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What stereo compressor do you use?

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WHat compressor do you use when mixing to stereo?

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Dave McNair Thu, 11/01/2001 - 16:42
My top personal faves in the 2 mix comp dept. are Alan Smart(many different settings depending on song, style, and how much coffee I've had), Neve 32264, Daking mono's linked, Neve 33609, and my ultimate fav cheap stereo comp the dbx 166a. The RNC is also very cool for stereo bus. I dare ya to try the 166a.

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drumsound Thu, 11/01/2001 - 19:09
For the 2-mix I have an RNC, a Mindprint T-Comp, and my new favorite--Drawmer 1969 Mercenary edition. The all have filtering of some sort to minimize pumping and breathing created by the low end of the mix. The 1969 seems to have the best "glue factor." It also has 2 mic pres and a DI with hi and low EQ. It's a very cool piece!

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MadMoose Thu, 11/01/2001 - 20:17
Originally posted by McSnare:
and my ultimate fav cheap stereo comp the dbx 166a. The RNC is also very cool for stereo bus. I dare ya to try the 166a.

What?! The last time I used a 166a on the mix bus was in college with an MX5050 8 track and a Soundtracs console. I thought it sounded cool then, but what did I know. I had an original 166 in my rack for a long time and it made everything sound a little bit smaller. How can you say it compares to the Dakings or a Smart? What are you hearing that I don't?

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Dave McNair Fri, 11/02/2001 - 04:00
Try a 166A not a 166 and let me know what you think. Works best on rock when you need that Tom Lord Alge sound. Put the contour and the slow button in, set the ratio for about 4:1 and get a few gain redution lights to come on. Since the unit is a tad bit dark, works best if followed by EQ to add a little air back in.

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bluebass Fri, 11/02/2001 - 15:00
Originally posted by Jay Kahrs:


What?! The last time I used a 166a on the mix bus was in college with an MX5050 8 track and a Soundtracs console. I thought it sounded cool then, but what did I know.


Ah yes, "B room" @ FTC... Last time I was there they swapped the Otari and the Soundtracs for a TDM 8000 and a pair of DA38's. Keeping up with the bleeding edge of technology I guess. :D Occassionally, I'll send all of that through an rnc for a little extra tickle!

Tim L

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archived member Fri, 11/02/2001 - 17:00
I often use an api 2500. You can really dial in some unique sculpting with this box while avoiding having the low end of the mix "pump the compressor". If not the api I split the mix into Hi/low frequency info and use the Alan Smart at times, but more often a Neve 33609.

The question really is when do I put it on. I usually set it up very early in the mix in order to mix to the compression. I feel this gets me to a finished mix sooner than trying to fix the mix when puting compression on at the end. I usually master at Sterling Sound and have had good feedback from them about the stereo compression I have chosen to use.

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Jon Atack Sun, 11/04/2001 - 11:55
I haven't yet played with the API 2500...is that the new one? Have not tried the Millennia, either.

Anyone besides me enjoy using the Tubetech SMC2B? (the stereo 3-band valve comp). A very nice tool for mastering, it is also great on a stereo subgroup mult while mixing, esp. vocals. If I'm mixing an R&B track with, say, rapped verses and sung choruses, the SMC2B is my turn-to unit for adding vocal shine and lift to the chorus.

Jon

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Guest Mon, 11/05/2001 - 09:26
Based on what Fletcher said about the Origin in Julian's forum, I pretty well guess what he might think of the Millennia Media TwinCom TCL-2. But having the option of a really transparent compressor that will control levels while tracking to digital can be a good thing.

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Guest Tue, 11/06/2001 - 14:51
SSL compressor or PT plug ins...

SSL on 10:1 most times.. used it on 2:1 on a Pearl Jam esque ballad today...

I have a Joe Meek it's i/o level set and impossible to A/B bypass is SO whack it pisses me off, that idea of using a mult and folding in a touch of the unit to a mix is a good one.. I must try that soon.. I could do with some of it's 'boogie'. but don't wish to wreck my mix.

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Jon Atack Tue, 11/06/2001 - 15:26
Hi Cold,

Assuming you are talking about mix bus compression and not limiting, I would personally start at a ratio of between 1.5:1 and 3:1 and initially set the threshold to see .5 to 2.5 dB RMS of GR. Of course, it depends on the box being used, the music, how much caffeine is in my system, etc. Most folks set the attack based on how much punch & pop they want to hear from the drums. Too fast, and you'll lose the drums and the high-frequency transients. For the release, some like it as fast as possible before distortion sets in, and others set the release to rise/crest in time with the tempo. Just don't make it pump too much or else your mix will sound like 1993. Happy smashing.

Jon
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