Phoenix Audio N90-DRC/500
500 Series Compressor/Gate Module
Mono 500 Series Compressor & Gate
The N90-DRC/500 compressor also known as the David Rees Compressor is an API 500 format series compressor and gate. This product was originally conceived 20 years ago by David Rees but was never fully released.
The Phoenix N90-DRC/500 compressor/gate is designed around a VCA control with Class A discrete input and Class A transformer balanced output. The N90-DRC/500 is intended to be driven 'by ear'. There are no optimum settings that would cover all situations. It is intended to be very musical and smooth and has quite a wide ranging effect. Musically the progressive curves are very kind - there is no sudden change on passing the threshold and audio processing is virtually "seamless". Technically the progressive curves are achieved using linear detection combined with logarithmic attenuation inside a closed control loop. "Limiter sound" is still provided by the higher ratios and there is a choice of attack times.
The gate is more conventional but it's release time is composite with a hold time followed by a fade time. This makes the gate very versatile in that as well as basic noise reduction it can also provide quite subtle changes to ambience or background.