Originally Posted by Kyleseglin
Gotcha. Yeah my primary uses at the moment are vocals and acoustic instruments. I actually like my rnla on bass so I'm not super concerned wit that
One opinion only; after years of using it on acoustic guitar, I have come to dislike the Distressor on acoustic guitar. I hear it imparting a zingy treble attack that I dislike, and don't want. You may love it, others clearly do. I have found it to drag the acoustic out of the total sonic picture by highlighting it, rather than allowing it to blend as convincingly with the other instruments. I suppose if you recorded every source through a Distressor, you'd have a consistent sonic picture.
That same zing is great on drums, bass, vocals at times. Where I used to use a Distressor in opto mode for vocals, I seldom used it after getting a Langevin ELOP
. I seldom use the ELOP
for vocal tracking after getting an FCS. They are all good and totally usable units; it's not like I'm getting rid of any of them, and I doubt you would either. The control action of the Distressor is fine in all regards, for me the occasional gripe is about the sonic sheen. I may use the Distressor, ELOP
, or various tube limiters at mix for a bit more control, but I've come to trust the FCS as the most infallible and overall best sounding path for initial control on the way in. It lets me worry less when facing the average no-budget undisciplined singer with limited technical ability, especially when I have no experience with their dynamic range, but need something to control wild peaks.