Hardware vs. Software Compressors

dabmeister music

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Jan 11, 2003
Woodbridge, Va
I have a dbx DDP rack compressor/limiter and the Waves NPP compressor. I'm interested in finding out from another point of view , if one had a choice of the 2 , which one would be better? I'm setting up to lay a few backup & adlib vocal tracks as well as main vocals too. :confused:


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Mar 31, 2002
Depends on what you are using them for. Its kind of like a "which mic is better" question.

Try each and see what works best for what you are doing.



If you do a comparison, please post back your conclusions. David


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Feb 23, 2001
Originally posted by dabmeister17:
I have a dbx DDP rack compressor/limiter and the Waves NPP compressor.
:) Hey dab! I don't know the NPP, but there is a lot of flexibility in the DDP. I like a couple of the presets that mildly compress, limit, and have a long release with a gate too!

This is great for getting a few extra db to track(s), and the gate keeps things pretty clean in between. I do stereo tracks mostly, with whatever effect(s) I'm using at the time. But when mixing, everything falls together so nice, I don't have to mess with much. It is part of my tracking chain. Lot's of keyboard tracks. Some solo guitar etc. But, as the others said find what works for you, experiment. Didn't mean to sound biased. BTW, the DDP is software, processed in digital, even though it is outboard rack gear.