A very versatile optical compressor for 500 series frames with unique features including our famous opto sound.
The Buzz Audio Essence input is coupled directly to our proprietary light dependant resistor gain reduction element via a Lundahl LL1540 input transformer. This is followed by a discrete signal path using our class-a BE40 amplifier for gain make up and the BE50 high current line driver to excite the Lundahl LL1517 output transformer. All this creates a very warm low end sound along with extended top end clarity.
The Buzz Audio Essence is the only 500 series compressor (that we know of) to feature a side chain insert point so you can apply equalisation to the compression characteristic to control certain parts of the audio spectrum. The insert can also be used to “key” the compressor from another sound for all sorts of creative pumping effects. In addition, there is on board side chain eq allowing you to quickly adjust the compressor sensitivity at high and low frequencies.
The Buzz Audio Essence attack & release settings have been carefully selected for a varied dynamic palette and the intelligent auto modes allow for really good “set and forget” operation. The soft knee opto action is particuly excellent for tracking vocals and bass guitar.