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D.W. Fearn Vt-7 Stereo …

D.W. Fearn Vt-7 Stereo  ...D.W. Fearn – D.W. Fearn Vt-7 Stereo Compressor
The D.W. Fearn VT-7 Stereo Compressor has an all Class-A vacuum tube audio path, like all Fearn audio products. The gain reduction elements utilize circuitry that duplicates the sound and characteristics of the finest classic vacuum tube compressors, without depending on tubes that are no longer manufactured. The control circuitry is modern solid-state analog. The two channels may be used independently or linked together for stereo. A built in sidechain high-pass filter may be selected to reduce the compression on bass-heavy material. Controls (each channel): Threshold Gain Attack Release Harder/Softer Separate/Link/Link HPF The VU meters may be switched between indicating gain reduction or output level. The VT-7 Compressor has a highly transparent sound, although it can be used more aggressively when needed. Artifacts of the compression process are substantially lower than in most other compressors. The two channels may be used independently, or linked for stereo. In addition, a third position on the Link switch inserts a high-pass filter (HPF) in the sidechain to reduce the gain-reduction sensitivity of the VT-7 to low frequencies. This is a gentle roll-off, nominally at 100Hz. This allows a bass-heavy mix to have a better frequency balance, and prevents heavy low-frequency audio from modulating the audio level. The VT-7 is equally adept in tracking as well as a bus compressor. Even jazz and classical tracks can be sent through the VT-7 for some mild gain control without obvious effect other than a significant improvement in the overall sound of the mix. Design PhilosophyLike all D.W. Fearn products, the VT-7 stereo compressor is a no-compromise design. From the quarter-inch thick front panel painted with the finest polyurethane finishes to the choice of all components and controls, the VT-7 is built to look as great as it sounds. Fearn build prAll class-A triode vacuum tube audio path All controls are independent and can be used in any combination Constructed of heavy-gauge aluminum
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D.W. Fearn Vt-2 Dual Channel Vacuum Tube …

D.W. Fearn Vt-2 Dual Channel Vacuum Tube  ...D.W. Fearn – D.W. Fearn Vt-2 Dual Channel Vacuum Tube Microphone Preamplifier
The VT-series microphone preamplifiers from D.W. Fearn will change the way you think of audio quality. The transparency is astounding. Vocals sound smoother, warmer, more intimate, with a compelling presence. Any microphone and any sound will benefit from the improved clarity, definition, and lack of solid-state artifacts. The VT-2 preamplifier recreates the sound of classic tube preamps of the 1960s. Modern components and computer-optimized circuitry, unavailable during the vacuum tube era, elevate this design to a new level of performance. The VT-2 mic preamp was designed for optimal sonic quality, reliability, and durability. Like the best tube equipment of the 1950s and ’60s, the VT-2 is built on a heavy-guage aluminum chassis, utilizing point-to-point wiring. Each vacuum tube is selected for minimum noise and microphonics, and maximum sonic clarity. The front panel switches control sealed, gold-contact precision relays for all audio switching, eliminating the possibility of dirty contacts degrading the sound and minimizing the internal audio path. Four class-A triode amplifier sections (in two tubes) in each channel comprise the entire active circuit. This surprisingly simple circuit, along with top-quality components and careful design optimization, results in the sonic superiority that the VT-2 has become known for. All over the globe, VT-2 preamps are in daily use in the world’s best studios, as well as in home project studios, helping many top recording artists achieve the best possible sound. Important Note: Due to heat given off by tubes, D.W. Fearn recommends that you provide at least one rack unit (RU) of space above and below their audio rack products. For proper cooling and a refined look for your rack, we highly recommend using D.W. Fearn Vented Rack Panels (#180296). Single-channel version D.W. Fearn VT-1 also available (see #180271). History of the VT-1 and VT-2 Vacuum TuAll vacuum-tube design Clean and airy high end Fat low end Unsurpassed warmth, transparency, and musicality Lo-Z input position for superior performance with transformerless mics Phase (polarity) reverse switch +48 volt phantom power (completely disconnected when off) Custom-design Jensen input and output transformers for superb sonics 20 dB input pad (switchable) True VU meters (amplifier isolated) All point-to-point audio wiring High-performance, fully regulated power supplies with exceptional reserve Gold input and output XLR connectors Polypropylene and polystyrene coupling capacitors All audio switching through gold-contact, sealed precision relays International operation on 100, 120, or 220 VAC, 50/60 Hz CE certified, RoHS-compliant +4 dBm output – conservatively rated precision components and rugged construction for stability and long life Line-level processing with the LP-1 Line Pad (see #
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D.W. Fearn Vrp-1 Red Vented Rack …

D.W. Fearn Vrp-1 Red Vented Rack  ...D.W. Fearn – D.W. Fearn Vrp-1 Red Vented Rack Panel
Fearn presents this 1.75 inch (1RU) ventilated rack panel that is painted with the same high-gloss polyurethane paint we use on all our products. The audio rack panel has a small D.W. Fearn logo and vacuum tube icon in gold. The VRP-1 panel is made of high-quality steel, and will match the color of any D.W. Fearn gear made since 2006. (The color may be slightly different for some older units yet the differences in most cases are not too significant.) Fearn recommends that you provide at least one rack unit (RU) of space above and below their audio rack products. This is especially important for the more complex products like the VT-7 Compressor (#180292) and the VT-5 Stereo Equalizer (#180291), which have many tubes and generate considerable heat while operating. 1.75 inch (1RU) ventilated rack panel Made of high-quality steel
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D.W. Fearn Vt-5 Stereo …

D.W. Fearn Vt-5 Stereo  ...D.W. Fearn – D.W. Fearn Vt-5 Stereo Equalizer
The VT-5 Stereo Equalizer is a dual-channel version of the acclaimed D.W.Fearn VT-4 LC Equalizer (see #180274). The frequencies, steps, curves, etc. are exactly the same. The VT-5 is a true stereo equalizer, with one set of controls that work on both channels simultaneously. This equalizer will change the way you think of EQ. It’s smooth and sweet, and can be very subtle at mild settings, but quite strong with aggressive use of the controls. Creative use of the low boost and cut will create a powerful bass that has to be heard to be believed. The high boost adds just the right brightness to vocals, guitars, any sound, or even an entire mix. Even with extreme settings, the VT-5 will never sound harsh. This single-channel equalizer uses passive LC circuitry with class-A triode vacuum tube stages for the input and output. The tube circuitry is largely derived from the VT-1 (#180271)/VT-2 (#180272) mic preamp design, so the equalizer has much the same sonic character as the preamps. The LC-style passive equalization circuitry is based on the classic designs that are still the best-sounding way to achieve high-quality tonal control. The input is line-level, transformer-balanced bridging. An active vacuum tube input section has adjustable gain to accommodate input signals as low as -10 dBm. The input transformer is made by Jensen. The output stage utilizes the same custom Jensen transformer used on the VT-1/VT-2 mic preamps. All controls on the VT-5 equalizer are stepped for precise repeatability and uniform matching between units. High-quality rotary switches are used with 1% metal-film resistors. All of the audio capacitors are polystyrene or polypropylene. The inductors are also custom-made for Fearn by Jensen Transformers Inc. The equalizer is constructed of heavy-gauge aluminum, with a 3RU (5.25 inch), 1/4-inch thick front panel, finished in D.W. Fearn red. It matches the VT-1/VT-2 series of mic preampDual-channel Equalizer Passive LC circuitry with class-A triode vacuum tube stages All controls are independent and can be used in any combination Input transformer is made by Jensen Constructed of heavy-gauge aluminum
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D.W. Fearn Vt-4 …

D.W. Fearn Vt-4  ...D.W. Fearn – D.W. Fearn Vt-4 Equalizer
The VT-4 equalizer from D.W. Fearn will change the way you think of EQ. It’s smooth and sweet, and can be very subtle at mild settings, but quite strong with aggressive use of the controls. Creative use of the low boost and cut will create a powerful bass that has to be heard to be believed. The high boost adds just the right brightness to vocals, guitars, any sound, or even an entire mix. Even with extreme settings, the VT-4 will never sound harsh. This single-channel equalizer uses passive LC circuitry with class-A triode vacuum tube stages for the input and output. The tube circuitry is largely derived from the VT-1/VT-2 mic preamp design, so the equalizer has much the same sonic character as the preamps. The LC-style passive equalization circuitry is based on the classic designs that are still the best-sounding way to achieve high-quality tonal control. The input is line-level, transformer balanced-bridging. An active vacuum tube input section has adjustable gain to accommodate input signals as low as -10 dBm. The input transformer is made by Jensen. The output stage utilizes the same custom Jensen transformer used on the VT-1/VT-2 mic preamps. All controls are stepped for precise repeatability and uniform matching between units. High-quality rotary switches are used with 1% metal-film resistors. All of the audio capacitors are polystyrene or polypropylene. The inductors are custom-made by Jensen Transformers Inc. The D.W. Fearn VT-4 equalizer is constructed of heavy-gauge aluminum, with a 3RU (5.25 inch), 1/4-inch thick front panel, finished in D.W. Fearn red. It matches the VT-1/VT-2 series of mic preamps in appearance and construction. Like the VT-1/VT-2 preamps, the VT-4 Equalizer has been designed to provide an exceptional tool for audio professionals. The design frequencies and curves were determined by ear, after extensive listening to a variety of program material, both individual tracks aSingle-channel equalizer Passive LC circuitry with class-A triode vacuum tube stages All controls are independent and can be used in any combination Input transformer is made by Jensen Constructed of heavy-gauge aluminum
D.W. Fearn, Equalizers VT-4