Does anyone else have one of these? I've had mine for a while and have used it for kick, bass, snare, and acoustic gutiar. I was curious as to the specific applications that others use it for. I think it's a decent compressor.. i dont know how it stands next to the 501 as ive never used it.
They were perfectly nice compressors for certain jobs (I found keyboards well-suited) but in the end their lack of character (partly due to the absence of an attack control) meant they were seeing limited use in the studio and I sold them.
I could see them finding a good home in a live rack - the expander section can really help mask noisy gear.
I was digging around since I have 3 pairs. I haven't used them much in studio, actually never I think, but what I can tell you is that every single time I used them live, I was blown away with the efficiency of both compression and expander/hysteresis. It is a total feedback eliminator without cutting a hole in the freq range. Very effective.
It can be made to pump extremely easy, maybe too easy on some material, but in a very musical un-mudded way. Plus, you can do anything via sidechain.
VCA's are said to be the same as the revered DBX160, which makes it a favourite with bassists and low end tightening. A very very complete unit, although no attack, you can compensate with release on expander. Plus you can really push thing into the limiter.
Come to think about it, this could very well be a dirty cheap harware mix buss
I actually have them in the studio, I think I'll patch them up and play around a bit