I primarily record hip hop. Since starting to record I've always been using the stock Logic Pro 9 compressor for vocal compression. I've been thinking about potentially purchasing a hardware compressor and based on my research thus far it's seemingly coming down to a dbx 160A or a dbx 166xl. Anyone have experiences with either of these processors? Recommend something else? Let me know what's up. As of right now my gear is:
Mics: Shure SM7b, Sterling Audio ST-51
Pre: Grace m101 (used on the Shure primarily)
Mixer: Mackie 1202 vlz3
Interface: Tascam Us-144
Exciter: Aphex 204 Aural Exciter
My usual set up goes:
Shure SM7b-->Grace m101 -->Aphex 204 Aural Exciter (When needed)--> Mackie 1202 vlz3--> Tascam Us-144--> Logic Pro 9.
Like I said let me know your recommendations/experience with the above compressors.