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SSL Bus Comp vs Obsidian? Dynamics Processors (HW)
Old 17th June 2018
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Originally Posted by RoundBadge View Post
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I think it’s killer. The guy took the time to really implement the circuit without taking liberties and it sounds like it.

With some pieces of gear, it raises an eyebrow for me when the price is relatively cheap compared to the OG. But knowing what goes into one of these, it’s one of those pieces that always struck me that it would be possible to make at a much cheaper price than SSL.

I thought that the gyraf GSSL and derivatives were a good step towards that, but didn’t quite get it. Hence all of the stuff like the lower ratio and high pass mods...which I think might have come from trying to work around that summed mono detection circuit.

Anyway. The audioscape can do the trick perfectly. The highpass option does wind up being cool, and I usually do keep it engaged. I even like it occasionally as a tracking compressor...kind of doing a pseudo LA3a sounding thing in some ways. I like the work he does; it’s really cleanly done.

I’ve had good feedback from a couple other people who I’ve turned onto them that are generally regarded as pretty golden eared, and with a much higher profile than I have. (I make most of my money nowdays making video, programming music visualizer and related for tours.)

Lately I have been considering picking another one up, because I’m thinking it would be cool to have more than one available for subgroups...ala the Kevin Killen approach basically.

If I was going to criticize anything...maybe it would be the logo not looking super jazzy? I’m straining to find something, but do in the interest of trying to give a balanced critique in comparison to a “real” SSL.

Last edited by toledo3; 17th June 2018 at 07:59 PM..
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