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Mercury M66 mkIII

Mercury M66 mkIII

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Mercury M66 mkIII

The new Mercury 66 Studio Limiting Amplifier [Mk. III] is an ‘All Tube - All Transformer’, fully balanced, variable-bias limiter. Based on the most sought after product in this genre, the legendary Fairchild 660. This limiting amplifier is recognized essential tool for making great recordings. Many manufacturers have tried to copy the Fairchild circuit but have failed to capture the true sonic essence and presented a similar look and functionality but failed to capture the overall tone of the original.

Mercury Recording Equipment has gone to great lengths to recreate the pride and passion of the past, both sonically and aesthetically, while offering the reliability of a modern build. The Mercury 66, like all Mercury products, has no ICs (chips), and is proudly hand built and assembled in the USA using no-compromise parts / components and has transformer balanced inputs and outputs. With the vintage style VU meter, large bakelite knobs and powder coated chassis / front panel, the Mercury 66 has a very distinctive 1950s aesthetic so that they look as good as they sound!

The Mercury 66 Studio Limiting Amplifier is based on the classic Fairchild 660 limiting amplifier because we were inspired by the unique sound that only this circuit can deliver to your audio signal path. The Mercury 66 has a massive, custom power supply transformer, a choke, 3 audio transformers, a control amp transformer and 8 tubes squeezed into a 3U chassis. All together the M66 weighs in at 38 pounds for a mono amplifier! Proudly, using parts that are available today, we have met all the original specifications, but most importantly, the Mercury 66 sounds like a Fairchild 660.

The Mercury 66 Studio Limiting Amplifier uses a single push-pull stage of amplification which are transformer coupled input and output (XLRs) with no capacitors in the signal path, with a high control voltage. The result: the unit never produces any audible thumps, and has low distortion and noise under all conditions (either as a limiter or straight-through amplifier). The control amplifier is also fully balanced, transformer coupled in/out. The attack time is very fast and catches short transients. The release time of .3 to 25 seconds provides real flexibility: Three positions of the six available make the release time a function of program material, with fast recovery for short duration peaks and overall reduction of program level should the program level remain high.

The DC Adjust lets you control DC (Direct Current) in part of the circuit to give the user more control of the functionality and level of compression. This gives you the control how the amplifier reacts to the audio signal and basically how hard the compression tube ‘works’, allowing you to ‘smash’ the signal or just add a ‘soft touch’ of compression along with the velvet tone and overwhelming musicality of the amplifier.

Performance features include:

Exceptional tone and musical focus
Absence of audible thumps, distortion or noise
Extremely fast attack time that can produce full limiting in 1/5000th of a second
Variable release time from .3 seconds to 25 seconds
Useful as a limiter or a compressor depending on the program material and control settings
Reliability and stability (All components operate well below their rated maximums)
All tube, fully balanced (push-pull) transformer coupled circuitry
Simple, easy to use controls.

Short Description All Tube, All Transformer Mono (Stereo-Linkable) Studio Limiting Amplifier.
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