TRAKKER is a high quality Single Channel Discrete Class A Compressor-Limiter. It functions either as a musically transparent compressor or as a vintage compressor-limiter with selectable hard or soft knee. It can create distinct new sounds or maximize existing ones. The TRAKKER has adjustable threshold, attack, release, knee shape, and makeup gain controls. In addition to these controls, a function switch allows the selection of transparent operation or vintage operations such as optical, air optical, soft knee, and hard knee - each with four different amplifier/gain control sounds.
The amplifier/gain control sounds are:
* Vintage (tube or old style class A)
* Transparent with VCA artifacts and
* Vintage with VCA artifacts.
The front panel contains a 22 element VU meter with over load indicator to show gain reduction and allow accurate monitoring of output levels. In the link mode the master unit controls all functions of the slave units except for make-up gain. An additional feature of the TRAKKER is the ability to link up to 8 units for surround mixing.
TRAKKER is a maximum-versatility toolkit for solving real-world recording, broadcast, and sound reinforcement problems with the utmost attention to signal quality. From single channel operation to bus compression, TRAKKER can provide an artistic choice of sounds at the flip of a switch
Test av Barry Rudolph, Pro Recording:
"Arriving at a sound with the Trakker is easy, but it helps if you have a good idea in mind of what kind of sound you want. There are many recommended start-up settings available for the first-time user. The manual suggests a UREI LA-3 leveling amp emulation by using Optical/Clean with Attack set to 4, Release set to 5.5 and the Knee at 6. If you use these settings and go to Optical/Vintage, then the sound would be closer the older tube LA-2 unit. (More settings of other vintage compressors are available at www.cranesong.com.)
I found the Trakker extremely useful for any compressor application with a sound that runs from extremely transparent and neutral to as grungy and colorful as you want. Priced at $1,695 (ex. tax) the Trakker provides the engineer with a whole palette of artistic sound choices in a single, versatile unit."