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The Pendulum Audio Quartet II Mercenary Edition

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Around the same time Fletcher was working on the Great River EQ2-NV Mercenary Edition with Great River Electronics, Fletcher and Greg Gualtieri of Pendulum Audio started talking about if Fletcher could have the all in one box of his wettest dream, what would it be?
The answer was "Tyra Banks in a 2 RU box?!"

Getting back to reality, they talked about features and functions and overall tonal things. Fletcher mentioned that he thought Pendulum's ES-8 was a measure more versatile than the OCL-2 optical type compressor in the original "Quartet", and that he didn't use "de-essers" all that much as peak limiting because with his mic collection he rarely ever found a use for a de-esser as he could couple the right mic with the singers for whom he worked. But because he was working digitally now, he could really use a brick wall peak limiter at the end of his chain.

Greg asked, "JFET or MOSFET?"
Fletcher replied, "I don't know... what's the difference?"
Greg: "They both sound different..."
Fletcher: "Can they both do 'brickwall limiting' in a musical way?"
Greg: "Sure, but they sound different"
Fletcher: "Well, can we do both?"
Greg: "Of course."

Greg said it would be easy to include a "remote shutoff tube" style compressor in the Quartet II, but complained that Manley Labs had trademarked the words "variable mu". So in joking around about how to say the same thing without getting into a trademark suit, the concept of the Greek symbol "delta", which in the world of physics is the symbol for "change of" and the Greek symbol "Mu" would adequately describe the compressor, the "delta mu" name for the section was born. Greg also mentioned that it would be relatively easy to split the peak limiter off to being it's own section rather than including it in the dynamics section as he'd done with the "Quartet", which seemed like a very convenient additional feature.

Fletcher is a big fan of the Pendulum MDP-1A, which features a very "full" sounding input transformer, and is also very fond of the MDP-1B, which features a very "focused" sounding input transformer. He also really liked being able to switch the input impedance between 1500Ω and 10,000Ω, which give the user the availability of 4 different mic pre sounds from a single channel of mic pre. These features, the ability to switch between the "full" and "focused" transformers, as well as the ability to switch each transformer between 1500Ω and 10,000Ω were all included in the mic pre section Pendulum Audio Quartet II Mercenary Edition, along with an insert point between the input and output amplifiers in the mic pre. In other words, every option we could think of is in this box.

Fletcher mentioned he would absolutely love to have a Pultec EQP1A3 EQ with mid-dip capabilities of the MEQ5. Greg said not a problem. Fletcher mentioned one of his favorite tricks with the EQP1A3 was to take a line amplifier and ram the level through the Pultec to where it was begging for mercy. Greg mentioned that it could be done in several different ways, and they tried them all. Finally a transformer was chosen that altered the level entering the inductor based passive equalizer that changed the tone through the EQ in a similar manner to the effect Fletcher loved with the "ram it through the Pultec" trick.

In further silliness and joking around between Greg and Fletcher, they decided to call that feature on the passive Pultec style EQ the "Passive Aggressive", as ramming the level through the EQ provided a very aggressive tone through the EQ, which is a massive event in it's own right.

On the original Quartet, each section, mic pre, EQ and dynamics, are available individually and that functionality was carried over to the Quartet II where now the de-esser and dynamics section are individually accessible. In the growing tradition of Mercenary Edition products, the "Quartet II Mercenary Edition" offers the user maximum flexibility in the smallest amount of space possible, with the ability to use the unit as four entirely separate units. You can run a vocal through the mic-pre, while running a kik drum through the equalizer, while running a bass through the "delta mu" compressor, and a snare drum through the peak limiter and have no crosstalk between sections, all with a very musically pleasing, yet exceptionally variable access to differing tones and textures which will hopefully compliment the users sense of audio aesthetic for the song on which they're working..

This seemed like the best of all worlds to the Mercenary crew, we're pretty sure it will cover most of the things you will need covered in your world as well.

The QUARTET II Received the
at AES in New York.

Condensed Operating Manuel Adobe .pdf

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