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Gainlab introduces the Governor


Gainlab introduces the GLA-OC1 "Governor", a highly distinctive, dual-channel, tube optical compressor. We believe it can be considered one of the most progressive optical compressors. In its operation, it builds upon and elevates the concept of the Bishop's dual slope optical compressor, taking it to the next level.

Based on valves, it features a more parameterizable version of the Tube Boost function found in the Empress. In addition to the sidechain filter, it can receive an external sidechain signal and operate in both stereo and mono modes. It offers three compression modes, ranging from a gentle LA2 style to an aggression what previously unheard of in optical compressors scene. It can handle timing automation and includes a meter section with a peak hold function, providing precise feedback on the compressor's operating status.

Main properties
- Electron tube optical compressor
- Nano crystalline output transformer
- Dual Slope design
- Automatic timing option
- Side-chain filter
- External side-chain signal reception
- Comprehensive meter section
- Stereo and dual mono operation

Field of application
- Bus compressor
- Mastering compressor
- Tracking compressor
- Recording compressor

What’s a dual slope compressor?
A dual slope compressor, as seen in the Governor, features two threshold points. Beyond the first threshold, it operates with a lower compression ratio and a smoother knee. Beyond the second threshold, the compression ratio becomes higher, with a steeper knee. This creates a multi-stage dynamic control, allowing the Governor's sound to range from classic levelers to modern optical compressors, and even achieving unprecedented aggression, especially with extreme settings.

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