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Outboard Equivalent to Digi Smack Plugin?

Im looking for an outboard buss comp that is in the same ballpark as the Digi smack plugin. I absolutely love the punch that the smack plug gives, smooth yet huge sounding. Any ideas?

Would the xpressor be similar?
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I agree - ass backwards. I've just had all sorts of trouble coaxing the thing the smack plugin does out of my gear now (overstayer/2500). It just brings out the fatness of the drums and cleans up the top a bit. This is for live use, for the record...
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Well Smack! has a VCA and an OPTO mode...I'd think a hardware compressor featuring both of those in one box would be expensive.

Smack! is clearly itself emulating hardware...try an 1176 and a LA2A
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Well Smack! has a VCA and an OPTO mode...I'd think a hardware compressor featuring both of those in one box would be expensive.

Smack! is clearly itself emulating hardware...try an 1176 and a LA2A
I don't utilize the opto mode for drum buss, just the vca. I realize it's emulating software, just trying to figure out which. Any 1176 type comps with internal side chain options available out there?
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Like Podgorny said, it's basically emulating a Distressor, and the Distressor famously emulates the LA2A and 1176...

The Distressor does internal sidechain compression.

The Valley People Dynamite also does internal sidechain compression, but isn't nearly as flexible as a Distressor.
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I have both Smack and a Distressor and I could not find any similarities between them so far other than the set of controls. Anyways, Smack does something to the sound (at least to my ears) that I don't like.
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I have both Smack and a Distressor and I could not find any similarities between them so far other than the set of controls. Anyways, Smack does something to the sound (at least to my ears) that I don't like.
I agree. I also have Smack, a Distressor and Valley Dynamite and I really cannot hear the similarities. Not even close. Unless you are counting that they all are dynamics processors. : P
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I agree. I also have Smack, a Distressor and Valley Dynamite and I really cannot hear the similarities. Not even close. Unless you are counting that they all are dynamics processors. : P
Hmm...so would the dynamite be a good choice for drum buss (not parallel)? How about the xpressor...?
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I agree - ass backwards. I've just had all sorts of trouble coaxing the thing the smack plugin does out of my gear now (overstayer/2500). It just brings out the fatness of the drums and cleans up the top a bit. This is for live use, for the record...
wait,

which overstayer do you have?
FET or VCA?
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I think a Distressor is as close as you'll find, in that you would probably use it for the same kinds of sources, they both are opto / FET compressors, they both have harmonic enhancement controls, and they both (to my ears) have similar compression knees.
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wait,

which overstayer do you have?
FET or VCA?
I've got The FET currently...I like it, but prefer a threshold knob rather than drive for my uses. I'd be completely happy with my overstayer if it made that one change.

Distressors are great (I have one already), but would take up 2ru for stereo use. Im looking for single ru if entirely possible.
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Hmm...so would the dynamite be a good choice for drum buss (not parallel)? How about the xpressor...?
The Dynamite is a great choice for drum buss, but it is not subtle, so parallel would probably be a good place. It is not for the feint hearted. But it is certainly great. Distressor can be a little more subtle if you want, but not the Dynamite.
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Like I said, it's their "version" of a Distressor. Same controls. Somewhat similar sound, at least in terms of compression curves.
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