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Neve 2254's on the 2-bus Dynamics Processors (HW)
Old 17th June 2004
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Neve 2254's on the 2-bus

Hey there,

So my SSL compressor broke, which I generally use on the 2-bus. I quickly drafted my 2254 compressors into service and...

...well, I need to do more experimenting, but so far I'm pretty pleased. Different sound of course (duh), but I'm liking it. Yes, they are amazing vintage compressors, but I always thought they might be too noisy for 2-bus duty...but so far so good.

Anybody else have any experiences with 2254's on the mixbus?

Just curious -- JB
Old 18th June 2004
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I've used mine a bit although as they are not as felxible ion attack and release as you know. So sometimes they work sometimes they do not.
2:1 or 3:1 on stereo bus is nice, I liked it more then my fatso and 1969 to me. I would say a more sutle color then the SSL for sure. Although on a side note I just brought a Pendulum ES-8 and really liking it after a couple of days playing.
Old 19th June 2004
My neighbor Mike has a pair and runs them on the 2-bus often.

I never noticed them being noisy or dirty sounding.

this with a drum sub of a Alan Smart is what I see him do normally and I wish I sounded like this.

We A/Bed a bunch of comps a few months back and the Neves really glued the mix. The SSL made the mix liven up.

Completely different.

If were I, The SSL would do the pop/rap stuff and the Neves would do musicians/bands.

I am a hack.
Don't listen.

Old 21st June 2004
Gear Nut

Great on the 2-buss when the attack release times work with the song. They provide a great glue. I use them quite a bit.

Apparently the Chandler copies of them with the expanded attack and release times are killer....I still have to try em.
Old 21st June 2004
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I have a 33609 so I dont often go to the 2254's for a 2 mix.

I used to work daily on a neve 80 series with 6(!) 2254's in the meter bridge. I tried the 2254 across the 2 mix,and liked it for certain songs.

They are very tempo dependant as jason (above) said.

Low ratio, pulling back pretty hard felt the best to me for a dense rock mix.
Old 21st June 2004
Originally posted by jason

Apparently the Chandler copies of them with the expanded attack and release times are killer....I still have to try em.

Its nice but smaller sounding.

I was never too crazy about the 2254 on the mixbuss(but i don't mix a lot of rock either).

I do like the 33609 though.
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