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Fredenstein Artistic Comp SE Single-Channel 500 Series-Form Factor FET Compressor


Fredenstein Artistic Comp SE Single-Channel 500 Series-Form Factor FET Compressor


Manufacturer's Description

The Artistic Compressor SE is a single channel FET compressor with multi-channel link capability in the 500 series form factor featuring rotary controls for Input Gain, Release Time, Compression Ratio, Make-up Gain and Wet-Dry Mixing (parallel compression). The Attack Time can be set in three steps, as well as the side-chain low cut filter. The LED bar-graph meter indicates the gain reduction in the range of 1dB to 16dB. Its punchy and detailed sound comes from Fredenstein's proprietary Reverse-Mancini FET architecture.

Like most FET compressors and caused by limitations of FET devices, the Fredenstein Artistic Comp SE features a fixed threshold. The compression depth is controlled by changing the input gain. Increasing the input gain will cause the compressor to apply an increased gain reduction. The compressor output level control is used to make up for the gain reduction. The maximum compressor output gain is +/-10dB.

The ATTACK TIME switch and RELEASE TIME control define how fast the compressor reacts and how fast it falls back after the signal is lower than the threshold. The perfect values depend on the program material and the desired sound.
The COMP RATIO control sets the relationship between input and output level for signals above the threshold and can be varied from 2:1 to 20:1. A ratio of 20:1 is considered a limiter. Additionally, so called dry/wet mixes can be performed (parallel compression). The dry signal (uncompressed) and the wet signal (compressed) can be mixed together in any relationship to achieve special sounds. The Wet-Dry control of the Artistic Comp dramatically boosts the versatility of the device. If you put the Wet-Dry control fully counterclockwise, only the compressed signal is present at the output, if turned fully clockwise only the unprocessed input signal reaches the output. Another sound shaping tool is the three-position side-chain low cut filter. If switched to 150 or 300Hz, it prevents low frequency signals below the selected value from being processed by the compressor.


  • Sidechain Input
  • Stereo-Linking
  • Clip LED
  • 12 LED Peak-Meter with 16dB range
  • Max Output Gain +/- 10dB

Like all Fredenstein products, the Artistic Comp SE is designed by a German American team and manufactured in Taiwan.


  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz, +/- 1dB
  • Make-up Gain: + 20 dB
  • Distortion: < 0.05%, no compression
  • Noise: < -90 dB, no make-up gain
  • Input Impedance: > 5000 Ohms
  • Max. Input Level: + 26dBu
  • Output Impedance: 600 Ohms
  • Max. Output Level: + 26dBu
  • Clip Indicator: + 24dBu
  • Input Gain Range: -10 dB to +20dB
  • Side-chain Filter: 150 or 300 Hz (switchable)
  • Attack Time: 0.5, 5, and 25ms (switchable)
  • Release Time: 70ms to 2.5s
  • Compression Ratio: 2:1 to 20:1
  • Power Consumption: +/-16V < +/- 75mA (~2W)