Originally Posted by Kontrackz
I purchased an RNC as my first piece of outboard gear... you will not be disappointed by this unit, its a good all round unit and gives a transparent sound. I've heard many things about the DBX though.
I agree... the RNC is a great place to start. It's pretty clean, and you can get them cheap on ebay/craigslist/etc. DBX compressors are great, too! I work at a pro studio and many producers I've worked with ask for the RNC (one even brought one in)... they chose it over the UA 1176, EL8, and DBX. Not saying one is better than the other, but rather, different. I love the 1176, but my first compressor was the RNC.