FMR Audio Really Nice Compressor (RNC1773) by barforama
The RNC aka Really Nice Compressor is one of the most discussed pieces of audio equipment ever - and for at very good reason!
It is a stereo (no dual mono) compressor in a 1/3 unit size. racktrays for 2 RNC's (or other FMR audio products) are available from Funk Logic, but even 3 units will fit in a single blank 1U tray. The retail price for one stereo unit is as low as 200 bucks!
The RNC has two modes; Normal and Really Nice.
In "normal mode" it is a pretty standard analog compressor with adjustable, ratio, threshold, attack, release and make up gain. It is very fast and snappy on drums and just about everything else you throw at it - except bass. The RNC is simply too fast for bass. The release distorts the low frequencies. In use that is just about the only problem I have encountered with this model.
In "Really Nice Mode", according to the manual, the RNC daisychains three compressors in order to achieve what is just about the most transparent auto-leveling control in a piece of audio gear that will fit normal deadly peoples wallets. I have used it as main buss compressor with great results. Also for single tracks. For instance combined with a 1176 on vocals or electric guitars. It loves drums too, but I tend to favor more colored and aggressive units for this purpose.
There is one thing that the RNC does better than anything else. That is squashing ambience mics. Just pour in the ambience track into channel one, output of channel one goes directly into the input of channel two. ratio of 1:8, fast release, adjust attack to taste and threshold to a compression of around 10dB's. That means that the gain reduction is up to around 20dB. It sounds AWESOME! Try this in both Normal Mode and Really Nice Mode.
This is arguably the best deal ever in the world of recording equipment!
It comes with a US$200 price tag, but at that price you'll have to accept unbalanced audio connections and a wall wart power supply. These are the only two cons I can possibly find.
Buy one - buy two!