SC2 1.07

SC2 1.07

Postby 1coin3lives » Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:51 pm

Hi Ted,

I've had this SC2 for some years now and was just curious if you could tell me anything about its history.

It's a 1.07 with the output knob at the back.

The front panel is not beveled, so I take it it's not a super early model.

The user manual refers to it as a version 1.05, whereas the rear panel is labeled 1.07 - but I'm guessing that's just because the manual hadn't been updated at the time it shipped.

In particular I'm curious if you have an opinion as to any sound differences between these 1.07 models and the earlier 1.05s without a gain knob? Or is it your expectation that they'd sound the same?

BTW this SC2 was owned by a famous production duo before I bought it from them, so it may have made it onto some very popular albums and soundtracks from the late 90s. One never knows...
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Re: SC2 1.07

Postby Ted Fletcher » Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:33 am

We only made the very early V1.05 with the bevelled front panel for a few months; it became obvious that the cost of the panel with its milled edges and the 'coachwork' paint finish were not really necessary..... the main thing was the sound!
There was no difference between the design and performance of the 1.05 and the 1.07, I don't clearly remember but the change was probably some small layout change on the PC board.
The gain control on the back was put there because lots of users wanted an output control and I didn't want to change the appearance of the front! In hindsight that was fairly dumb, but I still think appearance is important.
Technically, the SC2 compressor adds to the compressed sound by dynamically adding harmonics during the time it takes to control the volume level. These changes are of extremely short duration and not noticeable, but have a profound effect on the 'feel' of the sound. Sounds complicated but in reality, it's simple, the behaviour of the controlling electronics happens to emulate effects that our brains like; the 'optical' compression circuits are much nicer sounding than any other analogue compression circuit, and far superiour of course to any digital system no matter how carefully programmed!
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