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must get compressors for prof studio Dynamics Processors (HW)
Old 2 weeks ago
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choosing the right gear

Which gear would you suggest people?

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Old 2 weeks ago
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Without doubt.

Preferably two of each for stereo.

Retro STA Level
LA2A
CL1B
1176 (my preference Splice MK2 by Serpent Audio)
Atomic Squeeze Box

Over the two track

I'm an SSL VCA guy but people love A Neve Diode Bridge kinda vibe or a Vari MU (too slow for my taste)

Only issue possibly is the $25,000 you'll need to buy them all
Old 2 weeks ago
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Thanks

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Old 2 weeks ago
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Highland BG2, it is two different vari-mu compressors in one. I own 3 of them.
API 2500 (vca)
LA2A (opto)
UA 1176 (FET)

That would cover all your compression needs.
Old 2 weeks ago
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you can't go wrong with the UA line... LA2A, LA3, 1176... DBX 160VU.... something on stereo bus... SSL, smart, dramastic obsidian flavor or Neve-ish I really want to check out the AML 55F54 x 2 or a focusrite Red3
Old 2 weeks ago
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vintage 1176 rev E or Fs, Retro 176, bunch of Distressors.
Old 2 weeks ago
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Is it a professional personal studio or a commercial business open to the public?

If it's personal, buy what you like. If it's commercial, buy what everyone else likes?
Old 2 weeks ago
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Part of it depends on whether it's compressors for gain management, or compressors for sound. Two distinct categories, really.
Old 2 weeks ago
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a commercial business open to the public

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Old 2 weeks ago
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Is it a professional personal studio or a commercial business open to the public?

If it's personal, buy what you like. If it's commercial, buy what everyone else likes?
Personal prof studio.... retro sound.
Old 2 weeks ago
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It's a commercial business open to the public

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Old 2 weeks ago
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The price of this stuff is massive. Here is what I suggest that is light on the pocket book

Audioscape LA2A
1176-KT
Pultic EQ-KT
MU or UM Limiter.....whatever you can find good and used. for main vocal chain.

For Preamps look at revive audio
For Mic's look at Advanced Audio & Ebay

For effects the must haves are:
One flagship eventide unit...pick one
One Lexicon reverb with bite...Pick one
One smooth reverb...pick one

Either hardware or UAD. CPU don't cut it for the big cost equivilents like a 480 or 224.

And the costly part. For recording you want Neve EQ, for mixing SSL/API. Where are you going to EQ? Using a board, ourboard, CPU, or UAD?

Only one recording chain needs all the goodies. One track at a time for most of what you hear in a mix. Two great chains is also good for many 2 mic setups. Once you get past 2 tracks at once, the focus changes from the details of the sound to capturing the take......just get it done.
Old 2 weeks ago
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Interesting

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Old 2 weeks ago
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What about the drip one I can buy?
Well .... it depends who made it and more importantly if they had the know how how to make it!

Personally I wouldn't buy a kit made by someone I didn't know unless I already know the sound of an LA2A inside out and went to see the Drip to compare and make sure it sounded and behaved liken LA2A!

My instinct is don't buy it, unless you go and see and listen to it first.

I bought a Retro STA level second hand from a reputable dealer for 50% of the new price and its in mint condition an works perfectly.

So there are some great second hand bargains out there, therefore I would personally avoid amateur kit builds, others may have a different attitude.
Old 2 weeks ago
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What about the drip one I can buy?
You seem to really want that one. :-)
Old 2 weeks ago
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Could be....

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Old 2 weeks ago
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Yeah, not offered much often in my country :/ but I have no electronical technical knowledge, neither heard a LA2A for real.
So how can you go wrong?
Old 2 weeks ago
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It's not possible to....

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Old 2 weeks ago
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I apologize, I was being sarcastic. Which I shouldn't under any circumstances but especially with a non-native speaker (assuming).

All that said, if I could only have one compressor, it wouldn't be an La2a, real or otherwise.
Old 2 weeks ago
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What do you suggest?

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Old 2 weeks ago
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Then which one you would suggest otherwise?
Depends, as I said earlier, on whether you want it for sound or gain management.
Old 2 weeks ago
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Not sure what your budget is but I suggest you consider the Chandler RS124, and if you can afford it - get a matched pair. They have some sweet color but are not overly colored. As such they are used for tracking, mixing and mastering. And they are easy to use.
Old 2 weeks ago
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I like Drip stuff a lot, I'm finally finishing a couple 175b builds using his pcb's here, I've got a Fairchild 670 build waiting in the wings after as a long term project, those Sowter transformers are crazy expensive.

An LA2A is in so many commercial studios for a reason, it sounds great. I wouldn't worry about the Drip quality, it's good but as has been mentioned it depends on who built it.

Go listen to it in person, also look at the build inside, wiring needs to be on point here (twisted power leads tight, no crossing audio and no wires under the pcb, etc.). The attention to detail in the wiring hookup is as important as quality parts, maybe more so. You don't want to be picking up the local pirate radio station due to someone's poor wiring.

Generally DIY, even high quality Drip based projects or even more labor intensive point to point stuff all goes for a fraction of the cost of the commercial offerings. For example, I just traded a dual La2a build for the equivalent of $1500 in gear and that's kind of typical. If I was counting the time and money I put into building it I'd cry at the lack of return.
Old 2 weeks ago
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If you’re looking at compressors for your studio, personally I’d put the first few in order of importance in and order like this.

1) Vocal compressor.
1176 for vibe, in your face and aggression.
LA2a for colour and “the vocal sound”
Cl1b for a bit of a cleaner take between the 1176 and the LA2a
Then there a whole lot of amazing vocal compressors such as the Sta level, 176, bg2, rs124, Soc 1.1 etc etc

2) I’d go for a decent all round comp that will be great on drums.
Distressors for Versatility and punch.
Tweaker for versatility and colour.
Pair of 1176 or 1178 for everything!

Then focus on each instrument or bus at a time. It’s not cheap but it’s fun.

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Old 2 weeks ago
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what do you expect from the comp?
is it a crayon as well as a comp?
what was the budget?
this is the high end forum, so i assume you are wanting to get a high end comp?
is it for general tracking?
is it for two buss?
is it a jack of all?
Old 2 weeks ago
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I actually have no compressors at all (yet). but want to buy the best I can get for the money that I have.
What is the "best"?
Old 2 weeks ago
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which 1176 ?? I want to achieve an 80s sound as much as possible.
The world of 1176’s makes my head feel like it’s gonna explode! I’ve been tempted to go with the Mohog but there’s so many choices that I end up not making any decision at all!
Old 2 weeks ago
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I try to avoid answering these types of questions unless I've used an original, but I went with a splice and I've been happy with my choice.

I've read good things around here about the mohog and the _mimas as well

..but like I said ..I have no idea if it sounds like the real mcCoy, and since I'll probably never have one, I'm not sure I care. It's a fun compressor to use, although the input does seem a little hot.
Old 2 weeks ago
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are you recording acoustic drums?

are you recording rock bands.

are you doing programmed RNB or rap.

2 buss or not. vocals only...etc etc...

the type of material being processed influences the compressor choices obviously.

if your doing everything you might need at least a few....

Buddha
Old 1 week ago
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Originally Posted by saken View Post
which 1176 ?? I want to achieve an 80s sound as much as possible.
I use the Purple Mc77, which I like. But any decent 1176 like Purple, Mohog, Serpent etc etc should allow you to experiment and be creative.
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