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Best vocal comp under $400 Dynamics Processors (HW)
Old 6 days ago
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Best vocal comp under $400

Best single channel outboard hardware vocal mic comp for under $400?

I currently use a GAP Pre-73 preamp which is great but my vocals have a lot of transients and dynamic range. It takes so much time fixing them in post, tired of looking at such spikey wav forms. Plugins help but it seems better to tackle this at the input signal chain.

Should I get a GAP Comp-54 to match my pre or do I need a comp with a limiter?
Currently looking at Klark Teknik KT-1176 or KT-2A, GAP Comp-3Ajr or Comp-54, Bellari RP583, Alctron CP540 etc...

Thoughts or suggestions? Something that adds character to dry vocals would be nice. Thanks.
Old 6 days ago
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Originally Posted by endlessdescent View Post
it seems better to tackle this at the input signal chain.
Arguably not. Unless you're going to tape(?)
Old 5 days ago
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Originally Posted by JonnieK View Post
Arguably not. Unless you're going to tape(?)
Sure and your thoughts on an outboard vocal comp?
Old 5 days ago
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Originally Posted by endlessdescent View Post
sure and your thoughts on an outboard vocal comp?
fmr rnc
Old 5 days ago
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I will second the RNC. I've had two units for years and use them on all kinds of stuff. Not great for bass instruments, but effective on pretty much anything else
Old 5 days ago
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Originally Posted by endlessdescent View Post
and your thoughts on an outboard vocal comp?
Oh, right. The "Best vocal comp under $400" for tracking - which will cost you $0 (this is low end, after all) - is to use no comp when tracking. There is literally no advantage nowadays. Back in the day (insert rationales) maybe. But not now.

If you must spend money, the Klark Teknik KT-2A is just in budget.
Old 5 days ago
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dbx 160a or 160x can sound great on vocals (also great for bass guitar as well as other things). You can sometimes find them used for around $200
Old 4 days ago
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A DBX 160x is really a great compressor for low money. They have stood the test of time and will always have value. Great on Guitar, bass, and snare drum, too.

Steve
Old 4 days ago
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Gear Guru
FMR PBC 6a is right around $400- versatile and sounds great..... you can buy another and chain them later.....
Old 3 days ago
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I'm dirt poor. So I concentrate on decent plugins and I'm saving up for a mix bus comp. This way I can focus on 1 good compressor to give me depth. I usually just use plugins like CLA and Klanghelm.
Old 3 days ago
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Gear Head
 

for one the cheapest one channel solution would be a Behringer Composer Pro-XL MDX2600 use the first channel as a limiter, then bring the output of the first channel into the second, and set up that channel as a compressor, then into your interface....
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