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Best tube compressor for stereo buss
Old 19th February 2012
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Best tube compressor for stereo buss

I already have an Alan Smart C2 for the aggressive side
what do you guys use for a nice, smooth all tube compressor on the stereo buss?
Old 19th February 2012
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hey dude, I'd just search manley Vari Mu, Thermionic Phoenix, Gyraff etc. this ish is covered and then some.. the first 2 of the above are really common for that tho.
Old 19th February 2012
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Vari mu & Pheonix are usually top choices!
Old 19th February 2012
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Vari mu & Pheonix are usually top choices!
Add the Knif Vari-Mu
Old 19th February 2012
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Pendulum OCL/2
Old 19th February 2012
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My Pendulum OCL-2 with High Pass filter would be awesome. (Shameless). Pendulum Audio OCL-2 Compressor/Limiter W Sidechain Filter Switch
Old 20th February 2012
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Rock Ruepel Comp One, versatile and clear.
Old 20th February 2012
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Vari mu & Pheonix are usually top choices!

Agree. And I would add the Qes labs Variable Gm to the top list.
Old 20th February 2012
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The compression is JFET, but the Drawmer 1969 has a really nice sounding tube output section and a hi pass sidechain option. It's are great piece of gear.
Old 21st February 2012
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Rock Ruepel Comp One, versatile and clear.
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Old 21st February 2012
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I have been very happy with my Manley VariMu with the Tbar and HPsc mods. The mods really made it great 2bus comp IMO. - Paul
Old 21st February 2012
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The Drawmer 68 is, lovely, transparent and smooth on the mix buss. One of the cheaper buss comps out there too.
Old 21st February 2012
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The Drawmer 68 is, lovely, transparent and smooth on the mix buss. One of the cheaper buss comps out there too.
Although I should add the '68 is a FET compressor which uses a valve make up gain amp.
Old 21st February 2012
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Have to agree on the Drawmer 1968 ME.

Nice piece of gear at a nice price.

Can add some good colouration when boosting the tube output gain stage.
Old 21st February 2012
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+1 for the 1968me. I also heavily recommend the hcl varis for pristine smoothness & a great feature set in the vari mu lineup.

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Old 21st February 2012
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Definitely avoid the summit dcl 200 like the plague. Dont forget the retro 176 :D
Old 21st February 2012
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Definitely avoid the summit dcl 200 like the plague. Dont forget the retro 176 :D
What's wrong with the DCL200? Just curious...

I tried the half rack summit stuff a while back, and before I even plugged it in, one of the units fell apart in my hand.

Pass
Old 21st February 2012
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The last compressor to come in the door here that just had us at full attention from action to build to tone to ease of use to WOW was the Thermionic Culture Phoenix SB model.

Totally crazy good, and maybe the most versatile compressor on the market as far as control and tone variations.

War
Old 23rd February 2012
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Agree. And I would add the Qes labs Variable Gm to the top list.
The Variable Gm is a very sweet-sounding compressor, with a warm character, that actively flatters rather than simply controlling gain.
I love it's 3-D soundstage.
It can be transparent, with 2-3dB of reduction.
Really impressive on the stereo or drum bus.
Old 23rd February 2012
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Thermionic Phoenix all day long!
Old 6th June 2012
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Does anyone have an opinion on the Thermionic Phoenix Vs. HCL Varis?

They seem to be very similar units but I haven't yet seen a proper comparison.
Old 6th June 2012
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I already have an Alan Smart C2 for the aggressive side
what do you guys use for a nice, smooth all tube compressor on the stereo buss?
Retro Instruments 176
Lisson Grove R124
Mercury M66
Old 6th June 2012
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I'm going to get the Thermionics Phoenix, as soon as I can I'll give you a feedback. I already have an API 2500, hope this is the right thing to add in tha chain
Old 6th June 2012
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Get on Oliver's ass about finishing up the U73 remakes. Tube-telefunken tone with envelope shaping. I have his prototype here and its marvelous. Larry Janus' SR71 is on my mix buss most of the time. Its a remarkable piece of equipment. EVERYTHING I put through it sounds better.
Old 6th June 2012
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Been around the block a few times. Rolls is still my fav.
Old 6th June 2012
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Innertube Atomic Squeezebox
Old 7th June 2012
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Retro Instruments 176
Lisson Grove R124
Mercury M66
Nice selection!!!

M66 - drum buss
Lisson - ac/el guitar buss
Retro - vocal buss
right?
Old 7th June 2012
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Get on Oliver's ass about finishing up the U73 remakes. Tube-telefunken tone with envelope shaping. I have his prototype here and its marvelous.
Can you post a picture of the new U73?
You already have 4 (!) Telefunken U73 in your studio. Do you want another one?
Old 26th July 2012
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Retro 176 - vocal buss
right?
I prefer the sta level for this task. ymmv.
Old 8th November 2014
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Get on Oliver's ass about finishing up the U73 remakes. Tube-telefunken tone with envelope shaping. I have his prototype here and its marvelous. Larry Janus' SR71 is on my mix buss most of the time. Its a remarkable piece of equipment. EVERYTHING I put through it sounds better.
Just curious if your unit is based on the b version of the U73.
If you can post some clips, that would be great.
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