Before I steer anyone into buy somthing I love, I think its important to understand where I'm comming from. First off. I love warm. I hate most anything without a transformer in it. If you gave me an SSL, i would sell it. Not cause its bad.. its just not me... I have been recording and mixing for 25 years. I've worked in Abby road Ocean Way and many other amazing studio's around the world as a performer, a producer and an engineer, I don't think much of a peice of anything untill I hear it, use it and love it.
I have for some reason bought a bunch of 500 series thingy's. I hate most of everyone I've tried. A few however make me so happy I can't even speak. I can take them with me without to much dramma. Even the best have been a sort of comprimise for me. Unitll now.
The 2264alb is the first time I've used a piece of 500 series equipment that paralleled every claim it made against its predecessors and then some. Once I got over the usual.... "man these knobs are small compared to my real pieces" I have to say that in operation this thing destroyed me. It sounds like whatever vintage Neve Comp/Lim I want it too for one third the price of one vintage comp channel.
Bass... easy to get a sound. Made it 3d immediately ate all the icky crap for lunch and then gave me a hot plate of mmmmm.
Distorted Guit... Use the limiter just a bit. Let the transformers do the rest. YUM
Clean Guitar.... punched in the face. Not my ear drums
Vox. To many options. Is my only complaint. I had to commit and move on. The other things seemed more obvious. The vox took allot longer to dial in compared to an LA2A but thats just because I had so many other comp's it could model. It was ********.
Drum buss. OH GOD YES!!!! sounds as good as anything I own. Suddenly I had a vintage class A Neve console. (my board is perty good too) Again it cleans as well as compresses. But cleans in a cool warm way. No eating of frequencies just better way better. My VU`s don’t move but the drums can sound 35 percent louder and 200 percent more listenable MMMM cause all the crap is gone.
and so on.
Really this is the first thing these guys have done in a 500 i find worth it and them some. The AML ez 73 distroys the Neve-AMX in a 500 series but thats another story. Who ever was in charge of this puppy. Needs to run the whole 500 show over there.
Like the above reviewer mentioned, I agree 100% that not all 500 series pieces have that "it" factor for me.
When a 500 series pieces clicks I'm very happy.
The 2264alb is very user driven.
Choose wether or not to really go nuts with it, or be subtle, and have the unit be last in a loaded in line recording chain.
The SA mode/switch is worth the price for admission alone.
This mode has a fixed side chain freq and only compresses the freqs above (forgive me here) 80hz (I believe).
This tightens up kicks and snares without destroying the low end impact of the drum.
Thusly leaving room for kicks and snares to still have some excitement at mix because we all know mastering grabs them tremendously.
The unit has a tone.
It doesn't kill the high end of any programme, it adds a killer warmth bump.
Between the AMS/Neve 2264a and API 525, these are the only 500 series compressors I'm really digging.
This unit sounds a bit different from the very different cousin, 10DC by BAE.
However, they compliment each other very well