Friday, July 1, 2011

Generic Audio's Preceptor – Compressor/Limiter (model-A)

Preceptor Model-A

The Preceptor from Generic Audio is a mastering quality " two-channel (stereo/dual mono), pure analog (Class-A, discrete) dynamic processor, in which the gain reduction is made by a transistor in the differential amplifier circuit with Zener diodes stabilization". This is one solid looking unit and it has some impressive features including  an external/internal sidechain input with HPF filter and parallel compression with variable blend. There is also a Model T that has an extra switch to select between hard and soft modes. (Note the extra "Action" switch next to the Limit/Compress switch). The Model-T attack is also 0.5 to 31ms while the Model-A is 0.5 to 60ms and the release is 50ms to 2sec. compared to the Model-A's 25ms to 6sec.

Preceptor Model-T

  • Massive sound
  • Hand made and calibrated
  • Pure analog design
  • 3U rack space
  • Internal PSU 115V/230V
  • Special power transformer
  • Two independent mono blocks
  • Ultra stable power supply
  • 16 matched Zener diodes in the signal path
  • Internal and external sidechain
  • Classic Carnhill transformers
  • Input Z switchable (2k5Ω or 10kΩ)
  • Stereo or dual mono operation
  • Hard relay bypass
  • Sidechain HPF
  • Blend function (parallel compression)
  • Retro panel meters
  • Only gold contact stepped attenuators and toggle switches (no potentiometers!)
  • Easy-settings repeatability
  • Highest functionality!

  • Inputs: Balanced XLR
  • Outputs: Balanced XLR
  • Ext. sidechain inputs: Balanced TRS
  • Signal transformers: Carnhill
  • Bypass: hard relay bypass
  • Input impedance: 2k5Ω or 10kΩ switched on the front panel
  • Output impedance: < 50Ω
  • Frequency response: 20-22.000Hz
  • Maximum input level : + 21 dBu @ sensitivity +4 dBu
  • Maximum output level: +23 dBu
  • S/N ratio (A-weighted) : better than 85dBu
  • Meter: 0 to -20dB gain reduction
  • Signal path: Class-A, discrete
  • Gain reduction made by: a transistor in the differential amplifier circuit with Zener diodes stabilization
  • Dynamic modes: limiter, compressor
  • Speed modes: fast, medium, slow
  • Attack: 0,5ms – 60ms
  • Release: 25ms – 6s
  • External sidechain: YES
  • Sidechain filtering : OFF, 40Hz, 80 Hz, 120 Hz, 200 Hz, 320 Hz
  • Blender (parallel compression) : yes
  • PSU: internal
  • Fuses type: 230V : 500mA (slo-blo; 5x20mm) /115V : 1A (slo-blo; 5x20mm)
  • Power consumption: 70W
  • Dimensions (WxHxD) : 483x133mm (3U) x 245mm
  • Weight: 6,4kg

PRICE : 3125 EUR (excluding VAT)

The Preceptor would make a great all around compressor for the studio. I can see using this for tracking as well as mixing and mastering duties.

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