TK Audio intros BC2-ME (Mastering Edition)

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TK Audio has announced the BC2-ME, a new mastering compressor unit.

TK Audio BC2-ME (prototype)

TK Audio’s vision is to make products that will satisfy our customers needs. During years of success with our BC1 we got a lot of requests of customize units with stepped controls, more suitable for mastering. Therefore we now launch BC2-ME, a unit perfect for mastering. Except for the stepped controls we also added some nice features like illuminated switches, switchable output-stage between electronically-balanced or transformer balanced class-A.

BC2-ME uses the same basic sound path as the BC1, plus the extra features. The class-A mode offers a more vintage tone, like fat, punchy low-end response with more low mid character. The output section is the same as we use in the DP1. BC2-ME also has a switch that adds extra harmonics to the compressed signal. The blend control offers 23 steps from straight to compressed signal.

BC2-ME features

  • All rotary controls stepped.
  • All push buttons illuminated. Soft light when not engaged.
  • THD switch, adds extra harmonics (even) to the compressed signal.
  • Improved VCA circuit.
  • Can be upgraded with separate VCA modules that holds up to eight VCA chips in parallel to get as low noise as possible.
  • True bypass.
  • Stepped precision blend control using a 4-deck ELMA switch.
  • Five HPF frequencies.
  • Gain-reduction meter with 20 LED’s, 0.5dB resolution.
  • Ratio starts at 1.25:1.
  • Threshold -20dB to +20dB. 41 steps. (picture shows -10dB to +10dB)
  • Make-up gain 0 to 10dB, 41 steps.
  • Output switchable between electronically-balanced or transformer-balanced class-A built around heavy Carnhill transformers.
  • Balanced, external side-chain inputs.

The BC2-ME is expected to ship in February 2012.

More information: TK Audio / BC2-ME

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