Looptrotter SA2RATE  From Looptrotter

Looptrotter

$599.00

Retail:  $899.00

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Manufacturer's Description from Looptrotter

The new version of SA2RATE is extended with a BOOST function, which amplifies the input level by 17 dB. Thanks to this option SA2RATE can directly cooperate with devices having a nominal output level of -10 dB, such as synthesizers, samplers, drum machines etc. It can also be directly inserted into effects loop in guitar amplifiers.

Simultaneously SA2RATE is equipped with a balanced output with nominal level of +4 dBu and can serve as in instrumental preamplifier.

With an input signal level of about +4 dBu the BOOST function allows extreme saturation and signal distortion, which significantly widens the sound scape available through SA2RATE.

SA2RATE is fully original design by LOOPTROTTER. It’s a result of many years of search and research on harmonic distortion and sound processing. SA2RATE will allow you to animate your mixes and introduce the characteristic, fat, analog sound into the digital world of recording and sound processing.

SA2RATE refers to the sound of old tube mixing consoles and tape recorders. It can smoothly even the signal and intelligently introduce the low order harmonics. It also serves as an analog soft limiter. It’s capable of increasing the level of RMS significantly in a very musical and ear friendly way.

With SA2RATE you can create solid and fat sound of instruments just during recording process. It also allows you to process already recorded tracks and subgroups during mixing. SA2RATE is fitted with perfectly paired channels which makes it applicable in mastering as well.

SA2RATE is equipped with the preemphasis and deemphasis circuits which significantly improve the processing of a signal with lots of low frequencies, especially drums and bass guitars. It’s also perfect for animating digital synthesizers, making them sound like old time analog synths. The reference point in working on SA2RATE was the saturation unit in Monster Compressor based on electron tubes. In SA2RATE we managed to achieve the characteristic sound of electron tubes using the semiconductors technology.

SA2RATE is rid of wearing away electron tubes which in combination with the highest quality components guarantees long-term seamless operation.

SA2RATE is extremely easy to operate. Each of the channels has two knobs:

DRIVE – saturation depth

OUTPUT – output level

BOOST switch - amplifies the input level by 17 dB

The saturation depth (the amount of harmonics introduced) is indicated with two LED diodes, lighting up at 4 and 8% THD.

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About Manufacturer

LOOPTROTTER Audio Engineering – a company founded in 2010 by Andrzej Starzyk from Warsaw, Poland. It comes as a result of over 10 years of research and experiments in the construction of pro audio, studio gear. The company encompasses passion, the pursuit of music and high-quality tone, as well as versatile knowledge and expertise in handling the sound, and singleness of purpose.

Looptrotter’s main objectives:

construction of original devices giving the sound this analog touch, warmth, and saturation so pleasing for both ears and soul,

combining the best solutions of all electronic technologies: electron tubes, discrete semiconductors, integrated circuits, microcontrollers...

construction of the most versatile but first of all creative and easy-to-use devices, complementing the cold and indifferent digital technology,

optimizing the signal path and meticulous selection of elements, targeting the best possibile sound,

continuous progress and perfecting the devices in terms of reliability and endurance.

Why yellow? Because in chromotherapy the yellow color proves to have a particular, positive influence on the human brain. It is believed to awaken and stimulate the mind, enhance creative thinking, and boost imagination. It helps to break through fixed notions and ideas. I’m confident, that this color best represents the objectives of Looptrotter company.

-Andrzej Starzyk