nABC - not Another Boring Compressor

  • Sidechain stereo analog compressor with unique design and sidechain flexibility
  • Can be powered by a laptop or USB power bank for portable use
  • Elegant desktop format, portable, high quality machined aluminium case, touch pads, bypass switch

  • All parameters controlled in real-time via USB and MIDI and stored in presets

Launch price: 369 USD / 329 EUR / 3490 SEK + VAT and shipping
Use the contact form to pre-order, delivery November 2019

The nABC concept is simple: transforming sidechain compression into a creative tool

The nABC is capable of “classic” stereo compression, with specs that match some of the best products on the market. But what makes it unique is its flexibility in combining different analog and digital sidechain sources, enabling new creative possibilities. Attack and release times can be controlled with millisecond precision, and all parameters can be automated in real time.

The nABC is capable of classic off-beat ducking/pumping, as commonly used in electronic music, as well as more creative dynamic sidechain patterns acting differently on single notes. Use it on a mixdown bus or on individual instruments/tracks.

nABC - studio setup

Digital studio

Design sidechain patterns in your DAW and use USB/MIDI for millisecond-level-adjustable attack/release envelope control.

nABC - analog setup

DAW-less/Analog setup

The nABC is easily connected to any sequencer/modular synth with its MIDI, gate and CV sidechain controls. You may connect it to a sequencer for new compression patterns and use the CV to dynamically adjust the sidechain compression depth .

nABC - live setup


Sidechain compression is relatively uncommon in small live setups, mostly because of the required cable routing and lack of portable compressors. The nABC solves these problems and the footswitch sidechain trigger enables new creative opportunities for live musicians.

Audio demos (nABC prototype)

Using MIDI to trigger sidechain compression.

Using analog gate/CV to trigger sidechain compression.

Comparison between the nABC, a WA76 and a DBX 376. “Traditional” compression, no sidechain.

Manual and preliminary specifications (beta)

Audio Input 2 x 1/4″, impedance balanced, >100 kOhm
Max Audio Input+19.5dBu
Audio Output2 x ¼”, impedance balanced, 400 Ohm
Max Audio Output+19.5dBu
External Sidechain Audio Input:1 x 1/8”, max 20dBu, 50kOhm, unbalanced
External Control Voltage Input:1 x 1/8”, 0V-10V, unipolar, 50kOhm
Gate input:1 x 1/8”, 0V-5V, unipolar (10V is tolerated)
MIDI input1 x 1/8” TRS (DIN to TRS cable is included)
Frequency Response20Hz-20kHz, +0.5, -0.5dB
THD+NoiseTypically <0.06%; @1kHz, 0dBu, 1:1
Compressor Threshold Range-20dBu to +20dBu
Compressor Ratio1:1 to Infinity:1
Make-up gain0dB to +20dB
Maximum gain reduction>30dB
Presets8, user defined
Attack timeAdjustable
Release timeAdjustable
MIDI controlSidechain, alla audio parameters, preset selection
MIDI outSignal level threshold, all audio parameters
Compression kneeAdjustable, hard or soft
Power5V via USB, typical 500mA
Dimensions125mm x 125mm x 40mm