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EMT 156!!! Dynamics Processors (HW)
Old 9th June 2007
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EMT 156!!!

Slutz,

does any of you have service manual in PDF or copy of printed manual for EMT 156 compressor!? We have 3 of these beasts and want to fully recap them all. Schematics are needed, so if anyone wants to share or sell the copy, we're here!

Thanks. I hope someone has it.

Regards.
Old 10th June 2007
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You may want to contact Tony Merrill at Stephen Paul Audio...Stephen told me
a few times that the EMT156 was his absolute favorite compressor due to the PWM
method it uses. I would bet they have the schematic somewhere in the shop.
Old 7th September 2007
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I'd love to get schematics/service manual as well for this beast.
Mine could use some service to.
Old 7th September 2007
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Try Dan Alexander and / or James Gangwer... every time I ever ran across one of those things it was broken and I used to sell them to Dan who apparently had James bring them back to life. I've never heard one work properly but have heard from folks I trust that it's a beautiful thing when they work [sorta like an old Jaguar I guess].
Old 7th September 2007
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I have one that works. I own most of the "must have" types of compressor/limiters, but I gotta tell ya, this one is something else. As I understand it the PDM detection circuit is an early digital type and so the topology is very complex, and prone to failure, apparently. I know that the Crane Song Trakkers are based on the EMT's design. The sound? Well, imagine you're real good at moving a fader up and down to get the dynamics you want. Yep, it can be a little boring for some, but for some of you it might be what you dream about.
If you thought compressors have to be either vari-mu's, fets, vca's or opto's, thing again, The EMT PDM 156 is a mastering/broadcast grade high end compressor/limiter that is the most transparent you're likely to ever hear, if you ever get to hear one that actually works!
Old 3rd February 2016
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I love mine, works magic on a mix
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