The blue AD2044 Dual Mono-Stereo, Pure Class A Opto-Compressor from Avalon Design features a 100% discrete, pure Class A signal amplifier. The invisible opto elements enable the AD2044 Compressor to deliver totally transparent, low noise gain reduction within the minimalist signal path design (no VCAs are incorporated). The variable attack and release controls plus sidechain access provide unlimited creative control from soft compression to hard limiting.
Designed to optimize absolute signal integrity and musical performance, the AD2044 Compressor combines advanced electronics with sonic excellence. This compressor is a suitable solution for 2 buss music-program compression, mono bass and instruments, and mastering applications.
The AD2044 Compressor has practical real-world user features and rugged hardware designed to deliver high-performance audio. The custom-manufactured, high-speed linear opto elements provide the non-invasive passive attenuator system for invisible gain reduction. The AD2044 incorporates an external control loop and current-monitored optical driver for smooth control plus the benefits of traditional vintage LDR compression.
The advanced true symmetry design offers high voltage, large headroom, extended bandwidth, and very low noise. The use of 100% discrete, pure Class A signal amplifiers offer unlimited sonic character and a natural harmonic detail that enhances the program material.
Avalon Design AD2044 Dual Mono-Stereo Features
- Smooth musical detail and sonic excellence
- Minimum audio signal path
- Pure Class A, 100% discrete design
- Dual mono or stereo operation
- Transparent, non-invasive compression
- Very low noise of -94 dB
- High headroom of 30 dB
- Fully balanced inputs and outputs
- Long-lasting, stainless-steel hardware
- External 150W toroidal power supply
- 100% discrete power supplies for audio path
- All signal routing with sealed silver relays
- External sidechain access XLR
- Low distortion less than 0.5% THD and IMD
- Wide bandwidth of -3 dB, 1 Hz to 450 kHz
- Large accurate professional VU meters
- Variable threshold, ratio, attack, and release
- DC coupled, no transformers in audio path
- Hard-wire relay bypass for compressor in-out
- Large illuminated push switch for stereo L-R linking
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