The circuitry is a completely new development which provides an amount of openness and clarity which can hardly be found a second time. Every part of the alpha's signal processing is based on single transistors running in constant class-A mode, and even the sidechain and power supply use discrete circuits. All components are of the highest grade available and exclusively chosen according to their sonic excellence.
Integrated M/S Matrix
As an alternative to standard stereo operation you can process the mid and side signals, opening up completely new options for your work!<
Feed Forward & Feedback
The type of compression can be chosen for each channel individually, making two different compressor styles available at the push of a button.
A switchable semi automation which always provides perfect attack and release on the basis of the values set by the user – even with complex material.
The Niveau Filter is specialized in forming the tonal characteristics of a track very effectively in no time at all.<
The alpha compressor features on-board frequency selective compression. This avoids complex routings in favor of an effective workflow.
Also available directly on the unit: The direct and the compressed signals can be blended in any desired relation by simply turning the mix controller.
The direct and the processed signals can be monitored individually or together by the push of a button in each channel (left & right or mid & side).
Soft Clip Limiter
Tames short and loud transients and smoothens the signal peaks, and thereby protects following AD converters from clipping.
The sound of iron: Yes or no? Both! The alpha compressor makes this option switchable, so you can decide for each track individually.
Analog Dynamic LED Meter
The gain reduction meter modulates its LEDs in brightness to show the action of the compressor in an analog way: Fast and with smooth transitions.
Passive Current Attenuator
The alpha's custom discrete gain reduction cell provides extreme speed, enormous bandwidth and superior sound.
This system keeps sensitive parts of the discrete circuitry at a stable temperature and thus protects them against parameter aberrations.
Stepped & Matched Potentiometers
All potentiometers of the alpha compressor have 21 steps and are matched to build stereo pairs by a software that has been written just for this purpose.
VOVOX Sound Conductors
The audio cabling is no place for compromise also. By exclusively using VOVOX solid core conductors the sound remains vivid, dynamic and punchy.
100% Discrete Class-A
The alpha compressor consequently represents the art of discrete signal processing. ICs have to stay out without any ifs and buts.