AMK/NEVE CIB mostly for just for the eq, but the mic pre is very good and musical, the compressor is fairly generic but useable. The flexable signal routing, remote output fader interface for both mic pre and linout, 1-rack space and bitchin looking LED's make it even more attractive for a single strip option.
A used Focusrite Red-6 is still a nice option and can be quite a bargin these days.
While I have not heard the Pendulum Quartet, it sure seems to have everything anyone would need in one box and I haven't heard an unkind word spoken about it ever since it came out.
An API 512C and API 550B in the 500H frame make a good bare bones strip. Swap it for the lunch box and add the 525 comp and you got great strip with an open slot.
- AudioGaff -