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Which compressors do you use to "lock" specific instruments in a mix ? Dynamics Processors (HW)
Old 10th July 2017
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Which compressors do you use to "lock" specific instruments in a mix ?

Which compressors do you use in order to "lock" a specific instrument in a mix ?
What works for your style of mixing ?

I mix mainly pop and rock, my current favorites:

Kick- SSL, Distressor, 160/165VU
Snare - SSL, Distressor, 33609
Toms - SSL, 33609
Overheads - SSL, 33609
Bass- Purple MC77
Acoustic guitars - Dave Hill Titans
Electric guitars - Shadow Hiils MC
Piano - Thermionic Phoenix, Vac Rac
Keys - Thermionic Phoenix, Vac Rac, 33609
Strings - Dave Hill Titan
Vocals - STA level, 176, Blue Stripe, Vac Rac
Loops - SSL, 33609
Drum Bus - Maselec MLA-3, Chandler Zener
Acoustic/ethnic instruments - Dave hill Titan
Snare sample - purple MC77, 33609, distressor
Old 11th July 2017
  #2
I mix hybrid, so this is my list. Some of the may be in software.

Kick- SSL, 160, UREI 7110, 1176
Snare - SSL, UREI 7110
Toms - SSL, Pie
Overheads - SSL, 33609, LA2a, Manley Slam
Bass- 1176, 160
Acoustic guitars - LA3a, Waves Maserati AcGuitar
Electric guitars - LA3a
Piano - LA2a, TubeTech CL1b
Keys - SSL, DevilLoc, LA3a
Strings - Fairchild, MCUjr
Vocals - LA2a, TT CL1b, SSL, Manley Slam
Loops - SSL, 1176
Drum Bus - LA10a, Manley Slam, 33609
Acoustic/ethnic instruments - any comp available
Snare sample - Same as acoustic
Old 11th July 2017
  #3
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SSL buss compressor - chunkchunk guitars stay put, drum image stable, Bass locks in with the drums. I don't use it every time on all those, but when I need the things to stay put (image-wise and together) that's the one.

Note: I'm totally ITB right now and I use the UA plugs, so my "SSL Buss comp" is the UA plugin. Reasonable approximation of the real thing.

The UA Fairchild also locks things in/down depending on how you set it and whats going through it. If it's a whole mix it's pretty lock-y. If it's non-correlated L/R material it can be a little shifty image-wise, once again, depending on how you set it.
Old 11th July 2017
  #4
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Which compressors do you use in order to "lock" a specific instrument in a mix ?
What works for your style of mixing ?

I mix mainly pop and rock, my current favorites:

Kick- SSL, Distressor, 160/165VU
Snare - SSL, Distressor, 33609
Toms - SSL, 33609
Overheads - SSL, 33609
Bass- Purple MC77
Acoustic guitars - Dave Hill Titans
Electric guitars - Shadow Hiils MC
Piano - Thermionic Phoenix, Vac Rac
Keys - Thermionic Phoenix, Vac Rac, 33609
Strings - Dave Hill Titan
Vocals - STA level, 176, Blue Stripe, Vac Rac
Loops - SSL, 33609
Drum Bus - Maselec MLA-3, Chandler Zener
Acoustic/ethnic instruments - Dave hill Titan
Snare sample - purple MC77, 33609, distressor
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Old 12th July 2017
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Fun thread. I tend to do more rock-oriented stuff, ranging from radio-friendly pop stuff to super heavy doomy stoner stuff, along with a fair amount of folk-y Americana. So I guess my work covers a lotta ground.

Kick- Distressor all day, also really like the BAE 10DCF
Snare - Distressor, 160VU, 165, and a freelancer recently hipped me to using an old Altec 436 for some seriously chunky R&B tones, a la D'Angelo. It was dope.
Toms - SSL
Overheads - Obsidian, TG1
Room - TG1 or 1176. Sometimes Level Loc.
Bass- Some flavor of 1176
Acoustic guitars - API 525 or 1176
Electric guitars - LA3a or 1176
Piano - API 2500 or 670
Strings - Vari Mu or TG1
Vocals - STA level, 176, 1176, LA3A...super dependent on voice/genre/arrangement
Loops - something crunchy and fast...33609 is cool, or TG1
Drum Bus - API 2500 or Obsidian. 760 if I got one (but that plus 10 db comp that Boz makes is pretty slick, I hafta admit!)
Old 15th July 2017
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9098 - excellent piece of pro audio kit that's underated and going cheap considering what it can do.
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