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Daking FET III - variable pots in bus / mastering use ???

Hi audio friends,

I am thinking about getting the Daking FET III.
I would use it on busses (2bus, guitars, drums etc.) or in mastering situations.

Do you think that the variable Threshold/Attack/Release-pots on the FET III are problematic in this context?
I am NOT talking about repeatability-issues because I believe in the magic of handwritten notes on paper.. :D

I am just asking if these variable pots - if not PRECISELY-matched - could lead into audible unbalances in audio flow.

Thank you all and take care,
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Any thoughts??
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Perhaps some of you have the FET III and the Buzz Audio SOC 1.1 and share some comparison .. ??

I had the SOC for testing here and it was a nice unit for sure...
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Sinewave test tones are your friends when matching the settings on analog gear. Taking photos of the settings is my prefered method of keeping notes. Of course it won't capture some miniscule knobtweaks, finetuning is always necessary.

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I use mine on busses all the time and have no problem with the variable knobs. They have enough dots on them that's it's easy to round to the nearest dot or halfway in between.

Let's just say that my eyes are better at matching up the knobs than my ears are at noticing the tiniest possible differences between attack and release times!

I had a Buzz Soc 1.1 which was a great box but I prefer the Daking. My only complaint is that I can't seem to find an on/off switch on the damn thing. I have to yank the power supply to turn it off (actually, I was smart enough to put it on a power strip with an on/off switch but it kind of seems like an important switch to omit. Then again, maybe I'm missing something).
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@ AllBread:

Interesting!!
What is it that makes you prefer the FET over the SOC??

I have only experience witht he SOC so far..
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