Originally Posted by Capstan Cappy
i have 2 of them and they are supurb on basdrum and snare, not heavy hitters but they sound amazing.
Originally Posted by jmikeperkins
If you are looking for a transparent sounding compressor to make small to moderate adjustments, with few sonic artifacts, then the Filtek would be an excellent choice. The Filtek is also a good mix-buss compressor. If you are looking for a "character" compressor, something that sounds like the Urei 1176 in the 4 button mode because you want to squash the heck out of something, you will probably not be happy with the Filtek.
Thanks for the informative replies, the Siemens link is particularly interesting. The Telefunken devices still hold a lot of interest for audiophiles and, what in German might be termed, "edel Produzenten".
I produce synth-based electronic music and like to dabble in techno and darkpsy. I've tried other compressors on exclusively the kick and snare (using my Jomox Airbase99 percussion synth). So far I've used low-end compressors like Samson S-Com, DBX 266A and Alesis 3630. The Samson did well in ooomph
terms, but is noisy and didn't feel far enough away from the other elements. The DBX did ok in spacial terms, but lost that ooomph
. The Alesis didn't appear to do anything noteworthy to drum sounds, but when switched to other synths seems to do some 'glacial' thing to pads and leads.
I still have a lot to learn about effectively using a compressor in a hardware rig for electronic music production, but I can safely say those 3 compressors haven't quite tickled my fancy enough for me to think of them as essential to my set-up.
Another, more common and modern, compressor I am looking out for is a Focusrite Penta. This one might not be high-end but I've read lots of useful reviews recommending it for electronic dance music production.
But first, the BKE-3: it is on its way to join my studio, so I will be very looking forward to seeing how it might perform on heavy-hitting percussive sounds in a hard techno production.
Once I've used it in a techno jam I'll update this thread with a Soundcloud audio demo.