_Mimas

New implementation
of a Legend

1176 – style analog compressor with digital recall

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_Mimas

1176 – style analog compressor with digital recall

Since 1968, the FET style of compression dominated hundreds of recordings and is the most commonly used processing technique to this day. Lightning-fast attack and release times became a requirement for any audio engineer. Wes Audio proudly presents _MIMAS – ng500 series processor with implementation of the legendary FET design – only this time with the latest in-demand feature; DIGITAL RECALL.”

Main Features

_MIMAS NEW IMPLEMENTATION OF A LEGEND.

  • _MIMAS – CARNHILL TRANSFORMERS are foundation of its sound.
  • Full balanced (IN/OUT) analog device with +24dBu of headroom.
  • FOUR RATIO SETTINGS AND LEGENDARY “ALL BUTTONS IN”.
  • Interstage CARNHILL transformers
  • SATURATION MODE ONE KNOB to add color and character to your tracks without using compression
  • 500 SERIES and ng500 SERIES COMPATIBLE
  • HARDWARE A/B
  • TOTAL RECALL AND PLUGIN CONTROL
  • ANALOG AUTOMATION
  • Four touch sensitive encoders

ANALOG SOUND, DIGITAL CONTROL

Same legendary fet compression

_MIMAS – CARNHILL TRANSFORMERS are foundation of its sound.

First and most important point – _MIMAS is fully balanced (IN/OUT) analog device with +24dBu of headroom.
Regardless its digital control nature, fully analog signal path provides top
FET compression sound.

FOUR RATIO SETTINGS AND LEGENDARY “ALL BUTTONS IN”.

_MIMAS provides selectable classic ratios of 4:1 and 8:1 for compression, and 12:1 and 20:1 for limiting.

If more aggresive type of compression is needed, “All Buttons In” mode is right there to use it. Once again we would like to state loud and clear – it is analog compressor, so is “All Buttons In” MODE!

SATURATION MODE ONE KNOB to add color and character to your tracks without using compression

Classic implementations of 1176 provide functionality to disable compression and still add color and character to signals. _MIMAS is no different, however instead of using INPUT and OUTPUT knobs to create desirable effect, You can do it with ONE knob, which configures amount of saturation affecting a signal.

500 SERIES and ng500 SERIES COMPATIBLE

Regardless its extensions, _MIMAS is fully compatible unit with 500 series standard (*). Digital features can be enabled through front panel mini USB socket.

ng500 – Next Generation 500 series is a physical extension to 500 series, which makes _MIMAS fully compatible with _TITAN frame – this allows to control all devices in chassis through one USB/Ethernet cable.

(*)Important note about 500 series extension: See note

HARDWARE A/B

Even using _MIMAS as pure analog signal processor you can easily switch between two parallel settings with a magic of a simple buttons.

TOTAL RECALL AND PLUGIN CONTROL

Along with classic analog compressor You receive most demanded feature in audio industry – TOTAL RECALL.

Full plugin control through VST2/VST3/AU/AAX/AAX DSP – makes _MIMAS compatible with most, if not all major DAWs.

Total integration with your beloved DAW will change your workflow forever!

ANALOG AUTOMATION

I’m sure all of us wanted to use different device settings based on song section. Now it is possible! Just draw automation lines in your DAW and your analog device will follow!

And remember, you can use four touch sensitive encoders to record automation TO your DAW!

Main features summary:

  • _MIMAS – CARNHILL TRANSFORMERS are foundation of its sound.
  • Full balanced (IN/OUT) analog device with +24dBu of headroom.
  • FOUR RATIO SETTINGS AND LEGENDARY “ALL BUTTONS IN”.
  • SATURATION MODE ONE KNOB to add color and character to your tracks without using compression
  • 500 SERIES and ng500 SERIES COMPATIBLE
  • HARDWARE A/B
  • TOTAL RECALL AND PLUGIN CONTROL
  • ANALOG AUTOMATION
  • Four touch sensitive encoders
  • Interstage CARNHILL transformers

Other features:

  • Fully digitally controlled analog circuit,
  • +24dBu of headroom
  • Digital recall can be acheived by connecting unit directly through front panel mini USB socket, or using it inside _TITAN chassis,
  • Dedicated stereo plugin to manage two devices at the same time,
  • Digital sidechain – it is possible to send any track from your DAW as side chain signal to the compressor – It is enough to configure side chain feature in connected plugin,
  • 4 touch sensitive encoders (allow to record automation of all parameters to DAW in real time),
  • True bypass,
  • Selectable VU(in/out)/GR meter (Switch can be accessed on the plugin),
  • Free software and firmware upgrades.

Specification

_Mimas specification

Attack time20us – 800us
Release time50ms – 1100ms
ompression ratio 4:1; 8:1; 12:1; 20:1; all button mode True Bypass
SC High Pass filter60,90,150Hz
Output impedance600ohm
Frequency response20Hz do 20kHz (+/- 1dB)
Signal to noise ratio SNR>83dB
Power consumption3W (100mA/+16V i 60mA/-16V)

User Manual

Download _Mimas User Manual

_MIMAS SAMPLES

To download high resolution files please use this link

_MIMAS VIDEO STORIES

Watch the product video

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

The GR (Gain reduction) meter is constantly showing gain reduction even if no signal is passing through

_MIMAS meter needs calibration from time to time, this is really simple operation and it is described here: Mimas Support Page.

Using 2 x _MIMAS in stereo cause difference in output level

It could be that _MIMAS levels need calibration, plesae head to Mimas Support Page for more information.

ng500 Module (e.g. _DIONE) is frozen and doesn’t react to encoder moves – Factory reset is needed

If the module doesn’t react to any changes to the knobs on the front panel, the first necessary step is to rewrite firmware into the flash memory (Factory reset procedure re-writes firmware into internal flash memory – it doesn’t affect anyhow unit configuration). To proceed with factory reset, please follow below steps:

  1. Connect unit either:
    1. Through front panel USB socket,
    2. Or keep the unit in ng500 chassis – _TITAN, but please note that chassis has to be connected to the PC/MAC either via USB or Ethernet cable.
  2. POWER OFF your 500 series chassis.
  3. Depends on the product please press following front panel control:
    1. _MIMAS – RATIO button,
    2. _DIONE – RATIO button,
    3. _RHEA – THD button,
    4. _PROMETHEUS – HIGH CUT encoder (top-right encoder),
    5. _HYPERIONLMF GAIN encoder,
    6. _CALYPSO – MENU encoder.
  4. While keeping this control (button/encoder) pressed, POWER ON your 500 series chassis.
  5. LEDs should present a strange pattern.
  6. Now open GConManager:
    1. WIN: C:/Program Files (x86)/WesAudio/GConManager.exe
    2. MAC: /Applications/WesAudio/GConManager.app
    3. Or click on the WesAudio “Tray” icon, and select “Open GConManager”
  7. Go to _UPGRADE application.
  8. Hit start!
The NGRack unit (e.g. ngBusComp) is frozen and doesn’t react to encoder moves – Factory reset is needed

If the module doesn’t react to any changes to the knobs on the front panel, the first necessary step is to rewrite firmware into the flash memory (Factory reset procedure re-writes firmware into internal flash memory – it doesn’t affect anyhow unit configuration). To proceed with factory reset, please follow below steps:

  1. Connect the unit to either USB or Ethernet.
  2. POWER OFF your unit.
  3. Depends on the product please press following front panel control:
    1. ngBusComp – far left Ratio on Channel 1 (Ratio “-”),
    2. ngLEVELER – use a small screwdriver and press button available on the rear panel via a small hole in the chassis.
  4. While keeping this control (button/encoder) pressed, POWER ON your unit.
  5. LEDs should present a strange pattern.
  6. Now open GConManager:
    1. WIN: C:/Program Files (x86)/WesAudio/GConManager.exe
    2. MAC: /Applications/WesAudio/GConManager.app
    3. Or click on the WesAudio “Tray” icon, and select “Open GConManager”
  7. Go to _UPGRADE application.
  8. Hit start!
Unit passes signal only when bypassed

This is a very common issue and in most cases the root cause lies in the connection of the unit and audio interface. If that happens it should be checked if audio interface input isn’t connected to the chassis input and if audio interface output isn’t connected to chassis output. As this initially would seem to be entirely wrong and shouldn’t work at all, as all our units implement “True Bypass” via relays, the unit will pass a signal when the bypass is engaged. The reason for that is that the relay is in fact hard wiring input to the output, and thus the unit will pass the signal, as it doesn’t go through any active circuit of the unit.

Plug-in doesn’t connect to hardware when a plug-in instance is created

This is actually how it is supposed to work, so after the plug-in instance is created, please use a small triangle button which usually is on the bottom side of the plug-in and select proper HW ID from the drop down menu. If the drop down menu doesn’t list any hardware units, please check Your connectivity and other possible root causes in this FAQ.

Unit can’t connect to a plug-in

This is a wide topic, and there may be at least several root causes, but there are few things that should be checked. However, the first and most important thing is to double check that GConManager doesn’t list this device in the _CONFIG app. If this is the case, it means that WesAudio unit can’t connect on the OS level, and some of the below steps may help:

  1. First of all double check if module connection is properly executed, this procedure is described here.
  2. USB specification indicates that USB 2.0 works up to 5 meters. This is however not entirely true, as it strongly depends on the peripherals that unit is connected to. Even if our modules are USB 2.0 compatible, your USB port could support USB 3.0 – USB is a backward compatible protocol, so it may be that USB 3.0 cable length limit should be considered which is 2 meters. We would recommend having a USB cable up to 2 meters to remove those limitations from the equation.
  3. USB HUB is very common root cause to those problems, if module can’t connect via HUB – just for the sake of the test, it is mandatory to connect unit directly to PC/MAC to verify if the problem isn’t caused by it.
  4. Please note any system warnings attached to “WesAudio Tray Icon”.
Unit disconnects by itself

As USB controllers have limited capacity it could be a reason for random unit disconnection. Usually, it happens when a lot of USB devices are plugged into the PC/MAC. The usual behavior would be that the unit works normally, and after reboot it doesn’t, but it strongly depends on the OS implementation so exact reaction could be a little bit different. If this is suspected, just for the test, it would be good to disconnect most of the devices from the USB ports, reboot PC/MAC and double check the connectivity from stability point of view. If it leads to the conclusion that this is the root cause of the problem, we would recommend using a decent USB hub, and ideally a TB/USB dock station which tends to offload a lot of responsibilities from our PC/MAC.

Unit can’t connect anymore

If the unit was working fine, and suddenly it couldn’t connect (it is not visible in the GConManager _CONFIG app) that could lead to the conclusion that some devices were added to our USB line, and we could have problems with the USB controller inside PC/MAC. In that case please check the description in the above “Unit disconnects by itself”.

How to open GConManager in Admin mode

GConManager in Admin mode enables special functionalities which are used during WesAudio units calibration.

OSX: 

  1. Please open terminal.
  2. Copy-Paste following command:

open /Applications/WesAudio/GConManager.app --args --admin

WINDOWS:

  1. Go to “START” and open “Command Line”.
  2. copy paste this command:

"c:\Program Files (x86)\WesAudio\GConManager.exe" --admin

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