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Mackie Tapco Squeez SQ-2 Audio Compressor

The Tapco Squeez SQ-2 audio compressor provides two channels of smooth compression and gating, plus an adjustable "Air" EQ for that classic vocal sound of the '60s and '70s.
Hire price: £10.00

The Tapco Squeez SQ-2 audio compressor provides two channels of smooth compression and gating, plus an adjustable "Air" EQ for that classic vocal sound of the '60s and '70s. The Compressor section offers both auto "soft-knee" and "hard-knee" curves, while the Soft Gate employs an expander function at the threshold to eliminate annoying clicks from drums and other percussive sounds. Finally, the adjustable "Air" filter restores natural top-end, letting you dial in vintage sounds without the hassle of expensive and finicky old gear.

Audio Limiter
It's a law of physics that audio electronics are noisy. You can raise the volume of the desired sounds to hide the hiss, but by mixing louder you can clip your signal (which causes distortion much worse than the dreaded hiss). Another problem we face is when certain musical passages are pushed to the limits, you'll find that some softer sections get lost.

Enter Squeez
The Squeez SQ2 audio compressor acts like an extra pair of hands that quickly adjust the volume of two incoming signals to prevent them from clipping. The SQ-2 offers a variety of controls to let you dial in a "personality" for each of these virtual hands and shape their response to suit the dynamics of the signals they are controlling.

Accurate control for better sound
The Squeez SQ2 provides threshold and ratio controls that determine when to lower the signal, and by how much. Attack and release control how quickly the SQ-2 reacts and returns to normal when a strong signal is encountered. And there's an Output control that let's you make-up the volume lost when the compressor does its thing. There are eight bright LEDs on each channel so you can actually see the compression as it happens. And if all this potential overwhelms you, there's an Automatic Attack/Release button you can engage until you're ready to take full control. Finally, each channel includes a smart gate/expander that essentially turns down the channel so you don't hear a bunch of hum and noise when no signal is playing.

Classic "Air" EQ
Compressing an audio signal can change the sound in a not-so-good ways also. Many compressors can suck out the high frequencies--especially when compressing hard. The SQ-2 includes a unique "Air" EQ circuit that restores the high frequencies lost in compression. And because it's variable, you can decide the exact amount of restoration required.

Connections you can rely on
The Squeez SQ-2 features balanced XLR and ¼-inch inputs and outputs for connecting to virtually any mixer. A ¼-inch TRS Side Chain insert is provided for frequency-dependent or time-shifted compression, ducking, or even triggering the processor with another signal entirely, opening up a whole new palette of sonic control. Compact, the SQ-2 requires just one space of a standard 19-inch rack. It has a switchable 115V/230V power supply in case you've gotta leave the country in a hurry. And like everything TAPCO, it's designed tough to withstand the rigors of the road.

Audio Compressor Profile:
2-channel compressor/gate with smooth, musical sound
Auto Soft-Knee/Hard-Knee curves depending on compression setting
New adjustable Air filter adds natural high-end for classic studio compression sounds (a la Motown records)
Soft Gate circuitry provides expansion at the threshold to eliminate clipped gated sounds
Individual Threshold, Ratio, Attack, and Release controls per channel
Output gain compensation controls
Auto attack/release function with indicator
Individual Channel In/Out button and indicator
Precision 8-segment Gain Reduction meters
XLR/TRS and Side Chain connections
Selectable Line voltage (115/230V)

Acoustic Performance
Frequency Response: 20 Hz 20 kHz (+0, -1 dB)

Audio Input
Type: Active balanced XLR and 1/4" jacks
Impedance: 60 kÙ balanced
Maximum Input Level: +21 dBu balanced and unbalanced

Audio Output
Type: XLR and 1/4" jacks
Impedance: <40 kÙ unbalanced
Maximum Output Level: +21 dBu
THD+N @ 1kHz, +4 dBu: 0.05% typical
SMPTE IMD, +4 dBu: 0.01%
Noise and Hum, unity gain: < -93 dBu
Noise and Hum, fully off: < -97 dBu
Crosstalk @ 20kHz: < -85 dBu
Common Mode Rejection: >60 dB

Type: Auto soft knee/hard knee
Threshold: -40 dBu to +20 dBu
Ratio: 1:1 to LIM
Attack: 0.1 ms to 200 ms
Release: 50 ms to 3 sec
Output: -20 dB to +20 dB

Type: Soft gate with expander
Threshold: OFF to +10 dBu

Air Filter
Type: Dynamically controlled frequency correction
Process: Variable from Off to Full

CHAN IN/OUT: Bypass switch
AUTO: Program dependent attack

CLOSE LED for Expander/Gate
AUTO LED for Auto Attack/Release
Channel IN LED for CHAN IN/OUT Status
8-segment green LED Gain Reduction Meter

AC Power and Current Requirements
Power Consumption: 12.5 watts
AC Operating Voltages:
U.S.: 120 VAC, 60Hz
Europe: 240 VAC, 50Hz
Japan: 100 VAC, 50/60Hz
Korea: 220 VAC, 60Hz
Fuse: 315 mA @ 100-240 VAC

Physical Dimensions and Weight
Height: 1.75 in/44 mm
Width: 19.0 in/483 mm
Depth: 8.5 in/216 mm
Weight: 6.6 lb/3.0 kg

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