having only one tracking compressor - *Purple MC77 or Distressor?*
I'm looking to see which of these two very highly regarded, recommended and respected tracking compressors, my neighbours here in the town of gearville think will give me the best mileage.
Please vote but also explain why you voted that way according to your experiences with these two units.
I want to use whichever unit I end up with on:
Vocals Acoustic Guitar Electric Guitar Bass Guitar Piano Drums
I like colorful and toneful sounds. If you want to call that vintage or whatever, go ahead. But to me, I just want the compressor that is going to flatter the tone of instruments in the best possible way and allow me to compress the above mentioned instruments in ways that will make them all work nicely together in a track.
Personally i would say neither. They are both a little too over stated around here in terms of some kind of magic tone they impart. Don't get me wrong they are useful tools in the studio but i wouldn't call either "gelling like magellan'".
If you want tools that helps things gel better i would look more at tracking & mixing on a great sounding console and track to tape. Avoid digital tracks like the plague and mix down to analog.
The Distressor is transparent as far as a "sound" goes. The MC77 has a specific color that works magic on some things and just doesn't work on others. For tracking if you had to have one unit the Distressor is it. Btw I have 3 Dists and 2 MC77s...I love them both but for your application its a no-brainer.
Distressor. The purple is a good compressor but I prefer the Urei 1176LN over it. The Purple is much too clean in comparison. The distressor on the other hand is a whole different beast. Even out those harsh vx, bring an acoustic to life, snap a snare.