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sm7>512c>compressor Dynamics Processors (HW)
Old 4th September 2011
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sm7>512c>compressor

I just spent all my money on the 512c/lunchbox so the budget is quite low for the moment.

I could afford the FMR RNC though. My concern is that the louder vocals are not in-the-face enough therefore I'm thinking of the compressor. In addition I don't believe I want to spend much on something that should be used so subtly.

It would be nicer to have the comp in the lunchbox which involves saving for a while. I've heard good things about purple action which is probably the most I'd want to spend for the subtle effect.

But, I don't know how it goes with the sm7/512c for belted rock vox. Do you?

Are there any other alternatives, like a ~$300, 500 series comp?
Old 4th September 2011
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The best one I am enjoying on vocals is the API 525. It is not subtle. It isn't really and in your face type sound though. For that I go to an 1176. I am looking at some "actions" as well for another flavor of 1176 type sound. In my experience $300 hardware compressors are only good enough to be used in a subtle way. You might look at a software compressor in that price range for better results.
Old 4th September 2011
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Are you recording/mixing in a DAW? If so, I'd just stick with a plug-in.

I really like the Aphex 651, it's clean and can do a lot of gain reduction with any noticeable artifacts, but it's not going to impart any "tone"
Old 4th September 2011
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so I guess the RNC won't get the in-u-face thing?

1176 does...and the action is similar

so ruling out the cheap hardware comps.

what plugin comps might do the in-ur-face?
Old 4th September 2011
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I have the API Channel Strip which has the 512c pre, 550A EQ & 527 comp. The 527 is great with the 512c and SM7. I haven't tried the RNC with it - the Distressor is the other compressor I use a lot for tracking with this combo.
Old 4th September 2011
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the RNC offers ridiculous bang for the buck.

i would highly recommend that you buy one. spend a while learning the nuances of hardware compression. and save up some money if you want something more expensive in the future.
Old 4th September 2011
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The RNC is ok but if you're looking for the 1176 sound
& have a small budget grab the Stillwell Rocket Plugin.

I have the RNC & 1176 hardware.
I also use the Waves CLA classic Comps Plugins which are killer!
But for the dough, the Rocket will do a very believable 1176!!

Cheers
Sean
Old 4th September 2011
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