IGS Tubecore 500-Series Compressor


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The IGS Tubecore 500-Series Compressor is a full symmetric transformer balanced 500-Series compressor. The structure is based on the typical vari mu solution. It is a true tube mono compressor where compression is achieved using the remote cut-off of tube biasing.

The IGS Tubecore 500-Series Compressor is the master of the dirty sound. Nothing sounds better than the vari-mu hit hard. It can be used as a mono tracking compressor or (as a matched pair) as an advanced mastering tool.

No Compromise Device - All Tubes are Powered by 250V DC
Every single IGS Tubecore 500-Series Compressor is hand made with high quality, matched components (1% metal film resistors, Wima caps). It is equipped with JJ tubes and individually calibrated to give you the unique and unspoiled experience of one of the best Vari-mu compressors in the history. IGS has spent hundreds of hours designing the TUBECORE, to make sure that it is as simple to use as it is versatile. Not only for harmonically rich drums and guitars, but also for huge vocals and bass instruments. Two audio transformers (IGS's own custom transformers) have been used to provide excellent performance. Using two IGS Tubecore 500-Series Compressors as a stereo pair will allow you to use it as an excellent mastering compressor!

Options, Options..
The IGS Tubecore 500-Series Compressor has an option of linking two mono modules into the stereo pair. The module with deeper compression set (or slower attack/release settings) will become the master module, that controls the other TC500 unit. You also have an option of choosing input and output levels of your IGS Tubecore 500 unit with extra jumpers on the back of the PCB. Adjusting these levels might be handy if you would like to use extra deep compression.

IGS Tubecore 500-Series Compressor Features

  • 500-Series double module, mono unit
  • Fully symmetric audio path
  • Tubes powered by 250V DC
  • Carnhill input transformer
  • Sowter output transformer
  • Hard wired bypass
  • Stereo linkable
  • Large VU meter with LED back light

IGS Tubecore 500-Series Compressor Specifications

  • Device Type:
    • Vari Mu Compressor: Yes
  • Basic Features:
    • Hard Wire Bypass: Yes
    • Stereo Link: Yes
  • Input & Output:
    • Input Impedance (Balanced): 600 Ohm
    • Output Impedance (Balanced): 600 Ohm
    • Audio Transformers: Yes, IGS's own custom transformers
  • Levels:
    • Operating Level: +4 dBu
    • Max Input Level: +22 dBu
    • Max Output Level: +22 dBu
    • Noise Level: -99 dBA
    • Max. Gain: 40 dB
    • Max Gain Reduction: 30 dB
  • Time Constants:
    • Attack: 0.1 - 30 ms
    • Release: 0.1 - 4s
  • Bandwidth:
    • Frequency Response: 8 Hz - 20k Hz, +/- 1 dB
  • Distortion (@ 20 Hz - 20 kHz):
    • THD+N: 0.002% @ 0dBu
  • Front Panel:
    • VU Meters: Yes, GR (Backlit)
  • Power:
    • Voltage: API Standard, Internal DC-DC Conversion for Powering Tubes (250V DC)
    • Power Consumption: 12W
  • Packing Box:
    • Shipping Weight: 3 kg
  • Others:
    • Tube Set: ECC82, 6AK5 x2

IGS Tubecore 500-Series Compressor Includes

  • IGS Tubecore 500-Series Compressor
  • User Manual
  • 3 Year Warranty

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