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Q+A with Dave Derr (the designer of the Distressor compressor)

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tee 3rd June 2003
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A FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT STANDARDIZATION: 1) Would it make you happy to have standard User Interfaces on complicated devices or...

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Dave Derr 1st June 2003
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I recently purchased the api 2500. I've been using it mainly for drum-sub mixes. I was thinking of moving it to stereo-buss...

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ray dsr 1st June 2003
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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE EQ, AND WHY? If you have an EQ that always helps certain problems or always gets in and makes something...

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wolfhound 1st June 2003
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I have heard some wacky things done with buss compression and submix compression. For instance, thousands of people will take...

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Dave Derr 1st June 2003
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Anything in the works?

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barforama 31st May 2003
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What does everyone think about the re-mixing of classic albums, like Derek and the Dominoes, The Beatles stuff, ZZ -Top etc...

Dave Derr
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alphajerk 31st May 2003
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Dave, In another thread you said you where very happy with your 1176 emulation on the Fatso. (Tracking Compressor).hittt...

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Dave Derr 31st May 2003
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Dave: What mics would distress you, if you weren't allowed to pair them up with the Distressor? What are some of your...

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Dave Derr 31st May 2003
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Hiya Everybody (and Mr Derr particularly, it is an honour), What are your favourite adjectives for describing sound, and in...

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Dave Derr 31st May 2003
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Dave, I love the Distressor as much as the next guy but in the spirit of fairness (and me being a dickhead) I have a...

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Teacher 29th May 2003
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Your Fatso is worth every penny in my opinion, but for those of us that want more channels and can't afford a whole rack of...

Coldsnow
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Duardo 28th May 2003
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NOTE: THE ANSWERS TO THE TEST ARE GIVEN ON THE NEXT PAGE OF THIS THREAD, SO IF YOU HAVEN'T TAKEN THE CHALLANGE YET, YOU CAN...

Mike Jasper
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Mike Jasper 27th May 2003
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Wouldn't it be cool to have a DISTRESSOR T-Shirt??cooge There must be some funny lines to put on it?!diddlydoo -I Need a...

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Gie-Sound 26th May 2003
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Dave, at the AES show last October I spoke with you for a little bit and you mentioned you were working on a Neve mod for the...

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Dave Derr 26th May 2003
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When I use the FATSO on my ProTools mix buss, I need to raise the left output .7 to get both sides to match. Wuz up? mezed

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bassmac 26th May 2003
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hi Dave, I've only been recording for a few years now(around 5)...usually in my modest home studio. Recently the band I'm...

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ziegenh5 23rd May 2003
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Hello Dave and everyone, Sometimes I feel like I'm not getting the most out of my Fatso. So I wanted to know if you had any...

dblackjedi
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robdarling 23rd May 2003
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Hey Dave! Welcome to Gearslutz! I've met you at the 2002 AES in NYC and at an Amsterdam AES. I have 3 Distressors and one...

Jules
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THEMIXFIX 23rd May 2003
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Hiya Dave, Hope you're enjoying your mod spot, you have a nice fresh vibe! I was wondering, and apologies if this has been...

Renie
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marychain 23rd May 2003
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Mr. Derr, When using a single distressor, does engaging the link function (without anything patched into the stereo link) do...

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cymatics 22nd May 2003
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Dave, I'm kind of surprised I haven't seen this asked yet, so I have to ask what I hope isn't too touchy of a question: What...

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Dave Derr 22nd May 2003
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I have a few years of experience with my Distressors but only a few hours clocked in on the Fatso, not nearly enough to fairly...

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jpaudio 21st May 2003
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I'm pretty new to compression culture. I know theyhave a very different compression curve, but what should one use it for?...

khai
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jpaudio 20th May 2003
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Just kidding... this may have been brought up before, but have you considered designing a inexpensive...

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Dave Derr 20th May 2003
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Any chance there might be an Emperical Labs product that was controlable via a DAW plugin? It would be very cool to have total...

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thethrillfactor 19th May 2003
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I'm really needing just one channel of great compression. I've heard the fatso, and its nice in the way is simulates the analog...

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Unknown soldier 19th May 2003
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Hi Dave, I have a pair of Distressors and love them dearly. But they don't seem to be perfectly matched. They have slight level...

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groove guru 17th May 2003
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Is the FATSO more aggressive with its approach to distortion than the HEDD? I've not used or knowingly heard either unit, so I'm...

Jax
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GilWave 15th May 2003
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Hi Dave, Thanks so much for taking the time to share your knowledge with us. I've got a long list of things I'm curious...

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Gone Fission 14th May 2003
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heh I want to retro-fit them to all my gear (if they fit).

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Albert 12th May 2003
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Dave, do you still engineer at all? I know a couple of people and bands that worked with you maybe 5-6 years ago just when I was...

Jay Kahrs
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Jay Kahrs 10th May 2003
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Greetings Dave. First off, I love my Distressors. I have two that I've used on every recording I've done for the last two years....

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Tim L 9th May 2003
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hi dave, i'm demo-ing the api 2500 in my studio this week. i'm looking for a mix-buss compressor to replace my finalizer...

ray dsr
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ray dsr 9th May 2003
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Dave, you mentioned in another thread some boxes that never made it to production.......you wanna torture us by giving a run down...

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WayneG 9th May 2003
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It seems that Dave Derr's apparently fine devices are designed to do some of what tape does- that harmonic enhancement, to cop...

Ted Nightshade
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GilWave 8th May 2003
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Hello again Dave, what does this ratio setting does to the sound? I notice it has an effect (very interesting) but i can't...

khai
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Tim L 8th May 2003
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What's the word on mods for the FATSO...?

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20to20 8th May 2003
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I'm wondering if I should upgrade my Distressor with the Brit Mod. I record rock music - what are cool uses for it? mezed

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bassmac 7th May 2003
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Hello Dave and welcome to Gearslutz! My qestion surrounds a common myth that the EL8s absolutly suck as mixing Comps! I do...

Mad John
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Ted Nightshade 7th May 2003
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Hi Dave and everyone here, thanks for designing a brilliant product like the Distressor. Guess what, it was my first ever...

khai
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khai 6th May 2003
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Hello Dave, I'm not yet an "owner" of a Distressor, due mostly to not having a local dealer anywhere near Sarasota,...

Armando
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Kris 6th May 2003
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Had to share my appreciation! I've got other stuff in the studio, but nothing with as much character and nards. Thanks...

Jax
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Dave Derr 5th May 2003
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Dave if you use protools plugin comps which ones do you use? on what? What type of settings? what do you like about them? What...

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invisibl 5th May 2003
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The Distressor is the EL8. The Fatso is the EL7. Do these numbers have any signifigance?

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Dave Derr 3rd May 2003
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How does a company survive with only two products available? The Fatso has been out a short time compared to the Distressor, so...

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Drumsound 2nd May 2003
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Dave, Welcome and thanks for being here. I don't know how to phrase this question, but that has never stopped me before so...

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stuntmixer 2nd May 2003
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Welcome, Dave! I asked around these parts a few months ago about the abuse of one of your old designs, the analog sections of...

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doug_hti 2nd May 2003
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"jack of diamonds" :) keep making cool stuff . -d. gauss

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d. gauss 2nd May 2003
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Dave, welcome to GSz. We're happy to have you. IIRC, the Brit mod wasn't going to be available forever. Now that I have...

Jax
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Dave Derr 2nd May 2003
 
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