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Art Pro VLA OR Focusrite Penta OR FMR RNLA ??

Discussion in 'Recording' started by aligak, May 21, 2007.

  1. aligak

    aligak Guest

    I do most of my work on computer although lately I want to rely more on my Alesis Ion synth as well as add a Dave Smith Instruments Mono Evolver Keyboard. So I'm looking not only at a front-end compressor unit that will feed into my Mackie Onyx Satellite recording interface, but also act as a master bus compressor to bring out the final 2-track mixdown, add a little compression and warmth, and take it back into the computer for digital mastering via Waves plugins or Izotope Ozone. I guess I'm basically looking for high quality subtle compression and analog warmth going into my computer and out. I can't decide between the Focusrite Penta, Art Pro VLA or the FMR RNLA. I'd like to keep it under $500. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Are there any other units that would be good at doing this that I haven't mentioned? I used to have an HHB Fat-Man tube compressor which I regret selling, but I was out of work at the time. It was great for fattening up individual tracks, but not for the final mix. It wasn't clean enough for that.
  2. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Fredericksburg, VA
    I definitely don't want to be guilty of spamming or selling where inappropriate, but feel free to contact me offline.

    I have a ProVLA which I modded (using Burr Brown OpAmps and Analog Devices OpAmps as well as new tubes. I also replaced the pots with stepped switches by gold point, but at over $100 a piece x 6, they don't come with it.)

    In any case, I'm looking to sell it since I don't find myself using it any more. It falls within your budget.



    (PS - you can read up about the mods if you google Black Lion. I did the same stuff they do basically).

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