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FMR Audio PBC-6A Compressor

FMR Audio PBC-6A
FMR Audio PBC-6A
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List Price: $499.00
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Product Code: 9999-07132


FMR Audio PBC-6A Mono Compressor

FMR Audio PBC-6A Mono Compressor, an aggressive single-channel compressor.

FMR Audio PBC-6A Mono Compressor Details

The PCB-6A is a mono compressor which is described as being pretty agressive. The PBC-6A is FMR's latest offering in a line of massively underpriced professional audio gear. We've been waiting to get these in for a while now, and are proud to finally offer them. The PBC-6A differs from many other audio compressors in a couple of ways:

No Threshold
There's no threshold in the PBC-6A. Unlike compressors with threshold controls, the signal passing through the PBC-6A is always being compressed rather than compressing only those parts of the signal that are above a set threshold. This makes the PBC-6A a non-linear, compression amplifier (CA).

Level Dependent Ratio
The PBC uses a feedback configuration to help achieve its function. Along with this, the PBC's detector allows higher output signals to compress more than lower-level ones. With the lack of thresholding, the change in ratio is smooth and gradual from low-level signals to higher-level.

Knee Control
This allows a transition from lower-to-higher ratios to occur over a smaller range than would "naturally" happen. due to the feedback and detector configuration. These main features help the PBC-6A achieve a wide-range of compression effectsâ?"from delicate to crushed!

FMR Audio PBC-6A Mono Compressor Features

  • Drive: The PBC's feedback configuration makes it possible to vary both the amount of compression along with some intrinsic make-up gain in one control. This is it. The most compression is attained with the DRIVE control fully clockwise and at a minimum in the fully counterclockwise direction.
  • Knee: The more clockwise this control, the smaller the change in the input signal that is required to achieve higher compression ratios. The more counterclockwise, the wider the change in the input signal that is required to achieve higher compression ratios.
  • Attack: As with many other compressors, this controls how quickly the PBC will react to changes in the input signal. Subjectively, this control allows high frequencies to be more easily emphasized.
  • Release: This control determines how quickly the PBC will return to its previous gain levels as the signal level decreases.
  • Output: This provides a convenient means to help match levels between the PBC and subsequent devices. Two push button controls are present on the front panel as well:
    • Bypass: Allows the selection of the signal present at the input jack or the output of the PBC's balanced line driver.
    • Thick: Alters the PBC's release characteristics in a way that is perceived as a subtle "thickening" the sound

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Great product December 5, 2016
Reviewer: Mike Barber from Seattle, WA United States  
This was exactly what I was looking for.  Works and sounds great.  Lots of character.  Decently built with lots of features.  Currently my favorite compressor and will definitely be buying another.

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loving touch- or -heavy hitter! February 7, 2013
Reviewer: Dan from PA., United States  
I like the sound of the PBC6a when compressing vocal slightly, electric guitars a bit more, and bass guitar with even a bit more "Drive" and "Knee". The smooth is like butter, and the hard is a hammer.

I also own the FMR- RNC, which sounds great, but this one is different altogether, in a very good way. Other people who have experience with expensive compressors have said that the PBC6a competes with some of those. I believe it!

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Incredibly sounding pro unit April 11, 2011
Reviewer: Juan Carlos Zeta from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland  
I bought a pair of Pbc-6a's end of 2009 at frontendaudio especially for vocals, bass, guitars and stereo bus applications. The Pbc-6a is incredibly pro sounding and versatile. It can be set either clean or colored and it tends to soften the whole signal in a very musical way. It works especially well on vocals and bass and is quite easy to set. It's great on stereo bus, but only if you carefully read the manual which explains the special mode for sidechain and master/slave configurations when linking two units
with a trs/ trs cable. If You're looking for
a great sounding compressor extremly
pro sounding then go for it and add a
zero at the end of the price, that's how
this compressors sounds like.

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Pbc-6a December 19, 2010
Reviewer: Nick Orr from Highland Lakes, NJ United States  
I was looking for something to handle bass. I ended up speaking with Alan moon and between the dbx-160 and the pbc-6a he said I would get a broader range with the pbc-6a and that the sound was great on a many of sources.  This thing does definitely have some thick character to it.  I do a lot of punk rock and hardcore so it fit in perfectly.  Bass and vocals aryenow in a place where I've wanted them to be without a ton of money. This is my second fmr product. I have thence and love the trancparency of it. I would totally recommendfmr to anyone looking at some quality sounding comps.

Thanks Alan

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