The first product from Vertigo Sound is the VSC-2, a.k.a. Quad Discrete Compressor. It is so named, because it uses 4 VCAs built by hand using only discrete components.
Its design is a nod toward the best VCA based compressors of the 70s and 80s.
The Vertigo VCA is in fact named 1979. Some of the best features of these classic Compressors have been complimented in the VSC. This classic based sound is combined with a modern mastering grade signal path. Some unique and innovative features lie beneath the bonnet, such as the ratio which increases with level in 'Soft' mode.
The heart of the VSC-2 - the discrete VCA 1979
99% of all newer designs use an I-ntegrated C-ircuit for this job which makes production easy and cost extensive.
Here's the big difference
The Vertigo Sound 1979 is a fully discrete handbuilt V-oltage C-ontrolled A-mplifier.
This VCA colours the signal the more you compress and "make up" the output.
This basic effect plus a very well thought out circuitry and choice of components gives you a fresh, punchy precise sound without sounding dull or nasty even if the unit is pushed hard.
One for all! True Mono and True Stereo
Dual - Mono, no shared contols
Stereo Mode Channel A controls become master
The Stereo signal is phase coherent under all settings
No phase shift or L-R problems can occur due to the innovative SC design
The Signal path is of Mastering quality
Real stereo mode! Channel A is stereo master
There is a minimum of circuitry with a hard relay bypass
Settings from Soft Knee (Soft=TipToe) to Hard Knee (Brick)
The Ratio selection switch compensates to provide equal loudness, allowing immediate comparison
Side chain High Pass Filters with two switchable frequencies are provided onboard
Metering is analogue with carefully chosen ballistics, and beautifully lit!
Handsome parameter control via customized scale ranges
Internal components are of the ultimate quality, modified where necessary
A Toroid transformer ensures no PSU noise
The '1979' VCA is made of individual components, no Integrated Circuits
Encased in a ceramic material for thermal stability
This 1979 unit adds character to the sound, similar to some Vintage units;
The harder it compresses the more it colours
This VCA delivers Real Analogue punch, so difficult to achieve with modern software plug-ins
A Jensen transformer and a state of the art line-out driver complete the picture by providing perfectly balanced In and Outs
Stereo / Dual Mono switchable
Jensen Balanced In. That 1646 or Burr Brown Balanced Out