Originally Posted by acupunk
Has anyone had experience with this mix buss compressor?
it looks versitile, any comments or recommendations?
good for tracking?
Do a search, there's a few threads where this unit is discussed at length. But I'd love to hear some updated opinions myself.
I also have my eye on this piece, I REALLY like the feature set... a side chain SEND and return... sweet!... PLUS a switchable HP filter in the detector circuit. In my opinion, ALL high-end bus / mastering compressors should have these features. Many do not.
This unit is also able to go nice and slow on the attack if so desired, a lot of good comps out there actually can't go too slow on the attack.
It does parallel compression too, in box!
I have no idea how this unit actually sounds, but I'm surely very impressed with the features / layout for sure. Very intelligently designed. Well, this is a product of Rupert and Hutch, right? I think it's safe to say that those guys know a little something about designing gear!
These days I've been placing way more weight on the functionality of my tools verses esoteric coloration, sex appeal, shiny knobs, vintage vibe, name recognition, whatever. After a while, you learn that these are indeed just TOOLS, not mantle pieces, they need to perform certain functions in order to get a job done. The more control you have and the easier it is to exercise that control, the easier, faster and more pleasant your work will be and the results will likely be superior to otherwise. I greatly applaud designers who put focus on functionality.
This Neve Portico bus compressor, from a design and feature set point of view, is a "must have" in my book. Perfect... switchable HP filter in the side chain, side chain send and return, excellent attack and release ranges, parallel compression set-up... even has mid-side functions... all in one box... almost too good to be true really. This is a fantasy feature set. Excellent work, guys!
So now how does this thing sound? So far I've heard good reports.