The Grace Design's m102 single-channel opto compressor gives you extreme control over your dynamics, without affecting your tone. It's the affordable, totally transparent optical compressor countless Sweetwater customers have been looking for! We're talking about the kind of tonal transparency that Grace Design has built their reputation on. Use the m102 liberally to smooth out erratic vocal parts or reshape bass, without introducing the least bit of distortion or coloring your sound. Go ahead, squeeze all you like - your tone is safe in the hands of the Grace Design m102. Grace Design m102 Single-channel Opto Compressor at a Glance:Extreme tonal purityStraightforward operationSeamless integrationExtreme tonal purityWe could go on all day about the technical differences between the current-feedback-based transimpedance amplifiers Grace Design uses and typical voltage-feedback op amps, but it's the kind of clarity you simply have to hear. The best part about the m102's extremely clear optical compression is that you can couple it with any other gear and get amazing results. Paired with a transparent preamp (such as the m101) and you get the compression you need, without coloration. Paired with a highly colorful preamp, you get sonic warmth without adding too much character to your sound. That makes the m102 a perfect addition to any rig!Straightforward operationThese days, it seems like gear manufacturers are downright obsessed with adding every extraneous bell and whistle to their gear that they can get their hands on. What's nice about the Grace Design m102 is that it gives you exactly the controls you need (threshold, attack, release, ratio, as well as both input and output gain), so you can simply dial in specific level of compression you need. That kind of control is extremely rare for a genuine optical attenuator-based compressor! Seamless integrationHow will your Grace Design m102 fit into your studio? One of the nice things about the m102 is that it's ready to drop into any system. Its handy 1/2U format lets it butt up nicely next to your Grace m101 preamplifier, or you can link it with another m102 in stereo mode. A pair of parallel balanced inputs and outputs also let you choose from XLR or TRS connections. You also get a sidechain input for extra versatility, and a bypass switch lets you easily A/B your dynamics.Grace Design m102 Single-channel Opto Compressor Features:Elegantly simple, ultra-clean optical compressor that lets you level signal without distorting your soundDIal in anything form subtle dynamic control to heavy compression, without significantly altering your soundComprehensive control set includes input level, threshhold, attack, release, ratio, and makeup gainBright, easy-to-read 10-segment LED gain reduction metersBi-color output peak LED lights green with signal present and red 8dB before clippingDual balanced inputs and outputs on XLR and 1/4 TRSPrecision audio path with 0.5% precision metal film resistorsHeavy-duty laser-etched black anodized frontpanelBuilt in universal power supply5-year transferable warranty on parts and laborProudly made in the USAGet the smooth, transparent, and crystal-clear compression you've always wanted, with the affordable Grace Design m102 opto compressor!