P38EX MK2

(1 customer review)

£2,290.00

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A Compressor with History

It started out in 1993 as Ted’s idea to liven up some soundtracks for a video. That turned into the SC2 stereo compressor; the first of its kind, a magical tool for bringing drums to life and adding ‘fairy dust’ to finished tracks. Later in 2003, Ted introduced the P38; a re-design but with the roots of his original optical compression.

The EX version added smart facilities like ‘parallel compression’ and variable width control, and now the MK2 adds a smart power supply operating from any mains voltage and more added ‘weight’ to the compressed sound. The “v7” version of the P38EX MK2 has revised internal layout, improved power supply (any voltage) and illuminated push buttons.

The P38EX Mk2 works all the way from a super-quality ‘Levelling Amplifier’ with the sparkle of a well-designed opto compressor, up to an aggressive tool to add drama to a stereo drum track.

First demo

The compression is switched in after 6 seconds. Ratio about 3:1 with medium attack and release, ‘Greenbox’ selected, the difference is changes to tightness of the sound, it’s quite subtle.

Second demo

More obvious, P38EX MK2 switched in after about 8 seconds. Ratio about 8:1 medium attack and release, ‘VCA’ selected. There is a 3dB gain increase and the P38EX MK2 changes the effect of the tenor.

Third Demo

A simple drum figure, first 8-bars dry, then 8-bars compressed in ‘VCA’ mode, then a short dry section again then switched to ‘Greenbox’ mode. Followed by a short piece of ‘Spinning Wheel’ recorded at Pye studios by John Schroeder in 1972, first as recorded, then with TFPRO P38EX Mk2 applied in ‘Greenbox’ mode, demonstrating extreme 1960s Joe Meek compression.

  • AMPLITUDE FREQUENCY RESPONSE within 1dB 20Hz to 20KHz
  • HARMONIC DISTORTION 3rd order distortion not measurable at normal operating level; lower than .01% 40Hz to 20KHz at levels up to +20dBu.
  • 2nd order distortion generally within 0.01% but varies with compression, ‘soft clip’ system introduces 2nd and 3rd order harmonics.
  • L/R CROSSTALK varies with setting of ‘width’ control. Can be as low as -50dB when set to ‘normal’.
  • NOISE 85dB below normal operating level. Max signal to noise ratio approx. 110dB
  • POWER SUPPLY switch-mode. Mains input 95VAC to 250VAC 5 watts max.

Additional Information

Mounting System

19" Rackmount

1 review for P38EX MK2

  1. SB – Studio owner

    Holy **** – this is a complete beast! Been A/B ing with the Neve. Much punchier and tighter; the stereo width function is great. I’m sold😊.

    • Ted Fletcher

      The Neve, the SSL and others (and all the digital plug-ins) are still treating compression like a physics performance problem; it’s so much more than that! The flavours and the colours are the result of years of work and an element of luck; I put in the work and got lucky!

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