Can someone suggest a compressor...two bus

Discussion in 'Compressors / Limiters (analog)' started by aggiedogg, Nov 28, 2001.

  1. aggiedogg

    aggiedogg Guest

    I'm working in Pro Tools TDM, would like to invest in outboard compression for the mix bus. Or a plugin? (prefer outboard that could be used for other things) Any suggestions appreciated. Craig
  2. Scott Gould

    Scott Gould Active Member

    Oct 22, 2001
    Pt. Charlotte FL
    Go to and check out the Trakkers. I have a pair of them, and it's like having a rack full of different vintage & modern copmressor/limiters. Save your pennies, though, they don't come cheap.

  3. Mixerman

    Mixerman Active Member

    Feb 27, 2001
    I'd go one better than the Trakkers and get a Cranesong STC-8.

  4. Jon Atack

    Jon Atack Distinguished Member

    May 29, 2001
    Crane Song STC8, GML 8900, Fairchild 670/660, Tubetech SMC2A/SMC2B, Urei 1178, Neve 33609, Alan Smart C1 or C2, Fatso, whatever cranks your engine.

  5. coldsnow

    coldsnow Active Member

    May 14, 2001
    Mogadore, OH
    I just went through the same process and ended up with an Avalon 747.
    The reasons
    1. under 2000 dollars
    2. full control of attack release threshold etc,
    3. built in side chain where you can select two different frequencies to either compress more or less.
    4. great eq onboard.
    5. you can switch between class A solid state and tubes on the output stage.

    The negatives is that it can't be used as dual mono and it isn't the most aggressive compressor. Neither of which made a difference to me.
    So far I would buy it again.
  6. drumsound

    drumsound Active Member

    Feb 12, 2001
    Bloomington, IL
    Drawmer 1969 mercenary edition. The big switch eliminates pumping. It also has two mic pres and a DI. It's a very cool peice!
  7. Bear's Gone Fission

    Bear's Gone Fission Active Member

    Jan 4, 2001
    RNC will do in a pinch. Two RNC's in series are better. I figure everyone needs at least two of these, anyway.

  8. erockerboy

    erockerboy Member

    Mar 16, 2001
    Man, I keep seeing people talking up the Drawmer 1969 and Cranesong STC-8 as "awesome" 2-bus comp's.

    Am I the only one who's not in love? I own both of those, as well as the underappreciated Alan Smart C2 which smokes either of the aforementioned units on the 2-bus, IMO. The Drawmer is a cool instrument compressor, but on the occasions when I've tried it on the 2-bus, I always ended up reaching for something else. "BIG" switch or not, the '69 seems to "shrink" my stereo field in a way that I just don't like. Other ppl love it tho, is it just me? The Cranesong is a pretty cool and flexible piece, but just doesn't have that SSL character like the Smart.

    Then again, don't listen to me... lotsa guys absolutely HATE the "SSL compressor sound". :mad:
  9. Dave McNair

    Dave McNair Active Member

    Mar 6, 2001
    I agree with you, for me the Smart is numero uno for 2 mix compression. Yes there are some other great ones out there, but I always go back to the SSL style comp.
  10. mixfactory

    mixfactory Member

    Apr 22, 2001
    Focusrite Red 3 gets my vote, but I also like SSL comp and Neve 33609(no letter). It all comes down to your style of music.
  11. MadMoose

    MadMoose Active Member

    Apr 22, 2001
    I'm using a Summit DCL-200. I've also used the STC-8 a few times and I'd love to own one some day. The Alan Smart can be cool if you want that arggessive SSL bite.
  12. drumsound

    drumsound Active Member

    Feb 12, 2001
    Bloomington, IL
    I'd like to play with an Alan Smart. The '69 is not very aggressive, but it adds a certain "glue" that I like. I'm using the '69 pre and comp for bass right now and hitting the tape hard and it sounds huge. It's big fat and comfy.

  13. wiggy

    wiggy Guest

    Word!!! the 'Al smart' is the bomb for stereo bus comperssion. It is transparent in the fact hat it does not have the tel tale signature 'sound' or 'sonic footprint' such as a farichild or Urie...... however it deos have a easily recognisable comrpesiona characteristic. For the novice user of this compressor, thye need to be extermley aware oft he vicious nature of the 'Al smart' C1/C2 compressors. They ahve a tendency to flatten the mix if used incrrectly. They are like taming a beast from the wild... once you have the hang on it you can feed it from your hand!!....

    I have had excellent results froma vintage neve 8024 with e stereo bus pluged into a Al smart C2 and then into an Avalon 747. THe slow and easy charactertistic of the 747 counteracted the Hype and punchy nature ofthe c2 and provided a mix woth dynamics and punch yet still did not peg the meter. also you get a nice version of avalon passive Eq for mix sweetening. which can be a real bonus unless you have aGML 8200 around!!!!.
    the main thing is to rknow your tools and how they react to the mixes that you are doing.

    Also another fave is the Manley Variable MU. pluggingth C2 into this babay is like pouring honey or treacle over a mix!! it really is the big $$$$$ tone.. and guess what it even works over a mackies stereo bus!

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