Originally Posted by Kyleseglin
How big of a step up is the el8 from say.. An rnc or a chameleon 7720? Where/how will I notice the difference? Just curious since you seem to know what you're talking about.
I have an RNC, never tried the 7720. Not sure what leads to any comparison, besides your curiosity. The RNC is super transparent, vanilla, has no character. It has a range of compression shaping, but it all sounds like super transparent soft and clean.
A great unit for the money. Everyone should have at least ONE FMR Compressor around. How could you not at that price!?! I use my FMR compressors [RNC and RNLA] EVERY session for something!!!
Anyway, the EL8 has much more character to compression and a more apparent color coming out of the XLR connector. It does a lot more tricks with color, saturation, and overall shaping to the signal. I would say it can do more "warm" tricks, than the RNC. Its a very versatile switchblade of a compressor/limiter and also a HEAVY lifter in the studio.