as well. The unit does sound nice and snappy on snare with the attack set to quickest. First choice on electric guitar at ratio 8, threshold near maximum."
    Michael Philip Wojewoda – Box Office Poison

    "The Liminator, I think it could possibly be the best compressor I've ever heard. I truly believe that. It's amazing. I use it on vocals, acoustic guitar and bass. It is REALLY smooth. It's something else. Congratulations, that's a nice piece of work."
    Tim Branton – Inside Music
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