| Originally posted by Jay Kahrs |
Keep in mind that you RNC's are either mono or stereo. To do kick, snare and a pair of overheads you'd need three of them. Also, it's worth repeating that not everything needs to be compressed. I, and a lot of other people rarely compress overheads.
Ditto... I wouldn't even suggest worrying about compression during tracking. I'll EQ like a madman on the way in if I need to, but compression is very dependent on the mix IMHO, so I'll wait on that (unless i'm going for color or an effect, which you wouldn't really want RNCs for anyway, but of course YMMV).
As Jay mentioned regarding the RNCs, they're stereo units with only one set of controls, so you can't run kick and snare into one unit and have seperate control over each. If you're looking for budget compressors, i'd suggest checking out some DBX 160Xs or XTs... they can be found relatively cheap and work well on kick and snare. An RNC may work well on OH if necessary, or you could try running your whole drum mix through one... that might work out nicely.