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AudioTouch - C-BUSS Stereo Comp (digitally controlled)
Old 21st October 2013
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Hardware AudioTouch - C-BUSS Stereo Comp (digitally controlled)




After several years of development, AudioTouch is proud to announce the release, debut November, of its first device: C-BUSS.

The C-BUSS is an analog stereo compressor digitally controlled, with innovative design and high-level handcraft construction ‘made in France’.

With incredible setting combinations, the possibility to save settings in several internal memories, and the real-time control/recall/automation by 'plugin', the C-BUSS is the first of a new generation of audio gear...

Indeed, the C-BUSS unit is fully controllable via a standard MIDI interface (whatever brand ) with a provided plugin VST/RTAS (other formats are coming in the next weeks).

The C-BUSS features some useful tools like I/O+GR vu-meters, Mix, extended settings, …
And improvements like Vintage Mode, Dyness mode with or without “Isosonic” mode, …


C-BUSS Features:

• L & R Inputs Level with 5 leds
• L & R Outputs Level with 5 leds
• GR Level with 10 leds
• Attack ( 0.01, 0.03, 0.1, 0.3, 1, 3, 10, 30 ms )
• Ratio ( 1.5, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, + Limiter )
• Release ( 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.6, 0.9, 1.2 s + auto )
• Dyness ( Off, L1, L2, L3 ) : 3 levels
• Mix ( Dry / Compressed ) : 9 levels
• Isosonic Dyness mode : based on ‘isosonic’ human hearing perception
• External Sidechain : Stereo inputs
• Vintage Mode : add audio transformers and 'feedback' type compression
• Internal user memories : 22
• Fully controllable by software (plugin)
• User-friendly preset management with universal exchange (easy to share)


C-BUSS Connections :

• XLR Stereo inputs
• XLR Stereo outputs
• XLR Stereo inputs for external sidechain
• MIDI IN and OUT (with MIDI number selection)
• Power supply ( 115-230 volts compatible )


C-BUSS Technical Specifications :

• Jensen/That Balanced IN & OUT
• High CMRR Input: > 85 dB
• Freq. response(-3dB): 10Hz - 90kHz
• Max. Input Level: + 21 dBu
• Max. Output Level: + 21 dBu / 600?
• Power consumption: max 20 Watts
• Dimensions: 19” - 1U - 220mm depth


C-BUSS will be officially unveiled at AudioDays in Paris, (Oct 25th - 26th)

For more information please visit AudioTouch ( not finalized yet ) or our “FACEBOOK” page.

Paul VIGUIER















Old 21st October 2013
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The C-BUSS has an MIDI IN and MIDI THRU ports.

With a simple MIDI/USB interface, you can chain 16 of our racks with MIDI cable, and command/recall/automate them with only one USB connection...
( models with others compression technology will follow this C-BUSS ).
I know this is new and can seems strange, but it is fully operationnal

We are in the making of the plug in every format/Mac and PC, should be here in the next weeks

Paul VIGUIER
Old 21st October 2013
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Here is our first "video session", we are working on something more "pro", but if it can give you an idea of the sound/phylosophy of the product

http://youtu.be/NsjYh343480
Old 21st October 2013
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Cool.
Old 21st October 2013
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Yes, after more than 4 years of developpement, it is indeed pretty cool to see a real "best of" like this one being intruduced here in GearSlutz...

I really LOVE GS, and it's special for me to start a thread like this one...

Thanks you fez !!

Paul VIGUIER
Old 22nd October 2013
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Youtube Video updated...

Hello,

I've just customised the little vid on Youtube :

Old 22nd October 2013
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Congrats! If it is useful in mastering I know quite a few people that really want digital recall on analogue gear.

Could you please explain or post some audio examples of what this means:

• Isosonic Dyness mode : based on ‘isosonic’ human hearing perception

It just sounds like some marketing buzz words.
Old 22nd October 2013
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Seems fantastic. Only thing is I wish it had a built in-sidechain as well. External is nice but a built in one, even with one or two settings would be immensely useful.

Also, I would love to know what "dynness" is as well.

Thanks!
Frank
Old 22nd October 2013
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Seems fantastic. Only thing is I wish it had a built in-sidechain as well.
Old 22nd October 2013
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Awesome!

So, if I understand it properly: It will be possible to switch transformers in and out of the circuit?

Really looking forward to hearing more sound examples.
Old 22nd October 2013
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bravo paul !!!!
alors on l essaye qd ce comp ???



gerald
Old 22nd October 2013
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Congrats! If it is useful in mastering I know quite a few people that really want digital recall on analogue gear.

Could you please explain or post some audio examples of what this means:

• Isosonic Dyness mode : based on ‘isosonic’ human hearing perception

It just sounds like some marketing buzz words.
Hello Polybonk,

I'll post some .wav examples the next week, no problem !!

Isosonic is an option wich is part of the "Dyness Mode" : it's the inverse of a sidechain.
The sidechain extract at a certain point the bass freq of the detection circuit.
The Isosonic add at certain pointS the Med freq into the detection circuit

I don't know if it is totally clear for you ( I'm french, and my English is certainly not very good )...

I'll post the detection courbes quickly here on GS...

Thanks,
Paul VIGUIER
Old 22nd October 2013
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bravo paul !!!!
alors on l essaye qd ce comp ???



gerald
Hello Gerald

On va l'essayer aux AudioDays, et après quand tu voudras

Bizzzz !!!!
Paul
Old 22nd October 2013
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Awesome!

So, if I understand it properly: It will be possible to switch transformers in and out of the circuit?

Really looking forward to hearing more sound examples.
Hello Uncite,

It's exactly what does the "Vintage mode", but with the comp type switching in "Old "feed back" mode too ( from "feed forward"/standard mode ).

Tell me if I'm not clear on this point

Thanks,
Paul VIGUIER
Old 22nd October 2013
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Seems fantastic. Only thing is I wish it had a built in-sidechain as well. External is nice but a built in one, even with one or two settings would be immensely useful.

Also, I would love to know what "dynness" is as well.

Thanks!
Frank
Hello Franck

The "Dyness" IS a built-in sidechain, with 3 settings. And as every parameter of the rack, it's recallable/automatisable from the plug

Tell me if I'm not clear on this point ( as I'm french, my English is not very good )

Thanks,
Paul VIGUIER
Old 22nd October 2013
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Hello Franck

The "Dyness" IS a built-in sidechain, with 3 settings. And as every parameter of the rack, it's recallable/automatisable from the plug

Tell me if I'm not clear on this point ( as I'm french, my English is not very good )

Thanks,
Paul VIGUIER

Ah! I wasn't used to that name for it. I'm still not sure what "Dyness" means, to be honest. But it's great that it has a sidechain!

Looks like a very promising piece of gear. Love the feedforward/feedback ability!

Regards,
Frank
Old 22nd October 2013
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Hello Polybonk,

I'll post some .wav examples the next week, no problem !!

Isosonic is an option wich is part of the "Dyness Mode" : it's the inverse of a sidechain.
The sidechain extract at a certain point the bass freq of the detection circuit.
The Isosonic add at certain pointS the Med freq into the detection circuit

I don't know if it is totally clear for you ( I'm french, and my English is certainly not very good )...

I'll post the detection courbes quickly here on GS...

Thanks,
Paul VIGUIER
Ah - almost like a "dynamic sidechain"? Or something like it takes the RMS of the bass frequency and makes that the sidechain?

Sounds really innovative! Can't wait to hear it in action!

Regards,
Frank
Old 22nd October 2013
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Ah - almost like a "dynamic sidechain"? Or something like it takes the RMS of the bass frequency and makes that the sidechain?

Sounds really innovative! Can't wait to hear it in action!

Regards,
Frank
Well, I'm not really clear, here is something which could help :

DYNESS


DYNESS + ISOSONIC


Tell me if it's OK for you

Thanks,
Paul
Old 22nd October 2013
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Yes! I understand much better now! Very cool feature! I can't wait to hear examples.

This compressor is really fascinating!

Regards,
Frank
Old 22nd October 2013
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Yes! I understand much better now! Very cool feature! I can't wait to hear examples.

This compressor is really fascinating!

Regards,
Frank
Thanks Franck...

I'll post some .wav tracks here next week ( we have a gig demo in Paris at the end of this week )...

Thanks again !!
Paul VIGUIER
Old 22nd October 2013
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Well, I'm not really clear, here is something which could help :

DYNESS


DYNESS + ISOSONIC


Tell me if it's OK for you

Thanks,
Paul
Fantastic! Thank you for the explanation. Makes total sense now.

Really great ideas all round. Love that you can control it from a VST.

Can't wait to hear the sound of it.
Old 22nd October 2013
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2 ways to use this comp...

There are two ways to use this C-BUSS: with or without a PC/Mac :


- Without PC/Mac : It's an hardware digitally controlled compressor, with the "One Knob" thing. Digitally controlled means that the C-BUSS recall the last presets from your last use of the rack when you power it.

You can store from the front planel into one of the 22 memories avalaible. Of course you can call them without PC/Mac from the front planel.

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- With PC/Mac : Always the same hardware digitally controlled compressor that in "without PC/Mac" mode ( except the management of internal memories ).

To use it with a PC/Mac, you have to :
Plug the comp to PC/Mac with a USB/MIDI interface.
In your DAW, put the plug on a MIDI channel ( or Instrument/Rec/.Wav if you have no MIDI in your DAW, as in my SSL Soundscape... ).

Open the plug, choose your MIDI settings in the plug, choose the good rack number ( same Number which is done behind the rack with 4 little switches, which enable to pilot 16 racks with one MIDI/USB interface).

Push on one of the 2 "synchro" buttons : "Rack" OR "VST".
Indeed, you can send to the rack what the plug display, or send to the plug the settings which are on the rack

The VST-Rack sync state is showed on the rack with a blue diod if the sync is OK. Its turns to red when the sync is off...

Now that the sync is OK, you can pilot the rack from the plug AND, at the same time, pilot the plug from the rack.

When a preset on the rack is fine for you, you can store it with the plug ( as every plug... ), of course, you name it and you can load it again when you want, or take it with you on the road, or share it with your friends...

It's like every plug in the world, except that, when you load a preset, the rack settings follow...

Like every plugs, you can record automation in your DAW, and read it years after : the rack will follow, in real time, the movement you have recorded with your mouse and/or your hands on the rack..

If something is not clear for you, tell me

Thanks,
Paul VIGUIER
Old 23rd October 2013
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This looks interesting. Any idea on price?
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This looks interesting. Any idea on price?
Hello Inceptic,

In France, our first batch of the first 10 racks should be 2.990 € including french VAT. It should be a little more for the next units...

As I have, for now, no contact for any distributor in the USA, I don't know yet how much sell you the C-BUSS.

I'll try to contact somebody ( like Vintage King and others High End gear sellers... ).

BTW, at the 2.990€ price, if you are reallly interested, MP me

Thanks,
Paul VIGUIER
Old 23rd October 2013
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Hello,

Here is a picture of 3 units, one with the back panel on the pic.



You can see the 4 little switches ( on a red bucket ) which "identify" the Number of the rack in the "MIDI chain" ( end the plug identify the rack with this parameter ).

You can also see the Stereo sidechain input, and MIDI IN/THRU connection...

Thanks,
Paul VIGUIER
Old 23rd October 2013
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Hello Uncite,

It's exactly what does the "Vintage mode", but with the comp type switching in "Old "feed back" mode too ( from "feed forward"/standard mode ).

Tell me if I'm not clear on this point

Thanks,
Paul VIGUIER
Perfect, thanks
Old 23rd October 2013
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Hello.

We try to make something which adds "weight" to the sound with the Vintage mode... and which "round" the sound.

The Dyness mode ( and Isosonic on some instruments ) is usefull to add another color to the sound. I personnally don't use Vintage mode with the Dyness. Too much color/special for me.

And finally we have the comp himself without these two mentionned modes. VCA stereo comp with its own color.

One of our beta user tell us that it is 3 comps in one box...
Next week, I'll post some .wav and a REAL video...

Thanks
Paul VIGUIER
Old 24th October 2013
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Great concept Paul!

i contacted you via Facebook about a week or two ago.

Do you have an estimate of the price for the unit?
Old 24th October 2013
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Great concept Paul!

i contacted you via Facebook about a week or two ago.

Do you have an estimate of the price for the unit?
Hello RibbonMicGuy,

Sorry for the no-answer on the FaceBook page, I've been quite busy these three last weeks...

Right now for our 10 first racks, the price should be 2.990€.
We have no distributor for Asian countries yet, so I could send to you one unit if you are OK with the price. I don't know how much are the Taxes/VAT in your country, you have shipping too...

We'll start shipping in November.

Thanks,
Paul VIGUIER
Old 25th October 2013
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Hi Paul,

I will contact you via PM in Facebook or PM me your email address.

Mine is moko at bigknob dot net
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