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Mister Focus - COMP

Mister Focus - COMP

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 Mister Focus - COMP is your dream channel featuring three blocks of high end analog processing: COMPRESSION, MEGA, and FOCUS.


This module is all about intuitive, classic FET compression.  Imagine the grabby punch of an 1176, but if it had the user interface of an LA2A.  Select COMP with one of two colorful compression options:

Implode - Tracks hit hard at either 4:1 or Implode ("all buttons in") ratios. 

MN-50 Smash Compressor - A special edition of this explosive FET compressor that excels on drums and bass.

Turn up the INPUT gain for more squeeze, and then dial in a parallel blend with the dry signal using the MIX knob.


Powered by our Mass Drivr module, MEGA engages an American console Line Amp for the final output stage for further transient shaving and tone.  A Rogue Six 2520-style discrete op amp drives a custom American-wound output transformer for aggressive punch and thickness.


Bring tracks into focus with the intuitive single-knob FOCUS EQ from the Chop Shop. Effortlessly rebalance the bass and treble energy of the sound. Turn right go brighter. Turn left to go heavier. Apparent loudness is maintained constant for meaningful A/B comparisons. Internal SHIFT jumpers decrease turnover frequency for a different midrange response.   

The PRE-C switch allows FOCUS to be placed before or after the primary Colour slot for the most sonic flexibility.


Easily select one of two signal paths by swapping the order of the COMP and FOCUS processing with the PRE-C switch:


Mister Focus - COMP has a simplified set of controls that are results-oriented.  No tweak fest here.  We designed this for artists who simply require great tone quickly.

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Choose from our growing list of Colour module options to customize Mister Focus.  There are two analog plugin slots on each unit you can fill to build your dream channel. You can also install any of the Colour modules from DIY Recording Equipment. This is a platform that adapts to the needs of your studio.


Mister Focus - COMP is amazing on individual tracks and busses.  Our favorite uses are drum room mics, vocals, drum bus, guitars, and keys.  The Implode version comes preset with the time-tested "Dr. Pepper" attack and release settings for proven results right out of the box.  You can tweak the preset compression character to your needs using the internal attack and release trimpots, and ratio jumpers.  Just like the original 1176 you can even turn off the compressor sidechain and use the discrete transistor amplifiers for their bright edgey tone.  The MN-50 Smash Comp version is dialed for aggressive, dirty, pumping FET oblivion.  If you like your drum rooms exploding, and your bass tones thick and angry then this is the version for you.


We chose every component in Mister Focus by ear for maximum mojo and its sonic synergy with the rest of the circuit.  Our meticulous development process involved both empirical measurement and real-world studio use to validate the design.  We also leveraged what we learned designing and building Chop Shop and Chroma.  In this design you will find high end parts from Nichicon, Panasonic, Vishay, Susumu, Wima, TI, and Analog Devices.  All audio path resistors are 0.5% or 0.1% thin film types for low distortion and noise.  Where applicable, Mister Focus features custom American wound transformers and our very own discrete op amp in some modules.  Other components like switches, knobs, and faceplate are sourced from American suppliers.  Our PCBs use high temperature Tg 170 material for long-term reliability.  The entire assembly is RoHS compliant (lead free).  All assembly and testing is performed right here in Silicon Valley.