Thermionic Culture Phoenix Stereo Valve Compressor

The first ever owner of The Phoenix was reportedly Liam Howlett!

A twin channel 'delta-mu' device. Compression ratio starts low and increases gradually so that compression can be subtle and natural, but compression effects can occur when driven hard. Very low noise. Continuously variable controls for Gain, Attack, Release, Threshold and Output Level. Stereo link for compressing a group (eg. drums) or a complete mix.

The Phoenix enhances vocals & individual instruments by being unobtrusive, gently 'warming' sounds and making solos sound more powerful. It's impressive on overall mixes & can give a digital mix 'reality'. It's also excellent for compression effects. Try drums with a 'thump' attack (i. e slowest) & fast release.

Key Features



Phoenix Specifications

Max output level (MOL)
Max Gain: 30dB

Total Harmonic Distortion: Better than 0.09% @ 1kHz (at no compression) 0.11% @100Hz
Noise, IEC weighted: 95dB below MOL
Input Impedance: 15k ohms
Frequency response: 0/-1dB 12Hz to 60kHz
Attack Time: 0.004 sec to 0.12 sec
Release Time: 0.06 sec to 2.2 sec
Output Impedance: 600 ohms

Distortion will increase with compression, typically 0.2% & 0.25% at 1kHz & 100Hz with 8dB compression.
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