Phoenix Audio N90-DRC
The Phoenix Audio N90-DRC is a 500 series compressor that can be pushed to offer up wonderful sonic artifacts while giving you dynamic control and gating. Built with a Class-A circuit with compressor offers a wide-open sounding transformerless input stage and beloved DSOP-2 output amplifier with Phoenix Audio's custom-wound DB 694 output transformers.
But You Can Still Push It
With ratios ranging from 2:1 to 8:1, the N90 is clearly designed for mellow, transparent compression. However, the higher ratios do offer up a fair amount of "limiter style" artifacts, especially when you switch the attack to "fast" and begin to manually manipulate the compressor's release time. Further, by driving more signal into the N90, a wide range of tones can be derived from the DSOP-2 output stage—from crystal clean to warm, pure Class-A analog saturation. Perhaps most importantly, the N90 makes a smooth transition from transparent to more obvious compression and output stage saturation, meaning that it's never a fussy or sensitive task to dial in your desired sound. From the subtlest gain control to lush Class-A artifacts—not to mention the flexible gate circuit—the N90-DRC/500 is one of the most versatile dynamic control units ever produced.
A Gate You'll Actually Use
With the advent of digital's nearly inaudible noise floor, gating is something of a lost art. However, having been designed just before the industry largely abandoned analog tape, the N90 houses one of the most advanced, musical analog gates ever conceived. Similar to the compressor section, the N90's gate is intended to be subtle and musical. Its release function is actually a combination of a "hold time" followed by a "fade time," making the N90's gate adept at everything from standard noise gating to even more subtle control of ambience levels relative to main signal. There is also an external key input, allowing you to trigger the gate with an external signal. With the N90's gate at your fingertips, you'll discover (or perhaps rediscover) the subtle art of analog gating.
Link Up To 8 Units
Up to eight N90-DRC/500s can be linked together, allowing the compressor and gate functions to be controlled from just one of the units. This link functionality opens up a whole world of possibilities, from simpler stereo set-ups to far more elaborate scenarios where multiple channels are triggered by external key inputs. Almost anything you can dream up can be done with multiple N90s on hand.
- Class-A Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz +- 0.5dB.
- Maximum Output gain: +15dBu @ 1kHz, Noise = -90dB @ 20Hz to 20kHz, maximum
- Typical Max Headroom: +26dB on output stage
- Input connections: XLR input on rear of API compatible rack
- Compression Meter: LED Metering. (Green = -3dbu, -6dbu -10dbu & -14dBu, Red= -20dBu and doubles as the Gate Active LED)
- Power: 24v built PSU
- Additional Information
Manufacturer Phoenix SKU SPHE500N90DRC Model N90DRC GTIN NA Single or Pair No