Importance of Compression in a Pre Amp??

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by dabhoys, Jan 31, 2005.

  1. dabhoys

    dabhoys Guest

    Hi there I'm looking to purchase a 8 channel pre amp.

    I've been looking at the Focusrite Octo Pre. But as I've seen the new LT version is coming out that doesn't have the compression on board. Will this become a critical factor when recording drums?? I'm planning on buying a seperate single pre amp with compression etc for vocals. So I'm thinking the new Octo Pre Light will serve it purpose for me.

    Appreciate your help..

  2. heyman

    heyman Guest

    As with every session, the best advice is use your ears. Some sessions may call for it. Plus side, built in all in one, but on the downside, has anyone heard the compressor in that unit? Also, what happens when the compressor is not engaged, does it do more harm than good? I would hold of. You may be stuck with something that you may outgrow.

    Advice, save up for a really good relaible 2 channel compressor and keep it seperate from the pre unless you know what you are getting.
  3. heyman

    heyman Guest

    Sorry I misread your original question. Also take a look at other 8 channel pre's out there. Kurt and the guys will probibly end up recommending a better 8 channel pre in that price range.

    But hey, its your buck. Spend it wisely

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