Daking Comp II Compressor-Limiter

Daking Comp II Compressor-Limiter

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Daking Comp II Compressor-Limiter

Stereo Compressor/Limiter with a unique design utilizing a VCA with feedback gain reduction, a peak detector, and an all-discrete Class A follower. Includes outboard power supply.

The Daking COMP II is a handmade compressor/limiter designed to be easy to use and sound like much more expensive comp/limiters. Built right here in the USA, it offers better sounding compression on all kinds of sources in the studio. Whether in the hands of a highly experienced engineer who needs fast workflow, or a novice who is not sure how to best set up a compressor, the COMP II gives professional results without a big learning curve.

With big old-style analog meters and a simple setup, the COMP II is easy to understand and easy to use. Designed carefully by Geoff Daking and Dave Thibodeau to behave well on a variety of real in-studio applications, it may challenge your notions of how good a two-knob compressor can be.

The two channel, electronically balanced COMP II, can operate in dual mono or stereo linked mode for a beautiful stereo image. In dual mono it acts like two independent mono compressors for use on two different - perhaps unrelated - sources. There is no master channel in stereo mode. Each channel retains its independent control.

A Unique Compressor

The Daking Comp II is a complex design that employs a unique method of gain reduction using a VCA like a FET. This maintains the unique Daking sound of their legacy compressors. Unlike most VCA designs, Comp II uses feedback gain reduction, a peak detector and an all-discrete Class A follower.

The outboard power supply makes sure this unit is quiet and usable around the world on any voltage. Switches are illuminated, making it easy to see what’s “on” in a dark room. The rear panel offers XLR electronically balanced inputs and electronically balanced XLR/¼” TRS outputs.

Purely analog, it’s so easy to get a sound you love. This compressor may easily become your favorite.

Who’s using Daking?

“…. Over the last few years I’ve used Daking mic pres and compressors on recording for artists such as Carole King, Tracy Bonham, Jane Siberry, Hanson, Michelle Branch, Rufus Wainright, Cafe Tacuba, Julieta Venegas, Juanes and many others…” — Joe Chiccarelli

"If you're looking for that vintage sound of a Trident A Range, and you want to add warmth to the digital recording chain, look no further: the Daking mic preamps add a distinctive sonic character that really make your recordings come alive!" — Butch Vig

About Daking Audio:

Geoff Daking started his career as a drummer for the band, The Blues Magoos, who toured with The Who in the ’60s. With two hits under his belt, Daking transitioned to the other side of the glass and engineered records for artists such as Eric Clapton, Hall & Oates, Rod Stewart, Meatloaf, Steve Stills, Cat Stevens, Kenny Loggins, Cyndi Lauper, Joan Osborne, James Brown, Luther Vandross, and many more. Since the ’70s, Daking has built over 20 studios, including facilities for Cyndi Lauper, Joan Osborne, and most recently, a multi-million-dollar facility for Big3 Entertainment.

Back in 1993, audio engineers quickly realized that the new recording equipment didn’t sound nearly as good as the older gear. Geoff Daking decided to do something about it. He approached Phil Wagner at Trident (whose A-Range console designed by Malcolm Toft and Barry Porter is still considered to be the best sounding console for rock & roll) and told Wagner that if Trident produced their preamps and EQs in rackmount form, people would buy them. In turn, Wagner suggested that Daking do it, since Trident had no interest in producing such units. Proving his perceptions correct, Geoff Daking bought the original Trident schematics, borrowed a racked Trident preamp from Lenny Kravitz for reference, and the rest is history.

Using only the finest, best-sounding components, Geoff Daking’s design philosophy is based on the concept of “get home early.” That is to say, Daking products are not loaded down with unnecessary, complex features—just what you need to get the job done right and quickly. Daking Audio makes very musical, solid, high-quality equipment that is very easy to use and cost effective. It’s equally important to recognize that there’s nothing like recording equipment built by someone who not only understands how the electronics work to make the most musical sound, but also has used it to record some of the greatest artists the world has known—and that defines Daking Audio.
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