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a good compressor for around 500 bucks. (or cheaper!)

Discussion in 'Recording' started by blue_sway, Oct 14, 2006.

  1. blue_sway

    blue_sway Guest

    hey all, i'm new to this particular forum, but i've posted some of my songs up in STUDIO PROJECTS from time to time.

    i have a presonus firepod interface with a PC using Cubase SX and a few decent AKG mics. (c4000b, c451) i usually compress all i record by recording the source sound, maybe gaining thru the audio process once it's recorded, and THEN adding compression with the compressor plug-in that Cubase provides. it's been suggested to me to compress as i track. i know this is a good thing, but the only compressor i have is an Alesis NanoCompressor that's noisy as hell and puts a hiss on everything i try to use it for. so naturally, it's time to upgrade.

    i was thinking channel strip a-la presonus Eureka (that's right about my price range), and some of ART's stuff, but is it like buying a computer printer where you should really just buy the machine that does what you want and not ten things at a time? (unless you spend a fortune on an Avalon 737 - my dream strip).

    well, your educated opinions would REALLY help me out this time. thanks in advance for your time and suggestions.

    also, here's a curveball for you pros: if i GOT a really nice strip like the 737 and i have it to track drums, with an 8 mic setup, what mic would get the strip on it. i used to think that would be the area, but now i'm thinking maybe the kick? hmmmmm. suggestions for the sake of education here? lol. thanks


    here's a link to some of my home recordings, if interested:
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  2. Scoobie

    Scoobie Active Member

    Sep 6, 2006
    Really Nice Compressor<~~~~~~~~~~RNC

    FMR RNC 1773 compressor........two channel comp. for about 200.00 the last time I looked.

    Don't be fooled by the price. It is a really nice compressor. And this is the budget forum.

    I don't think it can get any better at this price range.

  3. DIGIT

    DIGIT Guest

    >>...It is a really nice compressor...<<

    So, what' you are sayin' is that the Really Nice Compressor is...a really nice compressor... :)
  4. TeddyG

    TeddyG Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    I really don't know what they have these days, there's alot to look at on their site, but DBX would be the first 3 letters that come to mind when you speak of "good compressor". Again, I don't know the current offerings or their prices, but, at least go look. I believe I'd rather have as many as I needed of older, decent, DBX than one or two new cheapies, if similarly priced...

    Also, if you have 8 mics on the drums, then I would want to at least "HAVE" 8 channels of compression for them - if the idea is to get the drums "pretty darned right" going-in, I'd hate to have to choose --- Oh, alright. Kick drum first, snare second and I'd try to get whatever else I wanted out of a pair of, also compressed, overheads(Total 4 mics) - then again, maybe overheads first then.....? But, I don't know what I'm doing either - sort'a gotta' hear it...

    BTW: Go easy on this "inbound" compression - it can be a very good thing but can go bad very fast.

    I also wonder about the "noisy Nanoverb"? I don't remember hearing that before??? Could it be having a problem?

  5. Scoobie

    Scoobie Active Member

    Sep 6, 2006
    Yes.........that is what i'm saying. Keep in mind that this is the budget forum, i'm very aware of alot better products. But at this price point i don't think you could do any better. I bought the RNC when i was limited
    on money, but it's something that i can always find a use for.

    I do still use the RNC 1773 comp. along with the RNP 8380 pre.
    Both made by FMR Audio.

    I was told that you could buy one for around $180.00 now, that is one great price for a RNC.

  6. blue_sway

    blue_sway Guest

    THANK YOU! i'm going to go check out RNC right now.

    do you think a channel strip like Eureka is worth it?

    again, thanks
  7. mugtastic

    mugtastic Active Member

    Dec 9, 2005
    thought i'd share a similar situation. i wanted another compressor for as little as possible - my 1st was a nanocomp from when i was starting out years ago - as my fidelity got better i couldn't deal with the noise it added.

    i got the art pro vla - like it. then i wanted more comps so i dug out the nanocomp but too noisey. so i got the rnc. even more noise! so i posted here, got the advice that it sounded like my attack and/or release settings were wrong - adusted them - noise gone. so i checked the nanocomp - noise gone!

    the rnc is great, like the pro vla still and i can use the nanocomp when i need it.
  8. blue_sway

    blue_sway Guest

    bro! thank you. that's a very realistic possibility. my skills are pretty much limited to writing and playing....NOT recording. i'm going to tweak and see what's up. thanks


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