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TC Electronic Gold Channel

Mic to digital processor/preamp

Product Code: 2421

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Description
The Gold Channel, with its 48-96 kHz high-resolution processing tools, is both a mic-preamplifier and a signal processor! With mic, Line-level, and Digital in and out’s, you’re allowed to refine your original material, even after you’ve captured it, by sending your recorded signal through the Gold Channel’s tools once again. You can even use it to digitally bounce your processed tracks to other channels or other recording devices.

The Gold Channel is a digitally enhanced microphone preamplifier and a signal refinement toolbox. Plug in your microphone, connect the Gold Channel’s outputs to any analog or digital recorder, and safely capture your signal as the best possible quality audio recording. Right after the Gain stage of the Gold Channel, the signal will be converted from analog to digital through 24 bit A/D converters.

Once inside the digital domain, you have access to these famous TC Electronic algorithms:

Expanders
Compressors
Equalizers
De-esser
Dynamic Equalizer
Digital Radiance Generator™
R.I.A.A. Phono EQ
MS Encoder/Decoder
Time Alignment

ALL IN ONE
The Gold Channel, with its 48-96kHz high-resolution processing tools, is both a microphone preamplifier and a signal processor! With Mic/Line-level, and Digital in and out’s, you’re able to refine your original material, even after you’ve captured it, by sending your recorded signal through the Gold Channel’s tools once again. You can even use it to digitally bounce your processed tracks to other channels or other recording devices.

TOTAL RECALL
When you set up the Gold Channel to match a specific instrument or vocalist, you may want to keep those settings for later use. The Gold Channel gives you Total or Partial recall of all settings, stored in any of the presets that you choose. Alter one of the 100 Factory presets to fit your taste and setup, store it in one of the 100 User presets or in one of up to 999 User presets available via PCMCIA SRAM card. Storing Presets like this will give your future recordings continuous refinement and development, making it very fast and easy to get the same great sound you accomplished at an earlier session.

TWO CHANNNELS
In real life recording sessions, you very often end up doing layer recording, one instrument at a time. Even though you may only need one high quality channel, Gold Channel gives you two – linkable for stereo operation to ensure that you’ve got the ultimate recording tools right at your fingertips. Post recording mixing-board tweaking will be kept to a minimum with it’s superior processing tools. The intuitive, yet sophisticated, user interface (already known by TC users worldwide) gives you easy access to everything you need. Like driving the sports car of your dreams, this machine will make you smile from the day you purchase it.

3 WAYS TO CONNECT YOUR GOLD CHANNEL



RECALL

Choose existing Factory Presets or do Partial Recalls of the various Factory Presets that fit your recording session.

Store it in a User preset, name it, do a Total Recall of your precious preset later and refine it even further to please your evolving taste in sound.



I/O SETUP

The input & output section’s Signal page shows the signal path from input through inserts to output. The very intuitive user interface gives you the best possible overview and makes instant connection changes extremely fast and easy to perform.


GAIN

Plug in your microphone, select Auto Gain and press Enter. Let the musician or vocalist play their instrument and when finished press Enter again. The Auto Gain feature has now set the optimal gain level - it’s that simple.


EQUALIZER

You can choose between two types of equalizers. A fully blown five band Parametric EQ with frequency ranging from 20Hz to 20kHz, +/- 18dB gain range and variable bandwidths. Very careful implementation, dedicated limiters on each EQ band and the 96kHz option places it among the best sounding EQ’s ever made - and it is digital! The second type emulates classic analog equalizers, and delivers that particular EQ curve typical of these oldies but goodies. Even the user-interface resembles the easy to read knobs of the originals.


VINTAGE COMPRESSOR

The Vintage Compressor algorithm emulates the way classic analog compressors work and it delivers that very sought after vintage warmth and quality to your recordings.


DYNAMIC EQUALIZER AND DE-ESSER

The Dynamic EQ is in fact a De-esser with additional frequency range, variable bandwidth, attack, release, etc. It helps you remove unwanted frequencies dynamically, only affecting the peaks instead of carving a hole in the overall sound.


MS ENCODER/DECODER

The MS Encoder/Decoder is often used in the Broadcast and Film industry. The technique involves placing a cardioid or hypercardioid microphone together with a figure-eight microphone to record the mid source (M) and side information (S). This feature adds an impressive perspective to your sound and the Gold Channel allows you to process the mono and stereo signal separately.


ROUTING

The processing algorithms can be placed freely in any of the four blocks available per channel. So if you want to refine the general EQ before using the Dynamic EQ, or if you want to remove a vocalist’s "esses" before running it through the vintage compressor, you can do it in the Gold Channel.

To gain the benefits of high resolution processing at a resolution of 96KHz, you can either use one channel and gain access to 3 blocks or use both channels with 1 block available per channel.

In Depth
Connectors: XLR balanced (pin 2 hot)
Impedance (balanced): 6.8 kohm
Max. Input Level (balanced):
22 dBu
Sensitivity, @ 12 dB headroom (balanced):
-10 dBu to 10 dBu
Dynamic Range (unweighted):
103 dB
THD+N: < -90 dB (0.003 %) @ 1 kHz, -3 dBFS
Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0/-0.3 dB
Crosstalk:
(Line to Mic. Pad 0), worstcase:
(Line to Line or Mic.Pad 20/40/60), worstcase:

< -65 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
< -85 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz

Common Mode Rejection, RS=40 ohm:
> 60 dB @ 50/60 Hz & > 70 dB @ 1 kHz
A to D Conversion: 24 bit (1 bit, 128 times oversampling)
A to D Delay: 0.8 ms @ 48 kHz



Analog MIC Inputs


Connectors: XLR balanced (pin 2 hot)
Impedance (balanced): 6.8 kohm
Phantom Supply: 48V +/-10%, pin 2 & 3 through 6.81 kohm
Max. Input Level (balanced),
Pad 0/20/40/60:

0: -40 dBu, 20: -18 dBu, 40: 2 dBu, 60: 22 dBu
Sensitivity @ 12 dB headroom (balanced): 0: -82 dBu to -52 dBu, 20: -52 dBu to -30 dBu
40: -30 dBu to 10 dBu, 60: -10 dBu to 10 dBu
Dynamic Range, RS = 200 ohm (unweighted):
0: > 56 dB, 20: > 88 dB, 40: >98 dB, 60: > 100 dB
Noise Figure, Pad 0,
RS = 200 ohm:
< 1.8 dB
THD+N: 0: < -80 dB, 20/40/60: < -92 dB, -3 dBFS
Frequency Response: 0: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0/-0.9 dB,
20/40/60: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0/-0.3 dB
Crosstalk:
(Mic., all Pad to Mic.,
Pad 0, worstcase:
Mic., all Pad to Mic.,
Pad 20/40/60), worstcase:

<-66 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
<-82 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz

A to D Conversion: 24 bit (1 bit, 128 times oversampling)
A to D Delay: 0.8 ms @ 48 kHz
Common Mode Rejection,
RS= 200 ohm:
> 60 dB @ 50/60 Hz & > 70 dB @ 1 kHz



Analog Outputs


Connectors: XLR balanced (pin 2 hot)
Impedance: 40 ohm (Active transformer)
Max. Output Level: 20 dBu (balanced)
Full Scale Output Range: -10 dBu to 22 dBu
Dynamic Range, 20 Hz to 20 kHz:
> 100 dB (Unweighted) @ Output Level > 6 dBu
THD+N, 20 Hz to 20 KHz : -86 dB (0.005%) @ 1 kHz, -6 dBFS
Frequency Response: 12 Hz to 20 kHz, +0/-0.6 dB
Crosstalk: < -80 dB, 10 Hz to 20 kHz, typ. < -100 dB @ 1 kHz
D to A Conversion: 24 bit (1 bit, 128 times oversampling)
D to A Delay: 0.57 ms @ 48 kHz



Digital Inputs and Outputs


Connectors: XLR (AES/EBU), RCA Phono (S/PDIF),
Optical (Tos-link, ADAT)
Formats: AES/EBU (24 bit),S/PDIF (20 bit),
EIAJ CP-340, IEC 958, EIAJ Optical (Tos-link),
ADAT Lite pipe
Output Dither: HPF TPDF dither 8-24 bit
Word Clock Input: RCA Phono, 75 ohm, 0.6 to 10 Vpp,
30 - 50 kHz
Sample Rates: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz
Processing Delay: 0.2 ms @ 48 kHz
Frequency Response DIO: 20 Hz to 23.9 kHz +0.01/-0.1 dB @ 48 kHz



PCMCIA Interface


Connector: PC Card, 68 pin type I cards
Standards: PCMCIA 2.0, JEIDA 4.0
Card Format: Supports up to 2 MB SRAM



Control Interface


MIDI: In/Out/Thru: 5 Pin DIN
GPI, Pedal, Fader: 1/4" phone jack



General


EMC Complies with: EN 55103-1 and EN 55103-2
FCC part 15, Class B
CISPR 22, Class B
Safety Certified to: IEC 65, EN 60065, UL 1419 and CSA E65
Operating Temperature: 32° F to 122° F (0° C to 50° C)
Storage Temperature: -22° F to 167° F (-30° C to 70° C)
Humidity: Max. 90 % non-condensing
Finish: Anodized aluminum front
Plated and painted steel chassis

LCD: 56 x 128 dot graphic LCD-display
Dimensions: 19" x 1.75" x 8.2" (483 x 44 x 208 mm)
Weight: 5.5 lbs. (2.5 kg)
Mains Voltage: 100 to 240 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz (auto-select)
Power Consumption: < 20 W
Backup Battery Life: > 10 years



Warranty


Parts and Labor: 1 year

Item Number: TC Electronic Gold Channel    2421 0-0
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