The CP4500 is a Stereo bus compressor based on the design that was originally used in a legendary British console, adapted to the '500' format of API*. It is famous for adding punch and glue to the mixes.
The CP4500 adds a few features to the original such as an equalizer in the side chain with three high-pass frequencies and a high boost section which enhances the spectral balance of the output. It also adds a Mix knob that allows mixing blending dry and wet signal for parallel compression.
1 RATIO Rotary switch that sets the compression ratio to 2, 4 or 10.
2 ATTACK Rotary switch that sets the attack time from 0.1 to 30 milliseconds.
3 HP Inserts a 50, 100 or 200 Hz high-pass filter in the side-chain. Produces a Fat sound and eliminates bass driven pumping.
4 RELEASE Rotary switch that sets the release time from 0.05 to 1.2 second. The AUTO position is a program dependent automatic release time.
5 Meter Analog meter displays the dB gain reduction.
6 IN Compressor bypass (hardware by relay).
7 THRESHOLD Potentiometer that sets the input level at which compression begins.
8 HF LIFT Inserts a high boost filter in the side chain. Combined with the High-Pass it evens the audio energy in low and high bands and gives a very natural sounding to the compressed output.
9 MAKEUP Potentiometer that restores the signal level after being compressed (make up gain).
10 MIX Potentiometer that mixes the direct unprocessed signal with the compresses signal (0 to 100%) for parallel compression.
You bring the solder (use good quality solder, 1mm diameter max) and the Lunchbox.
The CP4500 kit is a medium difficulty kit. Nothing difficult but a rather large number of components.
The setup is simple but requires using a good quality AC voltmeter.
The XT500 option is a cable extension that allows you to setup the first channel of the module outside the lunchbox while connected.You get a discount when you puchase it as a Kit option.
Go to the XT500 page
The trimmer tool is a screwdriver with a recessed head at one end which prevents it from sliding off the trimmer potentiometre head you are adjusting. Very convenient when you are working inside your lunchbox.
Go to the trimmer tool page
If you prefer not to DIY, choose an Assembled product.It comes fully assembled, ready to use.