Based out of Los Angeles, California, Bryce Gonzales and his company, Highland Dynamics, have created a masterclass approach to the vari-mu compressor. The BG2 boasts an all-tube design that features like-minded elements of many classic compressors, including the front-end style of the Altec 436 and a twin 6V6 output amp that brings to mind the RCA BA6A and Gates. With this design, the Highland Dynamics BG2 offers an airy, tube-heavy sound, which can be transformed via different compression modes.
Highland Dynamics’ BG2 offers something unique to the world of compressors that will give your studio space the advantage of more feedback options. How does Highland Dynamics do it? The BG2 features two different feedback modes, British and American, essentially giving you two different compressors to work with. In British mode, the BG2 reflects the design of a modified Altec436 with plate-to-plate style feedback. The result is a pristine high-end sound, which offers smooth operation and an end result that is much cleaner overall. We’re talking about that classic compressor voicing that only can come from big old tubes. Flip the switch and you’re instantly hit with the rich harmonics of the BG2’s American mode. Coming correct with just the right amount of color and a lively, robust sound, the BG2 in this setting will offer a powerful tool for creating tracks full of character.
When you aren’t using the impressive compression features of the Highland Dynamics BG2, the compressor features an on/off switch that eliminates the side-chain tube and turns the compressor into a line amp. By driving the unit and using the feedback and input selection switches, you can create a variety of distortion sounds that will add highly stylized elements to your latest work.
The BG2 has standard 600 Ohm input, or 150 ohm for more gain and transformer color. It's also useful when running a microphone directly in with no preamp.
Two BG2s can be linked with a single instrument cable via a 1/4” jack on each rear panel and the link switch on the front panel.
The BG2 build quality is impressive with a rugged chassis, custom oversized transformers, US and European capacitors and a striking US-made Simpson panel meter. It’s built by hand, for people that truly appreciate thoughtful design and construction.
- Input and output controls
- Switchable feedback settings
- Fast and slow attack
- 6 release positions
- Link switch for stereo use
- 600 and 150 ohm input impedance taps
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