The Handcrafted Labs Varis Compressor is a mastering grade all tube hand built point-to-point design Vari-MU compressor.
First of all, boy it looks good in the rack. But more over, there's the circuitry that gives absolutely staggering sound, as smooth as it can be, with hugely valvey character and plenty of headroom to play with, not to mention exceptional control over compression. The thing is massive! And in terms of mastering you can get 8-10 db of gain reduction and your program would still sound musical with no “compressor feeling”. Those who know how much it’s worth in mastering chain would appreciate this. Precision rotary pots for fine level adjustment separately for triode and pentode modes of operation. Sidechain insert input on the back panel (TRS) and sidechain sensitivity switch. Mid-Side Option is now a Standard!
Handcrafted Labs Varis Compressor Specifications
- Input Impedance: 600 Оhm
- Output Impedance: 600 Оhm
- Nominal Level: +4 dBu
- Max. Level: +22 dBu
- Max. Amplification: 10 dBu
- Output circuit: pentode/triode (switch)
- Compressor Side chain Filter: 75/150 Hz
- M-S Coding/decoding: Transformer
- Frequency range: 16Hz … 22 kHz +/- 1dB
- Signal to noise ratio: -91 dB
- THD at 1kHz and +16 dB: less then 0.4%
- Power Supply: 115/230V 50-60Hz
Handcrafted Labs Varis Compressor Includes
- Varis Compressor
- IEC Power Cable
- Manual and Warranty Information
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Such an amazing piece of gear! Price point for something like this is crazy! My goal was to get an amazing mastering rig and with this I have found it. I love the Mid-Side function as well. So many options to tweak the tone also. I have this, their Thermos mastering EQ and then goes into my Bettermaker mastering limiter. Awesome!
This is one of the nicest pieces of gear I have ever seen and now own. I wanted a Vari Mu compressor because I really like the sounds I can get recording a high quality finger style guitar with a good Vari MU tube compressor. This works beautifully with the acoustic guitar, and also with vocals, and the master track. I am still getting to know this thing, but it is very easy to get going with it. If you want to use it without the compressor settings, it is like an ultra cool preamp just lending its wonderful vacuum tube/transformer tone to whatever you use it on. The triode mode gives a different, to me more primitive feel to the recordings. There are plenty of cool features here, mid side transformer, feed forward and feed back modes, plenty to play with and try. The controls are solid, the compressor is heavy so get someone to help you mount it in your rack, and it is stunning in the rack. It also acts as a small space heater! It does get warm as those many tubes glow orange, so let it warm up a while before using it, at least 20 minutes, I give it about an hour. Give this thing room to breathe in your rack, keep an open slot above it and if possible below it. I look forward to learning more as I get to know this wonderful machine.