Originally Posted by Duardo
I also like that he said that you could link six together if you wanted to limit in 5.1 "for some idiotic reason".
We worked on this comp to make super easy to use and keep it sounding good under duress (high compression rates). Our collective opinion was that these 500 compressors all share a flaw: while they can sound good when set properly, they are so hard to read/set with the tiny knobs packed so close in a darker studio that you may well end using them on one setting 95% of the time. So what if you want to control dynamic range on wider variety of sources? Get out the flashlight? Rack units seem better at that, setting up different settings as they are spread out a bit, but then defeat the 500 compact purpose.
So we thought the Daking COMP500 will be easy to use, easy to adjust and see, a dynamic range control device for 500 series that will sound really amazing under a big range of compression rates, including very high ones. Skip the giant tone footprint and make this a workhorse, sound good on a lot of things. Make it affordable, easy to use so even newbies or folks in hurry or under pressure can make it work right, sound good.
So just 2 rotary controls, compress (more or less compression) and output control (make up gain). Start at 12 o'clock on the compression control and make up gain. The rest of the controls are buttons for attack, release, limit (ratio jumps to 10:1). I had Joe Chicarelli and a few others test it to be sure we had the right idea, and everyone thought it "sounded like a Daking" although it is NOT a FET based compressor. So we think it fills a unique niche out there at a very good $795 (list) price.
It was Geoff's sense of humor that keeps the show interesting for those of us stuck in booths for 3 days.
He decided he was going to start a rumor about ATC developing a 30 inch woofer, and told everyone that came to the Daking booth to go ask them. (since I am Daking as well as ATC, this was all "in the family"). And they did ask. Drove Ben Lilly from ATC nuts, but thought it was all good fun.
And then the video he did with GS and brought it up AGAIN on video! Geoff, you are a trouble maker. This will probably haunt ATC for the next 5 years.
So I cannot decide if I am business manager or a day care manager. The work seems similar.