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The Buzz Audio SOC-M Mastering Compressor is a mastering focused version of the popular SOC-20 optical compressor. The SOC-M mastering version replaces the DRIVE and GAIN pots of the SOC-20 with stepped Elma attenuators for repeatability. Buzz Audio has also adjusted the ratios to suit mastering tasks and all the ratios feature their famous "soft knee" characteristic. The SOC-M signal path utilizes Class A discrete BE41 transistor amplifiers powered by a special low impedance power supply for vibrant sonic detail. As standard, the SOC-M is fitted with a Lundahl LL1517 output transformer providing a nice sheen to the sound.
The SOC-M isn't just a stereo compressor, it also incorporates a Mid-Side (or sum and difference) encoder and decoder which is a very powerful mastering tool. When set to MS mode, signals that are common to left and right are processed by Channel A and the left to right difference signals by Channel B. In addition, when set to MS mode, the mid and side signals are available as balanced outputs on the rear panel insert send XLR's
At the flick of a switch, a 12dB/octave high pass filter at 170Hz reduces the compressor sensitivity to low frequencies for more bass punch. Also included is a fully-balanced side chain insert point so you can add additional equalization to the compressor characteristic. The side chain monitor function allows you to hear what is returning into the insert point (the side chain) and you can also monitor the mid or side signals when the compressor is used in MS mode.
The 5 ratio settings feature a soft knee characteristic, meaning the selected ratio is only actually achieved at 10dB of gain reduction. Therefore, very gentle compression is available when using 2:1 and 3:1 and even 10:1 is usable for material that needs stronger dynamic control. The unique differential side-chain circuit of the SOC-M splits the audio into positive and negative waveform and processes it separately (attack and release parameters) with the resulting balanced signal controlling the Buzz Audio BE45 electro-optical attenuator.
There are 5 compressor attack settings and 6 release settings that cover a wide range of response possibilities. In addition, our clever auto modes produce very musical results. The auto-attack adapts to incoming audio rise time, and the auto release will decay quickly from short impulses but longer from sustained or low-frequency signals.
|Package Contents||Buzz Audio SOC-M Mastering Compressor - Black|
|Unit Weight||17.6 lb|
|Tube or Solid State||Solid State|
|Input Connectors||Analog XLR|
|Output Connectors||Analog XLR|
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