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Foote Control Systems P3S Stereo Compressor - Used  From Other

An uber-versatile compresor from Foote!


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Condition: Used, Excellent

The Foote P3S represents stereo boutique compression at it’s finest! 

Commonly thought of as containing the general compression “glue” most engineers seek for their 2 bus, the P3S boasts a slightly warmer and refined tone and a greater sense of depth than the traditional SSL-style bus compressor. The combination of it’s responsive and cohesive compression capabilities with this subtle harmonic coloration seems to add even more unification to the source material, making it a clear favorite of mine for 2 bus and drum buss work, but also fantastic for individual sources and even during tracking. 


While the controls on the left half of the unit fall within your traditional and approachable compression parameters (Attack, Release, Threshold, Ratio, Gain), the controls on the right half provide more nuanced and advanced controls to fine tune the compression for taste. The ability to add a high-pass filter at 100 Hz to the detector path is, in my opinion, a must have for controlling unwanted pumping during 2 bus compression. The option to switch between Feed Forward and Feed Back compression stylings offers the units two distinct voices: modern punch and responsiveness or smoother, more transparent compression. 

Moving to the “T/C” section (Time Constant controls), the P3S offers three separate modes. The “A/R” button, if left unpressed, will disable the the manual Attack and Release controls and turn them into automatic responders. I typically found myself using the manual Attack and Release times for more precise bus compression, however the automatic mode works very well when doing smaller amounts of compression or on more sustained sources. The “N/L” mode changes the compressor to adapt its Attack and Release based on the source material, and is excellent on bass and vocals, but also for adding an fantastic explosive character to drums (especially in Feed Forward mode). Finally, the “RMS” mode also features an adaptive response based on source material, but generally offers a smoother overall compression and a slightly more open tonality. “RMS” combined with the Feed Back mode produced and incredibly smooth, warm, and open tone that added the perfect polish to a more vibey soul mix I ran through it. 

For being just a single rack space, Roger Foote packed an incredible amount of power into the P3S! With it’s ability to cover so many different sources and scenarios, it’s wealth of controls offering both modern punchy sounds and smoother, more vintage sounds, the P3S really can do it all and without sacrificing quality. Of course with any piece of gear offering this amount of control, it make take a few uses of the P3S to fully understand its nuances, however once you understand how to maximize its tonal and performance flexibility, you’ll be able to cover near every compression need you can imagine!

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Here at Sound Pure we hand-select used and vintage pieces of gear for our inventory. Our used selection always reflects the high standards of quality and craftsmanship that we expect from all of our manufacturers.   We are a small team of dedicated experts, located in Durham, NC.  We buy, trade, and consign instruments that we truly believe in.  Because of this, we have developed a reputation of quality and trust with our customers, located all over the world.   Our best customers are the ones that truly understand our personal touch and commitment to everything we sell, and range from hobbyists and enthusiasts to some of the biggest names in the business.  Our passion bridges the products we love with the real relationships we develop with our customer - whether they are a lifelong musician, or they are just getting started on their musical journey but care about value, quality, and being treated right.  

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Sound Pure's inventory is constantly changing, ever-evolving, with some items sold before reaching the website.    Looking for something specific? Have questions about this product's condition or history?  Want more photos, or to simply chat with an expert who's had his hands on this actual piece of gear?  It is truly our pleasure to talk with our customers, please do contact us now.  


P3S Stereo Compressor Features

  • Pristine, all analog audio path
  • Fully balanced audio I/O on gold plated Neutrik XLR connectors
  • Switchable Cinemag output transformers
  • High quality Mil Spec potentiometers
  • Gold plated switch contacts
  • RMS Mode that uses the human ear's responses as a compression model
  • A/R Mode that allows the user to custom tailor attack and release times
  • N/L mode that automatically adjusts time constants using program material content
  • A high pass filter at 100 Hz before the detector to limit how much low frequencies contribute to overall compression shape
  • Threshold range from -50dB to +15dB
  • Ratio continuously variable from 1:1 through 12:1
  • Makeup gain range from -20dB to +20dB
  • Fast LED metering to display the gain reduction of the compressor.
  • Maximum ouput level of +27dBu
  • Phantom power protected output structure.
  • Input Impedance: 20K Ohms balanced, 10K Ohms unbalanced
  • Output impedance: 50 Ohm
  • Output automatically configures itself for balanced or unbalanced loads. (Pin 3 must be grounded during use with unbalanced inputs)