The Aphex 320A is a two-channel rack-mount unit, and it's quite different from the other comps I've reviewed. It combines compression, limiting, levelling, and gating, and those functions are all controlled in an interconnected way by an automatic "program adaptive" system. The controls on the front panel do not directly set the parameters of the compression or levelling, but rather they set up a framework around which the automatic system makes its decisions. So right at the outset, this unit is capable of far more advanced dynamics control than most other comps.
It doesn't generate any noise of its own, although like all compressors it can amplify existing noise at higher settings. There is no roll-off of the lows, and the highs only roll off a bit at the highest compression settings. The tone is completely transparent. The stated purpose of this processor is to normalise (match the output levels of) low-level and high-level incoming signals. So it's ideally suited to broadcast work. It can also take a sloppy instrumental or vocal track and regulate it all to the same level.
- Additional Information
Manufacturer Aphex SKU SAPH320AU Model 320A GTIN NA