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. .