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Hip Hop Vocal Compressor Recommendations

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by Steve Freeman, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. Hey Guys,

    I primarily record hip hop. Since starting to record I've always been using the stock Logic Pro 9 compressor for vocal compression. I've been thinking about potentially purchasing a hardware compressor and based on my research thus far it's seemingly coming down to a dbx 160A or a dbx 166xl. Anyone have experiences with either of these processors? Recommend something else? Let me know what's up. As of right now my gear is:

    Mics: Shure SM7b, Sterling Audio ST-51
    Pre: Grace m101 (used on the Shure primarily)
    Mixer: Mackie 1202 vlz3
    Interface: Tascam Us-144
    Exciter: Aphex 204 Aural Exciter

    My usual set up goes:
    Shure SM7b-->Grace m101-->Aphex 204 Aural Exciter (When needed)--> Mackie 1202 vlz3--> Tascam Us-144--> Logic Pro 9.

    Like I said let me know your recommendations/experience with the above compressors.

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