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Need a Nice Natural Compressor Dynamics Processors (HW)
Old 22nd August 2007
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Need a Nice Natural Compressor

that will be used primarily for vocals and bass, but would be descent to great for just about anything.
Old 22nd August 2007
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LA2A?
Old 22nd August 2007
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Buzz Audio Essence if you're into the 500 series.

nice, clean, and natural w/ some added punch from the trannies!
Old 22nd August 2007
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+1 on Buzz Essence or SOC1.1. I assume when you say the word 'natural' you mean not an obvious amount of coloration from the electronics OR the compression itself.
Old 22nd August 2007
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Caution: super biased dealer opinion ahead.

The Safe Sound Audio P1 excels at what you're asking for. It's my go to tracking comp on vocals and bass (which is the only thing I ever compress going IN anyhow).

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Old 22nd August 2007
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Old 22nd August 2007
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that will be used primarily for vocals and bass, but would be descent to great for just about anything.
La2a
Old 23rd August 2007
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Ok, I don't use an LA2A, first off. From every track I've heard of it on bass and vocals, it sounds great, but I'm not sure I'd call it natural/neutral. Are you thinking more for tracking or mixing, or something that's gonna be totally general use? I don't have a ton of compressors - I've worked with the usual 1176, LA3A, ELOP stuff plus some oddballs from my own collection, and logged some time with Distressors, ADLs, etc. From my admittedly limited experience, the one that's my swiss-army-knife is the Drawmer 1968. The compression is pretty transparent until you butcher the thing, and the circuit itself is pleasantly euphonic, but not nearly as heavily so as something like the Urei stuff. It's not an amazingly exciting unit but it can cover a ton of ground very pleasingly.
Old 23rd August 2007
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33609, Ba6a, Urei 176.
Old 23rd August 2007
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buzz soc +2

natural and uncolored, but fat and vibey
Old 23rd August 2007
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Old 23rd August 2007
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Other than all the nice advices above:

Atomic Squeeze Box
D.W.Fearn VT-7
Chandler LTD-2
Manley ELOP
Old 23rd August 2007
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Drawmer 1968

Totally musical.

High build quality.

Good price.

Use it on everything.

Drawmer 1968 Mercenary Edition
Old 23rd August 2007
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Natural....Fearn VT-7,( amazing on Bass btw)...

Other choices are good, just find them more colored...ymmv

Cheers,
Old 23rd August 2007
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I would not call the SOC "fat." But it is very natural sounding with a touch of sweetness.

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buzz soc +2

natural and uncolored, but fat and vibey
Old 23rd August 2007
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SOC 1.1 for the third time!

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Old 23rd August 2007
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Old 23rd August 2007
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The Safe Sound Audio P1 excels at what you're asking for.

I'll second War's suggestion with a slightly less biased end user opinion
Old 23rd August 2007
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Old 23rd August 2007
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Old 23rd August 2007
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How would the Buzz SOC compare to the Pendulum OCL-2 in these applications, as well as for "natural sounding" acoustic guitar? Anyone used both?
Old 23rd August 2007
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First off..IMHO all gain controlling devices ( I'm referring to hardware) will add some coloration to the audio passing through it.
That said..if I was going to patch in the least sonically altering & transparent compressor/limiter in my chain from what I have in my racks :
-Summit DCL 200
-or the Aphex Compellor...
My most "colored" box is the ADR Compex..which works excellent for other sources, of course.
You might want to try some software things..

best of luck,
Old 23rd August 2007
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Another thumbsup for this one. I have yet to have a client not be thrilled with this. I love it too!
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