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Our optical compressor brings a vintage technique into the modern studio for tracking, mixing and even mastering. vintage heritage The use of Light Dependant Resistors (LDR) as the control element of an audio compressor was pioneered in the 1960's and we are all aware of the value placed on those famous vintage LA2A and LA3A units. The SOC-1.1 was designed not to copy, but to take that signature sound and improve on it by offering the user more control. The SOC-1.1 puts you in command of the dynamics rather than dealing with preset parameters. control genius The attack and release parameters of the SOC-1.1 can be set much faster than vintage opto compressors and there are 3 attack settings and 6 release setting including really useful and intelligent auto modes. The large knobs allow for easy recall of settings in mastering applications. design brilliance The design of the SOC-1.1 lead to the development of our differential drive side chain circuit which is unique to Buzz Audio and is used in all our optical compressors. This circuit processes the negative and positive portions of the audio wavefrom separately (attack and release parameters) and along with the "soft knee" characteristic creates a very smooth coherent compression action. applications galore The SOC-1.1 is perfect for recording vocals, acoustic instruments and sounds really special on bass instruments. Our clever design destroys the myth that optical compressors are "too slow" for the mix buss and the SOC will provide instant musical "glue" in this application - never digging holes in your mix.


The Buzz on Buzz SOC1.1

Hi all.... Well for some reason I guess I never really looked at or thought about the Buzz SOC1.1 (sorry Tim, no offense). It seems like the SOC1.1 has a smaller user base but the folks who have tried it seem to really dig it for bass and vox which is what I...

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2bus compressor, that also excels at tracking?

Hi 12tone FYI, the SOC1.1 was my original opto design inspired (but not copied) by the Urei LA3, but with adjustable attack and release. It has a simple non-colored signal path. The SOC-20 is a advancement of the 1.1 offering the Mid Side mode, side chain insert, discrete amplifiers and Lundahl output transformer with...

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Buzz SOC vs Avalon 2044

Same experience here. It’s highly prized and totally underrated. Piece of gold!

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