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The Compellor series by Aphex are very interesting devices. Your Model 301 is a monaural unit and mine is a Model 300, which is stereo.
Back when I chose this unit for a special use, the distributor allowed me a trial, and I was ultra impressed by its performance with musical material. It was used as a processor between 15-inch-per-second master tapes and duplicated audio cassettes which I produced for clients. The Compellors job was to compress the wide volume and frequency ranges tightly into the more limited headroom of a standard audio cassette, and it did so perfectly.
The inputs and outputs can be wired for -10dB consumer levels or zero-to-+4dB professional level, and configured for unbalanced or balanced in any combination.
The compression is hard wired for music, but there is an instruction in the manual for changing a resistor so the compression favors spoken voice. I’d imagined adding a switch for this, but it seemed like a difficult surgery because there is no convenient place to mount the switch, so it never got done.
The Compellor has a peak limit circuit, so you may not need another limiter.