Chameleon Labs 7721 Stereo Compressor
The Chameleon Labs 7721 Stereo Compressor updates Chameleon Labs' popular stereo bus compressor, the discontinued 7720, to better sounding components, on-board power supply, a new look, and improved sound!
The forthcoming Chameleon Labs 7721 Stereo Compressor brings the classic VCA console bus compression of the Chameleon Labs 7721 back with new and improved looks, features, and - most importantly - sound!
It's not quite ready for release, but when it is, Front End Audio will be the first to have it.
Chameleon Labs 7721 Stereo Compressor Features
- Improved sound
- Input and Output Transformers
- Gain stage before the compressor
- Peak or RMS detection
- hard or soft knee
- side chainable high pass filter
- Blend for on-board parallel processing
- On-board Power Supply - No more wall-wart supplies!
Chameleon Labs 7721 Stereo Compressor Specifications
Chameleon Labs 7721 Stereo Compressor Includes
- Chameleon Labs 7721 Stereo Compressor
- Manual & Literature
- IEC Power Cable
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This is my first real analog comressor to sit on my mix bus. I just recently got into outboard mixing. I cant give it 5 stars because i know no better. But, i have to say there is a difference from itb mixing to otb mixing. The compressor gives me clean transparent compression. I find im able to push the overall output higher than plugins befor it starts distorting. The compression of this unit definitely, in my opinion, does sound better than plugins. The unit is well built and knobs feel hefty.
If you're in need of a great stereo compressor that can rival it's top dollar counterparts at a reasonable price, the 7720 is a sound investment. It has very similar compression characteristics as a GSSL, but it's much more flexible due to it's HPF feature and 1.5 to 1 ratio option, which I find to be perfect when you need "just enough" compression. Aside from a mixbus compressor, I've also found it to be quite impressive on drum overheads, and it's become one of my favorite compressors for piano and other percussive instruments. I've also tried it out as a kick drum compressor while mixing a recent EP, and it worked wonders in this application, as it's easy to really control transience without making the low end feel lifeless (utilizing the HPF feature). All in all, it's a great piece of gear due to it's famous circuit design, and my hats off to Chameleon Labs for providing a way to get us engineers into solid sounding gear for budget prices.
So I have quite a few compressors (Purple MC77, Chandler Germ Comp, dbx 160A, FMR Audio RNC, ART Pro VLA, Aphex 651, tfPro p38, etc) and this compressors continues to put a smile on my face.
It's perfect on drum bus or anywhere you want just a touch of musically transparent compression.
The amount of features for how little it costs is just insane. It obviously won't be the right tool for all applications but I recommend it to all my friends. I should get a commission as many people as I've turned on to this. My only gripe is the ugly power supply but you can always buy the rack mount supply for extra cash. If I'm really being greedy then I would ask for dual mono or stereo operation.
I am falling in love with this compressor more and more every time I use it. It excels on the 2 bus unlike any I've tried so far. The HPF makes it a dream. I can still push the low end as hard as I like, with out it pumping the vocals or other elements in the mix. The sonics of the unit add a cool urgency to the mix that I really enjoy.
If you're looking for a stereo compressor, it's more than worth a listen. Check one out.