Top 5 software and top 5 hardware compressors

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by Ben Godin, Jul 22, 2004.

  1. Ben Godin

    Ben Godin Active Member

    please give you opinion on the matter, and if someone wants to put in a little extra, list the same for Eqs. :cool:
  2. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Not that simple ace. First off, with over 25 types of compressors I own to choose from, I couldn't imagine having to pick only 5. Top-5 for me greatly depends on musical style as well as if I am both tracking and recording. But here is a list of comps I would have a hard time living without.

    dbx 160SL, Focusrite Red-3, Manley Vari-Mu & El-Op, 1176, LA-2A, API 525, Distressor, Tube-Tech CL-2A, Joe Meek, Groove Tubes CL1s.

    Eventide (any from the DSP series, Orville or H8000) , TC M5000, TC DBmax, Lexicon M300
  3. Ben Godin

    Ben Godin Active Member

    do you not like any of the waves series compressors? ex. Lin MB, c1comp, or RENcomp

    What about the sonalksis compressor?
  4. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    I "kinda" like the Sonalksis... If you're looking for plugs, you can hardly beat the Universal Audio stuff... Worth 5 times the price.
  5. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Not a fan or even much of user of any plug type software compressor if I can avoid it. Hardware baby, nothing like the real thing.
  6. huub

    huub Guest

    software- sintefex replicator, waves rcl, waves rcl, waves rcl, waves rcl

    hardware-urei 1176, urei 1178, alan smart c1, neve stereo 11andsomemorenumbers.
  7. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Plugs? No thanks .... at least, not yet. I don't feel motivated to purchase a compressor that will be obsolete when I upgrade my recording software or computer OS. I also don't think the software versions sound as good as the real thing. But sometimes the more inexpensive plugs are all a person can afford and the fact is, it's a new day ... sooner or later we all will have to get on board. Bottom line is most of the plugs are useable and what really matters is how you use them.

    I do use the stock plugs in Cubase (which work well but have no character) for punching up or holding down levels, or to make something stand out when I mix but if I need a "sound" from a comp I always revert to my hardware compressors.

    My favorite outboard hardware units are usually EL OP types, LA2a, LA3's LA4's Manley EL OP (basically a modern stereo LA2a) and the compressor section found in the Millennia ORIGIN STT-1 (I really like that one). For FET types, I go with the benchmark 1176 / 1178's.

    For vca types I use the Valley People Dynamites and DBX's ...

    The ALTECs can be nice on bass, if you want that old Beatles compression sound and of course we can't leave out the Fairchilds for room mics and overheads ...

    One compressor that often is overlooked that I really like is the UREI LA-22. It has a very cool filter section that works on a specified frequency region so you can compress lows, mids or highs while leaving everything else more or less untouched.. great for "wolf" notes or those annoying resonant peaks that sometimes occure.. They are also very affordable used or on E Bay, when you can find them, (usually around $600). It beats the snot out of any cheap comp on the market.
  8. julien_a

    julien_a Active Member

    In digital :
    * Rennaissance Compressor
    * C4
    * L1

    In analog :
    * Urei 1176 LN
    * Amek 9098 CL
    * LA-2a
    * Manley Variable-Mu
    * Avalon AD2044
  9. sserendipity

    sserendipity Member

    The digital fishphones plugs can't be beaten for the price: thye are free, and don't sound it at all.

    The dominion transient processor seems to find itself on almost every drum subgroup for my main musical project.
  10. iznogood

    iznogood Member


    1.manley vari-mu normal edition
    2.manley vari-mu master edition (they sound different!)
    3.summit tla-100 (la2 clone i think)
    4.danfield 716a (for punch)
    5.fairman tmc (for transparency)


    fairchild 660/670
  11. iznogood

    iznogood Member


    forgot the tubetech 3-band!! (for vocals)
  12. Ammitsboel

    Ammitsboel Member

    Gyraf G3 optical
    Gyraf G10 VariMu
    Weiss DS1 MKII
    Waves L2 Hardware
    and.... Sony APR5000 1/4" at 15ips, what a nice comp!
  13. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    I've got my eye on one of those G-10's (or "X's" as I think they're calling them now).

    Any way to explain that "flavor" difference between it and, say the Pendulum and Manley Vari-Mu units?
  14. mardyk

    mardyk Guest

    Best of the ones i own...

    Cranesong Trakker
    UA 1176 (part of 6176)
    EL7 Fatso Jr.

    UAD Fairchild
    UAD La2a
    UAD 1176
    Waves Rencomp

    Ones I don't own? Where to start...

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