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What Stereo Compressor For Mastering and General Use Dynamics Processors (HW)
Old 17th December 2010
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Originally Posted by Fletcher View Post
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Old 18th December 2010
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+1 for Manley's VariMu !
Old 18th December 2010
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What Stereo Compressor For Mastering and General Use

Vertigo is fantastic for 2buss and very versatile and equally great on single tracks, it is just a bit expensive. My VariMu never did anything great enough to keep it on the 2buss, sold it - I hear the original series of varimus has a bigger impact on the sound. In your position I would rather keep your ssl for the 2 buss and get a comp which is great on single instruments, vocals etc...I think it is better to focus on specialists than on units that do everything - they are rare exceptions and often cost a lot.
Btw my recommandation for vocals is a combination of something slow like an la3a or 2254r followed by something fast like a 160sl or 1176. such a combo would cost you approx the same as one vertigo but you would end up with 4 channels instead just two if you keep the ssl. using the ssl on the mixbuss should be good enough for anyone anyways I think...
Old 18th December 2010
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Fair point - however I mix in the box through my SSL XRack Summing mixer with the mix bus stereo comp. I'd never be recording more than 2 channels at once either. Thats why one stereo comp (also working in mono) that would be good for mastering would fit my setup well.

It's looking like the VariMu or the Vertigo. I know a Mastering engineer who uses the VariMu and he gets really good results with it.

Hmmmmmmm !!!

Many thanks for the information folks
Old 18th December 2010
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to the OP, i've got 2 of those boxes you listed, and for versatility and/or utter transparency, you can't go wrong with the STC-8. it really is a dream box.
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