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Buzz Audio Potion 500 Series FET Compressor
Old 22nd March 2007
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Buzz Audio Potion 500 Series FET Compressor

Well as always, Gearslutz is the first to know - introducing the potion, a new FET compressor module for the 500 series racks that has some attitude! Read about it and listen to a quick audio sample here...

Potion info

Price is the same as the Essence opto comp and it will begin shipping mid April when our Lundahl transformers arrive in stock.

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Old 22nd March 2007
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WOW!!!!
Old 22nd March 2007
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i totally called the name of this unit in another thread heh i KNEW it!!

wow tim this looks amazing! im gonna have to use a whole 500 series rack JUST for your compressors! 2 essences and 2 potions...nice
Old 22nd March 2007
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Tim,

AWESOME!!!! It's wonderful how much flavor you are bringing to this form factor!

My only question is, when it says it's like a classic FET, does that mean a classic American FET or a classic British FET?

Thanks for all of your hard work and great insight into what's cool and useful.
Old 22nd March 2007
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i totally called the name of this unit in another thread heh i KNEW it!!
Yes you did, hence sysexguy's little comment further down the page in that thread...

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one of the authors in this thread must be psychic
Old 22nd March 2007
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Tim,

AWESOME!!!! It's wonderful how much flavor you are bringing to this form factor!

My only question is, when it says it's like a classic FET, does that mean a classic American FET or a classic British FET?
Well neither really, it does not sound like any other compressor I've ever used. Perhaps we should label it "classic Kiwi FET"?

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Thanks for all of your hard work and great insight into what's cool and useful.
My pleasure entirely, I could quite happily design new stuff for the rest of my life, only think is, we gotta sell some of it to pay for my time!
Old 22nd March 2007
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Nice....
Old 22nd March 2007
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That % mix control feature looks really nifty. I think I want one. Street price?
Old 22nd March 2007
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Wow... I've just entered in the 500 world and this is making choices much more difficult...

What kind of differences should we expect (in sound) between this and the Essence?

I'm not an expert when it comes to compressors, so I'm asking what to expect from these two when tracking Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Hand Percussion, Brass ecc. (and all kind of instruments that can be recorded in a small Project Studio in a Rock/pop or latin context, except drumkits........ for now.....).
Old 22nd March 2007
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OK... Sorry... I'm answering to my own question...

Potion is more aggressive
Essence smoother and more transparent

Did I get it right? heh
Old 22nd March 2007
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Potion is more aggressive
Essence smoother and more transparent
i think you have the right idea. however, the essence is not exactly lacking in the punchiness area. its BIG and smooth indeed
Old 22nd March 2007
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Mix..knob, nice feature.
Old 22nd March 2007
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I wonder how those Buzz comp compare to the comp in the UA LA-610.... and to a 1176
Old 22nd March 2007
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OK... Sorry... I'm answering to my own question...

Potion is more aggressive
Essence smoother and more transparent

Did I get it right? heh
With the Potion, you will be able to really hammer sounds if you wish, listen to the sample on the Potion web page - that's peaking 14dB gain reduction. If you tried that with the Essence, it would sound a lot more processed. The Essence is great for smooth transperant compression whereas the Potion is for those who want fast deep compression along with some harmonic added.

I love using compressors, and find them more useful than EQ a lot of the time.

Tim
Old 22nd March 2007
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I wonder how those Buzz comp compare to the comp in the UA LA-610.... and to a 1176

I'm also thinking how does the Potion compare to an 1176, which I have two of?

I'm also looking at a Daking FET limiter/comp as well so it would be between that and the Potion if I go the FET route.

The Buzz would be cheaper for me than the Daking.

Can the Potion absolutely torture signals? I'm talking about utterly mangling room mics ect. I know how an 1176 can do it's thing when pushed to the limit.

I was looking to buy an old Dynamite comp for this task but my Averill rack is looking very empty and one of those Buzz comps could happily move in.

Now all that remains is Potion or Essence? I do need an optical comp since all I have now is two 1176's and a Drawmer 1968.
Old 23rd March 2007
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Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude.
Old 23rd March 2007
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The sample sounds cool though.
Old 23rd March 2007
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WOW ditto!
Old 23rd March 2007
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Good stuff Tim, farout I just ordered another essence , hehe. Oh well, now I'm gonna need another lunchbox too.

Heath
Old 23rd March 2007
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Tim will it be a similar price to the Essence or + or -?
Old 23rd March 2007
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Tim will it be a similar price to the Essence or + or -?
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Price is the same as the Essence opto comp
Old 23rd March 2007
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I love using compressors, and find them more useful than EQ a lot of the time.

Tim
I have used your preamps and love them, but this just makes you look bad.
Too completely diferent tools for independent applications...
Old 23rd March 2007
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Can the Potion absolutely torture signals? I'm talking about utterly mangling room mics ect. I know how an 1176 can do it's thing when opushed to the limit.
IMHO, yes, this is one of the design goals, something you can hit hard without it loosing control. I love the 1176 too, the Potion is different, but in some ways the 1176 was in the back of my mind when designing it - don't get me wrong - it's NOT a clone and the circuit has NO resemblance to the 1176 (apart from having an input and output transformer).



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I have used your preamps and love them, but this just makes you look bad.
Too completely diferent tools for independent applications...
this isn't serious, right? heh...

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IMHO, yes, this is one of the design goals, something you can hit hard without it loosing control. I love the 1176 too, the Potion is different, but in some ways the 1176 was in the back of my mind when designing it - don't get me wrong - it's NOT a clone and the circuit has NO resemblance to the 1176 (apart from having an input and output transformer).



Tim.
very exciting stuff to read, Tim!

this one is definitely going to be a winner.
Old 23rd March 2007
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Okay... I can only have one of these guys. For tracking vocals, Essence or Potion??? I need help
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I have used your preamps and love them, but this just makes you look bad.
Too completely diferent tools for independent applications...
Huh?
Old 23rd March 2007
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The makeup Gain has been set by ear to match the processed & unprocessed track

errrr....... forgive me, but doesn't the "processed" track sound just a little louder than the "unprocessed one?
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Huh?
Maybe he was saying let's see the EQ? I'm always impressed by the amount of stuff you cram into a 500 module, not to mention making it look and sound great.
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The makeup Gain has been set by ear to match the processed & unprocessed track

errrr....... forgive me, but doesn't the "processed" track sound just a little louder than the "unprocessed one?
That's what I thought at first. But, if you just concentrate on the snare on the processed track, and compare that to the unprocessed track, the levels seem about the same. I think all that extra ambience pulled in by the compression makes it seem louder.

I wasn't too impressed with the demo track, to be honest. All that was really accomplished was turning the snare track into a "room" track, imo. Pretty much any compressor can do that. I would like to hear some more examples. I'm not trying to dis the compressor, I'm actually pretty interested in it.
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I have used your preamps and love them, but this just makes you look bad.
Too completely diferent tools for independent applications...


I'm not sure what you mean, but as far as I'm concerned this the most unique product offered for the 500 racks right now. (maybe with A Design's pultec)

Yea Tim I gotta get at least one but I would love two! I hope the ship dates are right, it will perfect timing.

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