Golden Age Project Comp-3A

1-Channel vintage-style compressor

  • Transformer balanced input and output
  • Classic T4-style electro-optical attenuator for gain control with program-dependent attack and release time
  • Gain and peak reduction controls
  • VU meter for displaying gain reduction and output volume
  • Hard-wire bypass
  • XLR line input and 6.3 mm jack
  • XLR line output and 6.3 mm jack
  • Link input for stereo operation with a second Comp-3A
  • External power supply
  • Design: 9.5" / 2U

Further Information

Compressor Yes
Gate No
Peak Limiter Yes
2-Channel Unit No
Attack/Release Adjustable No
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Very disappointed with product and service
11.01.2017
I bought 2 Golden Age Comp-3A compressors from Thomann in September. Neither worked on arrival. I sent both back for repairs (took about 4 weeks round trip from the UK to Germany). One now works. Thomann have asked me to video the other one not working (i.e. they don't belive me) and have offered returning to them again as the only alternative - meaning I have to box it up and wait another 4 weeks, assuming it works 3rd time around.
Lessons: 1) This product is either unreliable or not sturdy enough for mail order. 2) Don't buy fragile kit from Thomann if you are based in the UK because if there is a problem, it takes a month to fix, given postal times.
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Nothing like a plugin
Soundshigh, 05.05.2019
I use this one to record vocals and voice overs mostly. Also electric guitars. I have used it during mixing to maximize drums or other material, which it's really good for.

I think it has a sort of a vintage sound, which counteracts nicely the digital, sometimes too pristine nature of modern recordings. For example, 99% of the time I record with an ELAM251 clone, which I really like, but has an extended HF range. I have set the sidechain detector of the COMP 3A to maximum HF, which means that it will react more to high frequency content. In this way, it pushes literally warms up the signal a bit, by compressing the upper range, and helps with strident or sibilant parts of the speech or any delivery.

The other thing is, it really helps with recording dynamic parts. You can compress a vocal with 20dB, and it is not exactly transparent, but too my ears, the compression and the coloration is almost always preferable.

I intend to get one more of these, or maybe a Comp 2A.
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