Please note the price shown above is a 50% deposit for scheduling your Type 124 order!
Introducing the Type 124 varimu compressor. The Type 124 is based on an iconic mid 1960's studio piece--a modified Altec 436 compressor. The Recording Engineering Development Department developed this design as a for use in recording studios instead of broadcast environment.
Famed for its use on a number of recordings, the Type 124 works well on a variety of sources, including program material!
Although the original modified design altered features of the original Altec 436, I've added a few touches to keep it in line with modern studio needs, and to take advantage of in-house technological developments. I've added stepped input and output trim to enhance usability in the studio. Attack times range from 5ms, which is relatively fast for a varimu compressor, on up to 45ms. Release times are 250ms on up to a full 1.5 seconds! Ratio settings range from 2:1 on up to 8:1.
The 'link' feature is especially cool--it uses a modern approach to create a low-impedance control drive stage. In non-geek talk, that means the link feature behaves like modern solid state compressors instead of an older, vintage design that has 'link' in name only. In other words, the link feature actually works!
Signal path transformers are hand wound, right here in-house, using oversized cores. They’re based on Peerless/Altec transformers, but add our unique chambering approach for enhanced transient response. The input transformer is a hi-nickel (80% nickel content) and the output transformer uses a grain-oriented M6 core for excellent fidelity.
The power supply is internal. It’s built around a Japanese Nippo Steel R-core power transformer. It has extremely high efficiency and low noise compared with traditional E-I core transformers and plays a significant part in achieving the Type 124’s low noise performance.
2U G10 modern copper/polymer enclosure and aluminum front panel
IEC power inlet with 120 or 240vac selectable setting
XLR input and output
fully stepped controls
input and output trim
ratio settings from 2:1 to 8:1
- modern, functional link feature
Frequency response 20Hz-40kHz
S/N -90dBA at maximum
How to order:
Our microphone preamps and compressors have high demand. This means all orders require scheduling and a deposit. Current lead times are about six to eight weeks. To order, simply pay the 50% deposit, which is the price shown above. You will be automatically scheduled in the build queue.
You'll receive a confirmation email with information about your build, as well as regular email updates during the build process.
Once your order is ready to ship, you'll receive an email update and an invoice for the remaining balance. For now, shipping is free in the continental US.
We've set up a split payment system that can be used for both the down payment and final payment. This means that you can split BOTH the down payment and the final payment into four equal payments (eight total). There is 0% interest, which makes it a great way to buy!
Q. How long does it take to receive my order?
A. It depends on the product. For microphones and 500 cards, the lead time is 2-3 days. For microphone preamps and compressors, the schedule is much longer, typically 4-6 weeks.
Q. How does the scheduling process work for orders?
A. For longer lead time products, we require a 50% deposit in order to schedule your order. Once the order is completed, we will send you an invoice for the remaining amount. Once the final invoice is paid, we will ship your order.
Q. Do you have sound clips available?
A. Yes, we have clips available on the website and Soundcloud.
Q. What if I want something custom?
A. We have the ability to do custom 500 series modules. Let us know what you’re looking for!
Q. Are you working on anything new?