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Recommend a colored hardware compressor

Am looking for some colored hardware compressor options, for kick and snare. Something with attitude... Maybe even a little on the dark side.

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Love my germ comp to death, See you have a zener so sure your up on these bad boys though.
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The Zener has color all day long! Awesome color piece.
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dbx 160, 160x, 160xt.

The X & XT are especially great deals for the money, awesome on kick, snare, or drum groups.
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The UBK Fatso is very versatile and can be very colored
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I just put anything thru my dbx 165!
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I would've said 1176 if you didn't already have one.

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ADR 760 Compex
DBX 160 VU

Both are super tasty on kick/snare/drum bus.

I never managed to dig the DBX160XT on drums personally, but a heap of people do like them.
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I'll add two contenders to your list, since in 10 posts nobody has mentioned them yet.. BAE 10DC and Dave Hill Titan (go and research..)
The BAE is absolutely PHAT, gorgeous and fullbodied sounding...immediate love, the Titan is a very clean and transparent compressor, but it could go super coloured..very cool piece!

fwiw I second the 1176 and the Fatso options...

I hope this helps,



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Am looking for some colored hardware compressor options, for kick and snare. Something with attitude... Maybe even a little on the dark side.
I'd suggest a vari-mu.
My favorite mu is the QES Labs Variable-Gm, stellar on drumbuss and mixbuss. Superb stereo image.
Check the high end drum bus compressor thread, featuring some sound samples:
High End Drum Bus Compressor suggestions
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You already have 4 of the more colored pieces that are made. The only thing left that I can think of that isn't mostly or all redundant is a Vintech 609CA (which is a lot more colored than a 33609). It's an amazing sounding unit, very rich and colored and lots of glue with the compressor (it works similar to ta 33609 but has a tone based on a 2254). Personally I'd just run it through a 1073 or a clone (or Chandler TG channel) to get more color, or even get a 2 track professional machine and roll tape while tracking using it as a processor in real time.
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I'll add two contenders to your list, since in 10 posts nobody has mentioned them yet.. BAE 10DC and Dave Hill Titan (go and research..)
The BAE is absolutely PHAT, gorgeous and fullbodied sounding...immediate love, the Titan is a very clean and transparent compressor, but it could go super coloured..very cool piece!

fwiw I second the 1176 and the Fatso options...

I hope this helps,



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It's a little specialized, but the Dynamite gets downright nasty on drums and is still on the cheap side. It can also be super transparent and stiff, but it's verrry touchy on the setup because it goes into overdrive with the quickness. It's not dark though, which is one of the things I like about it, it keeps the top open even under heavy gain reduction.

Maybe check out the lca-2b too, fast and tubey, very nice.


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Yes! I forgot.. It comes at another price point that the ones I mentioned above.. But it's absolutely stellar and worth every penny IMO! to Retro!

Sorry Klauth, I misread your post.. You already own a 1176..

So if I were you I'd speak to a dealer and get in your place a 10DC, a Retro 176 and a Titan.. and then decide with your ears.. Be prepared to buy AT LEAST 2 of these comps..



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I just put anything thru my dbx 165!
+1 also great on stacking vox
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Thanks guys, appreciate the input
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If it's in the budget, this one is very easy to suggest for tone and control.

Heavier on the tone but a little more automatic would be the Sta-Level. It definitely has a new tone to introduce vs what the original poster owns as well.

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The JBL/Urei 7110 and by proxy the LA10/12/22 ooze vibe and color, especially when equipped with the optional output balancing transformer. It has a mix knob to swing between peak and rms detection, the former of which basically soft clips the over-threshold signal during the attack stage. Blend a little of that grit in with the right attack time to make drums huge, make electric guitars bite, and make vocals cut through. Love 'em!
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The UBK Fatso is very versatile and can be very colored
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Chandler ltd is a nice, dark sounding comp with plenty of color and attitude. I think uoud be happy with any of the 2254 style circuits (like the chandler, bae, or neve ones).
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Chandler ltd is a nice, dark sounding comp with plenty of color and attitude. I think uoud be happy with any of the 2254 style circuits (like the chandler, bae, or neve ones).
YES!!! 2254, 33609, both are somewhat incorporated into BAE's 10dc...which is amazing!!
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ADR 760 Compex
DBX 160 VU

Both are super tasty on kick/snare/drum bus.
These two are my favorite drum compressors.
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These two are my favorite drum compressors.
Tekis, congrats on your work with Vertical Horizon!!(not to mention your work with Dave Matthews, Fountains of Wayne and M2M) I know a lot of that was a while ago for ya now, but thought I'd throw it out there. Easily one of my favorite songs of the 90's. I do it almost every gig. Great tune!
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Tekis, congrats on your work with Vertical Horizon!!(not to mention your work with Dave Matthews, Fountains of Wayne and M2M) I know a lot of that was a while ago for ya now, but thought I'd throw it out there. Easily one of my favorite songs of the 90's. I do it almost every gig. Great tune!
Not to get too into a Wayne's world moment But I also LOVED 'Hi Fi Way' by You Am I.

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PBC6-A is bright yellow. Doesn't seem you have one in that color yet.
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Not to get too into a Wayne's world moment But I also LOVED 'Hi Fi Way' by You Am I.

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Yes!!! Killer tune!!
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Tekis, congrats on your work with Vertical Horizon!!(not to mention your work with Dave Matthews, Fountains of Wayne and M2M) I know a lot of that was a while ago for ya now, but thought I'd throw it out there. Easily one of my favorite songs of the 90's. I do it almost every gig. Great tune!
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Not to get too into a Wayne's world moment But I also LOVED 'Hi Fi Way' by You Am I.

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Thanks to you both. I been fortunate enough to work with good musicians and good songs.
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