At a glance, most of the Features of the Stereo VCA Compressor TM212b
are identical to the TM212 Stereo
however, there are some differences. Like the TM212 the 'b' versions has a
long tradition as dynamics section of stereo input modules of large format consoles
like the MAGNUM V3 by adt-audio.
The regulation characteristics, huge control ranges,
and the extensive feature set make it possible to set up the TM212b from acting
like an aggressive FET compressor to a slow and cozy opto compressor and anything
in between. The module can replace many 'one purpose' devices and - like a versatile
dynamics section in a console stereo channel is supposed to - can cover many
applications of a stereo compressor.
Apart from handpicked ac/dc converters for precise stereo tracking and
faster response in the PEAK setting of the Crest switch as well a longer integration
time of the RMS setting, the Stereo VCA compressor adds parallel compression
in the module to the feature
set of the TM212.
In addition to many standard settings, the TM212b stereo vca compressor can
achieve a loudness
gain of 10 to 15 dB without loosing transients and natural sound performance.
By the extended range of the attack control, settings are possible that let the
peaks pass thru without regulation, while the 'breakdown' after the peak is compressed
effectively by a very short release time and deep regulation.