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Tapco Squeez SQ-2 Compressor and Gate   

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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 s...Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

Enter Squeez

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.

  • 2-channel compressor/gate with smooth, musical sound
  • Auto Soft-Knee/Hard-Knee curves depending on compression setting
  • New adjustable Air filter adds natural high-end for classic studio compression sounds (a la Motown records)
  • Soft Gate circuitry provides expansion at the threshold to eliminate clipped gated sounds
  • Individual Threshold, Ratio, Attack, and Release controls per channel
  • Output gain compensation controls
  • Auto attack/release function with indicator
  • Individual Channel In/Out button and indicator
  • Precision 8-segment Gain Reduction meters
  • XLR/TRS and Side Chain connections

Squeez SQ-2 Compressor and Gate

  • Acoustic Performance
    Frequency Response: 20 Hz 20 kHz (+0, -1 dB)

    Audio Input
    Type: Active balanced XLR and 1/4" jacks
    Impedance: 60 kOhms balanced
    Maximum Input Level: +21 dBu balanced and unbalanced

    Audio Output
    Type: XLR and 1/4" jacks
    Impedance: <40 kOhms unbalanced
    Maximum Output Level: +21 dBu
    THD+N @ 1kHz, +4 dBu: 0.05% typical
    SMPTE IMD, +4 dBu: 0.01%
    Noise and Hum, unity gain: < -93 dBu
    Noise and Hum, fully off: < -97 dBu
    Crosstalk @ 20kHz: < -85 dBu
    Common Mode Rejection: >60 dB

    Type: Auto soft knee/hard knee
    Threshold: -40 dBu to +20 dBu
    Ratio: 1:1 to LIM
    Attack: 0.1 ms to 200 ms
    Release: 50 ms to 3 sec
    Output: -20 dB to +20 dB

    Type: Soft gate with expander
    Threshold: OFF to +10 dBu

    Air Filter
    Type: Dynamically controlled frequency correction
    Process: Variable from Off to Full

    CHAN IN/OUT: Bypass switch
    AUTO: Program dependent attack

    CLOSE LED for Expander/Gate
    AUTO LED for Auto Attack/Release
    Channel IN LED for CHAN IN/OUT Status
    8-segment green LED Gain Reduction Meter

    AC Power and Current Requirements
    Power Consumption: 12.5 watts
    AC Operating Voltages: U.S.: 120 VAC, 60Hz; Europe: 240 VAC, 50Hz; Japan: 100 VAC, 50/60Hz; Korea: 220 VAC, 60Hz
    Fuse: 315 mA @ 100-240 VAC

    Dimensions: 1.75"H x 19"W x 8.5"D (44x483x216mm)
    Weight: 6.6 lbs. (3 kg)

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It squeezes in an added feature

By Steven

from Ohio

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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.


does what it's supposed to do

By SpiffCheese-wFWhH

from Kutztown PA

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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.


handy tool

By SpiffCheese-wFWhH

from Kutztown PA

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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.

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