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Heritage Audio Announces the New SUCCESSOR Bus Compressor
Old 18th September 2019
  #151
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This pretty much sums my experience with the compressor as well. I thought about returning it at first but then decide to learn more about this compressor and now it is quite growing on me. Instead of using it on mix bus, try using it on other stereo bus like guitar, drum, synth groups. Also I like it with "Blend" switch on with 80-90 percent wet.
It's an interesting piece that really grew on me. In some ways, I think the Neve style faceplate does it a disservice. It has a couple very unique tricks up its sleeve, and performs very well in many traditional duties too.
Old 20th September 2019
  #152
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Give it a little more time. I spent a few weeks with one for review and at first I didn't care for that much. It doesn't have much immediate wow factor, but spending time with it, it starts to really reveal have useful it is. On bass guitar, piano, overheads, snares - really liked it! I had good luck with it on drum busses as well. I had a similar experience with the Overstayers SFE - at first I felt underwhelmed with it not doing what I expected it to do, but after a bit of time working with it and getting to know it, it became a pretty critical part of my chain in places I might not have expected.
Well I did try it on a parallel drum bus and it really has some bottom...I added the bass in parallel with the drums and it seemed to really lock those 2 in pretty well...I think you may have been right about giving it a bit more time because what it's doing for me now is really cool! Good call...I wanted to try the Plugin Alliance version of the shadow hills mastering comp on a few things and between that plugin and the Successor for a parallel drum compressor I much preferred the Successor...Again lots of BOOM!
Not sure if that is a good place for the Shadow Hills plugin, but as I said I wanted to check it out

Gonna keep working with the successor...I still have some time before I have to keep it or send it back
Old 27th September 2019
  #153
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Is the Stam SA-4000 MK1 in the same league as this unit? Sound-wise.
Old 27th September 2019
  #154
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Here’s a review of this box w/ lots of sound examples:
https://youtu.be/zMtiz7gNsc4
Old 2nd October 2019
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Hey Heritage Audio,

Can you confirm if the threshold and or wet dry mix pots are stepped? If so, how many positions are they (for example the Elysia stuff is 40 detents.) It’s critical for me in the way I work/ handle fast turn around on mix revisions.

Echoing others here, and with the greatest of respect...

It’s baffling to me that through the paragraphs of hyperbole on your site on the product, and even on the product manual, there is no mention of this. Let alone technical specs like noise floor etc etc.

Very interested in one if I can get some more actual details!

Cheers,

Oz
Old 3rd October 2019
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Hey Heritage Audio,

Can you confirm if the threshold and or wet dry mix pots are stepped? If so, how many positions are they (for example the Elysia stuff is 40 detents.) It’s critical for me in the way I work/ handle fast turn around on mix revisions.

Echoing others here, and with the greatest of respect...

It’s baffling to me that through the paragraphs of hyperbole on your site on the product, and even on the product manual, there is no mention of this. Let alone technical specs like noise floor etc etc.

Very interested in one if I can get some more actual details!

Cheers,

Oz
I am not HA, but I have a Successor and everything is stepped.
Old 3rd October 2019
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I am not HA, but I have a Successor and everything is stepped.
Awesome, thanks for confirming!

Could you possibly tell me how many detents the threshold and mix knob have? Do you find it easy to recall?

Also, how’s the unit in terms of noise?

Many thanks!
Old 3rd October 2019
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Awesome, thanks for confirming!

Could you possibly tell me how many detents the threshold and mix knob have? Do you find it easy to recall?

Also, how’s the unit in terms of noise?

Many thanks!
Threshold and Mix both have 40 detents. I have not needed to recall a mix used with the Successor yet but it looks pretty simple. I take photos and upload into this free plug in by these guys

https://non-lethal-applications.com/products/snapshot

also I don't notice any noise in my unit
Old 4th October 2019
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Threshold and Mix both have 40 detents. I have not needed to recall a mix used with the Successor yet but it looks pretty simple. I take photos and upload into this free plug in by these guys

https://non-lethal-applications.com/products/snapshot

also I don't notice any noise in my unit
Very cool, sounds like it’s for me then! Thanks again for the insight.

That plugin looks killer too! Will defo grab it.

Cheers mate!
Old 4th November 2019
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Any other comments about the Successor compressor, just curious because the reviews seem so all over the place. Any other opinions.
Old 4 weeks ago
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Another review:
https://youtu.be/k7axgSlgBeo
Old 4 weeks ago
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Another PLAP commercial
Old 3 weeks ago
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Any other comments about the Successor compressor, just curious because the reviews seem so all over the place. Any other opinions.
Because people are reviewing / commenting on it that don't really understand compressors or what their knob / functions actually do.

It's painful to watch.

The video of the guy (here in this thread) of his 500 units meters slamming down when he disengages the bypass - his threshold is fully down! Any comp would react that way.

Amazing units. So cheap that they fall in the hands of inexperienced engineers that then slam them on the web for being broken.
Old 3 weeks ago
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Another PLAP commercial
What’s PLAP?
Old 3 weeks ago
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Because people are reviewing / commenting on it that don't really understand compressors or what their knob / functions actually do.


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It's painful to watch.
The only thing painful is watching you make a fool of yourself.

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The video of the guy (here in this thread) of his 500 units meters slamming down when he disengages the bypass - his threshold is fully down! Any comp would react that way.
I'm gonna do you a favor and assume you started drinking early. What 500 unit meters in that video? There's only one meter - the one on the successor. The threshold is at noon. How is that fully down? Are we even watching the same video? This is hilarious. Out of the hundreds of comps I've used, from the nice amount I own to plenty of the well maintained vintage units at some of the most well known rooms in NYC from Avatar to Electric Lady to the Magic Shop, I've never seen a comp behave in that manner at all.

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Amazing units. So cheap that they fall in the hands of inexperienced engineers that then slam them on the web for being broken.
Come back when you sober up.

Old 3 weeks ago
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https://www.dropbox.com/s/e93y8xa9xi...essor.mp4?dl=0

I'm very sorry.. I wasn't trying to be rude.

It's this video. The threshold is full CCW (counter clock wise) at the lowest threshold setting.

And regarding your video. The owner of the unit explained how that was user error.

I have also made many mistakes in my early periods with gear many times.

Last edited by Salty James; 3 weeks ago at 08:18 PM..
Old 3 weeks ago
  #167
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Yesterday I discovered that this unit exists by watching the MixbusTV review. I had not heard about it before and randomly clicked the video. The second he switched the unit in and out on the first drum example I was like „THAT! I want THAT!“. I am currently looking for some Mixbus Mojo for my SiX and was just about get a Tegeler Creme but always felt like it might be too clean. Sure you can add weight with the eq, but the whole time I just wanted a fat box but couldnt find one in my pricerange. Silver Bullet is just a pain to get here in Germany. The Heritage adds exactly the color I was looking for.

However, the Bypass needle jump is not a malfunction as stated above somewhere. You can also see it in the „PLAP commercial“. Will this be adressed? Will I be the fool when I get one now and then a Rev. 2 is released?

Cheers

Last edited by Its Mork; 3 weeks ago at 08:07 PM.. Reason: German autocorrect on iPhone
Old 1 week ago
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If you like the sound, it fits your budget, and you're looking for a unit now, I think it's a bit silly to wait for a completely speculative version 2 over an issue so small as the bypass compression spike. It doesn't affect the use of the unit. You can always leave the blend engaged and roll it down to zero if you need to a/b without hearing the spike in that very limited range of parameters in which it occurs.

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Yesterday I discovered that this unit exists by watching the MixbusTV review. I had not heard about it before and randomly clicked the video. The second he switched the unit in and out on the first drum example I was like „THAT! I want THAT!“. I am currently looking for some Mixbus Mojo for my SiX and was just about get a Tegeler Creme but always felt like it might be too clean. Sure you can add weight with the eq, but the whole time I just wanted a fat box but couldnt find one in my pricerange. Silver Bullet is just a pain to get here in Germany. The Heritage adds exactly the color I was looking for.

However, the Bypass needle jump is not a malfunction as stated above somewhere. You can also see it in the „PLAP commercial“. Will this be adressed? Will I be the fool when I get one now and then a Rev. 2 is released?

Cheers
Old 1 week ago
  #169
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I know, I ordered one shortly after I posted that and can’t wait for it to arrive
Old 1 week ago
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I know, I ordered one shortly after I posted that and can’t wait for it to arrive
Let us know how ya dig it.
Old 6 days ago
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I ordered one. Sweetwater says it'll be here on Wednesday or so. I have a Buzz DBC-M so I'll try them both out and give my thoughts.
Is the DBC less colored than the Successor?
Old 18 hours ago
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I’ve tested one for a week.

It is a cool sounding compressor and the diode type is different from the usual comps.
There’s a big bottom end added when engaged. A cool transfo type bottom end, not the same as eqing the lows.
At some times I wanted to keep it and at others no. It takes time to get the picture of what this unit can do best. With other units I can tell quickly if it brings enough to me to make the decision.
The threshold doesn’t go low enough for me in mastering situation. When I want low ratios with slow attack times and sidechain the low end out, I need to push the volume before the unit too much to see the needle move. It may be normal due to the diode type thing.

A major defect on my unit : when I engage the blend button, the right channel become lower than the right one. Not good. Even whith the dynamic button disengaged, the signal is affected when the blend control is on. So it’s not a true bypass on the whole unit I think.
I’ve tried to contact Heritage by phone every day during a week : absolutely nobody ever answer the calls morning or afternoon.
I wrote 3 emails asking about this problem and if they can do something about the threshold. I’ve received one partial answer to my first email about the threshold being normal and nothing about the defect and their quality control. Since then nothing. I’ve sended back the unit and will look elsewhere.

Here’s my summary :
Pros
- Big low end
- Great sidechaining options that I’d like to see on all compressors. The mid bells are great.
- Low ratios
- mix knob
- compact 1u
- good price for what the unit offers

Cons
- Quality control?
- Customer service seems non existant
- Big low end. What I receive from my clients usually already have to much low end so in those case it will be more of a diservice
- threshold doesn’t go low enough for me in certain case.

Last edited by rectape; 11 hours ago at 09:42 PM..
Old 11 hours ago
  #173
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Thanks for the review!

Threshold that doesn’t go low enough with low rati, long attack ,scf on.. is a thing that i also have experienced when i tried this IGS v8 (diode compressor too).
And your story about the Heritage customer service is really not cool.
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