Ashly’s CLX-52 Peak Compressor/Limiter is a two-channel universal
peak-sensitive automatic gain control (AGC) device with exceptional audio
performance, precise controls and rugged durability. The Ashly CLX-52
compressor/limiter uses an “infinite soft-knee” characteristic
and timing based on compression ratio. This, combined with a dual release
time, allows program density to increase as the input signal increases.
The result is a peak controller with very low noise, smooth sound, and
excellent stereo tracking without the usual “constricted”
Front panel controls of the Ashly CLX-52 allow you to set input gain,
threshold, ratio, attack time, release time and output level. Additional
front panel features are an in/out switch for each channel, stereo tie
switch and eleven-step LED meters for gain reduction and input or output
level. All audio connections are XLR, ¼” TRS and euroblock.
Each channel of the Ashly CLX-52 has a TRS insert detector patch point
which can be used as a “ducking” input, or in conjunction
with an equalizer to produce frequency-sensitive limiting.
A unique feature of the Ashly CLX-52 is the incorporation of a double
release-time constant. When a conventional compressor/limiter is adjusted
for slow release times, transients such as mic “pops” may
cause a severe reduction in gain followed by a slow fadeup, making the
action of the limiter very obvious. With Ashly's CLX-52 the double time
constant, release from gain reduction after a brief transient is always
fast, with a slower release after a sustained overdrive.
With wide-bandwidth, ultra-low-distortion and a low noise VCA, the Ashly
CLX-52 is a versatile and highly listenable compressor/limiter. Used in
professional sound reinforcement as a protective device it will prevent
audio levels from overloading systems, or it can be used to reduce the
dynamic range of a signal creating a much louder or fuller sound without
increasing the loudness peaks. The Ashly CLX-52 is a versatile and highly
listenable compressor/limiter suitable for use in professional sound reinforcement,
recording and broadcasting.