In 1979 from Hollywood, California, the Quad Eight company released the ground-breaking CL22 compressor/limiter/expander. These are incredibly fast VCA-based feed-forward topology featuring the famous vintage DBX VCA. A pair of these classics pulled from a Quad Eight console, racked-up by Rob Squire at Proharmonic in Adelaide are about to call ToKwerX home. They've been proudly living at Coloursound Studios with Mat Robins until now and I am delighted to offer them a special place in the ToKwerX system alongside my Harrison 32C EQ's - also racked-up by Proharmonic. Found this ad' from Studio Sound magazine announcing their release in 1979. The pair coming to ToKwerX are the black-faced models, which I'll have to ascertain the year of manufacture with Rob Squire. These have been my all-time favourite device at the end of my chain for tracking vocals and have featured on albums by Jesse Valach and Blue Eyes Cry.
For several decades Ross Giles has been one of the most prominent electronic engineers, audio gear designer and service personnel in AU. He continues to develop gorgeous high end equipment for the more discerning audio-philes amongst us. This morning I took a delightful drive into the eastern hills to take delivery of his prototype 1722 valve compressor, based on the vintage Altec device. This stereo analogue love will eventually go into a new mastering suite I am developing here at RMIT Uni, but before that it needs to be tested at an already established mastering facility ... oh, I happen to have one of those :)