Joe Meek SC2 V2.02 Stereo Compressor (Refurbished & Recapped)


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Recapped & refurbished in our workshops. All electrolytic capacitors replaced with premium Panasonic caps and bipolar caps used in the audio path. I’ve changed the release timing cap so a shorter, more brutal release is available when required. Tested & working 100%. Photos show the compressor for sale

Ready to go & sounding great – my test notes say: “Sounds as good as the best Joe Meek compressor I’ve had”

Part of the Joe Meek range of outboard gear, the SC2.02 was designed by famed British engineer Ted Fletcher. These Joe Meek units were built in small quantities but have a big reputation

The SC range is complex and comprises many versions, updates & revisions. The SC V2.02 is one of the earlier, more expensive versions in the SC range

These compressors use optical devices for gain reduction. Light Dependent Resistors (LDRs or Optos) have long been famed for their smooth response. Their drawback, when compared with FET or VCA compressors, is a relatively slow response, but the response time, and consequent smoothness, is a big part of their appeal

Joe Meek compressors have a reputation for colouration but I have found them to found them to be subtle, well-behaved devices with a smooth sound. With a bit of provocation you can find a darker, more obviously compressed sound. In contrast to a VCA compressor, where changing ratios gives a subtle, progressive change, the Joe meek slope control gives five very different approaches & sounds. In conjunction with the compression control, slope changes the sound massively

The SC2 lies further towards the coloured & more characterful end of the compressor spectrum than most but is capable of gentle compression with subtlety. It is also capable of full-blown, pumping compression and dense, swampy glue on the mix bus so it covers lots of ground

My final conclusion is that it has tons of character and is a great antidote to bland VCA one-trick compressors

“It is VERY coloured – in fact, that’s kind of the whole point… I liked it on clean electric guitars and the drum buss”

“I like it. But I like heavy, colored compression which the Meek can do”

“I love mine on kick, parallel drum “push”, bass push, gtr sub’s, and even the occasional “2 mix” (with extreme caution!)”

“It’s colored and it looks good, it’s colored and it sounds good, you can crank it up all the way and it still sounds good, it has good-sized knobs and an uncluttered front panel, it’s well-visible and readable from the distance, it has balanced in/outs on XLRs, it’s downright cheap so you don’t have to break the bank after shelling out big bucks for your Main Compressor”

“My SC2.2 lives on the parallel compression drum buss … dark mode on, comp number 3, max compression! Adds a shedload of excitement …”

“If you want to hear a thing of beauty…put an RNC (no super nice mode) after the SC2.2 on the drum buss”

“Joemeek compression is in my opinion some of the nicest sounding, warm/dark compression out there. I truly love the sound that this unit give”

“The JoeMeek SC2 is a very cool “character” compressor; it’s almost more apparent in its timbral coloration than in its gain reduction (though it’s generally pretty overt in both”

“My usual task for it is guitar subgroups or vocals for an obvious compressor effect.

I like it. But I like heavy, colored compression (the) which the Meek can do”

 “It sounds like…….. JoeMeek. It’s a legitimate sound, a distinct family among compressors. The others are subtler, cleaner, creamier, classier, faster, sturdier, more versatile, more famous, more expensive, more prestigious……… but JoeMeek is still one of them

Oh yeah, there’s certain feelgood factor involved, too”

Opto compressor with a short signal path and electronically-balanced inputs & outputs. True bypass. 220 VAC power input on a standard IEC connector. UK or Euro power cable supplied on request

Standard 2U rackmount device

User Manual

Audiofanzine 4.3 Star Review

Sonic State review

Harmony Central Review

Big Squeeze Review

Russ Long Review

In very good used condition. Refurbished & recapped with an uprated power supply & larger bipolar caps in the audio path. Tested & working 100%. Photos show the compressor for sale
Vintage Gear All vintage gear will have case scratches and marks. It may also have or develop noisy pots and switches, and backup batteries may fail. I make my descriptions as accurate as possible but please understand that vintage gear will not be perfect and adjust your expectations accordingly