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Distressor purchase worth it?

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by ransom, Feb 21, 2002.

  1. ransom

    ransom Guest

    I am seriously considering buying, as I love my DBX 160A on vocals...no overload into DAW and natural sound. Any words on the EFFECT of the distressor on vocals?What colored sound does it impart,thanks alot.
  2. RandomGuest

    RandomGuest Guest

    Feb 10, 2001
    You could get some 'over the top' heavy vocal compression FX for sure.. :)
  3. Green. Definitely green. The more you turn it the greener it gets.

    Honestly, I think you'll notice an 74% improvement in sound quality over the DBX 160a. It's my favorite thing in the studio 93% of the time. I'm +/- very happy with it and would like aproximately 2 more of them. For drums and vocals they are 95% supreme. If you don't abuse them they are 68% sweet and transparent, too.

    I have nothing bad to say about them...except there is a lil' voodoo to get used to behind the various buttons. Anybody got anything bad to say about them? It was fun bashing the Voxbox!
  4. ransom

    ransom Guest

    The sound I like,I hate to say it because generally I had not been a big fan, the song "Gone" by N'Sync real upfront dry crisp on the radio like their singing in your ears. It is a well produced and mixed piece of music!
    I heard that is the distessor sound.
  5. RandomGuest

    RandomGuest Guest

    Feb 10, 2001
    I had actually written out a description of an "in your ear sound" (possible with the distressor) but deleted it (I refered to M.Manson vocal sounds!) It should be able to deliver, but with high compression you will want a VERY DEAD sounding room..

  6. Sir Bob

    Sir Bob Guest

    Question: Is the Distressor 68 % transparent? I thought the whole idea behind the Distressor is lack of transparency.

    And what do you mean by, "I'm +/- very happy with it"? :confused:
  7. dave-G

    dave-G Active Member

    Nov 16, 2001
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    The Distressor is by far my favorite and most used compressor. It is capable of so many different "sounds" that to say there's a Distressor "sound" is an injustice to the flexibility of the thing. It can be made to behave as a clean, gentle compressor, or as a harmonic-distortion-thickened jackhammer.

    Plus, it's absolutely fun to use. Not as immediate as something with minimal controls and a built-in, always-happening "sound" like an LA2A or BA6A, but once you get acquainted to the various combinations of modes, ratios and link-button interaction, a Distressor is like a musical instrument.. Have I gone on too much? I like 'em. They do a lot of things really well.

    -dave G
  8. coldsnow

    coldsnow Active Member

    May 14, 2001
    Mogadore, OH
    I have only owned mine for about a month now. My view is a little different. It kicks ass on snare and bass drums. If I want to overdrive my amp sound even more it's also great. To get some weird effects on vocals it's well worth it. I don't find it (so far) that great on most vocals, however. My favorite is a Purple 1176 (MC76) or a LA2a type compressor. I don't feel that the Distressor is a good modeler of 1176's or tube el ops, and I didn't buy it for that. Anyways, because you like your DBX on vox, you may really like it, I tend to not like the sound of VCA compressors on vocals. Just a slightly different opinion.
  9. Bear's Gone Fission

    Bear's Gone Fission Active Member

    Jan 4, 2001
    Anyone tried multing to two comps on vocals? My thought would be to get an RNC to do gain reduction and a Distressor to inject some character. Haven't tried it, but it seems like a possible way to up the mileage of the Distressor if you can't also afford an 1176 or other widely beloved vocal compressor. (Maybe better just to go in series instead of parallel? I dunno, that's why I'm asking.)


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