Golden Age Project Comp54 MKIII

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Golden Age Project Comp54 MKIII


A one-channel vintage style Compressor.

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Golden Age Project Comp54 MKIII

The new MKIII features new knobs on the front panel as well as minor tweaks under the hood.

The Golden Age Project

The Golden Age Project was founded in 2005 on the belief that vintage gear sounds best, and the desire to pass on this sonic legacy to a new generation of musicians, engineers, and producers. All discrete, Class A signal paths with no integrated circuits; the use of transformers, stepped controls, and military-grade build quality: these are the cornerstones of the legendary British equipment deployed in world-class recording and broadcast studios in the 1970s — the Golden Age of analog. Fat, warm, punchy, and authoritative; this is the sound heard on countless hits for nigh unto half a century. Locating, purchasing, restoring, and maintaining vintage gear is time-consuming and costly. Fortunately, this small, family-owned Swedish company makes gear the same way it was made back in the day — at an amazingly gentle price.

A distributor of high-end studio equipment for many years, Golden Age Project founder Bo Medin wanted to be able to offer products with much of the same exclusive sound in a price range that made them available to a larger audience. Inspired by original designs, Golden Age uses modern technology to re-create that lush, opulent sound, making it surprisingly affordable. They use some modern ingenuity to add new functionality to superb classic designs and produce them in a cost-effective way which allows them to be both optimized and affordable. From outboard equipment to condenser, dynamic, and ribbon mics; you can outfit your entire studio with vintage-inspired Golden Age gear without exceeding your budget.

Value-packed Vintage-style Compressor with Carnhill Transformers

In the design of the Comp54 MK2+, Golden Age targeted the circuit of the legendary 2254 compressor, and the result is some of the sweetest vintage-flavored compression we’ve heard in this price range. Rocking an all-discrete, Class A signal path, the single-channel Comp54 MK2+ is well spec’d with stepped controls, flexible sidechain filter options, stereo linking, Golden Age’s AIR circuit, and more. All three of the Comp 54’s audio transformers (input, output, and interstage) are Carnhill vintage-spec reproductions. At Sweetwater, we’re very impressed with the Golden Age Comp54 MK2+. We think you will be, too.

Golden Age Comp54 MK2+ Compressor Features:

  • Colorful, vintage-flavored 1-channel compressor based on classic diode bridge designs
  • Vintage-style electronics with no integrated circuits in the signal path
  • All discrete, Class A signal-path
  • Carnhill input, output, and interstage transformers
  • Flexible control range for threshold, ratio, attack, and recovery
  • All controls (except Gain Makeup) one are stepped
  • 3 selectable side-chain filter frequencies
  • 3 flexible side-chain options; Internal, Insert, and External
  • External side-chain I/O is electronically balanced at 4dBu and appears on the right slot rack connections
  • Separate Bypass and Compression IN/OUT switches
  • 2 insert connectors for inserting Golden Age EQ-573 in the main audio and/or side-chain signal path
  • Meter selectable for Output (selectable for +4 or +12dBu) and Gain Reduction
  • Link switch for linking two units for stereo operation
  • 3-position AIR EQ switch: Flat, +3, or +6dB at 30kHz
  • 2-position output termination switch for tonal variation
  • Soft start circuit ramps up supply voltage slowly (about 10 seconds) to avoid a power-on current surge
  • Separate input and output XLR and TRS jacks for flexible connections
  • Back panel switch for 600 Ohm termination
  • External power supply to avoid interaction with the audio circuitry and the transformers
  • Great sound that suits most sound sources and genres
  • Solid build quality for years of trouble-free use

Tech Specs

  • Type:Diode Bridge Based Compressor
  • Number of Channels:Single channel
  • Controls:Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Release, Sidechaine Highpass, Make-up Gain
  • Threshold:-20dB to +10dB
  • Ratio:1.5:1 to 6:1
  • Inputs:1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4″
  • Outputs:1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4″
  • Sidechain I/O:1 x 1/4″ (insert)
  • Other I/O:1 x 1/4″ (link)
  • Power Source:24V Adapter power supply
  • Manufacturer Part Number:COMP54MK2PLUS
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