Aphex 301 Compellor: Auto Gain Control (AGC) In The 80’s

Playing around with “vintage” tech from the 80’s. The Compellor was a revolutionary audio processor that delivered compression levelling and peak limiting using analogue computer technology. Let’s turn some knobs and see what it does.

From SOS:
According to Aphex, the Compellor is a revolutionary audio processor that delivers intelligent compression levelling and peak limiting simultaneously. Apparently this is achieved using analogue computer technology that analyses the input waveform and then uses that information to control a single VCA in each signal channel. Basically, the Compellor has been developed to control the gain of a signal in such a way as to be completely unobtrusive.


Timestmps:
00:00 Intro
00:32 Delid
02:52 Rear controls
03:02 Aphex 207D
03:57 Testing setup
09:24 A/B comparison
12:01 Leveling & Compression

Aphex Compellor

7 out of 10
$200

A revolutionary (for the time) audio processor that delivers intelligent compression levelling and peak limiting simultaneously. 

Stability
10/10
Ease of Use
8/10
Look & Feel
6/10
Price
5/10

Pros

Easy to use

Easy to service

Cons

Complex metering

Expensive

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