Originally Posted by boboji
RNC Yeah or neah until I get something else!!!!!!
Originally Posted by JonCraig
does it sound good? isn't that how you should decide? sheesh...
In your defense, I'd say to JC that knowing when something sounds good is a matter of experience
If your best comp is an RNC, and you're not sure whether to use it, I'd suggest that perhaps your ears and experience need some more projects under your belt, until you can hear the nuances in terms of tone coloration, density and dynamic energy that compression creates.
AND most mix specialists follow up the 2bus comp with a high end EQ to add the final polish. So factor that in too.
So consider the following approach, in order, and consciously listen, while A-B'ng the RNC and comparing your final mixes.
do a mix without it,
followed by a mix with it, but applied at the last stage, and only very slightly; don't go by the meters, use your ears and as soon as you hear it working, stop.
finally, a mix where you switch it in relatively early on; say after you've dialed in your basic low end balance between the kik and bass, and then mix to it. it'll get exciting at points, then sound blah, then you'll readjust, and so forth.
forget balanced vs. unbalanced; short run line level signals that are hot and clean don't really need balancing
your patchbay or console insert is probably unbalanced anyway, so it's moot.
Remember; most of your high profile recordings that had 2 bus compression used stuff like SSL, Neve, GML, or similar high end gear, that really can't be approximated by most plugins or semi-pro stuff like the RNC, regardless of its bang for buck.