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Smart Research C2 Stereo / Dual Mono Compressor

The Smart Research C2 Compressor is a classic stereo or dual-mono compressor designed by world-renowned Al Smart of Smart Research. The Smart C2 houses two independant mono compressors, which can be linked and used in stereo mode, granting control of both compressor units to the left set of controls on the C2.

Ideal for stereo mix or instrument compression, the C2 features 130dB dynamic range, external sidechain inputs, 'Crush' mode, fast limit, two independant sets of controls and two audio channels. There is also a sidechain filter option available on request.

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The Smart C2 has been designed as the ideal compressor for stereo mix or instrument compression. The C2 features a massive 130dB of dynamic range, external sidechain inputs, 'Crush' mode, fast limit, two audio channels with two independent control panels. A sidechain filter option is also available on request.

The characteristic sound of the Smart Research C2 arises from its inherent fast response time at the onset of compression, which when delayed to occur around the 0.3 to 3 milliseconds mark, results in a window that transients can still pass unhindered. This adds punch to your mix or recording, allowing the sidechain to ‘breathe’ around these transients, while still controlling the overall levels.

Smart C2 CRUSH Mode

The Smart C2 compressor’s CRUSH mode accentuates the natural character of the compressor giving you the capability to achieve exaggerated compression effects and, combined with the fast limit settings, allows for a wider range of applications.

Smart Research C2 circuitry features:

  • New generation of Voltage Controlled Amplifiers
  • High slew rate amplifiers, with hybrid f.e.t/ transistor inputs (Analog Devices)
  • High current push-pull transistor outputs
  • Total symmetry throughout signal path
  • No electrolytic capacitors used in main signal path
  • All inputs and outputs balanced

Smart Research C2 specifications:

Power: 100v-240v AC selectable, 30 watts
Noise floor: Below -104 dBm (flat 20Hz-20Khz)
Distortion: Below 0.005% (1K/+4 THD 20Hz-20Khz)
Frq. Response: Within 1/2dB from 20Hz to 100Khz
Depth in rack: 258mm
Main input: Balanced, impedance 1K8 per leg
Sidechain i/p: Balanced, impedance 10K per leg
Output: Discrete transistor. Above +26dBm into 600 ohm load
Threshold: Adjustable -20 to +20dBm
Make-up gain: Adjustable 0 to +20dBm

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