Buss compression works best when you kiss it lightly with 2-3db of GR or less. Obviously many people would disagree, but I've found stereo buss compression is all about subtleties. These are 'character' pieces more than anything - meaning they impart their own 'character' on the sound even without being pushed (the character for some might be no character at all ...ex. cranesong's stc). 'Crunchy' which I don't exactly understand could be had with an SSL type buss comp. Phoenix won't get you there though. I have one...thats not its strong suit.
maybe it's because i don't have the good word.
I don't want a Culture Vulture or this kind of crunch...
When i say "crunchy", i think about this so nice colour i could find with my Millennia SST1 that i can't find whith a Chandler (wich is pretty good too !).
It's a shame i don't have the right word to write what i use to hear.
I don't believe in Luck. I just believe in work... and intelligence...
For "crunch" I've never met anything more musical than the Dramastic Audio "Obsidian"... but for pure euphonic sweetness... the Phoenix is a real charmer. The two of them together [note to self... try this soon!!] should be unbelievable.
At first glance the Dramastic Audio® OBSIDIAN compressor looks like any of the myriad of SSL buss compressor knockoff; looks can be very deceiving..
I remember seeing pictures of the guts of this one over at groupdiy. The PCB layout was so obviously copied from the gyraf DIY project PCB layout. I cant seem to find those pictures on the dramastic site anymore....
So why is this not just another knock-off, when they didnt even bother to do their own PCB-layout different from a well-known DIY version?