FEMIDA De Luxe – this is mastering station for pro and home studios. Mastering station FEMIDA De Luxe – this is handcrafted analog device for stereo track studio mastering. It adds analog feeling to your recordings. Normally bass and treble FREQ knobs should be set fully ccw. In this position BASS and TREBLE knobs work to boost or to cut bass and/or treble frequency. Boost bass with BASS knob and set C-1 to BASS mode to compress bass harder. Boost trebles with TREBLE knob and set C-2 to TREBLE mode to compress trebles more Cut both bass and trebles with BASS and TREBLE knobs with using C-1 or C-2 in OVERALL mode to compress middle range more. Use EQ-2 to get desire final tone. a)If you choose BASS position by toggle switch the only bass frequency will be compressed. C-1 schematics measure bass signal and compress only bass range of frequencies. Compression effect depends on music tempo, its bass content and positions of the knobs. If attack knob fully ccw compressor will compress bass signal in the same moment as its level will be higher than set by RATIO knob (GREEN LED will light). IF ATTACK knob is turned cw – compression will start after delay depending on position of the ATTACK knob. That means that compressor will compress bass later, not in the same time as it appears. So in that case beginning of the bass notes will not be compressed but the rest of bass will be. It effect to raise the beginning of bass notes that overall bass level after compressing. Proper setting cause GREEN LED blinking on KICK and /OR BASS sounds (depending on music style). RELEASE knob set the delay for deactivate compressor after bass level become lower than is set by RATIO knob. That means that is no matter even if bass level in the moment is low it will be compressed anyway. So combination of RARIO, ATTACK and RELEASE knob positions will change the way C-1 works. attack 11..13 o’clock, release 7..9 o’clock, switch BASS, Ratio — for led lightning on kick only. RELEASE knob is set to compress bass sound of the KICK longer than it would be as if compressor will react strictly according to the level set by RATIO. So thus compressor will compress longer that it needed for kick only and slightly compress the sound of bass synthesizer or bass guitar that goes after the KICK in the music. That cause kick beginning bass sound louder than the bass after it. And this situation repeats in the groove of the song and improve the rhythm (co called “pumping”). RATIO knob should be set that GREEN LED blinks on KICK sound only. b)If you choose OVERALL position by toggle switch the whole signal will be compressed. C-1 schematics measure overall signal level and compress and compress it if its level is higher than is set by RATIO knob with no difference on signal frequency. If attack knob fully ccw compressor will compress signal in the same moment as its level will be higher than set by RATIO knob (GREEN LED will light). IF ATTACK knob is turned cw – compression will start after delay depending on position of the ATTACK knob. That means that compressor will compress the overall signal later, not in the same time as it appears. So in that case beginning of the louder peaks will not be compressed but the rest of signal goes after it will be. Mostly that peaks in the modern music produced by kick and / or bass. It raises the beginning of kick or bass notes louder that overall their level after compressing. a)If you choose TREBLE position by toggle switch the only treble frequency will be compressed. C-2 schematics measure treble signal and compress only treble range of a signal. Compression effect depends on music tempo, its treble content and positions of the knobs. Use TREBLE mode to correct treble part of the track setting the RATIO knob the way that cause BLUE LED shines only on the moment you want to correct. It may be high hat, “S” sound of vocal etc. b)If you choose OVERALL position by toggle switch the whole signal will be compressed similar as C-1 does. Check its Description for reference. This tube saturator is used to add harmonics to the track and give “warm tube” character to the track. As a result it may change balance between deepest bass and trebles, change stereo image and focusing blur instruments in the music. GAIN knobs controls input signal to the tubes. It it set fully cw it may push tubes to drive (soft distortion) that may be wanted as an effect for the track makes it sounds “dirty” or unwanted if you want tubes operated smoothly. So set GAIN ccw to get maximum smoother operation or cw to set it more “dirty”. VOLUME knob set out put tube volume. BOOST switch change tube module working point to get another harmonics from it. As a result output level becomes higher and stereo image changed. Compensate volume change with GAIN, VOLUME or that both knobs together. MODERN mode gives more transparent and clear tone vs VINTAGE mode that gives more blur tone. ***If you turn device on with a cold tubes and TUBE module is on with MIX knob turned fully ccw position (100% signal through tubes) there will be no sound until tubes are warming up. About 20..30 seconds. STEREO. Stereo imaging. STEREO imaging processor can change the panorama, wideness, depth of your track if it has a lots of stereo components in it. RANGE knob fully ccw will boost SIDE components of stereo image (stereo effects etc) and if you turn it completely cw – the CENTER (mono) will be boosted. Use this position for main music part focusing (vocal, solo instrument, may be drums etc.) LEVEL knob controls amount of stereo part added according to the RANGE knob position. Normally bass and treble FREQ knobs should be set fully ccw. In this position BASS and TREBLE knobs work to boost or to cut bass and/or treble frequency. EQ-2 is similar to EQ-1 but it placed the last in the signal path, so use it for the FINAL TONE control. **** ABOUT BYPASS *** Mastering station FEMIDA De Luxe uses TRUE BYPASS bypassing method. That means that if any of module is off (bypass switch position) it is COMPLETTELY disconnected from the signal path. Set all switches to BYPASS position and turn off the power in order to remove the device from the signal path without physically disconnected CABLES from inputs and outputs. In the case of hum caused by ground loops made by mains and signal cables set GROUND LIFT switch in position cutting hum better.
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