Compressor for acoustic instruments at mixing
Lately I have come to like some (2-4 dB) compression for clean acoustic music.
I love my Pendulum OCL-2, and am considering one more comp to use on other sources while mixing. Acoustic/classical guitar, double bass, maybe sax (tracked through Millennia HV3-OCL2 in bypass) would be the targets. While I would love a STC8, I guess I must not exceed about 2000 USD.
People here seem to like TFPro P38, Drawmer 1968 and Api 2500 in this (more or less) price range. Maybe this time I would prefer to go solid state, I am not sure.
I have heard the P38 and liked it. Never heard the others and have little chance to demo them here.
Can anyone comment on use of these units specifically for acoustic instruments in a non-pop context? Is the API too heavily coloured anyway, for example?
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