Radial Engineering has announced a new addition to the 500 series range of modules, the PreComp combination preamp and compressor.
The design begins with a high-performance preamp equipped with Radial’s unique Accustate gain control that simultaneously sets the output and sensitivity to maximize signal-to-noise at all levels. This is particularly important when recording in the digital domain where background noise can often be audible during quiet passages.
A full-feature compressor follows with adjustable threshold, compression ratio and make-up gain control that automatically transitions from soft-knee to hard-knee as compression increases.
A simple slow-fast switch makes it easy to set the PreComp for either percussion instruments or smoother tracks such as vocals.
Once connected to a 500 series power rack, I/O connections automatically route to the XLRs for balanced operation. When used with a Workhorse, connectivity increases with 1/4-inch TRS connectors and D-Subs and the Omniport provides direct patching to the preamp or the compressor, enabling the engineer to use each processor separately.
Radial senior engineer Dan Fraser explains: “The PreComp addresses the need to combine both a preamp with a compressor in a compact, single space module. This provides broadcasters and post production engineers with a quick and easy solution for voice and instrument processing. It is also a Godsend for live recording engineers as it enables them to maximize system density without compromising on performance or control.”
Other features include 180-degree polarity reverse for phase matching two microphones, a high-pass filter to eliminate unwanted resonance, 48V phantom power for condenser mics and an IN/OUT switch that lets you quickly compare the original uncompressed signal with the processed result.
The PreComp starts shipping in May 2013 and will retail for $400 USD.