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Chandler Germanium Compressor Contents of the user manual for the Chandler Germanium Compressor
  • Product category: Dynamics Processors Chandler
  • Brand: Chandler
  • Description and content of package
  • Technical information and basic settings
  • Frequently asked questions – FAQ
  • Troubleshooting (does not switch on, does not respond, error message, what do I do if...)
  • Authorized service for Chandler Dynamics Processors

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User manual for the Chandler Germanium Compressor contain basic instructions that need to be followed during installation and operation. Before starting your appliance, the user manual should be read through carefully. Follow all the safety instructions and warnings, and be guided by the given recommendations. User manual is an integral part of any Chandler product, and if it is sold or transferred, they should be handed over jointly with the product. Following the instructions for use is an essential prerequisite for protecting health and property during use, as well as recognition of liability on the part of the manufacturer for possible defects should you make a warranty claim. Download an official Chandler user manual in which you will find instructions on how to install, use, maintain and service your product.

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Product description

The Chandler Limited Germanium Compressor (Matched Pair) is a 1RU 19" rackmountable unit designed for dynamic signal processing for tracking, mixing, and mastering. The compressor's circuit design was tuned by ear for musicality and each unit is hand assembled in the U.S.A.

The unit features a class A amplifier with transformer-balanced input and output stages. The compression circuit utilizes an FET gain reduction element to control the amount of 2nd and 3rd harmonic distortion. A Dirty Comp/Clean Comp switch allows the total harmonic distortion of the circuit to range from 0.2 to 0.5% in Clean mode and 2 to 5% in Dirty mode which adds vibrance and warmth to the signal. To control the compression curve, the unit utilizes a selectable combination of resistors, Germanium diodes, silicon diodes and Zener diodes. Each setting selects a different compression curve from gentle to hard and changes the overall tone of the signal.

The unit also features controls to hardwire bypass the compression circuit, adjust the input gain, change the sidechain low frequency setting, adjust the compression ratio, adjust the wet/dry mix, and adjust the compression attack and release times. A Link switch allows you to link two compressors together for stereo operation. The output stage of the unit features a Germanium drive control for the Germanium amplifier which is connected to a feedback control. The feedback control changes the amount of output signal that is fed back into the input stage which subsequently changes the total harmonic distortion and tonality of the signal. A meter display provides visual feedback of the compression process.

For I/O, the unit features a mono XLR input, and a 1/4" TRS sidechain connection. The unit is powered by ±28 V and requires the Chandler Limited PSU-1 MKII power supply (sold separately).
  • Provides variable gain control over the incoming signal
    Clean/Dirty Comp
  • Utilizes a FET compressor circuit design to control the presence of 2nd and 3rd harmonics
  • Controls the amount of signal entering the compressor detector with settings of OUT, 30, 60, 90, 150, and 300 Hz
    Hardwire Bypass
  • Enables A/B comparison of the signal with and without compression, as well as comparing the tonal differences between the gain and feedback settings
    Compressor Curve
  • Utilizes resistors, Germanium diodes, silicon diodes, Zener diodes, and combinations of diodes to control the compressor's ratio
    Germanium Drive
  • Controls the output gain of the Germanium amplifier and operates in conjunction with the feedback control
  • Controls the rate at which the compressor engages and disengages from fast to slow
  • Links two compressors together
    Feedback Control
  • Changes the amount of output signal that is fed back into the compressor's input and the tonality of the overall signal
  • Controls the ratio of signal over the threshold to the amount of compression applied from gentle to hard
  • Mixes the compressed and uncompressed signal
In the Box Chandler Germanium Compressor (Matched Pair)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents

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    Technical parameters


    Channels Mono
    Circuit Discrete transistor
    Connectors I/O: 1 x transformer-balanced 3-pin XLR
    Sidechain: 1 x transformer-balanced 1/4" TRS
    Power ± 28V
    Rack Installation 1RU
    Dimensions 19" x 1.75 x 13" (48.3 x 4.45 x 33.0 cm)
    Weight 11 lb (5.0 kg)
    Package Weight 23.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 22.5 x 15.0 x 9.0"


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