Daking FET IIItem ID: FET2Comp
Class A FET Compressor/Limiter with Discrete Circuitry, Seven Release Time Constant Settings, 3-Function VU Meter, and Two Inputs
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Get Amazingly Transparent Compression from Daking!The Daking FET II gives you the control you need over your tracks and mixes, while its transparency and subtlety allow your audio to sound uncompressed. The FET Compressor II, like Daking's EQs and preamps, uses discrete transistor technology, Class A amps, and transformer balanced inputs and outputs for great performance and low-noise operation. You get seven release time constants for an array of classic performance characteristics, and operation is incredibly intuitive. The FET II an impressive studio performer!
Daking FET II Class A Comp/Limiter at a Glance:
Quality construction inside and out
Daking's FET II uses discrete transistor circuitry, transformer balanced inputs and outputs, and Class A amplifiers. The amplifiers are based on the original "A Range" circuits. The FET II uses a Field Effect Transistor as the gain change element. It's a great feeling to know you're working with a piece of gear that keeps your mixes under control transparently while giving you very reliable, low-noise operation.
Multiple release time settings
The FET II includes seven release time constants: .5, 1, 1.5, Neve 33609 Auto, A&D , Compex Auto, Fairchild 670 #5, and Fairchild 670 #6. It's like having several great units built into one!
The Daking story
Having broken into the music industry as the drummer for '60s psychedelic band the Blues Magoos, Geoff Daking went on to truly make his mark designing and building boutique-quality studio gear. His company's latest offerings not only look classic, sound great, and perform solidly - you'll be knocked out by their decidedly non-boutique prices. Daking puts a premium on putting quality components at the heart of his gear, from circuits to transformers to amplifiers, while implementing modern techniques to ensure reliable, consistent performance.
Daking FET II Class A Comp/Limiter Features:
The Daking FET Compressor II makes it easy to take control of your mixes and sound great!
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Reviewsbased on 3 reviews
I have one, ordering another. nuff said
by Gregg Buchwalter from van nuys, ca.I have one, ordering another one. nuff said.
November 12, 2011
Music Background: Producer/engineer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist
by MK from Atlanta, GAI own two of these, I got them about a year ago. I agree 100% with the previous reviewer, so rather than repeat what he said I'll just add a few comments.
November 10, 2009
Music Background: Music business anomaly
Two of the release settings a... read more [+]re dual time constants, as described, and two others are triple time-constants modeled on the Fairchild 670.
Attack time ranges between 250 microseconds (1/4 of one millisecond, to put it in perspective) and 64 milliseconds. The latter is perfect for string instruments like guitar, mando etc., allowing a note or chord to bloom before it kicks in. It's very transparent, used that way to shave off just a couple of dB.
Earlier models had a non-illuminated VU meter, and there was no way to tell visually whether the unit was powered up or not. Mine are more recent; they have an illuminated meter. My only negative comment is that the new meters are considerably slower than the old ones. Actual peak input, output or attenuation may be several dB. more than they indicate. Maybe they're meant to be that way, I don't know. But I have other meters elsewhere in the chain, so I'd prefer illumination to accuracy anyway.
I feel this ranks among the best compressors ever made, vintage or otherwise. close [-]
Fast mastering quality compression with dual time constant release
by Hendrik David Gideonse XIX from Boston, MA USAI currently have three of these units in my studio right now and I have had a chance to really put them through their paces.
October 30, 2009
Music Background: Producer and Audio Production Professor
First, I should say that the sound quality on these units is... read more [+] pristine. There is very little coloration of the sound even when using heavy compression. Many compressors seem to roll off high end when they attenuate heavily, but this is not the case with the FET II. The FET II uses Jensen transformers both in and out of the unit and the pc board is extremely clean and well designed. The FET is in a socket so if it were ever to go bad, it is easy to replace.
The FET II excels at transparent compression and is easily used on bus or program material where lesser compressors really start to sound yucky. The attack times vary between 250 micro seconds to 64 milliseconds and it's fast enough to be used effectively as a brickwall limiter if desired. The release characteristics are I think what really set the compressor apart though. You have some standard settings of .5 - 1.5 seconds, but also some really nice dual time constant releases designed to mimic some of the nicest compressors in history. The idea behind dual time constant release is this: the compressor releases a little fast at the beginning and then slows down. This effectively eliminates the "pumping and breathing" sounds associated with more abrupt release times.
I have also been able to get some really nice vocal distortion (think Flood's production techniques) out of it by using the fastest attack and release times and a very high ratio (20:1). Then I drive a very hot signal (over +20) and get a very pretty sounding harmonic distortion very appropriate for alternative rock vocals like NIN, PJ Harvey or Smashing Pumpkins.
I recommend using only XLR cables in and out of the unit, you can use a 1/4" input but it boosts the signal 14 dB to make up for the -10/+4 difference in operating levels between consumer and pro gear. Another odd thing is the power supply (external, but not a wall wart) uses a DB25 connector which looks pretty weird, but works perfectly well. Just make sure your intern doesn't try to run the power supply into the DB25 input on an audio interface or multitrack....Bad intern! Bad intern!
You can link two units together to work in stereo with a 1/4" guitar cable. The sidechaining connection uses DC summing to tell the linked unit when to compress and does not send audio. The FET III does audio summing, but it's in stereo and is geared more towards working in stereo anyway.
All of the knobs on the unit are switches so you can set two or more compressors exactly the same way and repeat your settings later on. The knobs are really heavy and feel like your really working with pro gear.
All in all this is a great compressor with excellent transparent compression that doesn't color the sounds you are working with. You can use it to chase the waveform to create harmonic distortion with the fastest attack settings to add a little crunch to vocals, bass or drums.
I can't recommend it more highly. close [-]
Henry, Marion, IL
Daking FET II
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