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Old 3rd March 2010
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3 must have compressors, even plugs

what are say 3 hardware and 3 plugin must have compressors

tracking
DrumBuss
Mixdown/Mastering
Old 3rd March 2010
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Hardware:

DBX 160SL
Purple MC77
A Designs Nail

Software:

McDSP ChannelG
Chandler TG (whatever it's called)
Digi ReelTape Saturation
Old 3rd March 2010
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hey josh,

is the digi reel tape that good???

ej
Old 3rd March 2010
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wow no usual suspects! kewl
Old 3rd March 2010
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Hardware:

01. Chandler Germanium Compressors (Pair) - single best compressor I've ever used.

02. 1176's (Pair) - note that which version or copy you choose to lay down the cash for is a personal preference in my eyes, but something in the ballpark of an 1176 when I sit down to work has become something I'm very used to having around. Even Purple Action FET's are fine by me.

03. Vintage Design CL1 MK2 (Stereo / Dual Mono) - for mixbus and vocals.

Plugins:

01. Waves Maxx Volume.

02. Waves L2.

03. URS Powerstrip Pro.
Old 3rd March 2010
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hey josh,

is the digi reel tape that good???

ej
Fantastic
Old 3rd March 2010
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Plugs only:

FabFilter Pro-C - very versatile, can be so smooth you won't believe it.
PSP MixCompressor2 (from MixPack2) - totally rockin VCA-style compressor.
Voxengo Marquis - can be quite fast and has interesting harmonic generation option

Any of those can be used in any of the roles you defined (e.g. mixing, mastering) and produce excellent results. (Select compressor to suit style)
Old 3rd March 2010
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EAR 660
Urei 1176
SSL channel comp

Alot of those 3 make my life easier.



Plug-ins I don't really use that much. But I guess...

Waves L2 (for sending monitor mixes to clients nice and loud!)
Massey L2007 is pretty punchy
Waves SSL G comp
Old 3rd March 2010
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you will find that most of the replies look like this:

Tracking: distressor, 1176, LA2A (vocals)

Drum Buss: 1176, 2-1176, distressors, API 2500

Mix: SSL G series, Alan Smart, Neve 33609, Dramastic Audio Obsidian (SSL style but better)
Old 3rd March 2010
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Personally, I'd grab the Obsidian which are the best and say you're good to go.
Old 3rd March 2010
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Hardware?

I guess I'd go for a Distressor to do the Opto and 1176 things, an API 2500 for subgroups and master bus, and an SPL Transient Designer.

Software?

Softube CL-1B
Softube FET
And either Waves SSL, Waves API, IK Fairchild . . .

or the Antress Distressor. Yes, really.
Old 3rd March 2010
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Personally, I'd grab a distressor, a UA 2-1176 and the Obsidian which are the best of the above and will make your $$$ go the furthest and say you're good to go.
WTF?

Hardware: the most often suggested compressors would have to be Distressors, followed by 1176-style, then the API 2500 or an SSL clone for the mix bus.

Plug-ins: I've tried them all, pretty much. In order, I'd say Waves API 2500, Softube FET (1176-style but more versatile), and then a utility compressor like Flux Pure Compressor II or FabFilter Pro-C. However, if you know how to use it, the Waves API 2500 can easily be a "utility" compressor, and then you could use the 3rd spot on a UAD/Waves SSL Buss Compressor.
Old 3rd March 2010
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SoZo View Post
wow no usual suspects! kewl

Because those are DEFINITELY not usual or even close to classic compressors with the exception of the MC77, read any 1176.

I'll say
1176 (MC77 or any other)
LA2A (or CL1 if you want cleaner)
And the third could be a choice that depends on the color you like...
API 2500, SSL, Neve 33609.

All those are classy and classic. The rest Ill say are ery good, new tools... Some of them great some of them not so great.

Cheers,
Pupo
Old 3rd March 2010
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Hardware:
Distressors, Thermionic Phoenix w/HPF mod, SSL G

Software:
PSP Vintage Warmer, Chandler TG, most Liquid Mix emulations (33609, Fairchild etc)
Old 3rd March 2010
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I guess I need to know what NEW hardware compressors. Can I even get a 1176? I would probably turn away from old gear at my level..
Old 3rd March 2010
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Quote:
Originally Posted by everythinglouder View Post
WTF?

Hardware: the most often suggested compressors would have to be Distressors, followed by 1176-style, then the API 2500 or an SSL clone for the mix bus.

Plug-ins: I've tried them all, pretty much. In order, I'd say Waves API 2500, Softube FET (1176-style but more versatile), and then a utility compressor like Flux Pure Compressor II or FabFilter Pro-C. However, if you know how to use it, the Waves API 2500 can easily be a "utility" compressor, and then you could use the 3rd spot on a UAD/Waves SSL Buss Compressor.
WTF?

You just agreed with everything....distressor, 1176, SSL style comp (Obsidian)
Old 3rd March 2010
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I guess I need to know what NEW hardware compressors. Can I even get a 1176? I would probably turn away from old gear at my level..
Get the UA 2-1176. Currently made and is two channels so you can track with it and then use it on your drum buss during mixy time.
Old 3rd March 2010
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WTF?

You just agreed with everything....distressor, 1176, SSL style comp (Obsidian)
I was saying WTF to your curious choice of font and text color in that post.
Old 3rd March 2010
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UA 2-1176 or Distressors ?
Old 3rd March 2010
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Real:
Distressor
SSL G
1176

Fake:
UAD Fairchild
UAD LA3
UAD Fatso
Old 3rd March 2010
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Hardware:
Tubetech CL1B
Distressor
Smart C2, or SSL, or Obsidian
Retro 176
Chandler Zener

Software:
Massey CT4
Waves API 2500
Waves CLA 1176 black and blue stripe, LA3A, LA2A
Waves L3
Old 3rd March 2010
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Even if I will get funny looks: my most beloved compressor is called "gainstaging".... and for the rest I agree with what the others posted.
Old 3rd March 2010
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Originally Posted by kittonian View Post
Hardware:

DBX 160SL
Purple MC77
A Designs Nail
This is laughable. I'm sure these are all fine compressors. The only one I've used out of those is the MC77 and it was fine.

The only definition of "must-have" that seems relevant to me is: What 3 compressors must a studio have to cover the bases that any given client might have?

Distressor -- Jack of all trades
1176 -- FET
LA-2A -- Tube Opto
SSL G-series/Smart C1 or C2 -- VCA

I know I listed 3 instead of 4. 3 wasn't enough.

They're stock answers because they're the right answers to the question asked.
Old 3rd March 2010
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Thank you this is exactly what i am looking for. Alternatives to say a original 1176 are noteworthy, but looking for the foundation first.

If you have experience with these, can you add Distressor on drums/ drum buss, SSL on mixdown / mastering etc...

Thank you EleKtriKaz

Quote:
Originally Posted by EleKtriKaz View Post
This is laughable. I'm sure these are all fine compressors. The only one I've used out of those is the MC77 and it was fine.

The only definition of "must-have" that seems relevant to me is: What 3 compressors must a studio have to cover the bases that any given client might have?

Distressor -- Jack of all trades
1176 -- FET
LA-2A -- Tube Opto
SSL G-series/Smart C1 or C2 -- VCA

I know I listed 3 instead of 4. 3 wasn't enough.

They're stock answers because they're the right answers to the question asked.
Old 4th March 2010
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Can't tell the difference between any other them
Old 4th March 2010
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03. Vintage Design CL1 MK2 (Stereo / Dual Mono) - for mixbus and vocals.
Do you own this? I would love to hear about how you use it, how it compares to a 33609, etc?
Old 4th March 2010
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Hardware

1: Distressor
2: Chandler Ltd-2
3: Manley Elop

Software

1: BF76
2: Analog Channel
3: C4
Old 4th March 2010
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Originally Posted by SoZo View Post
Thank you this is exactly what i am looking for. Alternatives to say a original 1176 are noteworthy, but looking for the foundation first.

If you have experience with these, can you add Distressor on drums/ drum buss, SSL on mixdown / mastering etc...

Thank you EleKtriKaz
Distressors - Would go to drums first. Kick and snare or drum buss/drum parallel.

1176 - Vocals first. Bass after that. Drums if I had more than one or two.

LA-2A - Vocals, bass, sometimes snare.

SSL G - Overheads or rooms and mix buss.
Old 4th March 2010
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3 Behringer MDX1600

















No.

Hardware:
1. 1176 (I love my Retro 76)
2. Distressor (Love it, easy)
3. API 2500 (not easy but very versatile)

Software:
Waves CLA bundled (BAM, your covered)
UAD Fatso (some E-labs love)
Waves L2 ( great all around limiter)
Old 4th March 2010
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is the digi reel tape that good???

ej
It's very good, so is Cranesong Phoenix. I prefer the Phoenix in Luster mode, but both are fantastic.
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