Inward Connections The Brute

500 Series optical compressor sends vocals straight to the front.


Love your 500 Series rack, but can’t quite pull off that “high-end” vocal sound you hear in your head? Enter The Brute from Inward Connections. This 500 Series compressor/limiter is a gentle giant, adding substantial warmth and presence to your vocal. It helps bring out a breathy and airy quality while at the same time smoothing out peaks and bringing the vocal up to the front of the mix where it belongs. A monster on vocals but not to be overlooked on guitars, bass, and anywhere else an optical limiter can be of use.
Excels at giving you an up-front vocal sound
No frills here, just results. Send a vocal through The Brute and it’ll sound like you’ve been working for days…or using gear many times more expensive. This optical limiter loves bringing vocals right up front in the mix, while retaining a smoothness and airiness, so you get just the right amount of squeeze. A VU meter is a nice addition for the 500 Series format, added to by a 250Hz highpass filter plus a link switch for when you can’t get enough of The Brute.
Inward Connections: boutique gear handmade in LA
Initially one of LA’s best-kept secrets, the word about Inward Connections has been sweeping the globe. After all, when you hear guys like Chris Lord-Alge and Eddie Kramer swearing by a brand, you know to pay attention. Dreamed up and designed by Steve Firlotte, a well-known LA tech, the Inward Connections line offers premium options for the discerning ear, all meticulously handmade in Firlotte’s Los Angeles workshop.
Inward Connections The Brute features:
500 Series optical limiter
Gain reduction control
Zero adjust trim
Output level control
Highpass filter: 250Hz for detector circuit
Bypass switch
LED lighted VU meter
VU meter output/reduction switch
Link switch
VF-600 all discrete legendary amp blocks
Opto-cell reduction circuitry identical to Vac Rac tube limiter
Balance input and output transformers
Fits standard 500 Series slot configuration mechanically and electrically
Powder coating in Gunmetal gray
Gain Reduction: up to 40dB
Input Impedance: >100K ohms balance
Output Impedance: 600 ohms balance
Frequency Response: +/- 0.5dB@20Hz to 50KHz
Output Signal to Noise: -95dB or greater
THD + Noise: .01%@1KHz/+4dBu
Reserve Makeup Gain: +15dB


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