Best budget compressor/limiter

Discussion in 'Compressors / Limiters (analog)' started by Corridorman, Feb 17, 2005.

  1. Corridorman

    Corridorman Member

    Feb 17, 2005
    I'm looking for half decent compressor but i'm on a bit of a budget, idealy I would like something that uses tubes to add some coloration but thats probably out of my range, anyways if anyone has any recommendations.
  2. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2004
    Chicago area, IL, USA
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    The ART Pro VLA meets those specs... And it's cheap. Really cheap.
  3. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2002
  4. eddies880

    eddies880 Guest

    Ive been using an Alesis for many yrs now,it not bad,it usually sells for 100 bucks,works good enough for what I do.
    It doesnt have tubes though :cool:
  5. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    Art VLA....RNC....Symetrix 525.....Joe Meek....all work well for someone who has a handle on compressor operation.And though not all are tube, all have a 'sound'. The VLA sounds very good across a stereo drum bus...None of these should be confused with Urie,Chandler,Fairchild,United Audio,Focusrite Red....
  6. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    I agree ... unlike mic pres, affordable comps are a possibilty .. and the VLA and RNC recieve many positive comments.

    I have used Symerics comps as well and they really aren't too bad ...

    One other to keep an eye out for is a used Dynamite comp ... IMO it's better suited as a noise gate or expander butr in a pinch or when I want that vca sound, it's the one I reach for ..

    I have seen them available used for under $200 ...
  7. evt

    evt Active Member

    Feb 28, 2005
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    Hi all,
    The Safesound P1 rocks! I just ordered a second one.
  8. Roly

    Roly Guest

    Aphex 651 and 661 also.
  9. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2004

    It certainly rocks, but I don't know that I would buy one JUST for the compressor, though. I do however use it on occasion just for its expander and transparent limiter features. The comp is probably its weakest point IMO. For $500 you can find a lot better dedicated comp.

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