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BAE 10DCF Compressor/Limiter
 BAE 10DCF Compressor/Limiter 
BAE's 10DCF has its roots in the vintage Neve console 2254 compressor/limiter module. The 10DCF model adds an inductor-based filter that BAE calls a Bypass Filter. The Bypass Filter allows for deeper overall compression especially important while recording low frequency instruments, for music mastering or for stereo mix bus compression.

I tried the 10DCF on the stereo mix bus for a Rock track I was mixing. Because the Bypass Filter causes the compressor section to not compress in the low frequencies as much, it helped the limiter section get the track louder without distorting--even using a fast release time setting. After matching gain, the track was denser, more glued together and a little less transparent.


Hand-assembled in California, a single 10DCF comes with a separate 24-volt power supply and sells for $2,100. The 10DCF is an awesome sounding compressor/limiter useful for any task; I especially thought it excelled at compressing individual guitar, drum and bass tracks.

Use it on vocals and the stereo bus and you'll have all the vintage color of yesteryear. Highly recommended!!

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