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A good Optical Compressor 500 Series 500 Series Dynamics
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A good Optical Compressor 500 Series

Hi there! Am searching for an optical compressor (discrete) for the lunchbox that doesn't take away the openness of my mics. I've got the API 527 Compressor, which is great, but it does take away the openness of my mics too, when working. I could get a "Justin Morris 19-09 Opto Comp" over here in Hamburg, but from what I have read it creates lots of harmonic distortion. Is there an optical compressor that just tames the dynamics but leaves everything else the way it is? Or shall I get something else instead of the 500 Series Format?

Maybe someone here has a hint. ...

Thanks!
Michael

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Thanks for the hints! I actually tested a "Justin Morris 19-09 Opto Comp" and really like it. It does what I wanted. It compresses, but doesn't steal the energy and preserves the oppenness of my mics.

P.S.: Sad to hear about optical-compressors - or parts in it - being outlawed in the EU now. I hope there will be a change at least for music-gear soon. Hope my "Justin Morris 19-09 Opto Comp" will last. -

Michael

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Old 1 week ago
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I like the JLM audio LA500 for that purpose.
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Note that you'll have to get a second hand unit - optical compressors are outlawed across the EU now.

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Old 3 days ago
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Note that you'll have to get a second hand unit - optical compressors are outlawed across the EU now.

Jakob E.
Why is that?
Old 3 days ago
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Because you are no longer allowed to use a LDR resistor in any form, for any use.

Reason is the rohs directive on Cadmium that hit LDR's hard.

For years, there was an exemption for pro audio use, but for unknown reasons (really unknown!) this was revoked 2016.

Industry seems to try to ignore this problem away.

We had a long discussion about this somewhere around here, but I can't find it now?


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Old 2 days ago
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Hi there! Am searching for an optical compressor (discrete) for the lunchbox that doesn't take away the openness of my mics. I've got the API 527 Compressor, which is great, but it does take away the openness of my mics too, when working. I could get a "Justin Morris 19-09 Opto Comp" over here in Hamburg, but from what I have read it creates lots of harmonic distortion. Is there an optical compressor that just tames the dynamics but leaves everything else the way it is? Or shall I get something else instead of the 500 Series Format?

Maybe someone here has a hint. ...

Thanks!
Michael

______________________________________________________________________________________

Thanks for the hints! I actually tested a "Justin Morris 19-09 Opto Comp" and really like it. It does what I wanted. It compresses, but doesn't steal the energy and preserves the oppenness of my mics.

P.S.: Sad to hear about optical-compressors - or parts in it - being outlawed in the EU now. I hope there will be a change at least for music-gear soon. Hope my "Justin Morris 19-09 Opto Comp" will last. -

Michael
The Buzz Audio Essence is incredible and pretty much nails your description of what you’re looking for.
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It's due to those outmost stupid RoHS restrictions.

BTW I wonder if wel'll face massive failures of electronic devices in a decade or two due to the use of lead-free solder. If so that would be way worse environmentally speaking.
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