Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by OTRjkl, Jun 12, 2002.
Anyone had any experience with the FMR compressor? I think its called the RNC.
Hey Jeff, I did a google search and came up with:
I haven't heard one but I've heard only good things about this very affordable (under $200) compressor. They (FMR) have a mic pre due out soon too!
The RNC's price is a real "fooled ya' " kind of thing. The price is so low on these little gems because of why... I don't know... Possibly, probably because they use a wall wart instead of a built in power supply?
It's a tad tricky to get used to at first, but without a doubt, one of the last pieces of gear that I'd ever sell off.
The gain control is a bit ticklish. As soon as you raise the gain passed 0db the comp will really start to chug... which if you think about it for a minute is exactly how a comp SHOULD work. If you need to raise the gain by 3db (for simplicity's sake I'll admit that my nos. are subject to correction as I ain't all that good with my math anymore.) the action or threshold of the compression would need be lowered by 3db, no? So the overall compression ratio would need to vary proportionally to the ratio of gain to threshold. The RNC does all of this accurately and as clean as you could really ask for in a piece of pro-level gear for the price point.
Setting the RNC up the first couple of times can be a bit frustrating if you aren't used to true compressor action... i.e. my experience. I was used to really having to work hard at getting the settings right for a really tight kick. The RNC almost does it automatic. I wish I could be a bit more informative by dazzling you with all kinds of killer specs and numbers, but awwww screw it... the damn thing just plain works great, it kicks butt on kick, bass, snare, hats, guitars, keys, whatever. It can be transparent like glass or sukin' air like a 57' Chevy with a 357 w/dual Holly quads on top of an Edlebrock hi-rise.
Speaking of which... get two RNC's and the 57 Chevy rack mount and you have two dual channel comps from hell that are just as cool to look at in the rack... there's also the Mercury edition... all for not much more than the cost of a fairly expensive single channel of fair quality compression.
I really like em' on hot keyboard stuff and on jazz bass. On drums, you can count on them to either be the first or second comp you snag. Although I'm not real hip on using a single RNC for a stereo drum subgroup, I've done it with accptable results... I just put the OH's in another subgroup or fly em' right to the 2-bus and ride em'.
Get a pair of em'! You won't regret it... if you do, I'll buy em' from ya' and pay the shipping costs!
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