Crane Song Falcon Tube Compressor

500 Series Tube Compressor with 3 x Attack and Release Times, Hard- and Soft-knee Modes, Switchable Feedback Modes, Wet/Dry Parallel Compression, and Multi-unit Linking
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Tweakable Compression with Classic Tube Warmth!

Crane Song's Falcon 500 Series compressor combines vintage tube warmth with modern flexibility. Packed into its streamlined front panel are controls for attack and release speeds, compression and limiting, and even compression coloration, plus there's a handy backlit VU meter onboard. Dialing in the compressor itself is easy thanks to simple gain and threshold controls, and it's equipped with dual signal paths plus a wet/dry mix knob. The Falcon makes parallel compression totally painless. What's more, you can easily link multiple Crane Song Falcons together for full surround sound compression.

Crane Song Falcon 500 Series Tube Compressor at a Glance:

  • Two flavors of tube compression

  • Parallel compression made easy
  • Link up for stereo and surround mixes
Two flavors of tube compression

To give the Falcon an extra-wide tonal range, Crane Song designed it with a special feedback control switch. This toggle lets you select whether or not the Falcon uses negative feedback as part of its compression, allowing you to choose from a more highly colored vintage sound or a cleaner, modern tone.

Parallel compression made easy

Parallel compression lets you achieve incredible sonic loudness without sacrificing natural dynamics of your signal, and the Crane Song Falcon makes it incredibly easy with its dual signal paths and wet/dry mix knob. Use the Falcon compressor to crush the living daylights out of your kick or squash the heck out of your guitars, and then mix in enough of the dry signal to add life back into your sound.

Link up for stereo and surround mixes

With the Falcon's onboard link function, compressing stereo or even full 5.1 surround sound mixes is incredibly easy. Just link up to six Crane Song Falcon compressors together and set everything aside from the wet/dry mix and makeup gain all from a single unit. Talk about a timesaver!

Crane Song Falcon 500 Series Tube Compressor Features:

  • Classic-sounding tube compressor with modern versatility

  • 3 x attack and release time settings make setting up your compression easy
  • Hard and soft knee choices for compression or limiting provide you with a useful selection of dynamic schemes
  • Dual signal paths and a wet/dry mix to blend them make parallel compression easy
  • Switchable negative-feedback compression lets you choose from highly colored vintage tone or a cleaner modern sound
  • Link up to six units together for stereo or full 5.1 surround compression
Get the warm tube compression you love with modern versatility from the Crane Song Falcon 500 Series compressor!

Additional Media

500 Series Buying Guide
Falcon User Manual

Tech Specs

Number of Channels 1
Controls Attack, Release, Meter, Limit/Compress, Color, Mix, Threshold, Gain
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Manufacturer Part Number Falcon

Customer Reviews

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Modern, improved LA-2A

I happened to purchase this puppy as part of a massive purchase of gear of many different flavors, and this module really stuck out to me. The thing about this compressor is that it can make a sound huge and saturated, like a vintage LA-2A ("100" setting ON), or it can be completely transparent and apply seamless level control without changing tone ("100" setting OFF). It's so versatile, It's extremely rare that I find myself NOT using this on anything during tracking. Where this thing REALLY sells me though, is how fantastic it sounds on vocals. It's like an LA-2A, but more modern sounding and less intrusive to your sound. I've always had a problem with LA-2As because they tend to make the source sound a little "older," which is good in some cases, but if you're recording more modern music, that's not usually what you want. The Falcon just smoothes the source and makes it sound so much more professional and bigger... There's no way I could replace it with anything. In terms of versatility, sound quality, and "that magic something", this has very quickly become my favorite TRACKING compressor I've ever used. (Nothing really beats an 1176 or Distressor for mixing)
Music background: Student, Tracking Engineer, Songwriter


One of the most musical peices of gear I own. I am reluctant sometimes to commit and print compression or EQ when tracking but never think twice about using the falcon. Sometimes use it after my 1176 in a vocal chain to polish the sound. I use it with my A designs REDDI on bass for a wonderful bass track. Used regularly on kick and snare. I own two and use them on the stereo bus on some mixes in lieu of my SSL. I think of it more as a sound shaper more than a compressor. It has a quality that goes beyond compression and just brings out the tone and qualities of a particular source. It seems more art than science and makes me feel I am on a journey to see what this will bring out in a kick, a snare, a guitar, vocal etc. My only issue is I need two more of them. I really like the gear this company produces.
Music background: Pro Musician, Sound Engineer (Berklee)


Well I happened to buy two of these suckers. Cost me a lot but let me tell you, stereo compressing and limiting is a necessity if you want to get professional. I have checked out a few of the other 500 series comp's the SSL is a good pick as its a channel strip with all the dynamic processing one could ask for literally. Yet the Crane Song has a type of color that just keeps getting better as my sessions improve (I realized it was my PCM 91 that was the problem with my vocal tracks - stay away from old PCM's). At any rate, the Falcons will do great heck get two of them and do stereo mixing with them. They are simple to use and you don't have to completely understand the concepts of compression, etc. I'd say get it right away from sweetwater!
Music background: who cares
See also: 500 Series Compressors, Crane Song, Crane Song 500 Series Dynamics