Colorado Fall. Electric days, chilly nights marked by a comforting smell of hardwood in the fireplace. Its a particularly beautiful and fleeting event, our season of hypnotic blue and shimmering gold. But we digress.

Its an exciting year at Grace Design. We steam ahead into the winter months with the excitement of new things in development and some finished and ready to release. This is what we love to do, so let's get to it!

New Products

The m102 and m502 Optical Compressors



Since its introduction 12 years ago, the inimitable m101 has helped open people's ears to what a great mic preamplifier can do. Now we're going to do it again, this time with great compression; introducing the m102 and m502 optical compressors.

While both share identical audio circuitry, the m102 is configured half-rack 1U module, and the m502 in a 500 series rack module. From gentle dynamic smoothing to full tilt squash, these units deliver open, musical dynamic control that is the perfect companion to our high fidelity mic preamplifiers or any recording chain. All your tracks can now have glorious, easy to use compression which regardless of how much you squeeze, will always end up with their sonic essence perfectly intact.

The heart of the compressor circuit is an optical attenuator - the purest, high fidelity gain control mechanism available. With careful attention to control circuit design, we are able to implement a feedback opto compressor that not only provides a wide range of dynamic control, but remains inherently neutral, musical and transparent.

Both are full featured units, including input and output level, threshold, attack, release and ratio controls. The m102 includes balanced inputs and outputs, both with parallel XLR and ¼" TRS connectors, along with a 1/4" TRS jack for stereo link or sidechain signal input. The m502 includes connectivity for sidechain input, stereo linking and even the Radial® Workhorse Bussfeed.

While lots of our gear adorns the most expensive recording and audio production facilities in the world, all of it sounds that way, and the m102 & m502 are no exception. We eagerly invite you to hear what truly transparent, musical dynamic control can do for your audio production. The perfect way to zip it all up and send it all downstream: clean, intact and alive.

For more information or to schedule a demo, contact your friendly Grace Design dealer.

9.1 Recording

Our friend Morten Lindberg, recording engineer and producer at Norwegian record label 2L, recently submitted a request for us to help him configure a 9.1 microphone array.


View the complete description of this particularly ambitious recording at Morten's facebook page


New People



Spirited away from her previous paralegal life, Rebecca brings her formidable detail oriented documentation and organizational skills to our office. Ms. Campman is a walking example of excellence.

Dave is a highly experienced purchasing and logistics guru. Through a wonderful twist of fate, now he is OUR highly experienced purchasing and logistics guru.

Finally, Zoe. She worked for us many years ago, then moved away to start a family. Now she and her family are back, and she has come back to Grace as General Manager. The Captain. The Chief. The Boss. A Blessing.

We are lucky to do what we do and get to do it with so many talented, skilled, friendly hardworking people!

Grace Design at AES

We are heading to the 131st AES convention this week at the Jake Javits Center, New York City. If you're in NYC this weekend, please stop by and visit us at booth # 355. We'll be there, along with the Grimm Audio folks. All of our products, including the new m102 and m502 compressors will be there on display. Plus you can audition the Grimm LS1's, which are some pretty spectacular speakers.

About Grace Design

Grace Design was established in 1994 and is a leading manufacturer of world-class hardware for the professional audio industry. Grace Design’s mission is to provide audio professionals with exceptionally engineered and built products coupled with best-in-class customer service. The product line currently consists of the m801, m802, m802RCU, m201, m101, m501, m103, Lunatec V3 microphone preamps, m102 and m502 compressors, the m903 reference headphone amplifier, the m904B and m906 reference monitoring systems, and the Spacebar precision microphone positioners. The company’s customers include audio professionals in the music, film, television, live sound, education and corporate markets.

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