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Old 19th November 2009
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Mastering Compressors

Could anyone give me the names of some good hardware mastering compressors? At this point I'm not too interested in the software side of things I just want to look at a wide range of compressors before I make any decisions in the future.
Old 19th November 2009
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The search button is a wonderful tool.
After all the info bellow is in a previous post that I made.

Alta Moda The Unicomp
API 2500
Chandler Limited TG12413 Zener Limiter
Charter Oak SCL1
Crane Song STC-8
Danfield Audio 726 Compressor
Dramastic Audio Obsidian
D.W. Fearn VT-7
Eosteric Audio Research 660 (you'll need two of these!)
Elysia Alpha Compressor
Elysia Mpressor
Fairman TMC
GML 2030 (i really want to try this one out - anyone have any experence with this unit???)
Gyraf Vari-Mu Compressor
Hoef Audio Dynamic Master
Imbir Terminator Vari-Mu Compressor
IGS Audio Tubecore Vari-Mu Compressor (it looks like IGS is the same company as Imbir or maybe they're a branch off from Imbir?! i don't know...)
Knif Audio Vari-Mu II
Knif Audio Pure-Mu
Manley Vari-Mu
Manley Mastering Slam
Maselec MLA-3(multiband)
Millennia TCL-2
Pendulum Audio OCL-2
Pendulum Audio ES-8
Requisite Audio L2M
Ridge Farm Audio The Boiler (well this is clearly not a mastering compressor, but i always wanted to hear what it did to the mix buss - just for laughs really)
Shadow Hills Industries Mastering Compressor (their web page sucks so here's a link to vintageking)
Signal Audio Workshop Gainrider
Summit Audio DCL-200
Thermionic Culture The Phoenix
Tube Equipment Corporation SR-71
Tube Tech SMC-2BM (multiband)
Vertigo Sound VSC-2
Weiss DS1

Here you go. A few compressors to do some research on. By the way this is only the tip of the iceberg.

A lot of the above compressors are not "mastering grade" as such.
However if a mastering engineer can make them work to good effect then they are by definition mastering grade.
Dave Collins originally said it better. I'm just passing on the philosophy.

Last edited by ThatSoundsWHAMMY; 20th November 2009 at 02:39 PM.. Reason: Edited due to unintended plagiarism.
Old 19th November 2009
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great reply.
thank you for compiling that list.

anyone tried mixing through the STC-8 with another compressor?

I can't afford to try it, but am interested in results if there are benefits.

like more "glue" or cleaness/loudness etc?
Old 19th November 2009
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i recently used a manely vari-mu at the head of an analog chain, passing through a couple nice eq's using subtle cuts (mostly) with a few slight boosts that then culminated with the stc-8 being the last unit in the chain. most of the GR was an db or so on both compressors...not too much, but a couple of the tunes had a louder vocal so i did dig in a little more with each one to nice effect...

things tend to 'adhere' well with both units singly or severally...especially when gain-staged appropriately. the stc-8 is verrrrry versatile. you get a handle on the controls on this machine, you can do a lot. even when 'digging' in a bit more, the stc-8 can be very transparent.

i could also see an api 2500 working well at the head of an analog rock mastering chain with an stc-8 following it somewhere along the way...

best,
Old 19th November 2009
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great reply.
thank you for compiling that list.

anyone tried mixing through the STC-8 with another compressor?

I can't afford to try it, but am interested in results if there are benefits.

like more "glue" or cleaness/loudness etc?
last mix i did was shadow hills MC discrete to Stc8. love it!
Old 19th November 2009
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A lot of the above compressors are not "mastering grade" as such.
However if a mastering engineer can make them work to good effect then they are by definition mastering grade.
You should cite Dave Collins as the originator of that insight (re: monitors).

Just kidding - good post.

OT - What does your business name mean?

SB
Old 19th November 2009
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Originally Posted by ThatSoundsWHAMMY View Post
The search button is a wonderful tool.
After all the info bellow is in a previous post that I made.

Alta Moda The Unicomp
API 2500
Chandler Limited TG12413 Zener Limiter
Charter Oak SCL1
Crane Song STC-8
Danfield Audio 726 Compressor
Dramastic Audio Obsidian
D.W. Fearn VT-7
Eosteric Audio Research 660 (you'll need two of these!)
Elysia Alpha Compressor
Elysia Mpressor
Fairman TMC
GML 2030 (i really want to try this one out - anyone have any experence with this unit???)
Gyraf Vari-Mu Compressor
Hoef Audio Dynamic Master
Imbir Terminator Vari-Mu Compressor
IGS Audio Tubecore Vari-Mu Compressor (it looks like IGS is the same company as Imbir or maybe they're a branch off from Imbir?! i don't know...)
Knif Audio Vari-Mu II
Knif Audio Pure-Mu
Manley Vari-Mu
Manley Mastering Slam
Maselec MLA-3(multiband)
Millennia TCL-2
Pendulum Audio OCL-2
Pendulum Audio ES-8
Requisite Audio L2M
Ridge Farm Audio The Boiler (well this is clearly not a mastering compressor, but i always wanted to hear what it did to the mix buss - just for laughs really)
Shadow Hills Industries Mastering Compressor (their web page sucks so here's a link to vintageking)
Signal Audio Workshop Gainrider
Summit Audio DCL-200
Thermionic Culture The Phoenix
Tube Equipment Corporation SR-71
Tube Tech SMC-2BM (multiband)
Vertigo Sound VSC-2
Weiss DS1

Here you go. A few compressors to do some research on. By the way this is only the tip of the iceberg.
A lot of the above compressors are not "mastering grade" as such.
However if a mastering engineer can make them work to good effect then they are by definition mastering grade.

a quite impressive list mate !

well done lad
Old 20th November 2009
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That's one hell of a mastering chain.
Old 20th November 2009
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a quite impressive list mate !

well done lad
+1

Best regards,
Steve Berson
Old 20th November 2009
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You should cite Dave Collins as the originator of that insight (re: monitors).

Just kidding - good post.

OT - What does your business name mean?

SB
I new I had seen that written somewhere before. Cheers.

Ah our business name! Well it stands for a few things but it was inspired by a terribly designed power connector that almost killed me.
The connector was designed by me
Old 20th November 2009
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I new I had seen that written somewhere before. Cheers.

Ah our business name! Well it stands for a few things but it was inspired by a terribly designed power connector that almost killed me.
The connector was designed by me
This Mapleshade one has always looked extra safe and audiophile approved:
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Old 20th November 2009
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This Mapleshade one has always looked extra safe and audiophile approved:
Ya know, Pierre Sprey is one of those guys whose kookiness I really appreciate. His recordings sound like nothing else being put out these days, for both good and for bad. His taste in artists that his label puts out is pretty impeccable though. And the Air Force is still using some of his plane designs. But the audiophile "tweaks" he sells get me laughing every time.

Best regards,
Steve Berson
Old 21st November 2009
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This Mapleshade one has always looked extra safe and audiophile approved:

Other then the cord ends, that kinda looks like the licorice ropes my wife likes to eat.


K
Old 22nd November 2009
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Originally Posted by ThatSoundsWHAMMY View Post
The search button is a wonderful tool.
After all the info bellow is in a previous post that I made.

Alta Moda The Unicomp
API 2500
Chandler Limited TG12413 Zener Limiter
Charter Oak SCL1
Crane Song STC-8
Danfield Audio 726 Compressor
Dramastic Audio Obsidian
D.W. Fearn VT-7
Eosteric Audio Research 660 (you'll need two of these!)
Elysia Alpha Compressor
Elysia Mpressor
Fairman TMC
GML 2030 (i really want to try this one out - anyone have any experence with this unit???)
Gyraf Vari-Mu Compressor
Hoef Audio Dynamic Master
Imbir Terminator Vari-Mu Compressor
IGS Audio Tubecore Vari-Mu Compressor (it looks like IGS is the same company as Imbir or maybe they're a branch off from Imbir?! i don't know...)
Knif Audio Vari-Mu II
Knif Audio Pure-Mu
Manley Vari-Mu
Manley Mastering Slam
Maselec MLA-3(multiband)
Millennia TCL-2
Pendulum Audio OCL-2
Pendulum Audio ES-8
Requisite Audio L2M
Ridge Farm Audio The Boiler (well this is clearly not a mastering compressor, but i always wanted to hear what it did to the mix buss - just for laughs really)
Shadow Hills Industries Mastering Compressor (their web page sucks so here's a link to vintageking)
Signal Audio Workshop Gainrider
Summit Audio DCL-200
Thermionic Culture The Phoenix
Tube Equipment Corporation SR-71
Tube Tech SMC-2BM (multiband)
Vertigo Sound VSC-2
Weiss DS1

Here you go. A few compressors to do some research on. By the way this is only the tip of the iceberg.

A lot of the above compressors are not "mastering grade" as such.
However if a mastering engineer can make them work to good effect then they are by definition mastering grade.
Dave Collins originally said it better. I'm just passing on the philosophy.

is the elysia mpresor a good one for mastering applications?
I hear everything on it, from absolutely not to absolutely yes...
Old 22nd November 2009
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is the elysia mpresor a good one for mastering applications?
I hear everything on it, from absolutely not to absolutely yes...
Absolutely.
Old 22nd November 2009
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Absolutely.
goooood, thanks!

and what about is plugin version?
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