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Compressor purchase

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Alan V8, Sep 22, 2004.

  1. Alan V8

    Alan V8 Guest

    I am currently looking to purchase a stereo compressor/limiter. So far, the short list is for the Amek 9098DCL, Avalon AD2044, and Manley Vari-Mu. I am primarily working with rock, acoustic, country and light jazz genres. Please let me know your thoughts and experiences with any or all of these, as I am in need of making a decision soon. Thanks very much for your help.

  2. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    Out of those three - Scratch that - Out of every compressor I've ever used, the Manley Vari-Mu is my favorite.

    The Pendulum is also pretty hot - Cranesong, Gyraf are also worth looking into.
  3. mikE@THECAVE

    mikE@THECAVE Guest

    yes it your favorite but why?Massive what style of music do you like it for
  4. Alan V8

    Alan V8 Guest

    Thanks for the input, John. I am going to also include a Crane Song STC-8 and Pendulum ES-8 or 6386 (if I can find one) in the mix. I'm sure the Gyraf products are also excellent, but, I'm sticking with products made in the USA whenever I can.
    Thanks again,
  5. Alan V8

    Alan V8 Guest

    (addendum to last post)
    The reason the 9098 is on the list is that I have one available nearby.
  6. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    I think a more valid question would be what style I DON'T like it for...

    Even then, there's no answer.

    Well, there was this folk album I was working on a while back... Used an EL-OP instead... An Art Pro VLA to be exact. Not that the VM would've been a bad choice. The recording was just "asking" for the VLA's flavor, and it was handy, so there you go.
  7. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Even thou the AMEK is a Rupert Neve design, I don't care for it at the price I usually see it for. The Avalon is a sweet compressor but I wouldn't ever pick for 2-bus or mix bus work. I own three mono and one stereo Manley Vari-Mu's so you can guess what I like and prefer...

    Others I like for 2-bus and mix bus: dbx 160SL, Focusrite Blue 230, Alan Smart C2, old Neve 2254.
  8. LittleDogAudio

    LittleDogAudio Active Member

    I would pick the Manley Vari-Mu.
    It doesn't care what type of music you are recording, it sounds great on just about all sources.

    Also, it's very handy for mastering as well. I use it to "glue" a mix together.


    It will retain it's value better then most.

    My $.02


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