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Old 23rd September 2002
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Distressors

I just picked up a couple Distressors that are calibrated for each other (stereo). They've got both mods (brit and image i think). I've used them here and there but now that I own a couple I'm sure they'll be lit up all the time.

What are your favorite uses? Anyone using them on mixdown ever? My studio is basically PT HD3 and a C24 on G4.

Thanks for your feedback.
Old 23rd September 2002
  #2
Drum ambience
General overdub compressor

rarely - vocals / close mic drums
Old 23rd September 2002
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Distressors rule...


Electric gtrs --> they rule thru one of these.

Snares....watch out cos they can sound fat and punchy!

Vocals on the 10:1 'opto' setting can be nice.. But not my first choice for vocals. Can tend to make vocals kinda strident if you like and very pointed so they can 'cut' through the mix.

Bass:

Kik:

ROOMS: one of the best around

congratulations on getting the most flexible compressor ever made.!! You wont be selling them to quickly i imagine... and if u do PM me first!!!!

PEACE
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Old 23rd September 2002
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I need to get the Brit mod on mine..

Old 23rd September 2002
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Jules, I think you have a Fatso, right? Is that the only way to go on the stereo buss at mixdown or can/does anyone use the dist's for that?

I kinda want one of those too...
Old 23rd September 2002
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PERSONALLY.... i think the FATSO is very overated.

ITs a lot of money that could be spnet on toehr gear thatv would be more usefull and show more tnagible results..

But thats just me...so flame away!

YMMV

PEACE
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Old 23rd September 2002
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Wiggy,

Ok then what the C1 then?

SP: vhae uyo bene dirkning aagin?

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Old 23rd September 2002
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My love for anything 'Al Smart' has been as well documented like Mike Tholen's love for Helios and Telefunken.. RESPECT!!!! cos they are both killer MFG's

Depends what you r doing. I personally have never had the C2 fail me in any situation.

But give me your budget and ill be happy to priovide you wiht some suggestions.

I loved the Buzz SC2.2 optical compressor.

Had a manley Variable-MU but did not 'Love' it.. it was pretty good but not worth 1/3 of average Australian annual income!!!!lol

Have not had the chance to play with many of the esoteric names that are often bandied around on this board like , pendulum and cranesong cos they are not availalbe locally or are too expensive etc....

PEACE
Wiggy
Old 23rd September 2002
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Quote:
Originally posted by Wiggy Neve Slut
I loved the Buzz SC2.2 optical compressor.
Do you mean the JoeMeek SC2.2?...
Old 23rd September 2002
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Quote:
Originally posted by Jules
I need to get the Brit mod on mine..

Jules, is EL still offering the Brit mode by itself or are they only doing both now, Brit mode & stereo image link?
Old 23rd September 2002
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Around $2500 US...
Old 23rd September 2002
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Heres the link with the Buzz compressor.... its nothin like a Joe Meek... it does not have the colour of the meek but is mor trnasparent.. which is better is totally applciations dependant.. however it is not BORING transparent like some other nice looking gear is!.. very useable and great tracking compressor and very nice on the 2 buss.

They originally were $2500 Australian... about $1250 U.S.. but u ppl got a big hard on for the mic-pres and the MFG in New Zealand so he jacked the price up stax... they are quite expensive now as a result... makes u think twice here in Australia.I ahve no idea what they go for in the states now?... so your guess would be as good as mine...

http://buzzaudio.com/products/soc1.1.htm

As for the budget of $2500 well im sure Fletcher could sort u out with an 'Al Smart c1' but i would save $500 more and go the C2 cos its far more flexible and has better circuitry with higher slew rate amplifiers and ic's.... that sounds funny dont it...' better IC's'

RNC... dont laugh!! cos its cool!!!! and better than most of $2000 compressors

Avalon 747 is a good bet but the compressor is VERY Slow and borders on useless IMHO... HOWEVER the EQ is worth the price of admission just on its own... what cool is perhaps to buy the 747 and an RNC and try the double compression trick like that... Cos unless you have a stack more money i would hazard a guess to say that the RNC is THE BEST option for under $2500 IMHO... how the **** they did it just blows my mind still.... kinda like the amount of lycra Motely Crue or Van Halen had on stage!!!

I do the double compression thing with a C2 and the 747 and it after u wont need to have worry about much... its a very kik arse and expensive combo!

Now if u could spring for both... lol... u would be a happy guy and proudly claim yourself to be a proper gearslut!!!!!lol

PEACE
Wiggy
Old 23rd September 2002
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Quote:
Originally posted by Wiggy Neve Slut
Heres the link with the Buzz compressor.... its nothin like a Joe Meek...
Understood... the model number you mentioned had me a little confused as to what unit you were actualy talking about.
Old 23rd September 2002
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I think that is because its the OCL 1.1. I actually am one of those Americans that bought one and think its great when mixing vocals and guitars. I am not wild about using opto's on the mix buss(they do work on occasion though). I think Wiggy, if there is anyone to blame its TLA. He tried it, liked it and next thing you know the price went up $800...go figure?


Quote:
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Understood... the model number you mentioned had me a little confused as to what unit you were actualy talking about.
Old 24th September 2002
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Wiggy, if there is anyone to blame its TLA. He tried it, liked it and next thing you know the price went up $800...go figure?

true.... he was in Melbourne mixing some songs on a 'Holiday', and he was mighty impressed by the Buzz.. so yes they maybe a good reason why they have gone upa fair bit! who knows... i cant aford one now cos for that sort of $$ i would rather buy me somthing that will have better resale and do a few more things ...maybe a focusrite RED3 perhaps.. who knows...

ditto two bus... for some it owrks others it sux... just fro what i was doin at the time it seemed so right.. but genreally yes the slowness of the LDR coupling circuit can cause lotsa problems for fast and dynamic songs.. BTW i found VERY good on bass and KIK as well as vox and GTRs... gtrs can sustain like in 'spinal tap' lol

sorry for the model number confussion.....:eek:

Thrill.... i hope you're enjoying yours!!!!

PEACE
Wiggy
Old 24th September 2002
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Wiggy,

I bought the OCL 1.1 mostly as an opto for vocals. A different look when mixing vocals. I got a couple of compressor options for vocals depending on the need(Flashy,dark,thin,ironing).The OCL1.1 will be mostly for vocals that have been tracked well and don't need that much just EQ. On the Focusrite, I would probably go with the Blue 230 instead of the RED 3 for a couple of reasons:1) It is a Red 3 but with repeatable knobs 2)It has a transformer at the input and output, while the Red3 only on the output. The transformer on the input gives a much thicker and deeper tone, henceforth it becomes more versatile(great on vocals and bass). It sounds closer to a Neve33609/Focusrite 130 than the Red3, even though they were both made from the 130 design. 3) It has a bigger sound(Designed for broadcast). It is actually my main 2 buss mix comp these days. I'm actually having it modified so I can have a Dual input(transformer and non transformer). Once in a while, it be great to have the Red 3 sound on the 2 buss(I owned one a while back) where you need a flashier sound not as thick as the 230.
Old 28th September 2002
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'Stereo link' behavior odd?

Can anyone comment on the 'stereo link' mod for the Distressors? I bought mine from the factory with the 'Brit Mode' and stereo link mods installed. 'Brit Mode' works roughly as expected but the 'stereo link' is a real head-scratcher. My carefully crafted input/output/GR structure goes to complete ca-ca when I engage the link switches, and the LED meters on both Distressors quit working. Is this normal?
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