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PC-2A Photo-optical Tube CompressorThe new gold standard in natural, musical and quiet compression – this little compressor will inspire you to play and create music. The PC-2A is a true vintage studio compressor in a stompbox – there are no VCA chips, opamps or budget components in the signal path which is 100% analogue and built on a hand selected photo-cell, polyester coupling capacitors, precision resistors (with silver/palladium contacts) and Philips N.O.S. (new old stock) 6111 subminiature tube operating at real amp plate voltages all on a special silver-plated printed circuit board.
The tube circuitry delivers stacks of head-room and low noise floor for outstanding dynamics, preserving the attack characteristics while creating musical and natural compression – the PC-2A wraps your signal in velvet, enhancing your guitar tone without stamping a solid-state signature on it. Useful in live situations for adding ‘punch’ or fattening up thin single coil pickups and indispensible when recording direct to digital audio workstations (computer) to prevent nasty transient distortion artifacts that modern digital recording devices produce if overloaded. Acoustic players will also appreciate the smoothness and sustain the PC-2A will add to amplified acoustic guitar, especially those fitted with piezo pickups.
Vintage Guitar Magazine review of the PC-2A compressor
The tube is manufactured to meet the stringent MIL-E-1 specification for reliability and designed for long service life under conditions of severe shock, vibration (20,000G!), high temperature and high altitude. The subminiature tubes represent the absolute pinnacle of tube technology and offer exceptional musical performance and reliability making this the perfect compressor pedal for studio and touring in even the harshest conditions. Like my other subminiature tube pedals, the PC-2A is true bypass for uncoloured feed-through.
Note: This is a limited edition pedal. Due to the limited availability of high quality N.O.S. tubes, we cannot guarantee continued production of this pedal for any amount of time.
Steve Rothery – Marillion
David Gilmour – Pink Floyd
Paul Turner – Jamiroquai
Andy Jackson – Tube Mastering
Jon Carin – Touring ‘The Wall’ with Roger Waters
Phil Shiell – BantabaX
Frank Sullivan – Survivor
Richard Aitken – Nimrod Productions
Dee Ral – Go West, Louise, Eternal, Sholla Ama, Mica Paris, Phil Collins, Faith Hill, et al
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