Originally Posted by muska
i do not post often but could not resist to reply to this one. Do not buy a fmr rnla or an art pro vla because they are both shite. They can not be pushed without sounding dull and that's dull in a bad way. you are better off with your software comps.
I own both and regret buying them. Yeah they are cheap allright and they also suck. Save up for a real tube compressor or a transformer one or a compressor that has both. That will give you some real character without breaking up the source... or in other words, make your source sound better!!
Harsh words for two highly regarded compressors.
Also, tubes and transformers can add character in some cases, but they are far from necessary for a compressor to be considered worthwhile.
Please describe your experiences in detail and maybe suggest an actual compressor or two. Post clips if you can.