Discussion in 'Compressors / Limiters' started by DaveX, Jun 3, 2003.
What's a good low cost unit.
I've had good experience with the Behringer MDX2200. At ~$89 it definitely is low cost.
I'm not sure how much you want to spend, but you can snag a Drawmer 241 (a sweet solid-state 2 channel) on ebay for $300. DBX makes some good compressors at a good price point, too...
$175.00 and get the FMR RNC (Real Nice Compressor) since I got mine its been a trmendous aid. especially in its Real Nice mode, which is so transparent you can barely even hear the thing (which is the whole idea especially on vocals)
Second the RNC.
I agree that you should go with the RNC. But if you can't swing even that, I've heard good things about the Alesis 3630.
As one who owns an RNC and who used to own a 3630 I can say there is no comparison... get an RNC. Easier to setup, MUCH more transparency, MANY less artifacts. (Artifacts are the quirky things you hear the compressor doing to the signal.)
I wasn't comparing the RNC and the 3630, I wasn just offering it as a low-cost suggestions. They are definetly not similar but the 3630 is good for the money, for the money it is good.
I own a drawmer 241,various dbx,alesis 3630, behringer, and quite a few others. I can't comment on the rnc, but DON'T buy the behringer.(unless you have an open window and want to hold your track sheets on the desk.) It sounds absolutely horrid, and the gates suck. The enhancer is not needed it only makes things worse.
Tonally the drawmer is great, and the expgate section is alright. There is nothing wrong with the dbx, the gates are better but you have no control over attack
elease on the 166. The 266 is the one to get here. Alesis is versatile, but once again, the gates are not as good.
Hope this helps you make up your mind.
So the 3630 over the behringer ? And thanks for the help.
Yeah dave, take the 3630 over the behringer, any day of the week.
Also, if you have time, you should come see my studio and check out some of my work. I would like to hear some of yours. I am only a 1/2 hour to 45 minutes away from you.
Speed River Studios
130 Guelph ave
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