Looptrotter Emperor 500 Compressor/Limiter Module
Single channel 500 series module compressor, limiter, and harmonics processor
Saturation and Dynamics Processing with Tons of Attitude
Founded in 2010 in Warsaw, Poland, Looptrotter Audio has since brought to market an arsenal of high-quality outboard gear for analog saturation and dynamics processing. Using top of the line FET transistors, vacuum tubes, and discrete class A circuitry, Looptrotter’s products endow audio with a vintage analog sound and lots of attitude. Looptrotter’s founder, Andrzej Starzyk, has been obsessively designing and building audio electronics since the age of 16, and his passion for high-quality audio shines through in his company’s designs.
Looptrotter Emperor 500 in one take:
- Analog dynamics processor that can work as a limiter, compressor, and/or harmonics distortion generator
- Fits in 500 series slots
- Intuitive, easy to use controls
- Inspired by classic analog compressors from the 60s
- Two filter sidechain buttons with proprietary curves
- 3 speed presets
- Adds lots of character
- 8 LED’s for gain reduction metering
Vintage Style Analog Processing
The Emperor 500 is an analog dynamics processor which can work as a limiter, compressor, or harmonics distortion generator, depending on the settings. Inspired by the legendary limiters and compressors of the 1960s, the core of the Emperor 500 is a FET transistor which handles gain reduction and introduces a small amount of low order harmonics. Far from being transparent, the Emperor 500 warms and brightens the audio signal, giving it a unique and powerful analog character.
Intuitive Controls, Endless Possibilities
The control panel on the Emperor 500 has intuitive, easy to use controls that can achieve a wide range of results. Just like its older brother, the Emperor Limiter, there are three speed presets available for attack/release, with “Fast” providing limiting and dense signal saturation, “Medium” for fast compression, and “Slow”, which makes the Emperor 500 act more like a vintage analog compressor. In the sidechain section, there are 2 filter options which act on the control signal, Low Cut and High Boost, each with a button to engage them. The low cut makes the limiter more transparent by reducing pumping and distortion of low frequencies, while the high boost makes the unit act more like a vintage de-esser and can also be useful for very fast compression of bright dynamic instruments. The remainder of the controls are very straightforward; knobs for controlling the dry and wet signal outputs (for easy parallel compression), a “Drive” knob for adjusting input gain, and a button for true bypass.