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The Standard Audio Level-Or is an API 500-Series rack compatible JFET limiter / distortion processor. The design was inspired by the Shure Level-Loc PA limiter, popular for its trashy, ultra compressed sound. The extended features of the Level-Or allows it to achieve what the Level-Loc does and much, much more.
In "Level" mode, the Level-Or acts very much like the Level-Loc. An additional, faster release time has been added for even more flexibility and a broader range of compressed sounds.
In "Crunch" mode, the Level-Or sets itself apart from anything else like it. By sweeping the input level over the range provided, a huge palette of sounds can be reached from slight harmonic enhancement, to aggressive crunch, to buzz-saw like distortion, to complete and utter destruction of the original source material.
Between these two available modes, there is a huge array of sounds that can be produced from this unit. Simple drum loops can be taken from boring to unique and drum room mics can be crushed or distorted to taste adding size and character to the overall sound. Bass, guitar, and keyboard sounds can be manipulated, taking on completely new and different sounds than the original source material.
*Note: Due to the nature of the design of this unit, it is very aggressive sounding; with noticeable pumping, distortion, and some noise.
We consider this a good thing!
Sound Clips: Click instrument for sample
Drums: 0-4 seconds = straight signal; 4-9 seconds = level mode; 9-13 seconds = crunch mode; 13-17 seconds = crunch mode maxed
Synth Bass: 0-5 seconds = straight sound; 5-19 seconds = crunch mode gradually; turning up input until maxed
Piano: 0-5 seconds = straight signal; 5-10 seconds = level mode; 10-15 crunch mode gradually turning up input until maxed
Word on the Street:
“...It sounds great on bass, drums, piano, vocals. It basically does everything that a Level Loc would do but with so much more control and finesse, not to mention so much quieter. The quality of the audio is great. It’s simple to use and it always amuses drummers....”
“Hey guys, just wanted to let you know that I came across some “LEVELOR-ed” drums tracks and loved them! I’m engineering a record for Joe Chiccarelli and he’s already got a unit and tracked a mono drum room thru the LEVEL-OR to add grit to the drum sound. $%*ing mission accomplished! I used the LEVEL-OR as a parallel distortion track for a wulritzer and it added a nice grimy sparkle as well. You guys have any other 500 series designs in the works? I’ve got one more space in my lunch box!”
|Tube or Solid State||Solid State|
|Module Type||500 Series|
|Module Slot Count||1 Slot|
Ever wanted a Level-Loc with balanced I/O and not the insane noise level of the real thing? Yeah, me too! Love these dudes. I've got a pair and if an aggressive rock mix comes my way then they are pretty much always on paralell drum bus and/or vocals. One of those secret weapons that's a little bit of a one-trick-pony, but when you need that pony then you ride off into the sunset, recall free. Worth it's wait in recalls. Rock a pair and experiment.
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