Purple Audio Action 500-Series FET Compressor

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Purple Audio Action 500-Series FET Compressor

The Purple Audio Action 500-Series FET Compressor is a FET compressor reminiscent of the MC77 designed to work in standard 500-Series racks.

The Action features a constant impedance 600 ohm input attenuator feeding the input transformer, just like Purple Audio's MC77 units. This makes the input more resistant to overload by hot signals. After the input transformer, the signal is attenuated by the same gain reduction FET as in the MC77. The attenuated signal is buffered by our class A KDJ3 opamp, which feeds the output fader. Lastly, Purple's class AB KDJ4 output opamp drives their custom hexafilar nickel and steel output transformer. The total gain (with no attenuation) is 45dB, just like the MC77.

Attack and release times cover a broader range than the MC77, which can cause distortion - which may or may not be what you are looking for. Use at extremes with caution. The ratios are the same as the MC77, and the threshold moves up as the ratio goes up, just like the MC77.

Stereo linking is accomplished by cross connecting pins 3 & 6 on the edge connector. On the Purple Sweet Ten, there is a second output 1/4″ that can be used to link two Actions. The link is accomplished using a TRS to TRS cable with tip on one TRS connecting to RING on the other TRS and vice versa. Plug in the cable, flip the front panel switches and you are linked. Non-Purple racks do not have an easy way to connect pins 3 and 6, and will need modification to link two Action units.

Purple Audio Action 500-Series FET Compressor Features

  • Input attenuator feeding input transformer
  • Output level control
  • Input and output tricolor LED metering
  • Eight LED GR metering
  • Five ratios including “All buttons in” mode
  • Attack and Release controls
  • True Relay Bypass
  • Stereo Linking
  • Compression on/off switch
  • Discrete signal path
  • Over Current Resettable Fused (prevents any module problem from affecting your rack)
  • ROHS – Lead Free

Purple Audio Action 500-Series FET Compressor Specifications

  • Total Gain: 45dBu
  • Ratios: 4:1, 8:1, 12:1, 20:1, ∞:1 (All buttons in)
  • Attack time: Variable from 800 to 20 microseconds
  • Release time: Variable from 1.1 seconds to 50 mls
  • Input impedance: 600 ohms
  • Output impedance: 600 ohms
  • Current consumption: 90ma
  • Pinout:
    • Pin 1: Chassis Ground
    • Pin 2: Output A +
    • Pin 3: Link In – (Purple Audio Rack Only – XLR OUT 2)
    • Pin 4: Output A -
    • Pin 5: Audio Ground
    • Pin 6: Link Out – (Purple Audio Rack Only – XLR OUT 2)
    • Pin 7: Input -
    • Pin 8: Input -
    • Pin 9: Input +
    • Pin 10: Input +
    • Pin 11: NC
    • Pin 12: +15 or 16VDC 90ma
    • Pin 13: Audio Ground
    • Pin 14: -15 or 16VDC 90ma
    • Pin 15: NC (+48VDC)

Purple Audio Action 500-Series FET Compressor Includes

  • Action 500-Series FET Compressor
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