Daking FET III Stereo Compressor
The Daking FET III Stereo Compressor is a fantastic tool to help you achieve great sounding mixes with character without muddying up the sound with too much of a good thing. The Daking FET III does exactly what a compressor is supposed to do without injecting a specific 'agenda' on the mix.
Got your mix right where you want it, but it needs compression without changing the feel you've established? The FET III is the perfect tools because it simply reduces the dynamic range without a shift of balance within the mix. It's a studio tool, not a paint brush. Saying that, though, shouldn't take away from the versatility of the fully Class A FET III. And the FET III does it's duty on a wide variety of sources. The upgraded high-pass filters (from those in the FET II) really allow you tweak the behavior of the FET III's limiter.
Continues the legacy of the FET II
The Daking FET III is a dual channel limiter from Geoff Daking, built in the US with the same audio path and detector circuits as their highly successful single channel Daking FET II limiter. The FET III compressor circuitry and gain stages are all discrete and fully Class A, with sound quality that will be at the very top of the scale. The previous single channel FET II was known for its speed, high performance, and its unique ability to sound good on an extraordinary variety of sources. The FET III equals this benchmark, while adding several unique features to improve user control.
Variable High Pass Filters
Variable High Pass Filters from 0 to 200Hz are added to the detector stage of each limiter channel to improve and customize limiter behavior. The HPFs tell the limiter not to trigger limiting based on content below the set HPF frequency. This is extremely helpful on bass heavy material. This greatly widens the units potential application set and the ability of the user to set this new behavior "on the fly". Variable linking between channels is envisioned for use when compressing two different tracks, such as bass and kick, to tie limiter action together to greater or lesser degrees. The Stereo Link is continuously variable from 0 to infinity.
All controls except "Ratio" are pots. The variable pots add the ability to fine tune behaviors in the studio. Because the FET III is two independent units in one box, it uses audio summing, which is much more accurate. The FET III uses THAT Corp differential amps in and out (electronically balanced). The common mode rejection in FET III is equal to that of FET II. The FET III output level is +24 while the FET II can be as high as +30. The FET III uses an (included) outboard power supply. The FET III 2 RU case provides a small pocket in the back panel to store this external power supply, and is fully RoHs compliant.
Daking FET III Stereo Compressor Features
- In: 2 x XLR
- Out: 2 x XLR
- THAT Corporation differential amps in and out (electronically balanced)
- Variable high-pass filter set from 0-200Hz
- Power supply included
- 2 RU Height
- Fully RoHs compliant
Daking FET III Stereo Compressor Specifications
- Method of Limiting: FET (Field Effect Transistor) used as a variable resistor
- Stereo Linking Method: Continuously Variable Audio Summing
- Power: 48volts dc @ 150 ma
- Output Drive: Differentially balanced
- +24dbv @ 1kHz 600 Ω
- Ratios: 1.5:1, 2:1, 3:1, 5:1, 10:1, 20:1
- Attack Times: 250 μs to 64 ms
- Release Times: 500 ms to Auto Dual Time Constant
- Frequency Response: ±1db 10Hz to 56kHz 3db down 63kHz
- Noise: -82db 10Hz to 25kHz
- Distortion: THD+N 0.033 @ 1kHz
- Line Inputs: The XLR inputs are balanced with THAT Corporation differential amps. Up to +24dBu input.
- Line Outputs: The XLR Outputs are balanced with THAT Corporation differential amps. Up to +24dBu output.
What We Think
The Daking FET III Stereo Compressor is what I consider to be a 'perfect compressor'; it does exactly what a compressor is supposed to do without injecting a specific 'agenda' on the mix. That said, this is not a boring compressor in the least. As anyone with enough experience with enough gear will tell you, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all piece of gear - let alone a one-size-fits-all compressor. However, the FET III is perhaps the closest I can imagine to actually achieving that title. Why? It takes the mix (or individual sound when used in dual mono mode) that you've created and simply limits the dynamic range. Plus the functionality of the high-pass filter in the detection circuit really adds to the feature-set by allowing bass heavy mixes to still breathe by not triggering the compression when a bass note or kick drum hits. Plus the Stereo Link control in the middle of the chassis is perfect for offering continuously variable triggering from L channel to R and L to R. So, you can really dial in on the perfect balance of stereo detection or help tie two elements together nicely. All of these features really add up to a compressor that is perfect for a number of functions and it really should be at the top of the list if you need one two-channel compressor to handle lots of different tasks beautifully. Combine the FET III with a pair of Daking MicPre/EQ units and you have a pretty unstoppable toolkit for tracking and even mastering. I cannot recommend the Daking FET III highly enough."
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So glad I bought this compressor/limiter! It is the sound of a finished master... I am re-releasing my last album because this made such an improvement.
This is a great compressor on drums, I used one channel on kick and the other on snare. The drums just come to life with & nice punch on the low end & tight snap on the snare! I love the transparency on overall program compression and sure it'll be equally great on vocals & acoustic instruments as well.