SOC-1.1 is a stereo audio compressor. Our original classic compressor brings the vintage optical vibe into the modern studio for tracking, mixing and even mastering.
The use of Light Dependant Resistors (LDR) as the control element of an audio compressor was pioneered in the 1960's and we are all aware of the value placed on those famous vintage LA2A and LA3A units. The SOC-1.1 was designed not to copy, but to take that signature sound and improve on it by offering the user more control. The SOC-1.1 puts you in command of the dynamics rather than dealing with preset parameters.
The attack and release parameters of the SOC-1.1 can be set much faster than vintage opto compressors and there are 3 attack settings and 6 release setting including really useful and intelligent auto modes. The large knobs allow for easy recall of settings in mastering applications.
The design of the SOC-1.1 lead to the development of our differential drive side chain circuit which is unique to Buzz Audio and is used in all our optical compressors. This circuit processes the negative and positive portions of the audio wavefrom separately (attack and release parameters) and along with the "soft knee" characteristic creates a very smooth coherent compression action.
The SOC-1.1 is perfect for recording vocals, acoustic instruments and sounds really special on bass instruments. Our clever design destroys the myth that optical compressors are "too slow" for the mix buss and the SOC will provide instant musical "glue" in this application - never digging holes in your mix.