Using Behringer Composer Pro and Motu 828 mk II....

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  1. Sty

    Sty Guest

    Hi ppl, this is my first post in here,
    I have read a bunch of threads, and seens a very smart and nice forum for me ;)

    I have using for some years, Cubase SX and some plug-ins
    (waves, URS and TCeletronics)

    I really havent a lot of pro hardware equip.:

    a Composer Pro Behringer MDX 2200
    a motu 828 mk II
    a Digitech Studio S100
    a Mackie CFX 12
    And Alesis Microverb 4
    AKG 3000C mic
    and other cheap ones

    My question is:

    can i have a decent compression using Composer Pro
    More than Waves plug-ins?

    How can i use that in a multrack song (my motu has about 8
    or 10 outs)

    Any tips will be very welcomed!!!!!
  2. MilesAway

    MilesAway Guest

    The composer pro is a pretty lousy compressor... i run one in my bass-guitar rack for stage use to keep some of the more agressive bass-lines under control but i wouldn't let the thing anywhere near my signal chain in the studio. You're much better off using plugins...
  3. Sty

    Sty Guest

    Very sad true? :(
  4. Azidjunky

    Azidjunky Guest

    oh no, you used the b-word!!! :shock: :roll:
  5. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    A decent compressor plugin is going to beat a crappy cheap hardware compressor almost always. About the only exception is the FMR RNC, but I have heard it doesn't really sound any better than a decent plugin. Just handy to have if you need compression outside-of-the-box. The ART Pro VLA supposedly has some good flavor for a cheapy.
  6. Sty

    Sty Guest

    Thanx Reggie for reply, i am considering buy a new compressor soon as possible ;)
  7. Anybody who spends valuable time and risks facing the latency monster all to get "that Behringer sound" on tape will, in fact, fellate another man willingly and with vigor.

    Then again, you gotta give the little homo credit for "thinking outside the box" (pun intended). a dbx compressor. A 266 maybe if you want cheap, try for a 160 if you got a little more cash. These are nice items that don't cost much. Then we'll walk you through plugging it in to use it as a mixdown unit.

  8. EDIT:

    In the interest of fairness I have to tell you this. I have this buddy, we'll call him "Paul". He's a huge ProTools fanatic and he absolutely RAVES about using Behringer compressors and Parametric EQs as hardware outboard on his PT system. Raves.
  9. ded4now

    ded4now Guest

    All is not lost, Sty, my son.

    There is an excellent (if not redundant) use for the Composer you happen to posess (other than for use as a bludgeoning tool). Find a couple of spare aux sends or outs from the MOTU, and connect them to the ins of the Composer. Set it up for HEAVY ass compression, and leave it running all the time. Watch your clients/friends/pets marvel at the awesome display of a lightshow that little silver box can throw out while the tunez are streaming along. Remember NOT to connect the outs of the Composer to anything though. That would very much ruin the experience.

    All kidding aside, the older Composers were actually pretty decent kit (for the price). However, we're talking ancient Composers here, like back in the stone age when ADAT's were king among the weary, the unwanted and the worn wasted weavers of music of the day. They look mighty cool as well.
  10. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2004

    The Box???
  11. CoyoteTrax

    CoyoteTrax Well-Known Member

    May 25, 2005
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    I'll second the Pro VLA as an excellent option for outboard compression and limiting. Works nicely for bass, ac guitar, vox, and electric guitar IMO.

    Somebody please put a gag in Shotgun's mouth. He reminds me a lot of Jahme I think.

  12. Unfortunately, the ones of that vintage (of which I own an example) are built to some ^#$%ed up scale and they are a royal with cheese in the ass to rackmount. They stick out too far forward, the front panel is thicker than my eyeglasses and they're EXACTLY 19" wide, maybe plus a millimeter or something. Pain in the urethrea to mount I tell you.

  13. huub

    huub Guest

    The plugin compressors that come with even the free-est of freeware will sound so much nicer than a behringer..
    I once was forced to use a composer, when I was mixing a tv program in a Russian truck, and the only way of limiting my mix was with a behringer..
    I saw the gain reduction meter going crazy, 10,15 db or so, wich is actually what I sometimes would do with a Urei or whatever...Anyway, I was thinking; wow!! These behringers sound goooood! I heard no compression whatsoever!..Turned out the limiter wasnt inserted, and I had to listen to the tapereturn of the mixer..So the viewers at home (it was the speedskating worldchamps) had been listening to total utter behringerHell for about 5 hours..
    Wow, 10 db reduction on a composer sounds baaaaaaddd..

    I'm not sure this story is relevant whatsoever..

  14. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    Pretty funny though! Man that sucks. Were you never hired in that country again after that?
  15. huub

    huub Guest

    I was working for dutch tv..But the producers hired crap in russia, so, hey if they wanted nice sound, they should have hired in nice equipment...
    Happily, most directors dont care about sound..

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