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bus compression 500 Series Dynamics
Old 4th March 2016
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bus compression

Fellow Gear Lusters,
Home studio owner playing r&r with a query on bus compression. Been using a pair of linked Distressors for bus/stem compression on everything from drum bus to 2 bus and in between. Hoping for fellow gear heads to chime in on whether linking single channel units like these, or Daking FET 2s, or others similar will yield good to excellent results as compared to true stereo bus compressors, such as a 2500, C2, etc..... I don't notice the stereo field shifting on me, and I feel the results are proper and good. But w/o a stereo unit to compare to, I'm not sure I'm maximizing my mixes.
As always, any feedback is appreciated!
Old 4th March 2016
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I use Daking and Smart C2 on the stereo bus and I never link any of them. They are always in mono.
The sound field is so much larger in this mode. Do not worry about running two mono units
Old 4th March 2016
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If you are stereo linking two units, it is functionally the same as a stereo compressor - each side is sharing the same side chain. There are some minor exceptions to this, like the api 527 where both side chains are mutually shared when two are linked. But you have nothing to worry about afaik.
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