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ADL 1700 opinions? Dynamics Processors (HW)
Old 30th December 2014
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ADL 1700 opinions?


could somebody tell me how he/she would rate this compressor?
Are there more preferable machines in this pricerange which would
do something better than this one?
In which situation would the 1700 work better than the other machines?

Is it useful on the 2-buss?
No link option, but on there website they write its useful on the stereo buss.

Thanks for all honest opinions!
Old 31st December 2014
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I've been loving the hell out of it for the last few months. When we first grabbed it Anthony loaned us his original 175 to compare. While, as could be expected, Anthony's version is a bit cleaner and more upright than the original, my partner Daniel and I picked it over the UA almost every time. The tone was part of it, but the fact that the ADL has a lowcut to the sidechain (something that's a bit of an issue with the original) really put us over the top, plus the 175 was fixed 12:1 and the lower ratios on the ADL version kill. So the 1700 is still in the rack, while the original got sent back. It's really fantastic on drums, and I've used it quite a bit on vocals as well. Since we don't have two I haven't tried stereo, but knowing ADL's build quality from other units I'd imagine it tracks pretty well. 99% of the time if I have a bus comp on it's either our ADL 670 (doesn't even have the capability to link) or a API 2500 with the link set to 0, so I'm obviously partial to unlinked stereo on the mix bus anyway.
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