Winter NAMM: TL Audio Ivory 5060 Preset Valve Compressor

Jan 20, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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TL Audio showed its new 5060 Preset Valve Compressor, the latest addition to the Ivory 2 Series, at Winter NAMM 2004. The 5060 couples a dual-channel compressor with a high-quality discrete mic preamp, plus stereo line and instrument inputs. The compressor stage features a selection of 15 vocal, instrument and mix presets, plus a Manual mode that provides access to fully variable control of threshold, ratio, attack/release, gain makeup and soft/hard-knee modes.

The 5060 can be operated in mono or linked stereo modes. The preamp stage offers a total gain range of 100 dB, with 48-volt phantom power and a 90Hz low-cut filter. A single illuminated VU meter monitors the output level or the compressor gain reduction for both channels, with drive and peak LEDs providing a visual indication of valve drive and clipping, respectively. Both balanced and unbalanced line outputs are provided, which can be used simultaneously.

A "Fat EQ" contour switch is provided in the output stage, which provides a subtle lift to the low- and high-frequency response of the 5060, while dipping the midrange. This adds extra weight and presence to the signal without affecting the overall output level. The optional DO-2 digital output card allows 24-bit A/D conversion via a coaxial S/PDIF output, with selectable 44.1- or 48kHz sample rates and an external word clock connection.

The gain control element of the 5060 compressor stage is based around a special transconductance amplifier, which avoids the use of VCAs and helps contribute to the smooth, open sound of the unit, along with the dual triode 12AX7 valve stage that lies at the heart of each channel signal path.

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