In 1987 Steve Firlotte established Inward Connections, bringing years of experience to the marketplace by designing his own line of audio products aimed at the discriminating professional. His initial offering was the Vac Rac TM modular tube audio system which set the pace for products to come, including the DMS Discreet Monitoring System which was the first-time that a control room monitor module was redesigned to fit into a 19" rack unit. The Vac Rac modular system was the result of collaboration by Firlotte and renowned audio designers Steve Barker and John Hall. Hall is the 2006 recipient of the AES Silver Medal Award for his outstanding achievement in the field of audio engineering and his SPA690 Discreet Class A Amp Block is used exclusively in Inward Connections products.
In the late 1990s, Steve Firlotte and Ian Gardiner of Boutique Audio and Design began working together. They soon discovered Steve's expertise in electronic design complemented Ian's mechanical design and fabrication skills. Their first major recording console project was the F & G Dymaxion 24X24X8 Tube/Discreet Mixing Console with 8-Channel Tube Side Car built for Danny White of Sixteen Ton Recording in Nashville, Tennessee (see photo below). This hybrid tube/transistor console was such a success they then built other custom consoles for clients such as Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, Daniel Lanois and other major artists.
Nearly two decades ago, Inward Connections created the TLM-1 (Tube Limiter Module) for their Vac Rac modular processing system. The TLM-1 was highly favored by many of the world’s top recording engineers and when the modular Vac Rac was discontinued, the TLM-1 topology found life as a new standalone, dual-channel unit. Thus, the TSL series was born.
The Inward Connections TSL-4 Vac Rac is the latest incarnation of this classic design. It adds new features without altering the sonic signature engineers have come to revere – Smooth limiting presented with the euphonic character and warmth of tubes. If you want to control the transients of vocals, guitars, bass or the mix bus, without tweaking a whole bunch of controls, the TSL-4 is exactly what you’ve been looking for.
16 Channel Discrete Summing Mixer
Built using the same proprietary op-amps as the DEQ-1, the Mix 690 Summing Mixer sounds very large and fat while still retaining clarity and detail in the high end. The mid range comes across as punchy and perceptually loud, which adds excitement to any mix. The perfect way to relieve your overworked digital mix buss and restore resolution and depth to your mixes.
500 Series Fully Parametric 4 Band EQ
The Brat is a completely functional 4-band parametric equalizer in the 500 series format utilizing the VF600 discrete amp blocks adding warmth and definition to your recordings.
This equalizer will give you the shaping tools needed to solve any of your EQ demands. It will deliver all the surgical features that you would come to expect in a 4-band parametric. The Brat is a perfect addition to any 500 series rack.
500 Series Mic Preamp
With a warm and upfront low-end, punchy mid-range and open top end, the Inward Connections Magnum VU will bring new life to your recording rig. Classic sounding warmth, but with airiness and headroom for days. Magnum offers something different than the old standbys. Extra large tone for your lunchbox!
500 Series Optical Limiter
Inward Connections The Brute is one of the most well suited compressor/limiters within the 500 series format to obtain a "high-end" vocal sound. It will add warmth and presence to your vocal, bringing out a breathy and airy quality while also smoothing out peaks and bringing the vocal up front in your mix. The Brute is also excellent for guitars, bass, and anywhere else and smooth and warm optical limiter can be of use.