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Postby mrphotodude on Tue Jan 06, 2009 10:48 am

who likes compressors?
I have a alesis 3630 i modded out and its okay for basic stuff now...would not use it for mastering or vocals, but with new opamps, power supply upgrades and a few other tricks...not to shabby!

Have never had the pleasure of playing with LA-2A's or 1176's.... :(

I use software stuff alot... its something..
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Re: compressors

Postby bassplayerbell on Tue Jan 06, 2009 3:04 pm

I have like 5 compressors I play with all the time. My fav came out of a TV studio. Its an Orban 8182. The thing does Perfectly what yuo tell it and does not color the sound at all!
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Re: compressors

Postby t0aj15 on Sun Jan 11, 2009 2:00 pm

I use the RNC1773 by FMR Audio, great little compressor at a great price: http://www.fmraudio.com/RNC1773.HTM
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Re: compressors

Postby onedrum on Mon Jan 12, 2009 2:00 am

omg you must've really done a number on that alesis to make it any good. i hate those things with a passion. the metering is decieving... you gotta have the output fully red to actually get anything out of it. i've been able to use it for bass guitar succesfully tho. the drawmer DL241 is sweeeeeeet, or a dbx 166. suuuper nice metering on the dbx. i'd say on a limited budget the behringer ones will cover a lot of ground for the price, you just can't run them too hard. they are really bad for coloring the sound and have a pretty slow response/attack. if you're just using them lightly they aren't too bad.
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Re: compressors

Postby mrphotodude on Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:01 am

i didnt go as far as the blacklion mods on it..but i was given the compressor for free so 15 bucks worth of parts was no big deal.
i put in better opamps, upgraded the power filter caps, put in UF diodes rather then the 1N diodes...used a switched pot on the gates to take them out of the circuit.
i use light compression when i do just to keep the signal in check and then use plugins.
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Re: compressors

Postby onedrum on Wed Jan 14, 2009 11:33 am

wow that's pretty cool!!
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Re: compressors

Postby madstrat on Mon Jan 19, 2009 4:24 pm

this what i've been saving my pesos for.....

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Re: compressors

Postby Roy33 on Tue Jan 20, 2009 6:39 am

yeah who doesn't love compressors. I've got a few: Drawmer DL-241, Drawmer DL-441, BSS DPR-402, BSS DPR-901, DBX-166, Bellari LA-120, and my most vintage DBX-165. the DPR-901 is a trip, 4 bands of compression/expansion.
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Re: compressors

Postby Mr. Arkadin on Tue Jan 20, 2009 1:04 pm

Probably my favorite compressor is an older Trident I picked up years ago for 60 bucks. I also use 160X's, The underrated Aphex Compeller, Distressors, and LA4's. I have others, but those are the main ones.
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Re: compressors

Postby onedrum on Mon May 11, 2009 7:14 am

speaking of which, i used a160 live on snare last night... god i forgot how awesome that simple little unit is. i think i may try to find one for myself
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Re: compressors

Postby kominak on Wed May 13, 2009 2:31 pm

I have a 1176 diy copy which sounds good on about anything. I use it on vocals and guitars when I'm recording my demos. Not a transparent compressor, but helps to get that "I know it, I like it" effect. At least I hear it that way - my only experience with compressors is with software plugins.
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Re: compressors

Postby wolfhead on Thu Jul 16, 2009 3:25 am

I use a UA 1176LN for vocals and love it.
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