Chandler Limited Germanium Compressor

FET Compressor with Germanium Amp, Wet/Dry Mix Control, Feedback Control, Comp Curve and Link, Sidechain, Ratio and Attack/Release Controls, and Hardwire Bypass
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Chandler's Great-sounding, Versatile Germanium Compressor!

The Chandler Limited Germanium Compressor brings premium compression to the Germanium series. Loaded with an incredible amount of highly useful and dynamic features (not just a batch of knobs and buttons), the Germanium Compressor includes an adjustable Wet/Dry mix control, Comp Curve, which gives different types of "character" to its settings for maximum flexibility, and Clean/Dirty Comp, which ditches harsh-sounding harmonics and leaves the tasty 2nd an 3rd harmonics in for even sweeter sounds. You get all this and more with the incredible Chandler Limited Germanium Compressor.

Chandler Limited Germanium Compressor at a Glance:
  • Innovative features; great tone by the bucketload
  • Your secret weapon: the Feedback control
  • The best results are dialed in by ear, not by test gear
Innovative features; great tone by the bucketload

This function controls the input gain of the Germanium amp. The amount of gain is related to the Feedback control position. The parameters for Ratio and Attack/Release also dialed in by ear. Ratios can go from very gentle to a hard, punchy FET smash. You can dial the Attack/Release from fast to slow. Your ears are your best guide! FET compressors are known for high amounts of distortion. This is usually compensated for in the design. The Dirty Comp removes only unwanted harsh distortion and leaves all the 2nd and 3rd harmonics in place, adding vibrance and elegance by the bucketload.

Your secret weapon: the Feedback control

The Chandler Limited Germanium Compressor's Feedback control changes the amount of signal fed from the amplifier output back to the input. As well as acting as a volume-type control, this knob seriously effects the tone of the unit. Turned to the left, there's less volume and harmonic distortion, and more high frequencies. Set to the right, you get more volume, more harmonic distortion, and a low-end peak around 30Hz. In your constant quest for unique and better sounds, the Germanium Compressor's Feedback control is your secret weapon.

The best results are dialed in by ear, not by test gear

The Germanium Compressor uses resistors, germanium diodes, silicon diodes, or diode combinations to control the ratio of the compressor. Each setting will show its own true character while adjusting the compressor's curve. The resistance and germanium settings are very gentle, while the silicon and zener settings grab harder. This control (among others) was dialed in by ear, not by test gear, helping to make the Germanium Compressor one of the most musical units out there.

Chandler Limited Germanium Compressor Features
  • Dirty Comp/Clean Comp
  • Comp Curve and Link
  • Germanium Drive
  • Feedback Control
  • Ratio and Attack/Release
  • Note: this unit requires the Chandler Limited Power Supply
The Chandler Limited Germanium Compressor sounds great on any source!

Additional Media

Germanium Compressor Cue Sheet
Germanium Compressor User Manual
Signal Processing Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Type FET
Number of Channels 1
Controls Input, Sidechain, Ration, Comp Curve, Mix, Attack, Release, Germanium Drive, Feedback
Ratio 1.5:1 to 10:1
Side Chain Inserts Control, Yes. I/O, No.
Inputs 1 x XLR
Outputs 1 x XLR
Rack Spaces 1U
Height 1.75"
Width 19"
Manufacturer Part Number Germanium Compre

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This compressor is as good as they say it is!

I bought one of these bad boys after watching several videos about them on You Tube. The different colors you can get with thing is nothing short of amazing. The ability to switch between a zener limiter, germanium, or silicone, as well as play with different types of harmonics to flavor any instrument to taste is incredible. The mix know allows you to blend in your uncompressed sound into the compressed sound. When you do this you keep your peaks well in line but the life of your source is blended in so it keeps that natural or organic vibe to it. This is an incredibly useful feature. The combination of the sidechain for eliminating low frequencies from triggering the compression, the Germanium Drive, the dirty or clean.....any sound you want is in this box. My only complaint is that I don't have two of them.......yet....:-)
Music background: 25 years audio veteran, studio owner, national touring engineer

Sweetwater Advice

Stuart Niven

Need that warm, fat analog sound on your tracks? The Germanium Compressor from Chandler is amazing. It sounds gorgeous and warm, adding that "vibe" to whatever you run through it. With the twist of a knob it turns into an aggressive and colorful beast! With the mix function you can blend in the original signal for super-transparent compression adding punch and tone. This is one of the most versatile compressors on the market. Hand-built quality, superior sonics, old school vibe... destined to become a modern classic! Do your tracks a favour and get one.
See also: Compressors, Chandler Limited, Chandler Limited Compressors / Limiters