Tell me about this old RCA/NBC compressor....
Old 14th April 2010
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Tell me about this old RCA/NBC compressor....

So I have this old RCA/NBC compressor that found it's way into my studio. What do you guys know about it? I've never seen this particular one before.
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Old 15th April 2010
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Use on a record that gets recognition and written up in lots of magazines.
It could then be worth $35K!

I'd restore it and use it!
It probably sounds pretty cool!
Old 15th April 2010
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Kind of looks like an RCA BA-6B to me.
Old 15th April 2010
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Use on a record that gets recognition and written up in lots of magazines.
It could then be worth $35K!

I'd restore it and use it!
It probably sounds pretty cool!
It has been fully restored by a good tech/friend.

It almost made its way into a mix today, but the artist and producer chose a "different" compressor.

Cheers,
Mike
Old 15th April 2010
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very cool "vibey" piece

I have no idea what it might be...could be a one -off
Old 15th April 2010
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i just wanna cuddle with it!!!!!!!!!!!
Old 15th April 2010
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Looks like an old receiver.
Old 15th April 2010
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It looks like a 2 to 1 mixer.
Old 15th April 2010
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On second look, the "AAGC" position on the far left knob probably inserts a compressor into the "Master" channel... maybe.

Looks like a sweet beast.
Old 15th April 2010
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On second look, the "AAGC" position on the far left knob probably inserts a compressor into the "Master" channel... maybe.

Looks like a sweet beast.
Oh it compresses alright......
What I do know about it was that it was used at NBC in the 40's with 2 mics going in and a compressed mono output for broadcast.
Old 15th April 2010
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Are there more of these? It's not like the other RCA units I've seen.
Old 15th April 2010
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Serial #1 ? That's cool.
Old 16th April 2010
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Well, the first thing that you should do is (obviously) replace every component inside with modern replacements to make sure you are getting everything that you can out of it......
Old 16th April 2010
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Good lord, I'll bet that thing sounds like heaven.


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Old 16th April 2010
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May...we...hear it?
Old 16th April 2010
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It sounds amazing..... I've been toying with it for a few days now hoping the artist/producer will let me use it in a song.

The man who owns it restored it very well. And it only works well with a pad on the input AND output leaving me to guess NBC used this as an all in one mic pre/compressor back in the day.....

Cheers,
Mike
Old 16th April 2010
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dude, that thing is junk!
if you like send it here and i'll take care of it.
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