FET based limiter in a 500 series package. A favorite on bass guitar.
Old-school VCA compressor/limiter. Not especially flexible, but works well on kick drum and bass guitar.
Industry standard VCA based compressor/limiter. No frills. Works especially well on bass guitar.
Workhorse VCA limiter. Stereo or dual mono.
Very usable and excellent sounding (is that possible?) gate. Frequency specific key input feature is very easy to use and the “key listen” function allows the gates to be used as steep hi and/or low pass filters. Good for getting that over-the-phone voice.
Swiss design Filtek SB3 limiter manufactured by German company BFE and racked by Velvet Audio in Hamburg. Uses Haufe transformers on the inputs and outputs. The nominal level is +6dB. Any signal above +6 dBu will trigger a soft knee limiter. The limiting action is reasonably transparent, which was a request from the German broadcast industry as they were used in the master of broadcast studios.
This compressor is a bit squirrely, but good for adding color. De-esser is handy too.
Stereo FET compressor in half rack package. Lots of tonal options via switches on front panel.
These are combination fast peak limiters and RMS compressors in a single unit. Designed for use in radio broadcast as the last line of defense before the transmitter, these are excellent for squashing signals. The circuit is identical to the Urei BL40, which utilizes an LA3A optical circuit for the RMS compression and an 1176 FET circuit for the fast limiting. Best part is the controls are recessed for the real “set-it-and-forget-it” broadcast-style. Adjustments need to be made with a screwdriver. They even come equipped with a protective guard to prevent nosey engineers from tweaking with the settings. DON’T TOUCH!!!
Utilitarian VCA compressors/limiters.
Features tap tempo input
Overdrive? Distortion? Whatever it is, it rules.
Surf's up, brah.
3-in-1 design. Fuzz is the same as Foxx Tone Machine (which is the the same as the Octavia) with octave switch. Wah is inductor based. Volume works in reverse of all other volume pedals (full on=heel down???) Totally insane sound and not for the faint of heart.
Footswitchable octave function. Bracing sound.
Totally over the top square wave distortion. Makes your instrument sound broken.
Sovtek-era. This is a particularly good sounding Big Muff.
Delay/chorus/vibrato. Great sound.
Harmonic Octave Generator guitar synthesizer. Pretty wild stuff.
Great sounding phaser. Sovtek era. Made in Russia.
Very mysterious and slightly unpredictable guitar "synth" pedal. Creates a sweeping/melting sound that following notes on the guitar.
"Do you feel like we do?"
Dual channel noise gate.
ZZ Top 'Deguello'
Stereo pan/phaser. This is a very intensely psychedelic effect.
Ballsy fuzz pedal. Works well on bass.
Auto-wah sound. Similar to Mu-tron, but not exactly the same. Sharper sound.
Deep phase tone.
Very intense wah sound. Uses optical circuit. Cool rubber foot pad made by Pirelli.
Early script logo version.
Modern LED version. Great sounding phaser with a mid-range boost when engaged.
Fuzz/octave/swell pedal. Very intense. Swell function sounds a bit like a backwards guitar.
Standard and reliable.
Very similar sound to MXR Phase 90 but with added recycle control for adjustable phase amount.
High quality inductor based wah wah. Great sound.
Over-the-top fuzz tone with subtle octave effect.
4 band parametric eq. Switchable shelf/peak on high and low bands. Middle bands are peak only. Q becomes steeper as more boost/cut is added/subtracted. Transformer balanced input and output.
High quality eqs made in Hamburg for the German broadcast industry. Sound is similar to Neumann PEV eq. Inductor based design. High and low shelving plus three bands, high/middle/low of selectable frequencies. Up to 22 dB(!!!) of cut and boost. All switches, no pots. Transformer input/output. Excellent sound/build quality.
Fully discrete graphic eq with 10 bands of cut/boost plus an output amplifier for make-up gain. Very cool sounding. Great on kick and snare.
Features 3 band parametric eq.
Mono spring reverb with eq. Very sweet sounding.
Bucket brigade delay with flange, double, echo and infinite repeat settings. Also features modulation controls for chorus or wild martian sound effects.
Mono input, stereo output. Nothing beats the real thing. Sorry, your plug-in sucks.
Totally unpredictable and insane sounding. Installed in rack simply because it looks cool.
Very simple user interface. Good go-to digital reverb.
Designed to phase align 2 signals within the analog domain. Works well for phase aligning direct input signals with miked signals. Also works well just as an instrument DI. Well designed and constructed.
Solid state tape echo. Freshly loaded with Ampex 457 lubricated tape. Amazing sound. Sorry, but your plug-in sucks.
Stereo spring reverb with eq and input mix functions. Very sweet sound.
Very user friendly digital delay/reverb unit. Great sound.
Digital multi-effects unit. Some menu diving here.
All discrete, transformer balanced input/output design. Hi-z 1/4" input on front panel. Polarity, +48v phantom power, -20 dB pad, mic/hi-z switch all available on front panel. 7 segment LED VU level display. Tons of gain. Great on everything, except when the source sounds bad. Not a flattering preamp. GIGO.
Classic Audio Products of Illinois clone of API 312 design with output fader.
4 channel mic pre/line amp with 1/4" hi-z inputs. Based on Trident A-Range design. Excellent on drums.
API 312-style preamp custom designed for our MCI JH-636 mixing board by Nikhil Ranade with the help of Eliot Curtis. The circuit design is dead simple and utilizes a Jensen JE-115K-E microphone input transformer followed by a 2520-style discrete op amp. The output is transformerless. Sonically very similar to the API 312 with less gain range. Distorts nicely when driven hard. We have 12 of these installed in our console.
Based on Neve 1073 preamp design in a 500 series module.
Transformer balanced input and output. No compromise design. Huge sound. Great on bass guitar.
Neve 1073 clone (minus eq stage).
From a decommissioned broadcast console. Often touted as "the Canadian Neve". Whatever. Large Hammond mic input transformer. Transformerless output. Great sound especially on electric guitar.
Swiss Army knife-style channel strip with mic pre/line amp/eq/compressor and limiter all-in-one single unit. IC based design.