Golden Age Project Comp-2A Single Channel Compressor Limiter

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The COMP-2A is a one channel vintage style Compressor / Leveler using vacuum tubes in the signal and side-chain path. The input and output is transformer balanced, using two different transformers, each one optimized for its purpose. This is the way audio components were built before transistors and integrated circuits became available.

Integrated circuits are small and cheap and widely used in most modern designs. The drawback is that audio components built with modern technology doesn't always provide the best perceived sound quality or the type of character that the modern user desires.

Golden Age Project Comp-2A Single Channel Compressor Limiter Features

  • Vintage style all tube signal path. The tubes are fitted with grounded shields
  • Transformer balanced input and output
  • Can drive almost any load, balanced or unbalanced
  • Golden Age Project’s version of the classic optical unit using a long life electroluminescent panel and two carefully matched Silonex NSL5910 photoresistors for T4B-style electro-optical gain control with program dependent attack and release times
  • Very simple to operate with only two main controls, Gain and Peak Reduction
  • HF control can make the side-chain circuit more sensitive to mid and high frequency content
  • Linear regulated low noise filament and high voltage power supply
  • A big meter selectable to show gain reduction or output level at two different reference levels
  • Hardwire bypass switch for easy comparisons
  • XLR and TRS input and output jacks for flexible connections
  • Link jack and switch for connecting to another unit for stereo operation
  • All external controls located on the front panel
  • Compact 2RU half rack format. Two units can be mounted with our 19-inch rack kit, the UNITE BIG
  • A solid build quality that will last many years of normal use
The subjective sound quality delivered by vintage equipment is often preferred over the one delivered by modern units, a situation that is even more obvious now when music is recorded with clean-sounding digital audio equipment.

This is the reason why so many vintage audio components are cloned and produced again and also why the vintage originals are often very expensive on the second hand market.

The circuit used in the COMP-2A is based on a classic design that was originally produced in the early 1960s and it was initially intended for broadcast applications. It uses an electro-luminescent panel and a photoelectric cell to control gain. This gives it a unique, program dependent compression characteristic. In addition, the all tube signal path and the transformers adds a wonderful and musical character to the sound.

The ease of use with only two main controls makes it very simple to achieve the desired sound. These attributes has made the original units a favorite of engineers and musicians worldwide. This classic sound is now available at a very affordable price point with the COMP-2A.

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Phone:  845-978-1189 Warranty:  1 Year

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TDJ Submitted: 10/13/2018
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Simply perfect
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What is your opinion of this product?
I also have the Golden Age Comp 3a and 2 Warm Audio 76s . I've had the golden age comp 2a now for a year .Almost too easy to set up and makes tracks loud and warm sounding and sometimes you can use 76 , 3a and 2a all together on a track in that order, with each using modest amounts of compression to great affect ! golden age put bypass switches in both and that is a key advantage as well as small racks . All these compressors are crucial to have on certain tracks.Golden Age has produced an amazing easy to use , must have compressor at a very modest price . No problems so far and have had 3a for almost 3 years now ! I have several other compressors under $500 that have been removed from signal chain and sold.
Tito Munoz Submitted: 7/22/2018
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Very smooth and subtle
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I am so happy with this purchase , the compressor sounds amazing , on vocal is like you can’t even tell is being compressed , I mostly use it on vocal and am very happy with the result , I can’t afford high end compressors , with this is closest get my recording sounding amazing and professional.


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