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Compressor for acoustic instruments at mixing
Old 28th February 2006
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Compressor for acoustic instruments at mixing

Lately I have come to like some (2-4 dB) compression for clean acoustic music.
I love my Pendulum OCL-2, and am considering one more comp to use on other sources while mixing. Acoustic/classical guitar, double bass, maybe sax (tracked through Millennia HV3-OCL2 in bypass) would be the targets. While I would love a STC8, I guess I must not exceed about 2000 USD.
People here seem to like TFPro P38, Drawmer 1968 and Api 2500 in this (more or less) price range. Maybe this time I would prefer to go solid state, I am not sure.
I have heard the P38 and liked it. Never heard the others and have little chance to demo them here.
Can anyone comment on use of these units specifically for acoustic instruments in a non-pop context? Is the API too heavily coloured anyway, for example?
Thank you
best regards
Massimo
Old 28th February 2006
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I have heard the P38 and liked it.
This says it all right here.
Old 28th February 2006
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Try an EAR 660!
Old 28th February 2006
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I love my Kultube for that. (with only a hint of telefunken tube and a tiny spludz of compression)
IMHO a vari-µ or delta-µ or varidelta-µ eeeerrrm those will do nicely too.

I did not hear the P38 yet. Got no reply from the dealer yet (3 months) typical of dutch dealers
Old 28th February 2006
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Try an EAR 660!
It says not more than 2000 USD.
Old 28th February 2006
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ES-8 would be nice again out of budget.
Maybe a Buzz Audio SOC?
Pair of distresors if you do not push them?
Yeah a STC-8, 1968/1969 have a sound if you like it or not.
You are best to see what else you can try.
Old 28th February 2006
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What about this ?
http://www.davelectronics.com/bg6.htm

It´s definitely not out of budget ($600 or so) and somebody would finally try it
Old 28th February 2006
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def try the Buzz Audio SOC - awesome
Old 28th February 2006
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What about this ?
http://www.davelectronics.com/bg6.htm

It´s definitely not out of budget ($600 or so) and somebody would finally try it
I've been searching and searching and... for user comments, and was directed to another board, but no answers so far...

You know how it sounds? Have you heard it? The SOS interview is inconclusive, and is hopping on two different conclusions about this unit, and I've learned that sometimes the SOS stuff is correct but certainly not all the time. Soooooooo... soft grabby warm dry precise friendly aggressive ?
thanks.

edit: there is hope !
Old 1st March 2006
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Thank you all for your advise

Thrillfactor - do you mean you like the P38 or not?

May I ask again, any opinions on the Api 2500 in this particular application?

Thank you
best regards
Massimo
Old 1st March 2006
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TF pro - great for the money and leave the high end in a high place!

Buzz is nice but does affect the high end some. I believe Buzz is coming out with a new one and will cost more but do more.

But you cannot go wrong with a TF PRO. I have had many compressors and I find this one indispensible.

I would like to have a Drawmer 1968 as well.
Old 1st March 2006
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I use an 1176 if required. The other day I decided to try an SSL on acoustic gtr and it seemed to just make it 'right'.
Old 1st March 2006
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I've found a lot of compressors tha work well on acousitcs.

I like the 1968 for a slow attack. ES-8 if I'm going for th vibe provided by the "fast" mode (and also slow attacks in the manual mode). 1176s have been good too.

There's something about acoustics that makes me less concerned about the choice of the compressor. I guess I should specify good sounding acoustics.
Old 1st March 2006
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Thrillfactor - do you mean you like the P38 or not?
What i meant is you heard something you liked yourself.

This is always the best criteria.
Old 1st March 2006
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I know I'm probably the only one that uses these but I swear that the Aphex Compellor is one useful compressor for this application. I keep a pair of stereo units in my rack just for acoustic instruments. And they can be had dirt cheap on Ebay.
Old 1st March 2006
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Drawmer
TF Pro
Buzz Audio

Holly Trinity compressors around 1,8 k.
Take any of them, you can't make mistake.
Very slightly I would prefer overall sound of Drawmer (doing nice things on drums buss, guitars, mixbuss), but if you need clean, neutral compression TF Pro and Buzz could be real favorites.
I would suggest to replace tubes in Drawmer with NOS for better sonics in gain amp stage.
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