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:
- Fredenstein's proprietary Reverse-Mancini FET architecture
- our advanced OPA2 discrete Audio Operational Amplifier
- 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.
Summary from review in Sound on Sound:
"Overall, I am very impressed with these Fredenstein Artistic Series modules. They both deliver very competent and credible performances (technically and musically) that are directly comparable with many far more expensive 500–series modules from leading manufacturers. Of course, some specialist high–end modules might provide more character, better specifications, or more flexibility, but for general everyday studio applications I found these Artistic modules to be extremely effective musical tools, and nothing about either of them made me want to reach for something ‘better’ — they both proved more than capable of handling all I threw at them, and delivered excellent results. At these kinds of prices and quality levels, they even make DIY modules look expensive, and yet there’s still the opportunity to tinker with the main gain stage by swapping it for other DIY or commercial discrete op amp modules. Highly recommended"