The STC-8 is a high quality compressor that delivers consistent gain control without sacrificing musical definition or harmonic richness. It utilizes a remarkably dependable peak limiter that provides overload protection that is critical to digital recording and broadcast transmitters. The STC-8 is engineered to provide musically transparent gain control, but is also capable of emulating vintage equipment and creating distinctive new sounds. In addition, a switchable enhancement circuit creates analog and tube-like warmth to enrich lifeless audio and digital recordings. This vast flexibility is simplified by the inclusion of several optimized presets, allowing fast, easy set-up on a wide variety of sounds. It can operate in true stereo or discrete independent mono, accessible by a front panel switch. The STC-8s features include:
- Simultaneous Compression/Limiting
- Discrete Class A
- Balanced/Transformerless I/O
- Quick & Easy Presets
- 'KI' & 'HARA' Sounds
- Transparent Overload Protection
The STC-8s sophisticated side-chain allows both compression and peak limiting to take place simultaneously, using the same proprietary gain control circuit. High signal quality is maintained by utilizing the discrete class A audio path and by eliminating any VCA or optical gain control elements.
Test av Barry Cleveland, Pro Audio:
"Processors that use Class A circuitry do not come cheap, but in the case of the STC-8's $3,250 retail, you definitely get what you pay for. It does not sound like any tube or solid-state compressor/limiter that I have ever heard. In fact, it is what it doesn't sound like that makes it special. If you are looking for a nasty-sounding monster-masher that will make electric guitars shred walls at 50 paces, then this is probably not the unit for you. But if you are looking for an extremely quiet and transparent dynamics processor that is versatile enough to squash most signals cleanly and musically, and also provide master- quality leveling and overload protection, you should give the Crane Song STC-8 a serious listen."