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 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.
Input: Floating, balanced. Max input+25 dBm
Input connectors: XLR
Output: Floating, balanced. Max output +25 dBm
Output connectors: XLR
Input and Output: Pin 2 is Sig + , Pin 3 is Sig- , Pin 1 is GND
Side Chain: Floating, balanced
Power: 100, 120, 230,240 volt; 50/60 Hz; 55 watts
Fuse: MDL .3A Fuse for 230V and 240V
Pilot Lamp: # 7335
Shipping Weight: 19 lbs. (8.6 kg)
Depth Behind Panel: 12.5 inches (31.75 cm) plus cabling
"Well, Dave's done it again - the Solaris is among the best converters I've ever heard, very smooth and clean. The added ability to use this as a portable monitoring DAC is amazing. I'm buying one."
"Cranesong equipment is an indispensable part our our mastering studio. Every source we listen to we're monitoring through our Avocet controller, and from the Hedd 192 convertors driving our analogue chain to the transparent compression of the STC8 at the end of it, everything that passes through our analogue process passes through Cranesong gear.