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How would you compair

Discussion in 'Recording' started by bwmac, Feb 24, 2008.

  1. bwmac

    bwmac Active Member

    The DBX 166 XL (I know its considered a pro compressor)

    http://www.dbxpro.com/166XL.htm

    to the PRO VLA by ART

    http://www.artproaudio.com/products.asp?type=80&cat=2&id=8

    I just bought the PRO VLA and hope that I made the right choice.
    I was kind of hoping It would work as a preamp/compressor/limiter miracle worker for my vocals. ha, ha :lol:

    well at least I hope its clean enough so that I don't have to pawn it. :roll:
     
  2. bwmac

    bwmac Active Member

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  3. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    I have both. Both impart a different.... errr.....'feeling' of compression....I guess thats what I'm trying to describe.

    Neither are high-end slamittillithurts type of compressors. Neither will do to an instrument or a bus what an 1176 or a Distressor or a Fairchild will do. Both are very usable and will operate very very well within the parameters of their settings.

    You will be the determining factor on whether or not you like your purchase well enough to hang on to it.

    As for hanging on to a compressor, You cant have too many outboard devices! I still dont have enough. The VLA is good enough to be in a mix with units costing four times as much.....you just have to find its best use.

    I use mine exclusively across the drum stereo bus. It adds a nice crunch to them. I dont put the overheads in it though as it has a tendency, at the settings I use, to harsh and pump the cymbals. However, if I had another one and could use a different setting on the cymbals, I would have no problem with it on them.

    As for vocals, I tend to like very little compression and would rather ride the faders a bit.
     
  4. bwmac

    bwmac Active Member

    Thanks Dave, your opinion is greatly valued and respected. I enjoy seeing my input on the meter and when adusting the compression it is usfull to see as well as hear the adjustment with the meter.
    I struggled which one to buy first as the wife hasn't worked for a while. LOL
    I am glad that you don,t feel it was a waist of coin
    I hate buying junk.
     

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