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Two-channel compressor gives you classic studio vocal sound.
The Tapco Squeez SQ-2 gives you two channels of smooth, natural compression and gating, plus an adjustable air filter for that classic studio vocal sound of the '60s and '70s. The adjustable air filter adds natural top-end as you compress, letting you dial in vintage vocal or guitar sounds without expensive and finicky old gear.
The ups and downs of dynamics
It's a law of physics that audio electronics are noisy. You can raise the volume of the desired sounds to hide the hiss, but by mixing louder you can clip your signal (which causes distortion much worse than the dreaded hiss). Another problem is when certain musical passages are pushed to the limits, you'll find that some softer sections get lost.
The Squeez SQ-2 compressor and gate act like an extra pair of hands that quickly adjust the volume of two incoming signals to prevent them from clipping. The SQ-2 offers a variety of controls to let you dial in a "personality" for each of these virtual hands and shape their response to suit the dynamics of the signals they are controlling.
Accurate control for better sound
The Squeez SQ-2 provides threshold and ratio controls that determine when to lower the signal, and by how much. Attack and release control how quickly the Tapco SQ-2 reacts and returns to normal when a strong signal is encountered. And there's an output control that let's you make up the volume lost when the compressor does its thing. There are eight bright LEDs on each channel so you can actually see the compression as it happens. And if all this potential overwhelms you, there's an automatic attack/release button you can engage until you're ready to take full control. Finally, each channel includes a smart gate/expander that essentially turns down the channel so you don't hear a bunch of hum and noise when no signal is playing.
Classic Air EQ
Compressing an audio signal can change the sound in a not-so-good way also. Many compressors can suck out the high frequencies--especially when compressing hard. The SQ-2 compressor includes a unique air EQ circuit that restores the high frequencies lost in compression. And because it's variable, you can decide the exact amount of restoration required.
Connections you can rely on
The Squeez SQ-2 features balanced XLR and 1/4-inch inputs and outputs for connecting to virtually any mixer. A 1/4-inch TRS side chain insert is provided for frequency-dependent or time-shifted compression, ducking, or even triggering the processor with another signal entirely, opening up a whole new palette of sonic control. Compact, the SQ-2 requires just one space of a standard 19-inch rack. It has a switchable 115V/230V power supply in case you've got to leave the country in a hurry. And like everything Tapco or Mackie -made, it's designed tough to withstand the rigors of the road.
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I own and use the SQ-2 Compressor from Tapco on a weekly basis. I play guitar and run PA for my alt-rock band, and I use channel 1 for the lead vocals (insert patch from mixer) and ch.2 between my pedals and my guitar amp. I had never used a compressor before this model, other than software plugins and stompboxes. Right now I have the SQ-2 alongside a Behringer CX3400. The Tapco model was very easy to set up and I quickly found a sound I was happy with. The "air" control seems to help replace the higher frequencies in a gentle manner, and the auto attack/release feature seems to work ok, but I keep going back and forth between using it and using my settings. Someone mentioned somewhere that the jacks on the rear panel were not mounted to the chassis but to the internal pc board. while this will most likely not be a problem for me, I kinda wish they had gone the extra mile to mount them more securely. Overall, there is nothing bad about this unit and also nothing spectacular. it does what you ask of it. I am pleased with it's ease of use and decent sound.
My alt-rock band was looking for a compressor to use to thicken up/control vocals, and I picked up a SQ2 because that's what they had at my local music store. I had also considered the similar Alesis and Behringer units. I'm using ch1 for vocals and ch2 for the kick drum mic. Both have been performing nicely, exactly as I desired. The vocals are smooth and the kick is thick like I want it. It didn't take long to get the settings right: sat down with it for an hour one day and whispered/screamed till it sounded good.I also own the tapco Juice 2500 (power amp). I've been pleased with both pieces of equipment.
Just bought the Tapco Squeez SQ-2 and it feels solid and well made. Rack mountable or as a standalone box about 2 inches tall and 10 inches deep. The Auto setting works well as I couldn't figure out how to set it manually. I tried the settings that the picture on the front of the manual had and that worked great and gave me a starting point. I can now just tweak a setting if I need it and still get back to where I was.After you set up the Gate and Compressor/Limiter controls you can add life back into the signal with the Air control, a very nice feature. I don't know if it is better then any of the other inexpensive compressors out there but it seems to do the job nicely. I'm very happy with the SQ-2.