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  • Overview: TK Audio is a new brand established by Thomas "TK" Kristiansson, the man behind Vintagedesign. TK Audio was created to satisfy people with a desire for gear with a modern structure combined with genuine craftsmanship. Our first product, BC1, was launched in the fall of 2008 and was a huge success. We aim to exceed your expectations and we trust your response to be just as warm as it was for our Vintagedesign products.

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Analog audio equipment:

  • 500 RANGE MODULES FOR API (VPR ALLIANCE) RACKS:

    TK Audio offers a range of extremely useful, high quality modules for the popular API 500 format:








    Our opinion: High quality analog tools, with great headroom and excellent noise performance. These well designed modules will help you get the best out of your API rack set up.

    • TK Audio T-Komp 500:
      A new compressor with a unique design, the key feature is the ratio, which is level dependent and increases with the signal level, like the vari mu compressors. To make it as useful as possible the T-Komp has two ratio ranges. The first one goes up to 20:1, perfect for instrument tracking and smashing drums etc., the second one is a more narrow range which makes it more suitable for bus compression. The RMS detector has five settings, four from fast to slow where number four, the slowest, is similar to the old 160VU. The fifth position is a program dependent adaptive mode. It is also equipped with a blend control for easy parallel compression. The T-Komp is the perfect workhorse both for tracking and mixing.
      • Level dependent ratio which increases with the signal level just like vari-mu compressors.
      • Two ratio ranges, 1:1 to 20:1 or 1:1 to 2:1.
      • Five RMS settings, four from fast to slow and a program dependent adaptive mode.
      • Blend control for easy parallel compression.
      • Precision LED metering for gain reduction.
      • Check the 19" Rack version for more features.

    • TK Audio TK LIZER 500:
      The TK-lizer 500 features all the power of the TK Audio’s flagship TK-lizer, including the M/S functionality that has made it such a staple in studios all over the world. The three bands have a cut/boost range of +/-8dB in 41 steps. The low and high bands can be switched between peak or shelving mode. A high pass filter with a 12dB slope is also provided, and each channel has it’s own level control with a range from infinity to +6dB. Using the built in M/S function, you can adjust the middle and side signals separately before it is decoded back to a normal L/R signal. In M/S mode you can also adjust the stereo width using the level controls.
      • Power requirement: +190mA / -80mA (extended over two slots)
      • Frequency response: 20Hz to 50kHz +/-0.2dB
      • THD @ +4dBu less than 0.0006%
      • THD+N @ +26dBu is less than 0.001%
      • Signal to noise ratio: 95dB
      • Cross talk: -89dB
      • Input impedance: 24kohm
      • Output impedance: 50ohm
      • Max input level: +26dBu
      • Max output level: +27dBu
      • Filter Q~0.5

    • TK Audio BC 501:
      Featuring all the power of TK’s flagship BC1-S, the new BC-501 stereo bus compressor adds even more functions taken from the BC2-ME mastering compressor, such as additional ratio settings (1.25:1, 6:1), a THD switch that adds more even harmonics to the signal, and three HPF settings from which to choose (80Hz, 150Hz, 220Hz). All controls are detented for easy, precise recall. A dedicated Wet/Dry knob allows blending between the original and compressed signals, and an external sidechain input (accessible via stereo 1/8" mini TRS jack) is also provided.
      • Click here for the official TK Audio BC501 demo video.
      • Click here for the Gearslutz BC501 discussion with user comments.
      • Power requirement: +110mA / -90mA (total)
      • Frequency response: 20Hz-80kHz +0dB/-0.1dB
      • THD+N @ 1kHz: less than 0.005%
      • Signal to noise ratio: 95dB
      • Cross talk: -90dB
      • Input impedance: 24kohm
      • Output impedance: 50ohm
      • Max input level: +26dBu
      • Max output level: +27dBu

    • TK Audio Mono Blender:
      The Mono Blender is the perfect tool for parallel processing. Insert your favorite compressor into the front panel XLRs and blend it with any other audio signal being simultaneously fed through the unit with absolutely no degradation to either source. It’s also ideal for dialing in the perfect balance between sources recorded with two different microphone systems, such as electric guitar, upright bass, or acoustic piano. All inputs and outputs are electronically balanced, and the rugged blend control has 21 steps for precise adjustments.
      • Frequency response: 20Hz to 80kHz +/-0dB
      • THD+N: 0,002%
      • IMD, A-weighted: less than 0.0009%
      • Headroom +27dBu

    • TK Audio MB1 Mini Blender:
      A miniature version of the 19" Blender! Mini blender for parallel processing: Insert your favourite processor to the front XLR's and blend it with the signal that is fed through the unit. All inputs and outputs are electronically balanced. The blend control is a high quality potentiometer with 21 steps.
      • THD+N: 0,002%
      • S/N ratio: 98dB
      • Headroom +27dBu

    • TK Audio TF1 Two band filter:
      A high-pass and low-pass filter with 6dB or 12dB slope. Each section has a x10 switch for a broad range.
      • HPF range: 30Hz-480Hz or 300Hz-4.8kHz.
      • LPF range: 100Hz-2.2kHz or 1kHz-22kHz.
      • THD+N: 0,0015% with both filters active
      • Headroom +27dBu

    • TK Audio SP501 Mic Preamp:
      • Hi-gain 500-series preamp (max +80dBs).
      • Lundahl input transformer.
      • Classic Opamp design running in Class-A mode.
      • Selectable Germanium stage for extra harmonics.
      • Switchable -30dB pad (on the input).
      • Switchable 48v phantom power.
      • Sweepable high-pass filter, 30-400Hz, 12dB/oct.
      • Impedance switch: 1600 ohms / 400 ohms.
      • Hi-Z input, instrument input with more than 2Mohm input impedance.
      • Selectable output stages, electronically balanced or discrete class-A output stage with Carnhill transformer.
      • Max output level: +24dBu.
      • Power requirement: +130mA / -130mA.

    Prices:

    • T-Komp 500 (Mono comp): 450,26€ Exc. VAT / 544,81€ Inc. VAT. IN STOCK.
    • TK LIZER 500 (stereo EQ): 1015€ Exc. VAT / 1228,15€ Inc. VAT. TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK.
    • BC 501 (stereo comp): 875€ Exc. VAT / 1058,75€ Inc. VAT. IN STOCK.
    • Mono Blender: 310€ Exc. VAT / 375,10€ Inc. VAT. IN STOCK / SPECIAL OFFER, Email us for a quote!
    • MB1 (stereo Blender): 405€ Exc. VAT / 490,05€ Inc. VAT. TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK.
    • TF1 (2 band filter): 310€ Exc. VAT / 375,10€ Inc. VAT. IN STOCK / SPECIAL OFFER, Email us for a quote!
    • SP501 (mono mic preamp): 657€ Exc. VAT / 794,97€ Inc. VAT. TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK.

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    TK Audio 500 modules:
  • TK Audio T-Komp (Released Oct. 2019):

    A new compressor with a unique design, the key feature is the ratio, which is level dependent and increases with the signal level, like the vari mu compressors. To make it as useful as possible the T-Komp has two ratio ranges. The first one goes up to 20:1, perfect for instrument tracking and smashing drums etc., the second one is a more narrow range which makes it more suitable for bus compression. The T-Komp can be selected between feed-forward mode for a punchy, modern response or feed-back mode with a smoother, more musical response. The RMS detector has five settings, four from fast to slow where number four, the slowest, is similar to the old 160VU. The fifth position is a program dependent adaptive mode. It is also equipped with a blend control for easy parallel compression, a HPF-filter to make it less sensitive to low energy like bass and kick drum, and for stereo use there is a link switch.

    Our opinion: A new concept from TK, totally different from any other VCA driven compressor, perfect for tracking or sub group control.

    • Overview:
      • Designed as a the perfect workhorse both for tracking and mixing.
      • Level dependent ratio which increases with the signal level just like vari-mu compressors.
      • Two ratio ranges, 1:1 to 20:1 or 1:1 to 2:1.
      • Feed-forward mode for a punchy, modern response or feed-back mode with a smoother more musical response.
      • Five RMS settings, four from fast to slow and a program dependent adaptive mode.
      • Blend control for easy parallel compression.
      • 150Hz sidechain HPF.

    Price: 1221,06€ Exc. VAT / 1477,48€ Inc. VAT.
    IN STOCK.

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  • TK Audio BC1 THD (Released Feb. 2019):

    This is one of the most transparent stereo bus compressors ever made, it’s manufactured and assembled in Sweden and thoroughly tested before leaving the factory. The BC1-THD has several new functions like the THD function, three HPF frequency and the new “Grab” function which adds a more obvious compression character in addition to the usual transparent mode that BC1 is famous for, perfect for the drum-bus.

    Our opinion: A great re-introduction of the BC1 concept with even more features. It is the direct successor of the BC1-S and internally identical to the Ltd. released in 2018. It's also the first TK Audio comp to feature an exclusive TK VU-Meter.

    • New Features (compared to the BC1-S):

      • Three HPF frequencies, 80Hz, 150Hz and 220Hz
      • Selectable Grab function, selects a harder threshold knee
      • Selectable THD function for more “even” harmonics
      • Additional attack times

    • Full features:

      • Threshold: -20dB to +20dB
      • Ratio: 1.5:1 / 2:1 / 4:1 / 10:1 /
      • HP Filter: 80Hz, 150Hz, 220Hz, -6dB octave
      • THD: adds more even harmonics
      • Grab: selects a harder thres hold knee
      • Attack: /0.1/0.3/0.6/1/3/6/10/30/60/120mS
      • Release: 50mS/100mS/300mS/600mS/1.2S/Auto
      • Gainreduction meter
      • Make-up: 0 to +20dB
      • External sidechain: in/out
      • Straight signal mute
      • Blendcontrol: from dry to compressed
      • Compression in/out
      • External sidechain input: unbalanced TRS jacks
      • Internal, regulated powersupply with a toroidal transformer
      • 115 or 230V, selectable

    • Specifications:

      • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz less than -0,025dB
      • Frequency response: 20Hz to 80kHz less than -0,3dB
      • Blend control fully CW (dry)
      • THD+N @ 0dBu: less than 0,0045%
      • THD @ 0dBu: less than 0,001%
      • THD+N @ +26dBu: less than 0,02%
      • THD @ +26dBu: less than 0,02%
      • Blend control fully CCW (straight)
      • THD+N @ 0dBu: less than 0,00045%
      • THD+N @ +26dBu: less than 0,0003%
      • Input impedance: 20kohm
      • Output impedance: 50ohm
      • Max input level: +26dBu
      • Max output level: +27dBu @ 600ohms load
    Price: 1071€ Exc. VAT / 1295,91€ Inc. VAT.
    IN STOCK.

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  • TK Audio TK-LIZER (TK LIZER) MKII:

    TK's new TK-lizer 2 is a Baxandall type of EQ, high and low bands are selectable between shelving or bell, very useful for fine tuning of your low’s, mid’s and high’s. The EQ also has a built in M/S function which lets you process the mid and side signals separately. You can also affect the stereo width of your music by using the level controls in M/S mode. The three bands are based on the legendary Baxandall circuit from the 50’s. Available in black or limited edition brushed silver.

    Our opinion: Superb mastering EQ with a transparency reminiscent of the best past German Broadcast designs. The MS function has found fans in engineers mastering for Vinyl. High end performance but reasonable price as usual with TK.

    • Key Features:
      • Dual mono 3-band Baxandall style EQ.
      • 12dB octave high pass filter (the highest HPF frequency 100Hz which is for mono-ing bass in M/S mode, this frequency can easily be change by the customer).
      • All controls are stepped for repeatability and easy channel tracking.
      • Broad Q.
      • High and Low band selectable between shelving or bell.
      • Built in M/S function.
      • Electronically balanced inputs and outputs.
      • Max output level before clip: 27dBu.
      • Main 115v or 230v (not selectable).
      • And as usual, it’s handbuilt in Sweden!
    • Controls:
      • Low freq: 28Hz, 48Hz, 72Hz, 132Hz, 195Hz, 255Hz, switchable between shelf and peak
      • Mid freq: 400Hz, 630Hz, 870Hz, 1.3kHz, 2.4kHz, 4.8kHz
      • High freq: 4kHz, 7.2kHz, 12kHz, 16kHz, 20kHz, 25kHz, switchable between shelf and peak
      • HPF freq: 20Hz, 25Hz, 30Hz, 35Hz, 40Hz, 45Hz, or 100Hz, 125Hz, 150Hz, 175Hz, 200Hz, 225Hz with the x5 switch activated. -12dB/octave
      • Boost/cut: -4dB, -3dB, -2dB, -1dB, -0.5dB, 0dB, +0.5dB, +1dB, +2dB, +3dB, +4dB
      • Level: -4dB, -3dB, -2dB, -1dB, -0.5dB, 0dB, +0.5dB, +1dB, +2dB, +3dB, +4dB
      • EQ: in/out
      • M/S: in/out
      • Cue switch for separate monitoring of the mid or side signal
    • Specs:
      • Q: 0,5
      • THD+N @ +4dBu: 0.003%
      • THD+N @ +26dBu: 0.0005%
      • THD @ +4dBu: 0.002%
      • THD @ +26dBu: 0.0005%
      • Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz: +/-0dB
      • Frequency response: 20Hz-80kHz: -0.2dB
      • Max input level: +26dBu
      • Max output level before clip: +27dBu
      • Signal to noise ratio @ 0dBu: 94dBu
      • Dynamic range: 120dB
    Price:

    • BLACK VERSION: 1334€ Exc. VAT / 1614,14€ Inc. VAT. IN STOCK.
    • BRUSHED SILVER / LTD. VERSION: 1334€ Exc. VAT / 1614,14€ Inc. VAT. OUT OF STOCK.

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  • TK Audio DP2:

    The DP2 is a dual channel preamp based on a unique hybrid design including both vintage and modern circuits. Germanium and silicon transistors, along with integrated circuits, make the sound character expand over several decades. The midrange crunch of the germanium sound of the mid 60's, the low mid punch and thick sound associated with British class-A from the early 70's and the modern tone from the 80's and 90's; all in the same box. The input-stage is built around a high quality Swedish Lundahl transformer. The preamp section is followed by a germanium unity-gain stage for coloration. Finally the DP2 has two different output stages, an electronically balanced output stage or a discrete transformer-balanced class-A stage, built around a heavy Carnhill output transformer. The vintage class-A mode produces a fat and punchy sound with mid range character and a warm top-end; the germanium mode adds even more harmonics to the sound. The IC-based output stage is less colored and perfect for clean amplification. With up to 80 dB gain the DP-2 can handle quiet sound sources like ribbon microphones. High impedance inputs are positioned on the front for easy access when connecting guitar, bass or synthesizers. It's also possible to crank up the input gain really loud and run a hot signal through the preamp to make it distort, and then use the output volume control to lower the output gain. The DP2 offers a unique set of flavors at a very sensible price.

    JANUARY 2018: TK Audio replaces their flagship DP1mk3 with the DP2. The major updates from the DP1mk3 to DP2 are a sweepable HPF from 30Hz to 400Hz which allows precision crafting of the low end, and a separate switch to activate the instrument input. The power supply has also been updated to for lower noise.

    Our opinion: with flavours going from a clean ISA to a vintage Germanium NEVE, the DP2 offers a wide range of tones, especially when overdriven. Superb tool for recording electric guitars.

    • Click for the original DP1 ProToolerBlog test & review
    • Key Features:
      • Hi-gain input-stage, up to 80dB
      • Input impedance switch: 1600 ohms / 400 ohms.
      • Sweepable hi-pass filter, 30-400Hz, 12dB/oct
      • Headroom meter with eight LED’s
      • Unique hybrid design offering plenty of flavor
      • Vintage transformer, class-A mode selectable
      • Germanium drive available
      • Lundahl inputtransformers
      • Carnhill output transformers
      • Hi-Z inputs on the front
      • Sensibly priced
    Price: 1250,00€ Exc. / 1512,50€ Inc. VAT.
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  • TK Audio S-Blender:

    Mini mastering console / multiple insert loops controller.

    Our opinion: Very intuitive, transparent, high quality switcher/mixer for mixing/mastering.

    • Key Features:
      • Unique parallel and serial processing
      • Gold plated relays
      • Monitor section with volume control and mono switch
    • Modes:
      • Insert 1 is always inserted into channel 2 for parallel processing.
      • Insert 2 can be placed at four different points in the signal path.
        • Mode 1 - Insert 1 active on channel 2 for parallel processing.
        • Mode 2 - Insert 2 is placed before the split point.
        • Mode 3 - Insert 2 is placed in series with Insert 1.
        • Mode 4 - Insert 2 is placed after the mix point.
        • Mode 5 - Insert 2 is active on channel 3 for parallel processing.
    • Specifications:
      • Noise flooor: below 104dBm
      • Frequency response: 10Hz to 100kHz, less than -0.1dB
      • Distortion: less than 0.003% THD+N, @ +8dBm
      • Balanced XLR main/insert inputs: 24kohm impedance
      • Balanced XLR main/insert outputs: 100ohm impedance
      • Balanced TRS for monitor outputs. 100ohm impedance
      • Max output: +26dBm @ 600ohms load
      • Internal, regulated powersupply with a toroidal transformer
      • 115 or 230V selectable inside.
    Price: 1110,00€ Exc. VAT / 1343,10€ Inc. VAT.
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  • TK Audio TRANSCEIVER:

    The Transceiver is a four channel insert station. The main function is to convert +4dB balanced signals to unbalanced and back again. Each channel has a send level, the return has a gain control and a polarity switch.

    Our opinion: A lifesaver interface, the Transceiver allows instrument level signals and balanced Pro signals to live happily together. Transparent and extremely flexible.

    • Click here for the Application Notes PDF
    • Among other things you can use The Transceiver to do the following:
      • It's an insert station. Insert unbalanced gear such as guitar pedals and old tape echo fx into your DAW or console.
      • It's an active DI-box with up to 20dB gain. Plug your favourite instrument into your collection of vintage gear via The Transceiver.
      • It's a reamp tool.
      • It's a Swiss Army Knife on stage. Hook up balanced gear on stage between your instrument and amp.
    • Specifications:
      • Max balanced input: +27,5dBu
      • Max unbalanced send level: +22dBu
      • Max return input level: +22dB
      • Return gain: 0-20dB
      • Return input impedance: 1Mohm
      • Max balanced output: +27,5dBu
      • Send frequency response: 10-100kHz +/-0,1dB
      • Send THD+N @ 1kHz: less than 0,001%
      • Return frequency response: 10-100kHz -0,2dB (at 10Hz)
      • Return THD+N @ 1kHz: less than 0,003%
      • Rear panel has four XLR inputs and four XLR outputs.
      • Built in power supply, 230V or 115V (not user selectable).
    Price: 686€ Exc. VAT / 830,06€ Inc. VAT.
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