Originally Posted by RIZ Records
Hey Tony, haha thanks yeah ive been messing around with the distressors all day, and i dont know they sound kinda boring to me, but they were the only thing in my signal chain.
I got a few kick drums to punch nice and sound big, i got unwanted distortion on a few, but this one miked up kick i got sounding really nice. Its funny when compressing you start to hear all the noise,ect, on these crappy samples you buy online.
Anyways, how does the Distressor sound on kicks compared to the Purple Audio MC77 (1176) ? Does the Distressor retain more low end and punch harder? Is the MC77 more noisier than the Distressors?
Im thinking the 1176 would sound better on snares, percussion, samples. keyboards and synths when i dont use the Alan Smart C2.
What do you guys think?
Just to let you guys know the other current gear i have is:
- Aurora Audio GTQ2 mk3
- API 512c x 2
- A-Designs REDDI x 2
- Tube Tech CL1B
- Alan Smart C2
- Avedis Audio E27 x 2
- SSL Duende ( when available for PC )
Dude! You've gotta CL1B...use that ****er! It's killer on kick drums...it almost seems to add an extra octave below what's already there. But I'd say use a lower ratio than the 6:1 thing you're digging with your EL8s.
If you do stick with the EL8s, I think if you were to engage their sidechain's HP filter, you'd be able to better sculpt and add size to your kicks while retaining your bottom end, especially if you experiment with the Distortion buttons.
I think with the EL8s in general is that, envelope-wise, they can do just about anything any other compressor can (heeh, am I gonna get flamed for this...?). Those things are so deep it's ridiculous. It's kinda tough to call any compressor punchier or (insert subjective audio term here) than an EL8 because EL8s are so insanely configurable, that any time you're getting a BAD sound outta them, you're probably just setting it wrong. BTW, I don't mean that as a diss, it's just that those things don't do ANYTHING badly. if you're hearing some kinda weird distortion (especially in the bottom end), try a lower ratio and/or slowing down your release time. And remember that 2:1 and 3:1 on those things is a soft-knee curve....veeeeery useful for boomy kick sounds...
As for the 1176 and MC77, they're great work horses, but wouldn't be my first choice for kick drums, especially if you're talking hip hop. They both tend to thicken up the mid range, which can be a bit weird-sounding on hip hop kicks. You might wanna look into trying an opto compressor (like your CL1B!!thumbsup); they tend to work a bit slower which can be ideal for bottom-heavy instruments.
As for snares, your C2 is pretty ideal. However, if I were mixing with your gear, I'd probably try to leave it open for mix buss compression or parallel drum buss compression, so the EL8 is a good alternative. The 1176 and MC77 don't work at all for me on snares; again the lower mid range becomes too heavily colored in a frequency range that I find unflattering to snares.