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Guitarman



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Which Compressor Plugin
      #1052716 - 16/06/13 10:51 AM
Hi Guys

I am running Logic Pro on my Mac Mini and I want to get a Compressor Plugin.

Problem is there are so many I don't know which one to go for.

I do like the Waves stuff but I am open to suggestions.

It is to be used for Guitar.

Thanks

Alan


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Re: Which Compressor Plugin new [Re: Guitarman]
      #1052718 - 16/06/13 11:01 AM
What about the ones you already have bundled with Logic? I'm sure they're perfectly capable.

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Guitarman



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Re: Which Compressor Plugin new [Re: The Elf]
      #1052720 - 16/06/13 11:05 AM
Thanks Elf

I have this idea that a dedicated compressor from the likes of Waves
would be better,maybe not.

As I said I am open to suggestion.

Alan


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Re: Which Compressor Plugin new [Re: Guitarman]
      #1052722 - 16/06/13 11:23 AM
Logic's own bundled compressor is ok.. does what it says on the tin. If I have to, I can do a mix using only Logic's bundled plugins... and I have done this plenty. The compressor is pretty good, so is the channel EQ.. space designer also good. delays are usable.. everything you need is there.

If you want something with more colour/character then there are loads of choice, and it comes down to how much you want to spend.. UAD make some really nice emulations but you have to buy the DSP cards (or Aollo interface) to run them on. Waves also make some good plugins. and between those companies there is everything you could need (at least for me).

Your just gonna have to try some demos and see which ones you like. A lot of it is down to workflow, and how easy the interface is to use. For example some compressors are fairly complex with a lot of controls, Logic's compressor would fit into that category... and others are much simpler with just a gain reduction control and everything else is automatic... a lot of Waves and UAD compressors a more like this, for example the UAD LA-2A just has two controls, one for gain and one for peak-reduction.

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Re: Which Compressor Plugin new [Re: Guitarman]
      #1052731 - 16/06/13 12:19 PM
Quote Guitarman:

I have this idea that a dedicated compressor from the likes of Waves
would be better,maybe not.



Waves do make some great plugs, IMO, but bundled plugs have become better and better, and do the basics extremely well.

Given that you've already paid for the plugs you have you owe it to yourself to try them out thoroughly before laying out more money on the basis of what may be considered subjectively 'better' by other people.

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Eddy Currents



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Re: Which Compressor Plugin new [Re: Guitarman]
      #1052740 - 16/06/13 12:59 PM
Two of my faves are McDsp's 6030 Ultimate Compressor which gives you a number of flavours and Softubes CL1B.
Definetely demo to see what you think though.
There are so many out there it can be pretty confusing to make the right choice.


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Guitarman



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Re: Which Compressor Plugin new [Re: Bossman]
      #1052756 - 16/06/13 03:01 PM
Thanks for the replies
Bossman has hit the nail on the head,some compressors are complicated with lots of controls,Logics compressors come into this category.

I did have UAD Compressors,the LA-2A being my favourite,simple controls and did what I wanted.

This is what I am looking for and unless I fork out for a UAD 2 Satellite which does not make sense,I reckon
another LA-2A or similar is what I am looking for.

Alan


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afterworks



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Re: Which Compressor Plugin new [Re: Guitarman]
      #1052767 - 16/06/13 04:32 PM
Have a look at the URS Console Strip Pro...

Has a boat load of different modelled comps and eq's in one plugin.


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Re: Which Compressor Plugin new [Re: Guitarman]
      #1052769 - 16/06/13 04:51 PM
Quote Guitarman:

...some compressors are complicated with lots of controls,Logics compressors come into this category.

I did have UAD Compressors,the LA-2A being my favourite,simple controls and did what I wanted.




exactly..

you could probably get similar results from Logic's own compressor, if you know what your doing with all the controls.. but compressors like the LA-2A allow you to stick it on the channel and adjust one control and your there.. much quicker to setup and instant results... which for most people is exactly what they want.

I would check out the Waves plugins.. they do a LA2A emulation, along with other classics... there is the One Knob series... and also the Signature series of plugins would be worth checking out.. there are some dedicated guitar plugins which have compression amongst other effects in a complete-all-in-one processing chain. If you like the sound of instant results, then this is probably the way to go.

Plugins like the One Knob series and the Signature series are plugins made for musicians (IMHO), not sound engineers...they don't assume that you know how to use a compressor (for example). Whereas most other plugins are made for engineers and you have to know what your doing to get good results.

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desmond



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Re: Which Compressor Plugin new [Re: Bossman]
      #1052785 - 16/06/13 06:31 PM
Loads of companies do native LA2A plugins, including IK Multimedia, Native Instruments, Cakewalk, Waves and so on...


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Re: Which Compressor Plugin new [Re: Guitarman]
      #1053011 - 17/06/13 11:24 PM
I have an Apollo, and IK's T-Racks Custom shop.

The IK plugs for their price come close, and the have some nice channel strips also.



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Re: Which Compressor Plugin new [Re: Guitarman]
      #1053038 - 18/06/13 07:06 AM
Hi, I still use Cytomic "The Glue" quite a bit. Dave

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Guitarman



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Re: Which Compressor Plugin new [Re: G-Doubleyou]
      #1053051 - 18/06/13 08:34 AM
Thanks Guys

I did look at the IK Multimedia T-Racks LA-2A,but considering the price everyone
else wants for the same thing I didn't think it would be much good.

Better try the demo.

Alan


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caveman82



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Re: Which Compressor Plugin new [Re: Guitarman]
      #1053052 - 18/06/13 08:46 AM
I use PSP Audio's Old Timer.

My favourite compressor for acoustic and electric guitar. There are a lot of great ones out there but I find that one the easiest to use!


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Re: Which Compressor Plugin new [Re: afterworks]
      #1053056 - 18/06/13 08:57 AM
Quote afterworks:

Have a look at the URS Console Strip Pro...

Has a boat load of different modelled comps and eq's in one plugin.




unless u work in 64bit


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