Which comp for final mastering?

eddies880

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Which Manley comp,is good for: 1.Electric guitar 2.acoustic guitar 3. Vocals?
I know its a braud question,but Ive been doing alot of home-work on compressing.
When& for what does FET,EL-OP,Vactrol comps come into use when mastering?
 

TrilliumSound

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Jul 29, 2004
What is your question precisely ? Mastering or tracking?; (1.Electric guitar 2.acoustic guitar 3. Vocals?, FET,EL-OP,Vactrol )

If you did lot of homework on compressing, what do you think about these (one you mentioned above)? Which one you like best(depending on settings of course) ?
 

iznogood

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Feb 9, 2004
i like the manley vari-mu for (almost) everything.... including guitar and mastering....

buy one!
 

eddies880

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TrilliumSound said:
What is your question precisely ? Mastering or tracking?; (1.Electric guitar 2.acoustic guitar 3. Vocals?, FET,EL-OP,Vactrol )

If you did lot of homework on compressing, what do you think about these (one you mentioned above)? Which one you like best(depending on settings of course) ?
Ive found the optical to have good transient qualities,.
Its for mastering,I have a semi good comp,but Im in the process of purchasing a Manley for mastering.
 

iznogood

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Feb 9, 2004
you must understand..... i think it's useable for EVERYTHING!!!

try the limiter for rap vocals.... kicks ass!

of course i use other comp's.... (danfield for drums....tubetech 3-band for background vocals and ac. gui.)

but if i was to go to a deserted island i would bring the vari-mu!
 

ambientdig

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The Manley Vari-Mu is an awesome comp and I owned one for years. I love the feel of it. It can be super smooth and can be the magic finger on the fader across a mix.

After a lot of use, the "color" of the unit became too much for me. I opted for another fantastic unit, the Millennia TCL-2. It's a wonderfully musical unit that I love the more I use it. It's different from the Manley VM but it too can feel transparent and you have more options as far as color. It has both a JFET and Tube path which sound completely different.

Great box and worth a listen!
 

ambientdig

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Other options:

For "snappiness" try the the SSL rack or Alan Smart C2.
For great color and punch, try the Chandler LTD-2.
 

eddies880

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ambientdig said:
The Manley Vari-Mu is an awesome comp and I owned one for years. I love the feel of it. It can be super smooth and can be the magic finger on the fader across a mix.

After a lot of use, the "color" of the unit became too much for me. I opted for another fantastic unit, the Millennia TCL-2. It's a wonderfully musical unit that I love the more I use it. It's different from the Manley VM but it too can feel transparent and you have more options as far as color. It has both a JFET and Tube path which sound completely different.

Great box and worth a listen!
Who makes the Millennia TCL-2
 

atlasproaudio

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Feb 17, 2001
For Mastering, I'd recommend either the Crane Song STC-8 or pair of Trakkers. I lean towards the Trakker pair, because I also do tracking and mix, and find them a bit more advantageous for individual tracks (a bit more color overall than the STC-8, and they can also emulate optos, VCA's, etc).
 

eddies880

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atlasproaudio said:
For Mastering, I'd recommend either the Crane Song STC-8 or pair of Trakkers. I lean towards the Trakker pair, because I also do tracking and mix, and find them a bit more advantageous for individual tracks (a bit more color overall than the STC-8, and they can also emulate optos, VCA's, etc).
Man-------you guys are giving great info on some real nice comps.
Nathan-------where might I locate info on the Trakkers,and or the Crane Song you,ve mentioned?
 

eddies880

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Massive Mastering said:
www.cranesong.com - The STC8M is the greatest compressor in the universe. :cool:
Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you really like them do-ya?
 

eddies880

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ambientdig said:
The Manley Vari-Mu is an awesome comp and I owned one for years. I love the feel of it. It can be super smooth and can be the magic finger on the fader across a mix.

After a lot of use, the "color" of the unit became too much for me. I opted for another fantastic unit, the Millennia TCL-2. It's a wonderfully musical unit that I love the more I use it. It's different from the Manley VM but it too can feel transparent and you have more options as far as color. It has both a JFET and Tube path which sound completely different.

Great box and worth a listen!
The ability to go from jfet,to tube (i find) to be a useful tool according to literature Ive read.
If you had to choose the Manley---or the ---millennia----------which one would you choose?
 

iznogood

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Feb 9, 2004
no eddies880...... the question is what would YOU choose??!!

get them.... listen.... and buy the manley..... (just kidding) :lol:

no... i meant... buy the one you like the most.... not because someone said so....
 
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