Presonus ACP88

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by ShedBoyxx, Nov 18, 2003.

  1. ShedBoyxx

    ShedBoyxx Guest

    Hi Folks. Newbie time. We are looking at getting some compression generally for drums. We have a MOTU 2408 and are running Digital Performer 3.1 with an Allen and Heath 16 channel board (that's about it for mic pre's and - almost any other outboard gear).
    I've seen some general info about the Presonus ACP88's but wanted some more input. Keep in mind the gear mentioned above. We have mikes like SM57's and D112's around. Nothing fancier than that.
    Experiences? Opinions?


  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    Save your money, use the Allen Heath pres (just as good) and compress in DP3 after the fact (probably better!).
  3. MikoMader

    MikoMader Guest

    If you have to limit while tracking, try to find an ART MDM-8L. It's an 8 channel limiter that sounds pretty good and is quite affordable. I used one for drums when I was doing a session on some ADATS. I was actually pretty pleased with the raw tracks before mix.
  4. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    If you are tracking to ADAT yes a limiter can help.. at tracking or mix, because you don't have that ability within the ADAT. But to DAW, just wait and do it with plugs.. unless you have some real good comps and limiters. Cheap compressors sound awful.. don't waste your money..
  5. Bobby Loux

    Bobby Loux Active Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Actually the presonus comp does sound pretty darn good and gives you alot of flexibility when tracking drums. However if your looking into that piece basically just for drums I would say that gentle limiting going into a DAW is best and the presonus is way overkill.

    i like to tame peaks with some RNC's in supernice mode then really shape my sound or squash it with plugs once inside. it is possible to go without comps. into a DAW, but those dynamic peaks can be a btch and I like to record pretty hot as my rig seems to sound best that way.

    there are cheaper alternatives that will work just fine, you'd be suprised!
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