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FMR Audio RNC1773 Really Nice Compressor

 
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FMR Audio's first product, introduced over 18 years ago, the Really Nice Compressor (RNC) is a compact and cost-effective stereo compressor with a high-fidelity audio path and compression scheme. The RNC provides quality compression at a budget price. Features: Stereo compressor in 1/3 rack size... Read More

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Description

FMR Audio's first product, introduced over 18 years ago, the Really Nice Compressor (RNC) is a compact and cost-effective stereo compressor with a high-fidelity audio path and compression scheme. The RNC provides quality compression at a budget price.

Features:

  • Stereo compressor in 1/3 rack size.
  • Accurate & repeatable 5-parameter controls.
  • "Normal" mode for serious signal squashing. Very fast attack times allow positive control of percussive sources.
  • "Super Nice" mode for near invisible compression. This mode cascades three stereo compressors in series to reduce compression artifacts.
  • Single TRS-cable attachement to many "insert" jacks.
  • 1/4" TRS sidechain insert for special effects.
  • No audio flows through front-panel controls, permitting short audio runs to avoid hum/noise pickup.
  • Rack-mountable.
  • Rugged extruded aluminum and electro-galvanized steel enclosure.

How It Sounds
The RNC provides two modes of operation. One allows the RNC to be used for special effects, like snappy snares or popping basses. The other provides near-invisible signal compression for sensitive material where compression artifacts are less desirable (like natural vocals, acoustic guitar or the program bus). The RNC yields clean, airy compression with few artifacts and little high-end loss, even at massive gain reduction! The amazing performance is why—even after almost 20 years—many professionals are calling the RNC one of the best sounding compressors for under $2000.

How It's Done
The RNC achieves such high performance at a low cost by using using a microprocessor to replace discrete sidechain components (resistors, diodes, capacitors, opamps, transistors, etc) with chunks of software, thereby reducing the component cost. This approach, however, still processes the main audio in the analog domain, avoiding the problems associated with digital audio conversion (e.g., latency, digital artifacts). Even the problem of "scratchy" pots and switches are avoided: no audio flows through the front-panel controls. The front-panel pots and swtiches merely feed DC voltages to the microprocessor and it takes care of adjusting parameters and signal path with components—like sealed-relays and VCAs—located close to the input/output jacks avoiding noise pickup and audio quality reduction due to aging controls! With this blend of technology, the RNC offers the accuracy and precision of digital control with the clean tonal character of an all-analog signal path. The RNC's digital control permits accurate repeatability of your favorite settings.

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Product Specs

Size 1/3 x 1 EIA rack unit
Connectors 1/4" Unbalanced I/O (TS, or TRS for console inserts); L/R in & out, TRS sidechain
Controls and Displays Rotary: Threshold, Ratio, Attack Time, Release Time, Output Level
Switches: Bypass, Mode Select
Meter: 8-segment LED Gain Reduction, 0-20 dB
Modes Normal: Provides fast attack/release, accurate compression
Super Nice: Layered compressors, reduces compression artifacts
Input Z/Output Z 10kΩ/100Ω
Operating Level 0.775 Vrms (0 dBu) nominal
Noise Less than -90dBu over 20-20kHz
Frequency response 10 - 100k Hz ±0.5dB @ 0dBu, no gain reduction
Clip point +22.5dBu @ 3% THD, 1kHz, greater than 2kOhm load
Distortion less than 0.1%, no gain reduction @ 1 kHz, 0dBu
less than 0.5%, 6 dB G.R. @ 1kHz, 6:1, 6.0msec attack, 0.5 sec release, 0dB gain, 0dBu
Threshold range -40dBu to +20dBu
Ratio range 1:1 to 25:1
Attack range 0.2 msec to 200msec for 100% correction with <15dB over threshold input signal
Release range .05 sec to 5.0 sec for 100% recovery with 15dB G.R.
Output trim range ±15dB
AC Power Wall transformer, 9VAC @ 500mA, 2.1mm jack
Dimensions 5.5" x 5.5" x 1.6"
Weight 2 lbs

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