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Old 29th January 2009
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Pete's Place Audio BAC-500

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release

Pete’s Place Audio Debuts New 500 Series Compressor


ANAHEIM, California - January 2009 - NAMM stand #6290 -- Pete’s Place Audio is taking advantage of the NAMM Show this year to introduce another exciting product to its lineup, a 500 Series compressor module known as the BAC-500.

Designed by Brad Avenson of Austin, Texas-based Avenson Audio, the BAC-500—BAC being short for Brad Avenson Compressor—is a feedback-style FET compressor built around two discrete op amps and a custom wound output transformer.

“We are thrilled to finally be collaborating with Brad on this project,” says Pete’s Place Audio President Lisa Montessi. “His experience, knowledge and passion really shine through in everything he creates and the BAC-500 certainly is no exception. It’s a fantastic compressor and it’s going to make a lot of 500 Series fans very happy.”

From the top down, the BAC-500’s faceplate features a large silver rotary input knob, smaller pots for attack, release and ratio, and a large output knob at the bottom. Additional features include a three-position sidechain contour switch, eight-LED gain reduction meter, and pushbuttons for distortion and bypass.

The module’s attack control runs from fast to quite fast, while the release control exhibits a fairly wide range, enabling the compressor to go from “pumping, breathing fast” up to approximately a second and a half. This allows sounds to “hang” a bit when using the device purely as a leveler or limiter.

The ratio control features five positions ranging from 2:1 to 20:1, with a sixth position marked as “∞!”. According to Avenson, “The infinity control has a little exclamation point next to it because, not only is it really flat, but it also puts you in that spot where you can do some over-compression and other interesting things. It changes where the threshold starts to compress as well, so it gives you different varieties of tonal characteristics to play with.”

The BAC-500’s sidechain toggle switch offers a choice of three possible settings: flat, high-pass filter, and an option that somewhat exaggerates the high end while simultaneously cutting the low end. “The overall effect of this third setting is somewhat like a de-esser fed into the sidechain, but it’s a little wider than that and quite good for taming a variety of things that are overly bright,” Avenson notes.
With all of the controls essentially cranked between the input and output knobs, the BAC-500 is capable of delivering nearly 50 dB of gain, which can be very helpful in compensating for serious gain reduction issues caused by greatly compressing dynamic range.

The bypass button found below the output knob is a true relay bypass, while the adjacent distortion button allows the user to overload the FET for color. “A lot of FET compressors use tricks to linearize the FET as a compression element and make it sound cleaner because if they’re used by themselves, they’re really pretty raunchy sounding,” says the designer. “So this switch allows you to play with how much of the distortion characteristics of the FET you get. By engaging it, you’re getting a lot more second harmonic distortion. It’s basically a way to kick in a more aggressive sounding compressor without changing any of the other settings. You can dial in the amount of dirt you want.”

Avenson sums the BAC-500 up by adding, “Although this product is largely designed to provide a bit of color and flavor—and not be too heavy handed—it really does possess that nice ‘bite’ that is characteristic of FET compressors and perfect for cranking down on things like drum room mics when you need it.”

Pete’s Place Audio was founded to bring a wide variety of handcrafted, innovative, boutique recording and live audio products to market. Under the leadership of President Lisa Montessi and backed by the manufacturing expertise of A-Designs Audio, Pete’s Place collaborates with some of today’s most talented recording artists and engineers to help determine what products, regardless of how esoteric, they feel are missing in the studio and live performance environments.
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Old 29th January 2009
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some links to some sound files done by Tony Shepperd and Reggie Hamilton here

500 Series Comp
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Nice.. Well,..I'll be the first to ask.....How much..?..heh
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Price: $1,000.00 Retail. We are in the process of setting up dealers. You could call your local dealer and ask them if they have it, yet.
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Price: $1,000.00 Retail. We are in the process of setting up dealers. You could call your local dealer and ask them if they have it, yet.
Hey Lisa...Ok..Thanks..!..
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Price: $1,000.00 Retail. We are in the process of setting up dealers. You could call your local dealer and ask them if they have it, yet.
any thoughts what the street price will be?
Old 31st January 2009
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Well, I guess that sums it all up, doesn't it?
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I totally agree!

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translated lyjg0112 post (not very well)

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So there you have it... WAY clearer now!
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I was one of the beta testers for the BAC500. As far as I know the unit did not really change after testing except for the size of some of the knobs and some visual things. During my testing I used it on the bass track for the mix of an album i was just starting. I just got a message from the bass player after hearing the final mix last night via Facebook.

Insanely amazing mixes for Kathleen Blackwell! Strings and bass presence RULES!!
I can't stop listening to it. BASTARD!!!
The bass is just f**king shaking my room! We gotta track another one.

I guess the BAC 500 did its job?
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I was one of the beta testers for the BAC500. As far as I know the unit did not really change after testing except for the size of some of the knobs and some visual things. During my testing I used it on the bass track for the mix of an album i was just starting. I just got a message from the bass player after hearing the final mix last night via Facebook.

Insanely amazing mixes for Kathleen Blackwell! Strings and bass presence RULES!!
I can't stop listening to it. BASTARD!!!
The bass is just f**king shaking my room! We gotta track another one.

I guess the BAC 500 did its job?
now that is insane!
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I was one of the beta testers for the BAC500. As far as I know the unit did not really change after testing except for the size of some of the knobs and some visual things. During my testing I used it on the bass track for the mix of an album i was just starting. I just got a message from the bass player after hearing the final mix last night via Facebook.

Insanely amazing mixes for Kathleen Blackwell! Strings and bass presence RULES!!
I can't stop listening to it. BASTARD!!!
The bass is just f**king shaking my room! We gotta track another one.

I guess the BAC 500 did its job?
Ronan,
The equipment is only a part of the equation. The talent and engineer is the larger portion. Good job! Thank you very much for sharing this with us.
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I'm really excited for the BAC to make it into people's rigs. I've been using the crap out of mine since the day I got 'em. Really vibey comp for sure...

I'll get a review up in the high-end forum early this week.
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I'm really excited for the BAC to make it into people's rigs. I've been using the crap out of mine since the day I got 'em. Really vibey comp for sure...

I'll get a review up in the high-end forum early this week.
Thank you, BlueRoom - I'm looking forward to reading it!
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I'm really excited for the BAC to make it into people's rigs. I've been using the crap out of mine since the day I got 'em. Really vibey comp for sure...

I'll get a review up in the high-end forum early this week.
BLueROom, when you are done with the review, ship the BAC over here so i can a pair: )~
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Ha!! Sure thing

Review will be up tonight
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Review Up!

Pete's Place BAC-500 compressor review
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Ha!! Sure thing

Review will be up tonight
heh
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Not that I wouldn't like you to try it out... it's just that the screws are stripped on BOTH of the BACs so I can't take them out. It's weird.

heh
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hehhehhehheh
odd thing is i have the same issue here: O~
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Not that I wouldn't like you to try it out... it's just that the screws are stripped on BOTH of the BACs so I can't take them out. It's weird.

heh
did you get them their stripped screws fixed?
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Hey folks- who is selling these things? I can't find any info doing searches.

Thanks!
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PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release

Pete’s Place Audio Debuts New 500 Series Compressor

Pete’s Place Audio was founded to bring a wide variety of handcrafted, innovative, boutique recording and live audio products to market. Under the leadership of President Lisa Montessi and backed by the manufacturing expertise of A-Designs Audio, Pete’s Place collaborates with some of today’s most talented recording artists and engineers to help determine what products, regardless of how esoteric, they feel are missing in the studio and live performance environments.

notice in the first post, this is a Pete’s Place Audio 500 Series Compressor, so off to Pete's Place to get one: )~heh

also Lisa has the Pete's Place link in her signature.
lmontessi
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Thanks, I had seen that. There is no mention of sales, price, etc. on the website, so that confused me...
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did you get them their stripped screws fixed?
No, I just ended up soldering the damn things in
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Thanks, I had seen that. There is no mention of sales, price, etc. on the website, so that confused me...
cool i was not sure, i know i often get in in the middle of a thread and never look at the beginning: )~
i sent a PM to Lisa so i am sure she will chime in when she gets a brake, Peter keeps her pretty busy.

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No, I just ended up soldering the damn things in
you Dog!

my credit card actually cries at night, along with my wife.
heh
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my credit card actually cries at night, along with my wife.
That's pretty funny..

I'm saving up for another BAC for sure. Anyone tried a pair on the master bus yet?
Old 5th May 2009
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Originally Posted by lmontessi ➡️
PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release

Pete’s Place Audio Debuts New 500 Series Compressor


ANAHEIM, California - January 2009 - NAMM stand #6290 -- Pete’s Place Audio is taking advantage of the NAMM Show this year to introduce another exciting product to its lineup, a 500 Series compressor module known as the BAC-500.

Designed by Brad Avenson of Austin, Texas-based Avenson Audio, the BAC-500—BAC being short for Brad Avenson Compressor—is a feedback-style FET compressor built around two discrete op amps and a custom wound output transformer.

“We are thrilled to finally be collaborating with Brad on this project,” says Pete’s Place Audio President Lisa Montessi. “His experience, knowledge and passion really shine through in everything he creates and the BAC-500 certainly is no exception. It’s a fantastic compressor and it’s going to make a lot of 500 Series fans very happy.”

From the top down, the BAC-500’s faceplate features a large silver rotary input knob, smaller pots for attack, release and ratio, and a large output knob at the bottom. Additional features include a three-position sidechain contour switch, eight-LED gain reduction meter, and pushbuttons for distortion and bypass.

The module’s attack control runs from fast to quite fast, while the release control exhibits a fairly wide range, enabling the compressor to go from “pumping, breathing fast” up to approximately a second and a half. This allows sounds to “hang” a bit when using the device purely as a leveler or limiter.

The ratio control features five positions ranging from 2:1 to 20:1, with a sixth position marked as “∞!”. According to Avenson, “The infinity control has a little exclamation point next to it because, not only is it really flat, but it also puts you in that spot where you can do some over-compression and other interesting things. It changes where the threshold starts to compress as well, so it gives you different varieties of tonal characteristics to play with.”

The BAC-500’s sidechain toggle switch offers a choice of three possible settings: flat, high-pass filter, and an option that somewhat exaggerates the high end while simultaneously cutting the low end. “The overall effect of this third setting is somewhat like a de-esser fed into the sidechain, but it’s a little wider than that and quite good for taming a variety of things that are overly bright,” Avenson notes.
With all of the controls essentially cranked between the input and output knobs, the BAC-500 is capable of delivering nearly 50 dB of gain, which can be very helpful in compensating for serious gain reduction issues caused by greatly compressing dynamic range.

The bypass button found below the output knob is a true relay bypass, while the adjacent distortion button allows the user to overload the FET for color. “A lot of FET compressors use tricks to linearize the FET as a compression element and make it sound cleaner because if they’re used by themselves, they’re really pretty raunchy sounding,” says the designer. “So this switch allows you to play with how much of the distortion characteristics of the FET you get. By engaging it, you’re getting a lot more second harmonic distortion. It’s basically a way to kick in a more aggressive sounding compressor without changing any of the other settings. You can dial in the amount of dirt you want.”

Avenson sums the BAC-500 up by adding, “Although this product is largely designed to provide a bit of color and flavor—and not be too heavy handed—it really does possess that nice ‘bite’ that is characteristic of FET compressors and perfect for cranking down on things like drum room mics when you need it.”

Pete’s Place Audio was founded to bring a wide variety of handcrafted, innovative, boutique recording and live audio products to market. Under the leadership of President Lisa Montessi and backed by the manufacturing expertise of A-Designs Audio, Pete’s Place collaborates with some of today’s most talented recording artists and engineers to help determine what products, regardless of how esoteric, they feel are missing in the studio and live performance environments.
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I totally agree!

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Hey folks- who is selling these things? I can't find any info doing searches.

Thanks!
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