Ideal for tracking, mixing, and mastering, the VT-7 boasts an all Class-A vacuum tube audio path, characteristic of all D.W. Fearn products. The gain reduction elements replicate the sound and characteristics of the finest classic vacuum tube compressors, ensuring a transparent sound even when used aggressively. The VT-7's design diminishes compression artifacts compared to most other compressors, providing a highly versatile and dynamic processing tool.
The VT-7 features two independent channels that can be used separately or linked for stereo operation. The Link switch, in its third position, introduces a high-pass filter (HPF) in the side-chain, reducing gain-reduction sensitivity to low frequencies with a gentle roll-off at 100Hz. This feature is especially useful for maintaining frequency balance in bass-heavy mixes and preventing heavy low-frequency audio from modulating the overall audio level.
Renowned for imparting a magical gloss to rock and pop mixes, the VT-7 remains transparent enough to subtly enhance gain control in jazz and classical tracks without obvious effects, resulting in a significant improvement in overall sound quality. Each channel offers controls for Threshold, Gain, Attack, Release, and Harder/Softer, while common controls include Separate/Link/Link HPF. VU meters can be switched between indicating gain reduction or output level.
Class-A Vacuum Tube Audio Path: Ensures high-quality and warm sonic characteristics, consistent with D.W. Fearn's product philosophy.
Replication of Classic Vacuum Tube Compressor Sound: The gain reduction elements faithfully reproduce the sound and characteristics of the finest classic vacuum tube compressors.
Modern Solid-State Analog Control Circuitry: Combines classic tube warmth with modern control technology for optimal performance and reliability.
Highly Transparent Sound: Delivers a transparent sound ideal for various applications, with the ability to be used more aggressively while minimizing compression artifacts.
Independent or Linked Operation: Two channels can be used independently or linked for stereo processing flexibility.
Link Switch with High-Pass Filter (HPF): The Link switch, in its third position, introduces a gentle 100Hz HPF in the side-chain, reducing gain-reduction sensitivity to low frequencies for improved frequency balance in bass-heavy mixes.
Controls for Each Channel:
Common Controls for Each Channel:
Switchable VU Meters: VU meters can be switched between indicating gain reduction or output level for versatile visual monitoring during operation.
Versatile Applications: Renowned for adding a magical gloss to rock and pop mixes while remaining transparent enough for subtle gain control in jazz and classical tracks.
High-Quality Construction: Built with D.W. Fearn's commitment to quality, featuring robust construction and design optimization based on extensive listening tests.
Optimized for Quiet Operation: Recent updates eliminate the need for an internal fan, ensuring an even quieter user experience.
20Hz – 20kHz +/- 0.5dB
-3dB at 5Hz and 65kHz
less than 0.07%
Signal to Noise Radio:
better than 80dB
The VT-7 has also been optimized to eliminate the need for an internal fan. While the fans in D.W. Fearn equipment have always been extraordinarily quiet, research has shown that no fan at all is even quieter.
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