Thermionic Culture PHOENIX Stereo Tube Compressor


Thermionic Culture PHOENIX Stereo Tube Compressor

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The Phoenix SB is now the common production version in the Phoenix compressor. Alongside the now traditional circuit design from the original Phoenix, it incorporates the side chain filter controls from the preceding standard Phoenix SC model using the new addition of an HT standby switch.

The extra HT Standby switch allows the user to put the Phoenix into a low energy standby mode that’s made to improve the life from the unit’s valves and capacitors. When 1st switching on, or in the event the unit’s not in use for any although, possess the Standby on. Switch off Standby and it is going to instantaneously come back to full life.

We have also placed the meter zero controls on the front panel for significantly less difficult access. Both meters ought to read “0” when the Phoenix is off standby and not compressing. They can be adjusted easily by any user with no harm to the unit.

The side chain filters could be utilized to cut the Phoenix’s compression response to bass frequencies. The filter operates beneath either 150Hz or 300Hz on every single channel and when stereo link is engaged the filters operate in the common of the two sides. This enables the user to choose from five filter frequencies when in stereo operation.

The Phoenix is well known for its smooth “soft knee” compression characteristic and outstanding specifications. This implies that it could be utilized as a compressor that can not harm your signal top quality, whilst subtly controlling dynamic range. It is also possible to drive the unit harder to produce harmonic distortion and larger ratio compression if preferred. Numerous users have discovered these features bring life to mixes or individual instruments, and handle vocals, with a normal “warm” good quality.

Contrary for the above, users have discovered that in the event the unit is operated in standby mode (it nevertheless passes audio) a “symmetrical” distortion happens, not in contrast to that developed by overloading analogue tape. Possibly this truth alongside an exaggerated compression curve lends to the Phoenix in standby mode an additional dimension.


  • All valve design for greater presence and naturality.
  • Completely free from solid state additives.
  • Transparent compression.
  • Punchy when pushed.
  • Drive it hard for compression effects and distortion.
  • Absolutely flat frequency response over entire audio range and beyond.
  • Minimal phase shift giving a crisp and warm sound.
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Weight 33 lbs


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