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Retro Instruments Revolver Dual-Channel Tube Compressor

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The Retro Instruments Revolver is a 2-Channel Tube Compressor based on the classic sound of the British-modified Altec 436. The Revolver is a stereo compressor that also excels as a bus compressor, for tracking, mixing and mastering.

£2,440.00 ex VAT £2,928.00 inc VAT

UK List Price: £3,010.00 ex VAT

UK List Price: £3,612.00 inc VAT

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Retro Revolver - A Revolution in a Rack.

When you first put your ears to the Retro Revolver, you'll hear some very renowned compression, an element many have kept secret. The lively and vibrant dynamics come forward. Now you will know the sound, it's as inimitable as applesauce.

Seven Years of Development

As an experimental project in 2011, a few Retro Revolvers were built and ground tested with a few selected studios. It all started with the renowned British-modified Altec 436 compressor and added features you need for tracking, mixing and mastering. They got it right for Rev. A. Here it is.

The Retro Revolver puts you in Control

One of the most revolutionary features is that you get all the adjustments to dial in the type of dynamics you've heard on numerous albums. With added features like a side-chain filter, stereo linking and continuously variable threshold, attack and release.

Built like a Tank.

The Retro Revolver might be guilty of being slightly overbuilt in the USA, but it's definitely done intentionally to give you years of uninterrupted performance. Each unit passes a series of critical tests. Tubes and other components are selected for top performance and proper stereo tracking.

Retro Revolver Dual-Channel Tube Compressor Main Features:

  • A most desired compression signature
  • Ideal for the stereo bus and excels at tracking, mixing and mastering
  • Independent controls with stereo linking
  • Continuously variable input, output, attack, release and threshold
  • Dual Threshold Control allows control of ratio and amplifier saturation
  • Low noise and high separation
  • Differential all-tube signal path
  • Transformer-balanced inputs and outputs on XLR connectors
  • Illuminated VU meters
  • Front panel meter zero controls
  • Internal tube balancing facility
  • 120 or 240 Volt operation

Retro Instrument Revolver Tech Specs

  • Number of Channels: 2
  • Controls: Input, Output, Attack, Release, Threshold, Side-chain filter select, Stereo Link
  • Ratio: Adjustable between 1.5:1 and 5:1
  • Usable Input level range: -20 to +20 dBu
  • Output level range: -30 to +18 dBu
  • Output clip level: +23 dBu (1% dist)
  • Attack Time: 2 to 40 milliseconds
  • Release Time: 200 milliseconds to 2 seconds
  • Highpass side-chain filter: Selectable 6 dB detector rolloff at 90 or 250 Hz.
  • Distortion: Less than 0.05% below compression threshold. Approx. 1% at full-scale compression.
  • Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz. +/- 0.5 dB
  • Rack Space: 2U
  • Depth: 9.5 inches Weight: 22 pounds
  • Connections: IEC Power, XLR input and output x2
  • Power Requirements: 120 VAC or 240 VAC. 22 Watts
  • Fuse Rating: Standard fast-blow 3AG-style fuse. 1A 120 VAC, 1/2A 240 VAC