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Joemeek MC2 Stereo Compressor

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The MC2 is a professional studio-quality stereo compressor in a compact half-rack format. Simple to use yet extremely powerful, the MC2 by Joemeek wi...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 06-03-2018

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Great stereo opto-compressor for bus compression and overall mix compression.

The MC2 is a professional studio-quality stereo compressor in a compact half-rack format. Simple to use yet extremely powerful, the MC2 by Joemeek will bring out the best in any line-level stereo material and give the gloss of a professional studio to all your performances. It can be used for both recording/mastering, and live work.

Think of the MC2 as three separate pieces of equipment:
¢A line level stereo preamplifier

¢A stereo Joemeek compressor

¢A stereo width processor

As Joe Meek always said, "If it sounds right, it is right." The MC2 will make your mixes sound right.

  • Input impedances: Line: 20kohm
  • Pre-amp overall gain: 6dB to 15dB
  • Common mode rejection: 70dB
  • Equivalent input noise: 95dBu (unweighted)
  • Distortion: 0.001% (below Compressor threshold)
  • Frequency response: 10Hz to 70kHz (-3dB)
  • Maximum input before clipping: +19.5dBu
  • Headroom before clipping: +19.5dBu
  • Compressor threshold: 6dBu to +22dBu (variable)
  • Compressor ratio: 1:1 to 10:1 (variable)
  • Compressor attack time: 1 msec to 100 msec (adaptive)
  • Compressor release time: 0.1 sec to 3 sec (adaptive)
  • Nominal output levels: +4dBu/-10dBv
  • Output impedance: 75ohm
  • Output Level switch: 12dB attenuation
  • Noise Floor: 95dBu (typical, with 0dB Input and Make Up gain)
  • VU Meter: 8 segment bargraph
  • Power supply:12V ac mains adaptor
  • Power consumption: 12W
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 8.66" x 1.73" x 7.0", 220 x 44 x 180 mm
  • Weight: 2.20 lbs., 1 kilo
  • GR Hold Threshold: 10dBu to -50dBu (variable)
  • Stereo Width Range: Mono/stereo/wide stereo (variable)
  • GR Meter/VC Meter: 8 Segment bargraph

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JoemeekMC2 Stereo Compressor

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(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


interesting and sometimes useful

By Puffer Fish

from Harrisburg, PA

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Comments about Joemeek MC2 Stereo Compressor:

This is an interesting color compressor, but it has more tricks than that. This stereo, single gang of controls, compressor is also a line level driver/ line amp, a compressor and a unique stereo width processor.The cool thing with the line-level amp on the front end of this circuit is you can hit the compressor hard with signal, or you can draw it back big-time--thus permitting the user more options for how much color this preamp will provide. A very cool thing. Of course typically you are sending a signal to a compressor that has varying amounts of gain available, so I can see why this line-level amp is not a common feature on other compressors. It does however, provide another way to manipulate a signal, and I see that as a good thing.The compressor, as already mentioned, is an opto compressor. This version of that compressor style is VERY easy to push into pumping and breathing. So much so, that I am afraid a lot of people will try this and not dig it because you need to treat it with a lot of care on the threshold and ratio if you do not want the pumping and breathing to happen.There is this interesting gain reduction hold feature that I have not really found very useful thus far, but fortunately it has a bypass, so it neither bothers me or gets me excited that it is in the processor since I can remove it from the signal chain. I need to spend some more time figuring out a good way to use the control and try to implement it again, but so far, I don't care about it.The width control is very cool if you are running something stereo and want to do something to the stereo field. It really does increase the stereo field. I am not sure how they do it, but I like it--stereo imaging sent through this can actually get wider sounding compared to simply panning hard left and right on a stereo signal alone. Of course you can also move a stereo signal to center/ mono with this control if you would like, but for me I do not see the point, because I can do that a lot of other places in my signal chain. Again, this control has a bypass, so you do not need to use it or have it in the signal if you prefer not to.Given the price and all the interesting things this compressor can do, I think it is a winner. I have read a lot of hate for this compressor at various online forums. It is NOT a do everything compressor. If you already have some useful compressors, this one makes an excellent addition to the collection. If it cost waaayyyyy more, it would still be a useful addition to a collection of other compressors, because it will manipulate the signal in ways other compressors can not and it will add color other compressors will not.Something else to consider with this compressor (any compressor, really, but more so with this one)--because it has the line level preamp, if you have a hot condenser mic or any condenser on a loud sound source, if you have a phantom power module, you can power up your mic, send the signal directly to this compressor and then to your DAW or line-in on a mixer and bypass a mic pre all together. The world's fastest and cleanest microphone preamplifier? The one that is not in the signal chain!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Makes my stuff sound good

By Alan in Portlandia

from Portland Oregon

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Comments about Joemeek MC2 Stereo Compressor:

The MC2 is in my newly created "dynamic rack." Regardless of how hard I run it, it still sounds good. I like optical compressors, and this is easy to run. The threshold is a little esoteric, but I use it like a main stereo bus compressor, so it doen't make a much of difference. I have not used it for tracking, but I would use it for stereo drums.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


The AC power plug is HUGE; and warms too easily

By Clayton

from undisclosed

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Comments about MC2 Stereo Compressor:

My only negative opinion of this product isn't the gear itself but the ac power plug that jacks into the wall, that thing is so out-dated and I have already told the company and suggested they change that to a more modern sized jack plug.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


light speed compression

By dunekan

from Memphis, TN

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  • Compact Size
  • Great Design
  • Professional Functions
  • Pro Specs


  • Difficult To Use
  • Odd Behavior
  • Way Different

Best Uses

  • Drums
  • Home Studio
  • Studio On The Way

Comments about Joemeek MC2 Stereo Compressor:

A great replacement for my good (!) old Composer but way far different kind of compressor. The fastest comp that I've ever used, though, the results aren't always predictable.
I'm afraid this is not the perfect tool for mastering, despite the fact that it has a stereo image spreader.

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