Purple Audio Action FET Compressor

500 Series FET Compressor with Five ratios, Variable Attack and Release Time, True Relay Bypass, Stereo Linking, and Gain Reduction and Input/Output Metering
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Pack Your Rack with Action

Purple Audio's Action packs your rack with classic FET compressor mojo. This 500 Series module gives you five ratios, from a subtle 4:1 to a brickwall 20:1 and beyond: you even get the infamous all-buttons-in "nuke" mode. Naturally, you get control over attack and release times, as well as LED Gain Reduction and I/O metering. True Relay Bypass and Stereo Linking capabilities complete the package. Action makes your kicks and snares pop; it makes a synth come to life. You'll find new uses for it every day. Pack your rack - with Purple Audio's Action.

Purple Audio Action 500 Series FET Compressor at a Glance:
  • Solid, all-around performance
  • This little compressor is big-time versatile
Solid, all-around performance

Sweetwater knows that every studio needs at least one solid, all-around compressor, and if you've got a 500 Series chassis, Purple Audio's Action fits the bill. Use Action on individual tracks, or strap a pair of them (in stereo link mode) across your mix buss for some mastering magic. However you use it, you'll be glad you have one (or two). Or more.

This little compressor is big-time versatile

Action sounds wonderful on just about everything. When you want subtle compression, use the 4:1 ratio; for more robust gain attenuation, go for 8:1 or 12:1. Dial up 20:1, and you've entered limiter territory. For the ultimate brickwall action, you want "nuke" mode - infinity:1. Action's Attack and Release controls cover a broad range, and when you explore their extremes, you can cause distortion - which may be just what you're looking for on a particular track.

Purple Audio Action 500 Series FET Compressor Features:
  • Discrete signal path; Total Gain: 45dBu
  • Input attenuator feeding input transformer
  • Eight-LED Gain Reduction metering; Input and Output tri-color LED metering
  • Five ratios: 4:1, 8:1, 12:1, 20:1, infinity:1 (all-buttons-in "nuke" mode)
  • Output level control; Attack and Release controls
  • Attack time variable from 800 to 20 microseconds
  • Release time variable from 1.1 seconds to 50ms
  • True Relay Bypass; Stereo Linking
  • Compression on/off switch
Pack your rack - with Purple Audio's Action!

Additional Media

500 Series Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Number of Channels 1
Controls Input, Ratio, Attack, Release, Output
Ratio 4:1, 8:1, 12:1, 20:1, Infinity:1
Manufacturer Part Number Action

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PURPLE AUDIO ACTION

THE PURPLE AUDIO ACTION IS BY FAR THE BEST 500 SERIES COMPRESSOR OUT FROM OUR EXPERIENCE BUCK FOR BUCK POUND FOR POUND. YES ARE THERE BETTER OF COURSE NOT IN THIS PRICE RANGE $725.00, WE HAVE NEVE, SHADOW HILLS, API, IGS AUDIO, DAKING, ATLAS PRO AUDIO LEVIATHAN, PETE'S PLACE BAC 500 IN OUR STUDIO. THE PURPLE AUDIO ACTION HAS THICK FINISHed 1176 FET SOUND, REAL THICK CINEMAG TRANSFORMERS BRING OUT THE IRON, OF COURSE NOT AS THICK AS THE SHADOWS VANDERGRAPH, AGAIN NOT AS EXPENSIVE EITHER. THE REASON FOR THE 4.5 STAR RATING NOT A SONIC QUALITY ISSUE. IN ORDER TO LINK A PAIR OF THE ACTION COMPS. YOU HAVE TO RUN A WIRE INTO HOLE 3 IN CIRCUIT BOARD IN THE BACK TO POSITION 6 IN THE OTHER UNIT. IF YOU BY THE PURPLE AUDIO 10 SLOT 500 CHASSIS THEN IT WORK NO PROBLEM NO WIRES NEEDED IT'S A PROPRIETARY FORCED MA-SURE MOVE. OTHER THAN THAT IT'S A WINNER...
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See also: 500 Series Compressors, Purple Audio, Purple Audio 500 Series Dynamics