The Chimera is a single channel 500 series compatible Opto compressor, and can be used for mono applications, or can be paired with a second Chimera for stereo applications.
The Chimera contains a transformer input & output, as well as all discrete circuitry and a Class AB transistor output circuit. At the heart of the Chimera is the T4B optical cell, which utilizes an Electroluminescent (EL) panel and photo resistor cells to achieve gain reduction.
Faithfully replicating the vintage LA3A design, The Serpent Chimera brings the classic Opto sound to 500 series format. Featuring an all discrete circuit design, Orange Drop and Elna capacitors, full steel enclosure & cover, class AB transistor output, true T4B optical cell, and transformer balanced input & output, the Chimera delivers the thick, rich, & smooth opto compression sound that you're looking for.
All units are made in the USA to an exceptional level of craft and workmanship.
All Discrete Transistor DesignTransformer Balanced Input & OutputTrue T4B Optical Cell (User Replaceable/Upgradable)Cinemag Input TransformerFull Steel Enclosure & Cover (for maximum signal shielding)Custom Wound Interstage and Output Transformers (Made to Original Specifications)Infamous "Mod" Incorporated (increases signal to noise ratio)Hard Bypass (Relay Controlled)Stereo LinkableHF Sidechain Boost (for De-Essing)Compress/Limit Mode - Sealed PotsSifam VU MeterVPR Compliant (100mA total power consumption)Made In The USA
Maximum Current Consumption: 70mA @ +/-16VInput: Transformer Balanced InputOutput: Transformer Balanced OutputMaximum Input Level: +16dbuMaximum Output Level: +19dbuMaximum Output Load: 600 OhmAttack Time: 1.5ms or Less (Program Dependent)Release Time: Program DependentGain: 50db (+/-1dbu)Gain Reduction Element: T4B Optical CellFrequency Response: (20Hz-20KHz)Noise Floor: -80dbu
Manufacturer Part Number : CHIMERA