RJR VCA+BAX Custom Buss Processor
The RJR VCA+BAX is an all in one compression and eq solution for all your 2-buss processing needs. The compressor section is the highly regarded RJR VCA buss compressor, in a ganged stereo configuration with all stepped controls. The EQ section is the equally loved RJR BAX equalizer in a dual mono configuration, also with all stepped controls. The compression, very clean and transparent, is the perfect way to give a mix that "sounds-like-a-record" glue. Matching the sonic character of the compressor is the Bax EQ, which is very clean and musical, giving the user broad control over the tonal spectrum of any stereo mix.
Both the RJR VCA and the RJR BAX are high performance modern solid state circuits, that use ultra clean high speed opamps, WIMA film caps, low esr electrolytic caps, and 1% metal film resistors. This combination of components creates a clean and transparent audio character, a level frequency response through the entirety of the frequency spectrum, and an ultra low noise floor.
The RJR VCA+BAX is not a unit that you use to change the sound of a mix, but rather you would use it to preserve the entire sonic character of a mix without imprinting any new sonic artifacts onto it. It is designed for high end mixing and mastering situations where transparency and fidelity are critical in the process of controlling both dynamics and tonality.
This particular unit was built in 2017 for a customer who placed a custom order. The customer wasn't able to pay for the order when it was ready, and so the unit is now available for anyone who wishes to purchase it. This particular unit, if ordered as a new custom order, would cost $4,000.00 with the set of optional features that it has. It is being offered at a 10% discount to help it move along. This VCA+BAX has not left the RJR workshop since it was completed, tested, and calibrated. This is a brand new unit that has never been racked. And unlike a normal RJR custom order, there is no lead time of several months. This unit can ship to you immediately!
THRESHOLD: stepped in 24 positions via ELMA rotary switch
OUTPUT: 0 to +20dB in 24 even steps via ELMA rotary switch
BLEND: Full wet to full dry in 24 steps via ELMA rotary switch
ATTACK: .03, .06, .1, .3, .6, 1, 3, 6, 10, 30, 60, and 100 milliseconds
RELEASE: .06, .08, .1, .3, .6, .9, 1.2, 1.8, 2.4 seconds, and Auto
RATIO: 1.5:1, 2:1, 4:1, and 10:1
SIDECHAIN FILTER: OFF, 60, 150, 250, 500, and 1kHz
DIST/NORM: engages distortion mode, which turns the compressor into a THD processor. NORM turns off distortion mode for normal clean compressor operation.
COMP IN/OUT: compressor engaged/compressor hard bypassed
METER: toggle switch changes the gain reduction scale on the meter from 0-10dB to 0-20dB
LOW BOOST/CUT: +/- 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4.5, 5.5, 6.5, and 7.5dB
LOW FREQUENCY: 20, 30, 40, 60, 85, and 120Hz
MID BOOST/CUT: +/- 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4.5, 5.5, 6.5, and 7.5dB
MID FREQUENCY: 200, 400, 800, 2k, 4k, 7kHz
HIGH BOOST/CUT: +/- 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4.5, 5.5, 6.5, and 7.5dB
HIGH FREQUENCY: 9k, 13k, 16k, 20k, 27k, and 40kHz
LOW CUT FILTER: OFF, 10, 20, and 40Hz
EQ IN/OUT: EQ engaged/EQ hard bypassed
E-C/C-E: changes signal path order, EQ-COMP or COMP-EQ
CINEMAG INPUT: engages Cinemag input transformers. Electronically balanced input when not engaged.
LUNDAHL OUTPUT: engages Lundahl output transformers. Electronically balanced output when not engaged.
Custom order options list:
-RJR VCA stereo buss compressor in ganged stereo configuration
-6 position sidechain filter
-parallel blend control
-24 position ELMA rotary switch for threshold control
-24 position ELMA rotary switch for output control
-24 position ELMA rotary switch for blend control
-dual scale gain reduction metering
-RJR BAX stereo baxandall 3 band EQ in dual mono configuration
-24 position ELMA rotary switch for all boost/cut controls
-EQ low cut filter via pushbutton bank
-Cinemag input transformers
-Lundahl output transformers
-5U 3mm thick bronze anodize front panel with white infill engraving
-new reproduction snyth-style knobs
-vintage Westinghouse gain reduction meter with custom face
-illuminated pushbutton switches