Do you use your ACP88?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by dpaton, Sep 16, 2002.

  1. dpaton

    dpaton Active Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    I have a couple of decent comps (RNCs, Ashly CL50, 1066) but they only add up to 4 individual channels of compression (yes I know the RNCs are stereo, but they're not dual mono :( ).

    I'd like to have more channels of available compression, especially for when I do sessions with the garage band from hell*. A wall of RNCs and RNPs would make me very happy, but frankly I don't have that kind of cash right now. If I did I'd be printing my mixes to tape instead of DA38s :(

    So I'm faced with a dilemma.

    I have available to me a nearly mint condition ACP88 for a below-market-value sum.

    Back when I was a live sound guy instead of a recording geek I used one pretty much every night. I owned my own rig and 8 channels of decent compression for $100 per was a damn good deal. The fact it was a 2U box and they didn't suck was a big bonus.

    But that was bar band PA. This is recording.

    Do you still own an ACP88? Do you use it on anything besides crappy garage bands?

    So, do I take the plunge and buy it, or do I save my hard earned cash and buy another RNC and it's associated goodies and limp along with less compression than I'd like?


    * 2 guitars, bass, keys, perc. toys and the biggest damn drum set ever (think Alex Van Halen in the 80s). The music they write is pretty good. Their consistency isn't.
  2. Jon Best

    Jon Best Active Member

    Mar 18, 2001
    It's not awful. I'd put it in a league with the 1066, but different. See if the guy will let you put a few bucks on it and take it for a week.
  3. HiString

    HiString Guest

    I have the earlier version (ACP-8) and although it's not the best of compressors, it certainly isn't the worst. Regardless of what I add to my rack in the future the ACP will still be a part of my gear.

  4. dpaton

    dpaton Active Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Well, my 1066 is definately a step up from the 166a it replaced...


    I'll be borrowing the unit for tracking this weekend, and see how it sounds. Right now I'm stil 50/50 on it.

    Thanks guys

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