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Fredenstein Artistic Compressor 500 Series Compressor  From Fredenstein

This affordable 500-series compressor will surprise you with its high-quality sound and build quality, and also includes impressive features like wet/dry mixing for parallel compression and side-chain filtering!

Fredenstein Professional Audio


Retail:  $349.00

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Manufacturer's Description from Fredenstein

The Artistic Compressor is a single channel FET compressor with multi-channel link capability in the 500 series form factor. The compressor features rotary controls for Input Gain, Release Time, Compression Ratio, Make-up Gain and Wet-Dry Mixing (parallel compression). The Attack Time can be set in three steps, as well as the side-chain low cut filter. The LED bar-graph meter indicates the gain reduction in the range of 1dB to 16dB. It's punchy and detailed sound is generated by three mayor components:

1) Fredenstein's proprietary Reverse-Mancini FET architecture

2) our advanced OPA2 discrete Audio Operational Amplifier

3) the American made vintage style steel core output transformer

As all Fredenstein products, the Artistic Comp is designed by a German-American team and manufactured in Taiwan.

Fredenstein Professional Audio

About Manufacturer

Think about what is sonically missing in today's audio equipment and how you could achieve better results in recording and mastering? Now, many go back to well proven classic pieces of audio gear to fight the shortcomings of digital recording. Could that be the ultimate solution? Did the improvements in technology during the last 50 years really don't apply to recording? Using technologies from vacuum tubes to Digital Signal Processors, often in the same product, Fredenstein products combine the strength of each technology and avoiding their weaknesses. In addition we strongly believe in Zero-Negative-Feedback, negative feedback is a technique to make amplifiers more linear, but at the same time making them sounding harsh. This is one of the reasons modern equipment sounds so similar. Omitting negative feedback and using an internally and externally balanced designs which are very linear by design will yield a natural sound on a different level, warm, not dull or muffled, instead with a rich silky top-end and an impulse response will simply blow you away. Don't get us wrong, we are not talking about 「esoteric designs」, we believe very strongly in a scientific engineering approach.


We also provide pieces of long neglected equipment like precision analog meters. Even if you are working mostly inside the 「box」, metering your analog signal before it hits your converters is still very important and a great foundation for good recording. Fredenstein's state-of-the-art audio technology will help you throughout your chain to achieve truly outstanding results.

In addition, Fredenstein believes recording engineers deserve to have a more user friendly, more convenient and efficient pieces of equipment making the studio life easier and generate a more comfortable working environment. By minimizing the number of buttons and switches without sacrificing the functionality we deploy a clean user interface allowing you to get instantaneously familiar with the products.

Fredenstein Professional Audio Products are designed for audio professional in recording and broadcast studios as well as independent engineers and producers in their own facilities.

Fredenstein is focused to make a difference in Professional Audio. You can expect superior sound and high-end built quality from each of our products


Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz, +/- 1dB
Make-up Gain: + 20 dB
Distortion: < 0.05%, no compression
Noise: < -90 dB, no make-up gain
Input Impedance: > 5000 Ohms
Max. Input Level: + 26dBu
Output Impedance: 600 Ohms
Max. Output Level: + 26 dBu
Clip Indicator: + 24 dBu
Input Gain Range: -10 dB to +20 dB
Side-chain Filter: 150 or 300 Hz (switchable)
Attack Time: 0.5, 5, and 25 ms (switchable)
Release Time: 70ms to 2.5s
Compression Ratio: 2:1 to 20:1
Power Consumption: +/-16V < +/- 75mA (~2W) 





Artistic Compressor Manual

Manufacturer's Manual.