MESSE 2018: TK Audio Limited Edition Bus Compressor

US 10th anniversary BC1Ltd adds several user-requested features      12/04/18

MESSE 2018: TK Audio Limited Edition Bus Compressor

TK Audio has introduced a new version of its flagship bus compressor – BC1Ltd. The new version adds several user-requested features, including the new Grab setting. TK says that this adds a more obvious compression character in addition to the usual transparent mode that BC1 is famous for.

A spokesperson told us, “BC1Ltd is launched in celebration of TK Audio's tenth anniversary as a leading manufacturer of world class audio tools. Only 100 units will be available – all individually numbered.”

Here’s the TK Audio press release…

The BC1 bus compressor was the first product ever to emerge from the TK Audio brand in 2008, and it has remained the company's most popular unit for this time. So as 2018 marks TK Audio's tenth anniversary, it makes sense to launch a limited anniversary version with some new features that users have been requesting and which will make the unit even more useful.

BC1 was designed to add glue to mixes in a transparent and musical manner, and owners of the Ltd version will still be able to achieve that. But in addition, the new Grab setting offers a more aggressive and apparent compression behavior. This may be desirable on the drum bus or for a more snappy sounding mix.

THD and filter options
The BC1Ltd also has a THD switch, which adds a bit of crunch and tasty overdrive to the table. And in order to not have bass instruments having a too apparent impact on the mix, there are now three switchable high-pass filter options for the sidechain signal.

Attack time tweaks
Lastly, some new Attack time settings have been added, to make the unit useful in even more situations.

Pricing and Availability:
Units are already being shipped out to dealers worldwide.
List prices:

  • 1489 USD, excluding sales tax
  • 1139 EUR, excluding sales tax
  • 969 GBP, excluding sales tax
  • 12495 SEK, including sales tax


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