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Level-Or MK2 Anniversary Edition

Standard Audio is proud to announce the release of the Level-Or Mk2 ANNIVERSARY EDITION! After 10 years of production and over 1,000 units sold, we have decided that it is time to release a new version of the Level-Or that retains the sound and vibe of the original, but includes improvements and features suggested by our customers over the years. Here’s a rundown of the improvements and added features in the Level-Or Mk2 ANNIVERSARY EDITION:

Lower Noise: Due to the aggressive nature of the circuit, a common issue with the original Level-Or was the noise present in Level mode. With extensive R&D and listentesting, we found a way to lower the noise considerably while remaining true to the tone and vibe of the original circuit.

True Relay Bypass: In addition to being able to select between Level and Crunch modes, there is now a 3rd option: bypass.

LED Indicator: A dual color (red/green) LED indicates which mode is currently active. The LED also indicates the amount of gain reduction or THD (depending on mode selected) by varying brightness.

3 Level Mode Release Times: In addition to the original FAST and SLOW, we’ve added a 3rd “MEDIUM” release time.

Crunch Mode Low Pass Filter: When using crunch mode, the speed switch now allows the user to add a low pass filter to the output of the unit. This can be very useful for reducing harsh, higher harmonics while distorting. When set to FAST, the filter is bypassed. When set to MEDIUM, the LPF is 15kHz. When set to SLOW, the LPF is 8kHz.

Instrument DI: The original Level-Or had a line input via a front panel ¼” jack. While useful for interfacing with a drum machine or synthesizer, it was not useful for guitar or bass. On the Level-Or Mk2, we have changed this to an instrument-level DI input. The unit detects when a ¼” jack is inserted and switches over to the DI input. It is still possible for the user to configure the front panel ¼” input to be configured as a line input if desired.

Fully enclosed steel chassis: A 100% enclosed steel chassis reduces the chance of electrical interference or noise from adjacent modules, gear, etc.

Reliability: After delivering 1,000+ original Level-Or modules out into the world, the reliability of the design has been incredible. The Level-Or Mk2 ANNIVERSARY EDITION follows the same robust design approach and attention to detail.

With the improved noise performance, additional features, and same character and tone as the original, we’ve found that the Level-Or Mk2 is quite flexible and useful on all sorts of sources.

The Level-Or Mk2 will first be released as a limited “ANNIVERSARY EDITION” in black and is available for purchase now. Distributed by M1 Distribution’s network of dealers world-wide.



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WHAT USERS HAVE TO SAY:

“OK… so we love this thing here! It’s been seeing use on snare, vocals, guitar, and room mics. It’s really improved and the fact that it is so quiet is marvelous. I must say it is amazing how useful it is because of the changes and being so quiet now. It has been crushing it on bass direct!”
-Jacquire King

“The MK2 sounds awesome. Fixed the noise floor issue and the added release times and functional upgrades make it easier and more fun to use. You've given me even more ways to mangle stuff! It's a significant improvement on the original.”
- Ryan Hewitt

“Wow, I love this... so much cool and so little noise... Love the low pass in the crunch mode, nice for adding that “thing “to the snare while not making it too hyped. All around a great upgrade! Great job! You made something great even greater!”
- Vance Powell

“I love the MK2 - It keeps everything I love about the original while lowering the noise and the additional options open up all new sounds. The new instrument DI sounds killer on synths and I love the additional release options, but most importantly it now matches my Stretch units! It’s really awesome.”
- Billy Bush

"New Level-Or, same as the original but better, quieter, more flexible, and most importantly sounds a bit more controlled and dare I say HIFI! More useful on more sources than the original. Dig it!"
- Jason Livermore

"The Level-Or is just the most incredible thing for drums! It adds so much attitude every time I use it. Easily one of the best things ever for drum room mics! I was a big fan of the original but they've somehow managed to make the Level-Or MK2 even better!
- Romesh Dodangoda