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Best outbaord compressor to go into pro tools?

Discussion in 'Pro Tools' started by roijin, Dec 9, 2001.

  1. roijin

    roijin Guest

    Hi all - I'm in the market to get a REALLY great compressor to track into protools. Primarily I record vocals and guitar .
    I want flexibility in the compressor (ie from transparent to obvious) and also lotsa headroom. In particular something that can handle transients and peaks without 'popping' artifacts..
    Money is no object so please cast your votes...thanks!! :D
     
  2. atlasproaudio

    atlasproaudio Active Member

    An Empirical Labs Distressor is a pretty versatile unit as is the Crane Song Trakker.
     
  3. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Any great compressor will "pop" and have bad artifacts if it is not adjusted correctly. But my all time flexable favotites are:

    Distressor w/Brit mod.
    Manley Vari-Mu
    Crane Song STC-8
    dbx 160SL
    LA2A (not as flexable but awesome tone)
    TC DBmax

    - Bruce -
     
  4. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    My vote is for

    Cranesong STC8

    or

    Distressor (brit mod)

    Both are v veristile

    :)
     
  5. Jon Atack

    Jon Atack Member

    I must be the only one who doesn't like the Distressor on voice (with or without the British Mode)...and I had four of them before selling two recently.

    Personally, for all-around vocals and guitar I would recommend an 1176LN, a LA2A, and a Tubetech CL1B. All three have a different tone and are about as good as it gets at what they each do well.

    Jon
     
  6. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    John, he is after ONE versitile unit!

    :)

    I personaly, one day, want an EAR compressor, it's a Fairchild style compressor.. And they are known as THE top of the pile.. while an origional mono fairchild unit may run to over $20,000 and stereo units MUCH more, the EAR is much less.

    http://www.earpro.com/cl660.html

    If money REALY was of no object, I would buy a stereo Fairchild in a heartbeat.

    :)
     
  7. roijin

    roijin Guest

    Originally posted by Julian Standen:
    John, he is after ONE versitile unit!

    :)

    I personaly, one day, want an EAR compressor, it's a Fairchild style compressor.. And they are known as THE top of the pile.. while an origional mono fairchild unit may run to over $20,000 and stereo units MUCH more, the EAR is much less.

    http://www.earpro.com/cl660.html

    If money REALY was of no object, I would buy a stereo Fairchild in a heartbeat.

    :)

    thanks for all the responses my shorlist is the distressor / cranesong trakker or STC-8 at the moment... BTW when I said money was no object I was speaking in the 3-5 K range - 20K+ is in my opinion craaaaaazy...
    ;)
     
  8. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    What do folks around here think of the Pendulum Audio compressor? It never seems to make most people's short list for some reason.
     
  9. jack2cannon

    jack2cannon Guest

    I'd check out the BUZZ Audio SOC 1.1

    Jack.
     
  10. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    "What do folks around here think of the Pendulum Audio compressor?"

    I have heard good reports on that one too.

    :)

    Jules
     
  11. Jon Best

    Jon Best Active Member

    Do you have one of these? I was looking at it on the site, and based on the rep of the company, it may be a bargain. What do you think of it?

    Originally posted by jack2cannon:
    I'd check out the BUZZ Audio SOC 1.1

    Jack.
     
  12. bluemt

    bluemt Guest

    I use an original Joe Meek SC2. It's very colored by I like what it does - that and a Manley tube mic pre in front. I find this combo has a nice character for rock stuff.
     
  13. I agree with what Jon Atack stated...

    As for the 3 mentioned, my vote for 'just one' would be the 1176. It works well with almost anything.

    Although the LA2A is great on many sources, there are things it is not appropriate for.

    The CL1B is probably the most versatile of the 3 (more knobs), but consequently a little tricker to set up.

    Again, for the 'desert island' approach, I would choose the 1176.

    YMMV
     
  14. Jon Atack

    Jon Atack Member

    Exactly.

    I agree with Casey's additional points, too.

    Jon
     
  15. I have no friggin idea how to quote here, so;

    THE MIX FIX posted:

    <<A bit tricker to set up?>>

    Yes. Of the three. 2 knobs on the LA2A, 4 on the 1176, many on the CL1B.

    <<Since when is versatility a BAD thing?>>

    Not. Never said bad.

    Just that it's hard to screw up something simple and easy to screw up when presented (many) more options. Hence the tricky.

    Normally, during tracking, I'm not (personally) into tweaking the compression. I prefer to do some general processing, and save the tweak stuff for mix time. Usually keeps me from screwing something up (too badly) as well. Kind of like a haircut...

    And the question was worded as to lead me to understand "going into PT" as tracking... Not mixing.

    But, I track with all three, and I mix with all three, and I recommend the 1176 for the reasons stated.

    YMMV
     
  16. Manley ElOp. Two knobs/channel. Hard to screw up. Sounds warm and sweet. Not an LA2A, but does the job. My .02.
     
  17. mixfactory

    mixfactory Guest

    Probably the most versatile compressor on the market today is the Distressor. Old would be the Neve 32264a. If you are doing vocals maybe a CL1B. I don't use compression when tracking guitars, but the few times I had, the CL1B did a nice job of staying out of the way. It is more neutral than colored, if that matters any.
     

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