WesAudio Timbre Vari-Mu Tube Compressor

1-channel Tube Compressor, with Side-chain Highpass Filter and Stereo Link Capability

Re-creates the Sound and Vibe of a Legendary Compressor

Add the vibrant, colorful sound of vintage compression to your studio rack, with the WesAudio Timbre Vari-Mu tube compressor. The balanced, all-tube circuit is based on the 6386 tube and is inspired by the revered Gates STA-Level compressor. What this means for you is a compressor with tons of character that is also easy to dial in. Three modes of operation give you access to a range of attack and release recovery behaviors — it's ready to create rock-solid bass guitar tracks and smash snare drums without pumping (unless you want it to), along with more subtle dynamics control. Vintage tube compression is a sound your studio should have at its disposal, and the WesAudio Timbre Vari-Mu tube compressor is an outstanding solution.

Three modes for a variety of attack/release characteristics

Use the Timbre compressor's Mode selector to choose from three distinct behaviors for attack and release recovery. Single mode offers a slow attack that is extremely smooth. Double mode employs intelligent, program-controlled attack and release behavior — it's fine-tuned to maximize sonic density and detail, without the pumping sound most compressors create. Triple mode is also automatically controlled by the incoming audio with extra fast attack for maximum density.

Six release times for each mode

The Release control on the Timbre Vari-Mu compressor is a six-way selector, ranging from slow to fast as you turn it clockwise. Each of these six settings is affected by the operation mode you've selected (Single, Double, or Triple). Spend some time tweaking vocals, bass, guitars, drums and anything else you mix on a regular basis, and you'll soon find that dialing in your favorite compression character is fast and simple.

Side-chain highpass filter helps prevent excessive compression

Use the S.C. Filter button on the Timbre's front panel to engage a highpass filter in the detector, preventing bass frequencies from triggering the compressor. Mix engineers at Sweetwater especially like this when using two compressors for stereo applications like drum overheads — the side-chain filter allows the sharp snare and cymbal sounds to trigger compression, while preventing the kick drum's thump from overly-triggering the compressor and crushing everything.

WesAudio Timbre Vari-Mu Tube Compressor Features:

  • Tube compressor with balanced, all-tube signal path
  • Based around the 6386 tube and inspired by the classic Gates STA-Level compressor
  • Vibrant, colorful character; perfect for adding sonic richness while controlling dynamics
  • Three operation modes offer distinct behaviors for attack and release recovery
  • Six release time modes, affected by the behavior of the selected operation mode
  • 40dB maximum gain reduction, 45dB maximum makeup gain
  • Premium Carnhill transformers enhance sonic depth and harmonic complexity
  • Switchable side-chain highpass filter prevents excessive bass from triggering too much compression
  • Stereo link capable, requires a single 1/4" mono cable (not included)

Tech Specs

  • Type:Tube (6386, 12AT7, 12AX7, EAA91)
  • Number of Channels:Single channel
  • Controls:3-mode Attack/Recovery, Release
  • Frequency Response:20Hz-30kHz
  • Inputs:1 x XLR
  • Outputs:1 x XLR
  • Sidechain I/O:High Pass sidechain filter
  • Other I/O:1 x 1/4" (link)
  • Rack Spaces:2U
  • Height:3.5"
  • Depth:9.25"
  • Width:19"
  • Weight:15.4 lbs.

  • Availability: 10 In Stock
  • Model: WesAudio Timbre Vari-Mu Tube Compressor
  • Manufacturer: WesAudio

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