Dolby 362 Stereo Processor with two Dolby Trick Cards


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This Dolby 362 comes with two Cat 22 cards modified for the “Dolby Trick”. Bands 1 & 2 have been bypassed so only the mid & high-frequency bands are lifted by the Dolby processing. For notes on how to setup the unit for the Dolby Trick see here

The Dolby 362 is a 1U, two-channel Dolby processor compatible with Dolby A, SR and other noise reduction cards. Dolby A was used on millions of 16- and 24-track 2″ multitracks and also on 2-track tape masters. It’s a 4-band compander which boosts levels on recording and compensates on playback to reduce noise

A by-product of Dolby A encoding is that it imparts a soft, breathy quality to voices. The encoding process lifts low-level high-frequency content and, by not decoding the signal, this processing can be used as an effect. This led to a few engineers using Dolby encoding for vocal processing when mixing, a procedure nick-named “The Dolby Trick

The most common Dolby interface is the single-channel Model 360/361. This is a deep, heavy unit (5.5 Kg) with a non-standard mains connector. The 362 is the same size as a 361 but houses two Cat 22 cards, rather than one, and uses a standard IEC mains connector. This makes the 362 a much easier interface unit to live with than an old 361

Two channel Dolby rack, inputs & outputs via balanced XLR connectors. Remote switching via rear-panel connector. Compatible with early Cat 22 (Dolby A) and Cat 280 (Dolby SR) cards. Supplied with two modified Cat.22 "Dolby Trick" cards

Standard, but deep, 19" 1U device suitable for all 19" racks. 220-240 Volt & standard IEC power socket. UK, Euro or US power cable supplied on request

Dolby Trick Hardware Setup

Instruction manual (Dolby 361)

Dolby Trick - GroupDIY

Dolby Trick - Gearslutz


Excellent used condition. Tested to encode only. UK, Euro Schuko or US power cable supplied on request. Photos show the Dolby unit for sale