Originally Posted by NoEgo
I see there was an older thread on this in Jun 09 but nothing really updated as to what people who are using it on an ongoing basis think of the unit.
I have one, I'm not the best person to talk about compression because I hardly ever use it. I don't use a compressor to try n get level or to run a mix thru it because you're suppose to compress in mastering, for me once you put a compressor on a mix the balances start to change and thats something I dont wanna do.
Now that being said, I like the MLA-3 when i do need to use a comp, first off signal sounds really good going thru it, I like it being an analogue multi band instead of dig and the metering is very accurate. I tend to think of it more as an EQ for big problems, like the hihat/cymbals are waay too much for basic EQ to solve so with MLA-3 i can just go into High and knock it back a little, smooth it out lettting everything else go thru.
I had this overseas indie metal project that was a mess, really flat, weak, so I was able to get it to drive alot harder by stepping on the Mid section but keep the punch of the low end with a lighter setting. For that project I could't have gotten the results I did with a single band comp.
I like how the MLA-3 sounds in single band mode better then my MLA-2 most of the time when I A/B them.
Hmmm ..thats about it, like I said out of all my projects I use a comp about 5% of the time at most, but I'm glad it's sitting there behind me when I need it.
Try to get one to demo, there's alot this thing can do but I only use it very basic.
Oh the only downside is all the damn knobs you have to write down for notes.