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The 543 Mono Compressor, by Rupert Neve Designs, injects the inherently musical dynamic controls and brick wall limiting process that made its big brother famous into the more compact 500-series format. The module boasts a dynamic compressor/limiter with feed-forward and feed-back modes, Peak/RMS detection mode, and dedicated sidechain high-pass filter.
In addition to being constructed around Rupert Neve’s original transformer design, the 543 boasts independently-controllable attack, release, threshold, ratio, sidechain, and gain parameters, as well as feed-forward/back and peak/RMS detection modes. The compressor can also be deactivated, enabling the module to be used as a powerful line amplifier. Additionally, two 543s can be linked together to achieve stereo operation.
The 543 features a unique feature that is also found in the Portico II Channel: Peak/RMS detection modes. Each mode is accessible via switch that forces the VCA to respond to RMS and Peak levels, making the most of the best of both worlds.