Warm Audio Bus-Comp 2-channel Stereo VCA Bus Compressor

Warm Audio Bus-Comp 2-channel Stereo VCA Bus Compressor - Studio L1fe

Warm Audio Bus-Comp 2-channel Stereo VCA Bus Compressor

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Warm Audio Bus-Comp 2-channel Stereo VCA Bus Compressor

Stereo VCA Bus Compressor with 5 Ratios, Side Chain Input and Filter, and Cinemag Transformers

Classic VCA Bus Compressor Design Reimagined

The mystique of old-school analog gear is undeniable, with certain pieces achieving legendary status. One of which is the classic VCA stereo bus compressor that has graced countless hit records with its characteristic mojo and unmistakable vibe. However, at Sweetwater, we know these storied units can carry hefty price tags, making them inaccessible to some home recordists and project studio owners. So, Warm Audio made it their mission to shatter the cost ceiling and put the magical sound of the classic design into as many hands as possible with the Warm Audio Bus-Comp stereo VCA bus compressor. But they didn’t stop at the original specs, adding new features and functionally to expand upon the Bus-Comp’s inspiration, including the ability to insert CineMag transformers into the signal path for added depth and color. Whether you’re using it on your front end for drum overheads, room mics, or keyboards, or on the back end to glue together your mix, the Warm Audio Bus-Comp Stereo VCA Bus Compressor is the right tool for the task.



Boutique bus compressor, ready-to-wear price

To impart the Bus-Comp with its boutique-caliber sonics, Warm Audio chose premium components, such as custom USA-made CineMag transformers and THAT Corporation VCAs. Using efficient, modern manufacturing techniques, Warm Audio removed unnecessary cost from the units, keeping the price tag low without having to compromise quality. That means you get all the vibey VCA compression at a fraction of the price!

Familiar functionality with some welcome additions

The Warm Audio Bus-Comp is deceptively simple, with six knobs for controlling Threshold, Attack, Ratio, Release, HPF, and Makeup gain. Still, it is extremely flexible and capable of handling any level of compression, from light mastering-style compression to heavy over-compressed sounds, all while retaining a musical tone. Other controls include a compressor bypass switch for quick A/B comparison, external sidechain engage, and transformers engage for adding rich harmonics and coloration to the compressed signal.

Warm Audio Bus-Comp Stereo VCA Bus Compressor Features:

  • Classic VCA bus compressor design with modern appointments
  • Premium components including CineMag transformers and THAT Corporation VCAs
  • 5 ratio settings, from 1.5:1 to 10:1
  • Attack times from 0.3 to 30 ms; Release times from 0.3 secs to 1.2 secs, plus auto-release
  • 30Hz to 185Hz highpass filter and external sidechain input
  • Compressor engage switch for quick A/B comparison
  • Insert transformers into the signal chain for added color and depth
  • Excels at gluing together a stereo mix or adding punch to overheads, room mics, and other audio sources
Specification Detail
Type VCA Compressor
Number of Channels 2 (stereo, dual mono)
Controls Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Release, Make-Up, Highpass Filter
Threshold -20dB to +20dB
Ratio 1.5:1 to 10:1
EQ Highpass Filter: 30Hz, 60Hz, 105Hz, 125Hz, 185Hz
Frequency Response 18Hz-22kHz
Inputs 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4"
Outputs 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4"
Sidechain I/O 1 x XLR
Rack Spaces 1U
Power Source Standard IEC AC cable

Customer Reviews

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vikky
Best buss compressor I've ever owned...

I wasn't sure if I was going to love this unit but now I can't imagine what my mixes would be without this unit. The transformers add definition and clarity. I love the hpf on this unit so my low end doesn't pump unless I want it to. All the knobs have great feel, and the Vu meter looks fantastic and had a vintage vice to it. It only took minutes to have it installed in my rack and patched to my mix buss. I highly recommend any one looking for a great buss compressor look into this unit.

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LouskyV
Good Bus Compressor

Very happy with this compressor.. This was my first analog piece of hardware so it takes some getting used to.. Warm makes great gear for an affordable price!

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Penny Fair
Sweet kit!!

Killer quality and sound. It definitely widens the stereo field a bit. The transformer button wont be for everyone. I tried it on the 2 track and didnt like it, but gave it a go on the bass buss and yeah dude big time.

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Richard
Great Buss Comp

Really like it - just got it and only tried it on test material - can't wait to use it on my new productions. BTW, I use it with my multi-channel interface and send the mix to the Bus Comp via sends and return via unused inputs on the same interface- no issues.. As usual great Warm quality and price


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vikky
Best buss compressor I've ever owned...

I wasn't sure if I was going to love this unit but now I can't imagine what my mixes would be without this unit. The transformers add definition and clarity. I love the hpf on this unit so my low end doesn't pump unless I want it to. All the knobs have great feel, and the Vu meter looks fantastic and had a vintage vice to it. It only took minutes to have it installed in my rack and patched to my mix buss. I highly recommend any one looking for a great buss compressor look into this unit.

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LouskyV
Good Bus Compressor

Very happy with this compressor.. This was my first analog piece of hardware so it takes some getting used to.. Warm makes great gear for an affordable price!

P
Penny Fair
Sweet kit!!

Killer quality and sound. It definitely widens the stereo field a bit. The transformer button wont be for everyone. I tried it on the 2 track and didnt like it, but gave it a go on the bass buss and yeah dude big time.

R
Richard
Great Buss Comp

Really like it - just got it and only tried it on test material - can't wait to use it on my new productions. BTW, I use it with my multi-channel interface and send the mix to the Bus Comp via sends and return via unused inputs on the same interface- no issues.. As usual great Warm quality and price