DakingDaking Compressors Comp II
The Daking COMP II is a handmade compressor/limiter designed to be easy to use and sound like much more expensive comp/limiters. Built right here in the USA, it offers better sounding compression on all kinds of sources in the studio. Whether in the hands of a highly experienced engineer who needs fast workflow, or a novice who is not sure how to best set up a compressor, the COMP II gives professional results without a big learning curve.
With big old-style analog meters and a simple setup, the COMP II is easy to understand and easy to use. Designed carefully by Geoff Daking and Dave Thibodeau to behave well on a variety of real in-studio applications, it may challenge your notions of how good a two-knob compressor can be.
The two channel, electronically balanced COMP II, can operate in dual mono or stereo linked mode for a beautiful stereo image. In dual mono it acts like two independent mono compressors for use on two different – perhaps unrelated – sources. There is no master channel in stereo mode. Each channel retains its independent control.
The variable parameters of the COMP II are:
Threshold: Determines the level at which the compressor begins to work.
Ratio: The slope of the gain reduction. Compress is a low ratio good for general gain reduction, while Limit presents more of a “brick wall” to the signal.
Compression Ratios Chart – PDF Link
Attack: The speed with which the compressor begins to react. Slow allows transients, like the attack of drums, to pass while compressing the back end. Fast will remove transients.
Release: Determines how quickly the compressor “lets go”. Fast is self-explanatory. Auto reacts to both the level of the signal and it’s duration. Small peaks will release quickly, while long and loud signals will release much more slowly.
Release Times Chart – PDF Link
Combinations of Attack, Release and Ratio will create different effects.
The most natural will be Compress • Slow • Auto. The most aggressive will be Limit • Fast • Fast.
Make-up Gain: Compensates for any gain lost in compression. For serious rock stars, note the output goes to 11!
Why it’s Different: The Daking Comp II is a complex design that employs a unique method of gain reduction using a VCA like a FET. This maintains the unique Daking sound of our legacy compressors. Unlike most VCA designs, ours uses feedback gain reduction, a peak detector and an all-discrete Class A follower.
The outboard power supply makes sure this unit is quiet and usable around the world on any voltage. Switches are illuminated, making it easy to see what’s “on” in a dark room. The rear panel offers XLR electronically balanced inputs and electronically balanced XLR/¼” TRS outputs.
Purely analog, it’s so easy to get a sound you love. This compressor may easily become your favorite.
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|Output:||XLR (x2), TRS (x2)|
|Differential input and output amps|
|Class “A” amplifier for make-up gain|
|All metal construction with stainless steel chassis for noise immunity|
|Custom aluminum knobs|
|Power supply included|
|Frequency response: 20Hz-65kHz|
|THD at +4dBu input and no compression at 1kHz:||Typical 0.02%, Max 0.035% (22-22kHz, Un-Wtd)|
|THD at +4dBu input and 2dB of compression at 1kHz:||Typical 0.02%, Max 0.035% (22-22kHz, Un-Wtd)|
|Noise:||Less than -80dBu, 22-22kHz|
|1U 19” rack-mount|
|Unit Weight:||5.35 lbs (2.45 kg)|
|Unit Dimensions:||L front: 19in (48.26cm) L rear: 17in (43.18cm) W: 8.375in (21.27cm) H: 1.625in (4.13cm)|
|Boxed Weight:||8.70 lbs (3.95 kg)|
|Box Dimensions:||L: 29in (73.66cm) W: 14 in (35.56cm) H: 6 in (15.24cm)|