Midas 522 Compressor/Limiter

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  • $248.99
  • Regular price MSRP: $373.99

Get Premium Quality And Sound With The Midas 522 Compressor/Limiter

The COMPRESSOR LIMITER 522 brings state of the industry dynamics control to a compact 500 Series format processor that is good enough to wear the MIDAS name. When used in conjunction with the LEGEND L10, L6, or other standard 500 Series rackmount chassis, the 522 provides the ideal solution for users seeking the legendary MIDAS sound in a modular format that boasts upgraded, premium-quality performance. Additionally, the 522’s dynamic Presence control enables operators to add “air” to vocals without the unwanted noise or pumping effects found in competing products – and reduces the risk of feedback occurrence during live performance.

Importance of Dynamics- Dynamics play a major role in music; they help to convey emotion, whether it’s a sultry blues guitar solo, a vocalist belting out his/ her message – or the punchy impact of a bass guitar or kick drum. Those dynamics are the essence of a natural sounding performance; it is what makes music interesting. But out of control dynamics can instantly mar an otherwise perfect performance. That is where compression comes to the rescue – softening loud sounds and boosting low signal levels that can often get lost in the mix. The resulting compressed signal creates a much more dense, impactful sound with richness and room for subtle nuances to come through.

  • Compact 500 Series premium compressor/limiter with dynamic presence control
  • Fully variable dynamic presence feature preserves high mid-range frequencies for a more natural sound during compression
  • Dynamic presence control adds “air” to vocals without introducing noise or pumping effects and reduces the risk of feedback during live performances
  • Manual envelope controls with linear peak-sensing compression or easy to use Auto mode with RMS compression
  • Soft or hard knee compressor response with selection switch
  • Sidechain high pass filter with selection switch eliminates undesirable low frequency compression artefacts
  • High performance electronically balanced input stage with high common-mode rejection
  • Discrete transistor driven transformer balanced output stage
  • Precision gain reduction and signal level metering
  • True hardware bypass selection switch removes all circuitry from the signal path when compression is not required
  • Power up mute relays prevent switch on thumps
  • Premium quality components throughout for a crystal-clear audiophile signal path


  • Threshold: -50 dBu to +25 dBu knob
  • Ratio: 1:1 to ∞ knob
  • Attack: 0.1 ms to 20 ms knob
  • Release: 50 ms to 2 seconds knob
  • Presence: Minimum to maximum knob
  • Makeup gain: 0 dB to +18 dB knob
  • Hard knee/soft knee: Switch
  • Sidechain high pass filter: Switch
  • Automatic attack and release: Switch
  • Compressor in: Switch

Input and Output

  • Input: Mono, balanced line
  • Output: Mono, balanced via transformer


  • Noise at unity gain: -95 dBu (22 Hz - 22 kHz)
  • CMRR, unity gain, 1 kHz: -70 dB (typical)
  • Input impedance, 1 kHz: 20 kΩ
  • Frequency response, unity gain: 20 Hz - 20 kHz, +/- 0.5 dB
  • Distortion, unity gain, 1 kHz-
  • 0 dBu: <0.01%
  • +10 dBu: <0.1%
  • +20 dBu: <0.5%
  • Maximum input level, 1 kHz: +21 dBu
  • Maximum output level, 1 kHz: +21 dBu
  • Output impedance, 1 kHz: 50 Ω
  • old range: -50 dBu to +25 dBu knob
  • Ratio: 1:1 to ∞
  • Attack: 0.1 ms to 20 ms
  • Release: 50 ms to 2 seconds
  • Presence: Minimum (fl at) to maximum (typically -3 dB below the source signal level, during gain reduction)
  • Presence centre frequency: 5 kHz, bandwidth typically 4 octaves
  • Make up gain: 0 dB to +18 dB
  • Gain reduction meter: 10 segment, 2 dB to 20 dB in 2 dB steps
  • Output level meter: 6 segment, -30 dBu to +20 dBu in 10 dB steps
  • Side chain high pass filter: 200 Hz, 12 dB per octave

Power Requirements

  • Voltage: +16 V and -16 V
  • Power consumption: 130 mA, 4.2 W

Manufacturer: Midas
Warranty: See manufacturer website for details
SKU: I466998-N-0
UPC: #748252179746
Listing ID: NA90753