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Vintage Dynamics 'To-Go': BAE Audio Ships 500C Lunchbox FET Compressor

Vintage Dynamics 'To-Go': BAE Audio Ships 500C Lunchbox FET Compressor

North Hollywood, Calif. – August 17, 2017 – BAE Audio, manufacturer of best-in-class analogue gear, has announced that its 500 series format compressor, the 500c, is now shipping. The unit is also BAE Audio’s first FET compressor, faithfully capturing the mix-defining circuits of the 60s and 70s. 

This compact, yet sonically rich dynamics processor, available through BAE Audio authorized dealers for $950 was unveiled at NAMM 2017 and packs authentic, vintage tone into a small and easily transportable footprint. As the first 500 series compressor offered by BAE Audio, the 500c provides the 'glue' needed to take any recording chain to the next level, or to help instruments sit properly in the mix. It is also one more step towards achieving the 'all-BAE' 500 series channel strip.

“Our users have been very excited about the possibility of bringing BAE quality to the 500 series format, and we have a ton of requests for our first lunchbox dynamics processor, which is now a reality,” says BAE Audio President Mark Loughman. “Despite the inherently compact specifications of the format, the 500C deivers the 'big' compressor sound that has made FET circuits essential for both recording and mixing. When used in combination with our 1073MP and EQs such as the B15 or G10, users can now unlock that timeless vintage sound in a 500 series rack."

Hop on the Vintage Hit Parade
FET compressors of the '60s and '70s, which have been heard on countless hit records, inspired the design of 500C’s circuit — which features controls for input and output gain, plus the four selectable, time-honored compression rations of 4:1, 8:1, 12:1, 20:1, and the beloved “All Buttons In” setting popularized on its progenitors. A switchable high-pass filter can be engaged to protect the low-end integrity of bass-heavy input sources or busses while still achieving peak reduction. The 500C is exceedingly versatile and is particularly appropriate for drums, vocals, and bass guitar. The dynamics section is easily bypassed via a front-facing button, allowing users to A/B the signal both with and without compression.

In addition to serving as a versatile dynamics processor, the premium components used in the signal path of the 500C deliver extremely musical analog warmth. The unit’s three 2520 style opamps combine with a transformer-coupled output to bring unmatched clarity and richness to any signal. Like all BAE Audio gear, the 500C is hand-wired in California to ensure the highest possible quality control.

The 500C is priced at $950 and is available through BAE Audio's network of authorized retaillers. For more information on the 500C, please visit

About BAE Audio
BAE Audio is a U.S.-based manufacturer of high-end microphone preamp and equalizers, all of which are faithful to vintage designs of the seventies and before. The company is committed to the vintage philosophy of hand wiring and hand soldering all of its components to achieve a high quality and authentically vintage sound. For more information on BAE Audio, please visit our website at

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About BAE Audio

British Audio Engineering are manufactures of high end microphone preamp/equalizers faithful to vintage designs of the seventies and earlier. With a penchant for high quality transformers, everything is as close to the vintage philosophy as possible. All BAE equipment is hand-wired and soldered using discreet electronics, rather than economized on a circuit board.

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