Petes Place Audio BAC 500 by TheDawg
This is one of those piece's that get's overlooked in favor of other more popular/recognizable FET compressors both in the 500 format and rack-mount units.
The BAC-500 is a great addition to anyone's lunchbox! Much of this unit is similar, in terms of operation, to an 1176 with an Input/Output knobs and selectable Ratio's. So as you can expect, you can control how much of the signal you want to compress. What sets the BAC-500 apart though is the Sidechain EQ, Distortion, and True Bypass.
The Sidechain EQ really comes in handy in those instances where you need to let low end sources through without triggering the compressor, need to tame some highs, or run it flat. The Distortion button is great! Need to dirty up drums, overheads, bass, and vocals, then push that little white button in and viola. Adds vibe, flavor, and color. True hardwire bypass is great for A/B to see what the compressor is doing to your source.
In use, the BAC-500 needs your attention and by that I mean, you can't just "set and forget". You will have to dial in the compression that sounds right to you and it may take some finessing but once you hit that sweet spot, it's all worth it. Great on percussive instruments, bass, vocals, and all low-end sources.