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Best budget compressor/limiter

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Corridorman, Feb 17, 2005.

  1. Corridorman

    Corridorman Member

    Feb 17, 2005
    I'm looking for half decent compressor but i'm on a bit of a budget, idealy I would like something that uses tubes to add some coloration but thats probably out of my range, anyways if anyone has any recommendations.
  2. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Distinguished Member

    Jul 18, 2004
    Chicago area, IL, USA
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    The ART Pro VLA meets those specs... And it's cheap. Really cheap.
  3. David French

    David French Distinguished Member

    Jun 19, 2002
  4. eddies880

    eddies880 Guest

    Ive been using an Alesis for many yrs now,it not bad,it usually sells for 100 bucks,works good enough for what I do.
    It doesnt have tubes though :cool:
  5. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    Art VLA....RNC....Symetrix 525.....Joe Meek....all work well for someone who has a handle on compressor operation.And though not all are tube, all have a 'sound'. The VLA sounds very good across a stereo drum bus...None of these should be confused with Urie,Chandler,Fairchild,United Audio,Focusrite Red....
  6. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    I agree ... unlike mic pres, affordable comps are a possibilty .. and the VLA and RNC recieve many positive comments.

    I have used Symerics comps as well and they really aren't too bad ...

    One other to keep an eye out for is a used Dynamite comp ... IMO it's better suited as a noise gate or expander butr in a pinch or when I want that vca sound, it's the one I reach for ..

    I have seen them available used for under $200 ...
  7. evt

    evt Active Member

    Feb 28, 2005
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    Hi all,
    The Safesound P1 rocks! I just ordered a second one. http://www.frontendaudio.com/P1.htm
  8. Roly

    Roly Guest

    Aphex 651 and 661 also.
  9. Reggie

    Reggie Distinguished Member

    Dec 20, 2004

    It certainly rocks, but I don't know that I would buy one JUST for the compressor, though. I do however use it on occasion just for its expander and transparent limiter features. The comp is probably its weakest point IMO. For $500 you can find a lot better dedicated comp.

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