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Cranesong STc-8 and Millennia TCL-2

I have the two compressors and the Millennia gets a lot of use. I love it! Mostly with slow attacks (20-50) and slower release. I use it for upward compression to create depth in the mix and to glue the reverbs in a warm firm way.

The Cranesong however is of course very different. My intention was to use it after the TCL to squeeze out an extra dB or two. I have done some parallel compression on various busses with great results. Sometimes I use it on vocals or whatever mono source that needs it. But it I haven't found its best area of work yet. I find it useful for transparent downward compression but not to the extent that I can't live without it. I am most likely not using it the way I should.When ever I play around with it I get the feeling its intended for rock and pop or to make dull sources sound snappy and in your face, which is the exact opposite of what I am usually aiming for. I want depth, warmth and I feel that it brightens the mix slightly and reduce the depth by bringing everything forward. I admit I am not a veteran on compressors. Any recommendations on how to make the STC become my new wow factor?

I forgot to mention that I work primarily with acoustic music. Jazz, folk, classical etc.

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The Cranesong however is of course very different.

I feel that it brightens the mix slightly and reduce the depth by bringing everything forward.
That's different than my experience with it. I've never heard it brighten anything. Everything I use it on, it shaves a touch off the top, and makes things a little less bright, and a little warmer.

Also, reducing depth and bringing things forward - I mean, isn't that what you expect a compressor to do? The more you clamp down, the less dynamic range there is, and the low level stuff is brought forward...

What settings are you using? There are quite a few different ways to use it.

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Completely different units. The Crane Song is maybe one of the the most flexible generally transparent sounding compressors (although the Foote P3S will give it a big run for the money). The TCL-2 is a high quality transparent comp, but not nearly as flexible as the Crane Song IME.
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Completely different units. The Crane Song is maybe one of the the most flexible generally transparent sounding compressors (although the Foote P3S will give it a big run for the money). The TCL-2 is a high quality transparent comp, but not nearly as flexible as the Crane Song IME.

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