Erica Synths Stereo Compressor

Erica Synths Stereo Compressor: Tightness in a module


It’s all about compression and side-chaining these days, and Erica Synths are going to have a go with a straightforward, no-nonsense Stereo Compressor.

Stereo Compressor

Well, there’s not much to see, but an Erica Synths-designed compressor could have a major impact on your modular sound. It’s optimised for percussion and does have the styling of the drums and techno range rather than the Black range of modules. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use it for other things.

The side chain is of particular interest. You can use this to duck the compressor to either create cool throbbing effects or to let another sound through by squashing the mix. Commonly you’ll stick a kick drum into the side chain input to pull the mix away while the kick fires. One very useful feature here is the Side Chain outputs. These simply pass through the input, which means you don’t have to mult your kick drum sound – you can feed it in and take it out again – believe me, that’s very cool!

They keep referring to “THAT chip”, which presumably means something to people who like knowing about chips inside compressors.

Anyway, you’ve got straightforward controls over the input level, threshold, compression amount and makeup gain. You can link it as a stereo compressor, it has a very rare bypass switch, and a good bit of LED metering.

Looks like a solid module. Sounds fabulous in the video.