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Vintage Multiband Compressor for Mastering
Old 1 week ago
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Vintage Multiband Compressor for Mastering

Hi,

I do not need a Multiband Compressor very often, and i also know modern units like the Tube Tech SMC2BM.

I was just wondering if there are also units from the 70s or 80s for that job?
It seems that multiband compression back than was mostly used for broadcasting and not really in the studio?

I found the Inovonics 231 for example.
This is an 8 Band Multiband Compressor from the 70s and you can link 2 for stereo.

Do you think this thing would also be suitable for mastering?
or is there something else?

Or is it in this case simply better to get something like the tube tech smc-2bm i mentioned above?
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I think the Texar was the first commercial unit. It was meant for broadcast and has internal trimmers to adjust the parameters. It was meant as a set and forget box. It would be unwieldy in mastering. Like a modern broadcast processor would be unwieldy.
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Yeah, I don't think there are any vintage multi-band compressors (I could be wrong). It seems very much a modern thing. None of my fave sounding albums ever came near one. That tells me all I need to know.
Old 1 week ago
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So what exactly do you mean with "unwieldy"?
Do you mean its unpracticable to use with the knobs inside? or do you mean its simply not good for mastering purposes by what it does to the signal going through?

I mean you can mod those things or you can simply buy this with front panel controls:
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Michael_ View Post
I mean you can mod those things or you can simply buy this with front panel controls:
If you can integrate a Texar Prism to be suitable to your workflow I’d go for it. They sound good.
Old 1 week ago
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Does the Inovonics 231 also sound good? does anyone know maybe? Because you would not have to mod this one and 2 can get stereo linked.
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I can't speak to the sound quality of that unit but I would feel very constrained by those 8 fixed frequency/bandwidth choices. Modern designs have continuously variable crossovers giving you much more control.
Old 1 week ago
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But its way cheaper you can get 2 for about 2000€
A new Multiband Compressor costs about 5500€.
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^^^I'm sure if you just explain that to a mix with a resonance that falls just between those bands then it will understand...
Old 1 week ago
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Thats right, i almost think in this case its really better to go for something new.
A Tube Tech SMC-2BM for example is also way smaller in the rack as 2 Inovonics 231.
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