Chameleon Labs 7802 (No Longer Available)
2-channel Optical Tube Compressor Limiter
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2-channel Opto Tube Compression for Under a Grand!The Chameleon Labs 7802 stereo optical tube compressor defies all convention, giving you truly professional-quality sound at a remarkably low price. If you're not already familiar with optical compression, the Chameleon Labs 7802 is the perfect introduction. This easy-to-use opto compressor lets you dial in everything from smooth and subtle leveling to the rich thickening effect of a cranked '60s opto limiter.
Made with top-quality components, including and LED-based optical circuit and a hand-selected 12AX7 tube, the 7802 gives you vintage tone with modern consistency. While most opto compressors have only a single fixed setting, the 7802 is incredibly flexible. Its five selectable attack/release settings, two ratio setting, and tube drive controls make the Chameleon Labs 7802 one the most versatile optical compressors ever made.
Chameleon Labs 7802 2-channel Optical Tube Compressor Features at a Glance:
If you want classic optical tube compression with modern control, pick up a Chameleon Labs 7802!
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by Bryan fromI've been using this primarily as a 2mix compressor and I'm loving it! It has character that you would normally have to spend significantly more money to get. I particularly like the "drive" knob on t... read more [+]his. As you start adding more 'drive' it adds some tasty grit to your mix and actually starts to clean up quite a bit in the 300Hz area in a really good way (IMO). I DID learn that although it has a stereo 'link' switch, you still need to (manually) dial up both sides to keep things even. The first mix that I used this on came out lop-sided because I wasn't paying close attention to that. Otherwise, I have been a huge fan of this box. I'd buy another one if I lost this for some reason. close [-]
March 27, 2012
Nothing Like It!
by Kendal O from Tulsa, OKThis thing is great - there is absolutely nothing like it in this price range. I was looking for a compressor that I could run while tracking live drums. Something that would be simple,. effective, an... read more [+]d do the simple task of taming peaks on kick, snare, and toms when tracking into the DAW to help avoid clipping on the "perfect take."
December 21, 2011
Music Background: Recording Engineer / Mixer
Turns out, this thing does a GREAT JOB at just that! I don't find it necessary to spend $2000 on a comp that I will only use a few dB of in the tracking stage - just something that won't screw with my tone! This unit (though it has a tube) sounds pretty transparent and is only gritty if you want it to be via the drive knob. You can get some pretty cool sounds by playing with the knobs on the 7802.
Another great feature is its bypass right on the front panel - bypasses the entire circuit, even the output volume. It's as if you didn't even hook it up. This is great because I can hard wire them after a preamp pair and set it and forget it for a session. I make myself two channels strips for kick and snare, and if I want comp, I'll keep it in and if not, flip the bypass.
TOTALLY worth the price. Easily sounds as good as compressors that are $800 PER CHANNEL, let alone two. close [-]
Mario, Indianapolis, IN
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