Roll Music Systems unveiled their Super Stereo compressor at AES New York (October 7-10). Roll Music Systems is also responsible for the Folcrom 16x2 passive summing bus, which allows the user to choose a summing amplifier from their microphone pre-amp collection.
The Super Stereo compressor has been designed specifically for stereo mix applications. Justin Morse, founder of Roll Music Systems, is a hands-on studio owner and builder of equipment. "The idea for the Super Stereo actually came from the original customer who commissioned the Folcrom. He asked me to build him an SSL clone from the plans on a group DIY forum," notes Morse. Instead of creating yet another clone, Morse decided to design his own version of a stereo bus compressor.
The result is the Super Stereo compressor. The unit will be 1-RU high and have a single set of controls for true stereo application. It will feature a switchable hipass filter on the side-chain along with attack and release controls, including an option to employ program dependent release.
"It has a short, clean signal path and the kind of smoothly aggressive response my customer was asking for to use on his stereo bus," says Morse. The unit is currently being beta tested by a few locals, including engineer/producer Tom Garneau (Prince, Sting, George Clinton).
"The highpass filter in the side-chain is great on heavy-bottomed mixes, keeps the kick and bass from pulling down the track. It's got that smack for less money. I've compared it to its more expensive counterparts and it ran neck and neck, sometimes surpassing." notes Garneau.
The Super Stereo will be available late 2005.
For more information, go to www.rollmusic.com.