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what compressors are worth buying?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by scottmcclure777, Jan 20, 2004.

  1. My question is...what are some of the best compressors to use for tracking, mixing, or mastering? Out of these compressors which ones are worth buying? Behringer Tube Composer, Art Vla Pro, Avalon, Aphex, Jomeek, Dbx 160's, Focusrites, etc... If I didn't mention some great compressors...please name some :p .
  2. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

  3. e-cue

    e-cue Active Member

    Out of those? The Avalons and the DBX160s if you mean DBX160Xt's and DBX 160X's (i'm not a fan of the 160 vu's like most people).

    This is a baited question anyway because it depends on your situation. For example I love the LA2A's for a lot of applications, but I've never buy one because almost every studio I work at has at least one in the rack.

    I'd more likely consider Crane Song STC-8's Crane Song Trakkers, Distressors, Pendulum Optos, FMC RNC's (sometimes I hate it, but it's definately got it's money's worth), etc

    BTW, Jim Williams at Audio Upgrades got my DBX160X's effin' screaming. They keep the twack character, but sound less smeared and more powerful. When I run kick mults through them, they are less boxey. The mod runs around $150 per unit but HIGHLY recomended on my end. I had 2 done and will get 2 more of mine done (and leave 2 stock for recalls if needed).
  4. stewie

    stewie Guest

    say no to behringer
  5. Thanks guys... I will definately check out the crane song's, dbx 160's, avalon's, and the other kool compressors and eq's on mercenary.com. Thanks for the kool link. :)
  6. steveotoole

    steveotoole Guest

    Hey e-cue, can you post a link for that mod. I have a few XT's that I wouldn't mind modding.
  7. steveotoole

    steveotoole Guest

    sm777, I recommend a Distressor. They sound great and are very versatile.
  8. e-cue

    e-cue Active Member


    He's got some of my reverbs whisper quiet too.
  9. jg

    jg Guest

    Distressors are great.

    I have 2 & my only complaint is I wish I had 6 more.
  10. Clueless

    Clueless Guest

    I have two distressors as well, and appreciate what they do, but I have to put my vote in for the GML 8900. Some people don't like it because they claim it has no "personality", but I think it's f-ing brilliant (to paraphrase Bono). Definitely something to look at if you want to compress, not distress.
  11. nyaben

    nyaben Guest

    The Joemeek units add some control but are more notable for their non-transparent sound. They employ a photo-optical compressor. I use the much celebrated RNC when I need tight control of a signal during tracking. The RNC can operate as a hard knee compressor but has a mode called "really nice" (hence the RN in RNC) which works well for things like acoustic guitar or vocals.
  12. iznogood

    iznogood Member

    if I was to choose only one comp for the rest of my life it would be the manley vari-mu!! brilliant for both mixing and mastering
  13. GT3

    GT3 Guest

    I love la-2a's on guitar and vocs, but I don't really think they are worth the money. It seems like somebody should be able to do an la2a for cheaper.
  14. mjones4th

    mjones4th Active Member

    Well you can build one for the cost of parts.... @ $600 I believe. Check in the DIY section
  15. JavaJunkie

    JavaJunkie Guest

    Anybody ever tried a dBx 566? I might have a chance to pick one up kind of cheap, but I don't need anymore mediocre gear right now.
  16. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Then you'll want to skip the dbx 500 series.
  17. sosayu2

    sosayu2 Guest

    love to get my hands on an old fairchild limiter. :)
  18. JavaJunkie

    JavaJunkie Guest

    Thanks AudioGaff, that's what I thought.
    I'll keep saving for that Summit.
  19. ozraves

    ozraves Active Member

    I've been fairly impressed with the TFpro "Edward the Compressor." It's supposedly modeled after some classic units. However, I think the attack and release characteristics were the thing that got modeled rather than the actual sound. I wish Ted Fletcher would have labeled the different compressors as A, B, C, D rather than after the actual models. I think older guys might not like the wide latitude for adjustment. However, you can come up with some funky sounds. I usually just trust my ears and go with what I'm hearing rather than watching the settings.
  20. ozraves

    ozraves Active Member

    Another unit is the Safe Sound P1. The mic pre part of the unit is OK but what makes it special is the compressor/expander/limiter. They make it one of the best buys on the planet. The dynamics controls are not really colored at all but they are musical.

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