Tube-Tech SMC 2B

Stereo Multiband Compressor with Stereo Sidechain Inputs and Discrete All-tube Opto-compressor-based Circuitry
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$3,999.00
Sweetwater Savings: $501.00 MSRP: $4,500.00
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Tube-Tech SMC 2B
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Multiband Compression with Awesome Tube Punch!

When you run your sound through a Tube-Tech SMC 2B stereo multiband compressor, you hear results no other processor can deliver. This compressor is beyond powerful — run your tracks, mix, or live sound mains through it, and it will pump your music up! At Sweetwater, we spent a day playing with these powerhouse dynamics units, and everybody was raving about them. It's no wonder many top mixing and mastering engineers swear by their SMC 2Bs. As soon as you hook one of these remarkable compressors up, you'll be blown away by its impact.

Using musically smooth 6dB/octave crossovers and three independent stereo opto-compressors on discrete all-tube signal paths, the SMC 2B treats your sound with multiband compression that's both colorful and incredibly punchy. It has all of the standard controls you'd expect from a compressor, including Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Release and Makeup Gain, plus LED gain-reduction meters for each channel as well as post-summing output gain and stereo balance controls. Only the sidechain path and the power supply are solid state, so you know your audio will get the full benefits of the SMC 2B's tube circuitry. So, if you want incredible all-tube multiband opto-compression that lets you get more from your music, you need a Tube-Tech SMC 2B!

Tube-Tech SMC 2B Stereo Multiband Compressor Features at a Glance:
  • All-tube opto-compressor-based multiband compression
  • 3 bands per channel, with variable crossover frequencies between bands
  • Variable Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Release, and Gain controls for all 3 bands
  • Stereo sidechain
  • Master output gain (off to +10dB)
  • Balance control (+/-1,5dB)
  • LED display shows gain reduction
  • Conductive plastic potentiometers
  • Clickless bypass relay
  • Frequency response at -3dB: 5Hz to 60kHz
  • Low noise: < -60dBu at 10dB gain
The Tube-Tech SMC 2B delivers hard-hitting all-tube multiband opto-compression that top engineers trust!

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A special-order product is one that we don't normally keep in stock. We order it from the manufacturer as soon as you order from us. We have great relationships with all the manufacturers we carry, so we can get your special order to you as fast as or faster than anyone else. Remember that special orders are non-returnable and non-cancelable, so make sure the item is right for you. A Sweetwater Sales Engineer can help you decide — call (800) 222-4700 for assistance!

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Tech Specs

Number of Channels 2
Controls Hi, Mid, and Low Band Controls for: Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Release, Gain
Threshold -20dB to 0dB
Ratio 1.5:1 to 10:1
Frequency Response 5Hz-50kHz @-3dB
Inputs 2 x XLR
Outputs 2 x XLR
Rack Spaces 3U
Height 5.25"
Depth 8.1"
Width 19"
Weight 12.7 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number SMC2B

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4/5

Good, Bad and the Ugly!!

Good news, It gives a 3D effect to your Masters! Hands Down. Bad news, Chinese tubes!!!!!!! For this price, why cant tube-tech spend a few extra bucks on decent tubes!!! And if you try to replace with better tubes, i hope you know how to re-bias them, best of luck!! I must comment on the negatives, cause that's what people really want to hear when purchasing a expensive piece of gear like this. The knobs spin way too easy, easier than all other high end outboard equipment. If you fart, the knobs will spin!! Nothing is stepped at all here. Also, the X-over low has overlapping filters. Its hard to explain, but its important to have steep cross-over points so that the Sub band doesn't trigger the mid band compression. Unfortunately the cross over filters are way to broad. Not good for hip-hop or hard hitting dub-step. Also, it could use a faster attack, you loose a little bit of punch with this unit but acceptable. I would recommend this unit because there isnt many multi-band compressors to choose from, IMOP there isnt a better 3-band compressor out there. I would love to see a 4 or 5 band compressor outboard for sure. Stay up!!
Music background: Best unsigned producer in San Diego, no doubt!
See also: Compressors, Tube-Tech, Tube-Tech Compressors / Limiters