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Do Distressors link up for a good mix bus compressor?

Discussion in 'Compressors / Limiters (analog)' started by blake eat world, Aug 23, 2001.

  1. Do they stay together well?
  2. MMazurek

    MMazurek Active Member

    Oct 25, 2000

    You can set the controls as even as you can by hand, but never 'identical'. Tracks a little strangely (attack/release). Screws with the stereo field a little.

    On a bus, sometimes, it's fine. (but not for true 'stereo' compression.
  3. GT40sc

    GT40sc Active Member

    Jan 14, 2001
    Seattle WA, USA
    Isn't that what the FATSO is for? <BG>


  4. Kevin F. Rose

    Kevin F. Rose Active Member

    Feb 14, 2001
    It's funny to me that the Distressor gets bashed a lot for bizarre stereo linking problems and noone talks about the input stage. I've found it to be quite weak on "big" sources. I love the damn things but throwing Trakkers in front of them really brings the things back from the dead. Daisy chaining compressors is not unusual but I'm wondering if a mod would help the Distressors input stage not freak so easily. Then again maybe that "on the edge thing" is a large part of their sound.
  5. Rader Ranch

    Rader Ranch Active Member

    Feb 14, 2001
    i thought the new distressors had mods that fixed (improved?) the stereo linking?!?
  6. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    The "image" mod is OK, but you still have to set the channels individually, which for my purposes is unacceptable. I want one set of controls to be "master", and all other channels to follow [in a very precise manner] that set of controls.

    As far as the 'front end headroom' thing...yeah, it's one of it's short comings, but it can be worked around...as Kevin found with the Trakkers (which also lock marvelously).

    No, the "Fatso Jr." isn't necessarily the box you want to use for this purpose. I use mine more for tracking and on 'individual sounds' or 'groups' when mixing, but never on the 2-bus. I'm sure some folks have been using the EL-7 [Fatso] on the 2-bus, but I ain't one of 'um.
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