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Grace Design m502 500-Series Optical Compressor

Grace Design m502
Grace Design m502
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List Price: $750.00
Our Price: $675.00

Availability: Discontinued
Product Code: 9999-11274


Grace Design m502 500-Series Optical Compressor

The Grace Design m502 500-Series Optical Compressor takes the sonic performance characteristics from the compressor section of the well-regarded Grace Design m103 Channel Strip. The unit is based on an optical attenuator, the purest high fidelity gain control mechanism available, and provides gentle limiting to fairly aggressive compression while remaining neutral and transparent.

The m502 employs the same compression circuit topology as the Grace Design m102 Optical Compressor but is housed in a chassis for installation in the popular 500 series racks. The front panel includes a bypass switch, a 3-position input gain switch ranging from -10 to +10, a link switch, 10 segment LED array to display gain reduction levels, rotary pots for control of Threshold, Attack, Release and Ratio, and a pot for output level. The m502 also includes jumper settings on the board that provides the ability to configure the stereo linking and sidechain functionality based on the specific 500 series rack used.

Grace Design m502 500-Series Optical Compressor Features

  • Elegantly simple, purist feedback design optical compressor, optimized for signal leveling with a minimum of sonic artifacts
  • From subtle dynamic control to heavy compression, the sonic character of the source remains intact
  • Comprehensive control set includes input level, threshhold, attack, release, ratio and makeup gain
  • Bright, easy to read 10 segment LED gain reduction meters
  • Bi-color output peak LED lights green with signal present and red 8dB before clipping
  • Circuit board header / connector for stereo linking
  • Connections for sidechain, stereo linking, and Radial Workhorse Bussfeed
  • Precision audio path with 0.5% precision metal film resistors
  • Bombproof laser-etched black anodized frontpanel
  • Five year transferable warranty on parts and labor
  • Made in the USA

Grace Design m502 500-Series Optical Compressor

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