The Aphex 240's Logic-Assisted gate and Easyrider compressor have extremely innovative circuit design and performance unavailable in other processors, regardless of cost. The Aphex 240 features both technologies in an affordable 2-channel device built for everyone from project studio owners to live sound professionals, system installers, and broadcasters.
The Aphex 240 combines elements of the company’s famous Logic-Assisted gate (as found on the Aphex Models 230 and 622) and their Easyrider automatic compressor models. The Logic-Assisted Gate technology provides the most reliable, accurate, and stable operation of any gate. The patented circuitry (U.S. Patent 5,334,947) is designed to never false trigger, click or chatter. Once triggered, even by a microscopic transient, the gate progresses through its attack, hold and release sequence. Controls on the gating portion of the Aphex 240 include Threshold, Attack, Hold, Release, and Depth.
Unlike most combined gate/compressor devices, the Aphex 240 is designed to have both technologies work as a seamlessly integrated system. When the Logic-Assisted gate activates, the Easyrider compressor is prevented from releasing. This avoids the conflicting nature of the compressor attempting to raise signal level while the gate attempts to reduce it. The gain reduction is ‘frozen’ until the gate is opened again. Controls in the compressor section of the Aphex 240 include Drive, Speed (the baseline release rate of the compressor), and Output.
Each channel on the Aphex 240 may be used independently or the two channels may be linked for stereo processing. A rear key insert jack allows line-level equipment to be inserted into the signal path of the gate’s threshold detector for applications such as de-essing or keying the gate to an external signal. Other rear panel connections include balanced 1/4” TRS line XLR mic inputs and outputs, as well as a level selector to choose between –10dBV or +4dBu operation. A front panel multicolored LED bar graph meter displays either peak output level or gain reduction.
Aphex 240 main features include:
Controls on the gating portion include Threshold, Attack, Hold, Release, and Depth
Controls in the compressor section include Drive, Speed and Output
Logic-Assisted gate works perfectly with the Easyrider compressor
Front panel multicolored LED bar graph meter displays either peak output level or gain reduction