is a two channel electro-optical compressor/limiter designed
for the utmost in transparency, detail and versatility. Our short
signal path design uses a custom optical input attenuation network
in front of an all tube class A gain stage. Since the signal
path is entirely transformerless, we've eliminated the coloration
inherent in traditional transformer-coupled tube designs. The
result is an open, detailed sound with an expanded sound stage
and clarity that can only be achieved with modern tube circuitry.
The OCL-2's soft-knee design offers smooth,
effortless dynamic control with the ratio adjustable from light
compression to limiting. Our unique sidechain circuit linearizes
the optical gain element to reduce distortion, and achieves much
faster attack and release times than encountered with conventional
optical compressors. And stereo linking is accomplished with
the flip of a switch .
In the FAST mode, the
optical cell operates with very fast attack and release times,
which are peak-averaged by the rapid operation of the cell. This
mode is remarkably free of pumping artifacts even at high compression
levels. It's the ideal choice for 'invisible' dynamics processing,
either for tracking or tight program compression.
The PRESET mode consists
of six classic attack/release time settings that are optimized
for program compression, including two settings with program-dependent
The MANUAL mode offers
total control over the attack and release times, which is particularly
useful for creative compression effects or for processing bass
Most important, the hard
bypass switches on the front panel conveniently allow a quick
determination of exactly what the OCL-2 is, or in most cases,
isn't doing to your signal.