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Optical 3rd November 2002 12:44 PM

Tube compressors/limiters
Hi, does anyone have or know where to find any decent valve compressor schematics, primarily for a software recording studio that needs a nice hardware valve compressor.

mono or stereo, anythign would be great at this point as ive been unable to find anything

fdegrove 3rd November 2002 01:55 PM


Hope this helps you out:


Robert Morin 3rd November 2002 03:40 PM

A good place to start is here;

also a good primer is here

Don't build a unit that needs a 6386!

happy dynamic range squashin'
Robert Morin

Optical 3rd November 2002 07:42 PM

hey thanks guys!


also has anybody tried making one of these? im interested to know how they would compare to other similar models..

Brett 3rd November 2002 07:45 PM

There was a tube compressor in audioxpress last year (2001) but I don't have the issue at hand to tell you the month. It was a moderately complex beast but used cheapish tubes iirc. If I find the issue, I'll post it.

gyraf 6th November 2002 12:36 PM

I think the best is to start building an optical (!) compressor

Here's a good description of doing your own optical tube compressor, the Teletronics LA2-A:


Jakob Erland
Gyraf Audio

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