Since its introduction in 1998, the Pendulum
OCL-2 Compressor/Limiter has become a modern
classic. In fact, the OCL-2 changed the way users think
about opto compression! Our custom opto cell provides
fast, invisible compression without the artifacts and
suggish response inherent in vintage designs.
The new OCL-500 has the same compression circuit as
the OCl-2, but uses a transformerless class A solid-state
gain makeup circuit in place of the tube stage. The result
is clean, transparent compression that can be used to shape
the dynamics of any source while preserving its tone. Like
the OCL-2, the OCL-500 has a wide variety of time
constants and dynamic control to optimize the compression
characteristics, including a sidechain hi-pass filter.