The Phoenix Master Stereo Compressor, from Thermionic Culture, is the most recent incarnation of the classic Phoenix compressor, which first hit the market in 1998. Since then, numerous improvements have been made to the design, which have since been refined and implemented into this latest device. Notable changes include advanced recall ability, upgraded PSU, and an advanced metering circuit that intrinsically compensates for valve aging.
Additional features include Elma switches for Gain and Threshold parameters, and Alpha switches on the attack and release. There are also indented pots on the output level for enhanced control and a total of five frequency options when mastering in stereo with the link switch activated.
Phoenix Mastering Plus Features
All valve signal path and side chain, point to point hand wired in England
Subtle control with 'soft knee' compression more compression effects when pushed hard
Stereo link for mix buss compression
Side chain filters to enable compression of all frequencies except bass
Flat frequency response over full audio range and beyond
Very low phase shift and harmonic distortion (unless pushed hard)
Push-pull design gives a natural warm sound with high output level
Output trim controls for fine adjustment or lower level operation
Balanced ins and outs with custom made Sowter transformers
Bypass switch on each channel removes all electronics