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Your #1 compressor when mixing bass! Dynamics Processors (HW)
Old 18th May 2006
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Your #1 compressor when mixing bass!

What is your go-to compressor when mixing bass?

THE one that you seem to think of as your bass compressors (all rules meant to be broken and such, but we all know we have "those" compressors in our head.

Or chain...and if so, what?

-a

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Old 18th May 2006
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For me I often go to the ADL1000 (Anthony Demaria Labs). Seems to always put it in a good place. Every now and then I go to a Distressor, LA-2A or the SPL Dyna-Maxx, but 80% of the time it is the ol' ADL1000.

Rob
Old 18th May 2006
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Distressor if it's just to control the level, 6176 if i needs a little pop and tube magic.
Oh yeah, smack on opto sometimes does the trick too.
-Brian
Old 18th May 2006
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For me I often go to the ADL1000 (Anthony Demaria Labs). Seems to always put it in a good place. Every now and then I go to a Distressor, LA-2A or the SPL Dyna-Maxx, but 80% of the time it is the ol' ADL1000.

Rob
For tracking it's usually a manley elop in the mix its either a elop, a distressor, or a focusrite ISA 220 which I'll use for compressing and eq. The deesser kinda helps if there a fret noise or string buzz problem.
Old 18th May 2006
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distressor
Old 18th May 2006
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1176 AND LA2a, 1176 for the DI and LA2a from the amp track, however sometimes i've loved the telefunken u73 on bass tracks it does this great hi freq. hyping and adds some distortion that i like....
Old 18th May 2006
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Focusrite Compounder is amazing on bass. Especially with the big knob. I use it gently, and then a UAD 1176 plug in later.
Old 18th May 2006
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Old 18th May 2006
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STC-8H here.
Old 18th May 2006
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Trakker

Or Distressor when Trakker is already in use.
Old 18th May 2006
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another Distressor vote,

or if a 165A is around and its clean.
those things can be VERY surprising on bass, (Among other things heh )
Old 18th May 2006
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Depends on the track:

1176
2254e
160VU
165A
Distressor

next purchase is a CL-1B
Old 18th May 2006
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MC77, Buzz SOC1.1 or Tubetech CL1-A - sometimes a combination of two.
Old 18th May 2006
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1176LN
Disstressor
Vari-Mu
2254e
Old 18th May 2006
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depends on the track, but:

Daking comp
Purple MC76
DBX 165a
Old 18th May 2006
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LA2A or STC-8, depending on track.

Stein Tore
Old 18th May 2006
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1176 for punchy -
API 525 for smoother
Old 18th May 2006
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It depends if its live or synth.


If live these days its Neve 2254+EQ split off to a Kick/Bass comp+Eq chain split off to a drumsub and if needed a little sub bass processing action.

If synth replace 2254 with a Distressor or Blue 230.

Basically whatever.
Old 19th May 2006
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I always found that turning off the 1176 made the bass more punchy.
Old 19th May 2006
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Fatso with tranny in.....buss mode or sometimes tracking, depends upon the sound.....or Distressor if the Fatso is being used elsewhere


Damn guess I dig Mr Derr's ****!!!thumbsup
Old 19th May 2006
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160VU
Old 19th May 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by vernier
I always found that turning off the 1176 made the bass more punchy.
good observation, because that's the purpose of the 1176 - to make it sucky!

n
Old 19th May 2006
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163X
160XT
Distressor
Old 19th May 2006
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DBX 165a vs. 165

I notice a lot of people like the DBX 165a for Bass, that's cool. BUT, one question, in other threads, I notice people prefer the DBX 165 over the 165a, so is it that you prefer the 165a for bass over the 165 or is it just that you're citing the 165a because that's what you have.

In other words, if you like the DBX 165a on Bass, would the 165 be your choice as well if available?

Good posts guys, thanks!

-a

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Old 19th May 2006
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Anyone prefer a DBX 160 VU or 161 over the 165?

Also, any votes on an LA-3A?

-a
Old 19th May 2006
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LA3A. I voe yes yes yes.
I also prefer the 160VU over the 165 - I've got 2 of them. But I don't use them on bass. I love them on snares and drum buss squishes. They can also edgey up a vocal group if ya want that sort of thing.
Old 19th May 2006
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Yeah, Neve 2254 is great on bass but sadly I don't own one so my next choice is my own compressor. I have been mixing an album recently (in the box), and the Bomb Factory plugin (forget the name - LA2A look alike) has been doing it for me. I also quite like the Slightly Rude Compressor with the harmonics switch.

I don't get to do much mixing these days being so busy building stuff, so it's been a nice change.

Cheers
Tim
Old 19th May 2006
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160VU
I'm surprised more people havent said it
Old 19th May 2006
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I could never pick just one.
1176
La2A
Tubetech CL-1B
DBX 160
" 165
Neve 2254
" 2264
Thermionic comp
Gates sta level
distressor..
RCA..
Theres just so damn many

hell, come to think of it, i just did a print back on a Bass amp track W/ a C-2 in crush mode. sounded cool.

they all work well on different things..really track dependent
Old 19th May 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by thethrillfactor
It depends if its live or synth.


If live these days its Neve 2254+EQ split off to a Kick/Bass comp+Eq chain split off to a drumsub and if needed a little sub bass processing action.

If synth replace 2254 with a Distressor or Blue 230.

Basically whatever.
Are you mixing hip hop mostly?
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