compressor recco please

Discussion in 'Compressors / Limiters' started by tmcconnell, Dec 25, 2005.

  1. tmcconnell

    tmcconnell Guest

    I want a compressor that will a) Impart no noise, b) Have good controls esp fast meters so I can see how much I'm taking out really, c) A little color, d) little or no high end loss when taking out 6 db, e) opto, but fast, or electro that is opto-like in its curve, f) No other impairments unless induced on purpose by the engineer. Price $1500 for two channels. g) Tubes optional but not required. (not desired). h) no need for a lot of features, i) all balanced IO, j)some flexibility around the knee. k) arc with some flexibility. Mainly, I want to use it for drums. A great compressor on a zone or overhead can make the drum heads sound like ... booom. That's my main goal.

    This does not leave much... .but if was an easy answer I wouldn't need you guys. :).
  2. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    You can't really have it both ways. You either get a decent two channel compressor for $1500 or you get the compressor you really want or need and pay whatever it costs. Guess which one is the right thing to do?

    Mabe a pair of used Distressors would meet your needs.
  3. tmcconnell

    tmcconnell Guest

    ... something I get to learn over and over again

    ... is.. exactly what you said.
  4. Spookym15

    Spookym15 Guest

    You got to spend some money on what you want, Like the other guy said a pair of distressors will cost you 2700, or 2-1176 LN Duel channel will cost you about 2400, the summit dual channel will be about 3000 or the Drawmer DL251 for 1050 isnt bad but it is okay, I have used them before. an avalon would be pretty good only costing like 2200. That is about all I can think of, I would got with saving up and getting a pair od distressors they are amazing.
  5. Pre Amp

    Pre Amp Guest

    On the topic of distressors...
    Does it really matter (when using 2 distressors) if they are a "matched pair"?
    Or can you just buy one distressor today, and another one when you need 2 of them? (Or can afford another unit)

    And how many guys out there own or use more than one distressor?
  6. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    The Distressor has become a real industry standard piece just like the 1176, LA2A are. TThey don't work all the time or on everyting, but they are no one trick pony either.

    The image mod on the Distressors was meant to help with some compliaints when linkg them. The\ way I've always used them, they all seem to match up very well with or without the mod.

    Buying a matched pair that are hand calibrated to match along with both of them comming from the same production batch ensure the best possible match and stereo linking.

    You might find your best value buying soemthing used?
  7. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    Make it easy on yourself. Get a DBX 166 or 1066.
  8. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    I mean if you really want something bitchin' get an UREI 1178 and press all four buttons of the ratio selector in! Yes all four in! Great for drums. If you get a pair of 1176s, make sure they are the same type and order the stereo coupler, which are still available from Universal Audio. The blackface units will only were good with a mixer that can feed a terminated 600 ohm input whereas the silver faced ones are 10,000 ohm transformer less, differential operational amplifier inputs and can be driven by any crappy piece of equipment. Can't beat the sound of those units!!

    Anytime you buy a pair of anything to be used for stereo, we will rarely match! Even if they are the same identical models. This is because all of the parts inside age differently, just like you and me. Now go take some ex-lax!

    I'm sorry I have to go now!
    Remy Ann David

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