Joemeek meC 500 Compressor

500 Series PhotoOptical Compressor Module with 8-segment LED Meter and Stereo Link/Slave Functions
Joemeek meC 500 Compressor image 1
Joemeek meC 500 Compressor image 1
Sweetwater Savings: $100.00 MSRP: $399.99
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Joemeek meC 500 Compressor
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Joemeek Compression Comes to the 500 Series

The Joemeek meC 500 compressor gives you the punchy sound of the photoelectric compressores used by legendary producer Joe Meek in the 1960s. Offering the convenience of the 500 Series format, the meC 500 serves up warm, natural compression, ironing out level fluctuations transparently. Twang up your guitars or bring a bass to life, while controlling their dynamics. But crank this baby and you'll create something entirely new. Its really hard to make this compressor sound bad! The "link" switch lets you use two meC 500s in stereo. Get you Meek on, with the Joemeek meC 500.

Joemeek meC 500 Compressor Features at a Glance:
  • The punchy sound of the photoelectric compressors used by legendary producer Joe Meek in the 1960s
  • Controls: Compression, Gain Reduction Slope, Attack (with Fast switch), Release, and MakeUp Gain
  • Link switch lets you avoid image shift when working in stereo
  • Slave switch slaves one meC 500 to another in stereo mode
  • Link jack connects a pair of meC 500s for stereo operation
  • On switch acts as true bypass
Get you Meek on, with the Joemeek meC 500!

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500 Series Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Number of Channels 1
Controls Compression, Slope, Attack, Release, Gain
Threshold -20dBu to +22dBu
Ratio 1:1 to 10:1
Frequency Response 10Hz to 70kHz
Manufacturer Part Number meC500

Customer Reviews

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Smooth & Gooey Opto Comp Goodness!!

I heard a few good things about this meC 500 so I picked up a pair to give 'em a shot in my studio. Considering the very affordable price point, I was certainly surprised at just how excellent sounding the mec 500 opto compressor really is. It is clean, quiet, and very natural sounding when dialed in just right. It is also easy to dial in some super sweet "vintage" flavor when you push it. The fact that this unit has all the right controls on it to be able to adjust your sound accordingly is another fantastic reason I find the mec 500 to be such a great tool to have. I fed this baby with a Grace m501 preamp for my initial testing and all I can say is the mec 500 imparts all the smooth and gooey goodness I've favored from using opto comps over the years. This unit seriously does sound equally as good, if not better, than a number of the current 500 series opto comp offerings costing much more. It is solidly built as well. I do have to mention, regarding opto based comps, that I own a LA-2A and an Avalon AD2044, and the mec500 is a surprisingly fine addition to my studio and it is a down right steal for the price! I'm confident that if you're in need of a great sounding opto comp to fill up an empty space or two in your 500 series rack, the mec 500 will certainly please you, both in your ears and your wallet!!
Music background: Recording since 1969

Tighten up Your Mix

The JoeMeek is big bang for little dough! I have this in a rack in line with a couple Neve 500 series modules. A great combination to tighten up that tone. Very great on vocals when using a tube mic! Don't pass this module up!
See also: 500 Series Compressors, Joemeek, Joemeek 500 Series Dynamics